Having multiple children fairly close together in age means that it’s tough to get quality one-on-one time with them.
That’s why we started doing mother son dates a few years ago.
It’s my way of making quality time with each of them a priority.
I try to schedule a couple with each of them twice a year so. Sometimes we go to concerts or special events. Sometimes we just go to dinner and a movie. Sometimes we just take the dog to the dog park.
Sometimes it’s nice to do something super special for our mother son dates, but it really doesn’t always have to be a major event. What’s important is that we have some special time to get away and just do something they enjoy that doesn’t involve me splitting time among their brothers with their opinions and judgements.
Don’t get me wrong, my Dudes have pretty great relationships with each other. Sure, they fight, but for the most part I know that they will stand up against the world for each other. Some of their bonds are tighter than others (Dude 2 and Dude 3 are SERIOUS BFFs), but I can see that as they grow into adulthood they will have each other to experience life with.
That said, sibling relationships are complicated and multifaceted, like every other close, long term relationship tends to be.
They have interdependencies, and competitions, and insecurities that influence the way they interact with each other and with me.
That’s why I find it so important to devote independent time to each of my dudes. Our mother son dates are really the only time I get to enjoy who they truly are.
It’s when I really get to know what’s bothering them, what they’re interested in, the girl they like or the friend they’re closest too. It’s when I figure out what they’re struggling with at school and what they wish was different at home. They are their most authentic selves when it is just the two of us and I it’s the only time they truly get to be my favorite kid –because for those few hours they are my favorite, most important person, and we both get so much from that experience.
Dude 3 and I recently discovered an awesome place for mother son dates: Walkersville Southern Railroad.
We spent opening day of their season taking a cab ride, exploring the station, and riding the scenic railroad. He’s always loved trains and it was so cool to have this unique experience with him.
It wasn’t one of our traditional one-on-one mother son dates because we decided to double date with another mother son pair in our family, but it was still a fun way to enjoy being unplugged together outside, enjoying the countryside, soaking up the warm spring sun, and learning about trains.
If you’re looking for some great ideas for mother son dates in Maryland, add the Walkersville Southern Railroad toy our list.
Here are a few other nearby locations we love.
Things to do in Maryland with Kids: 20 Great Places for Mother Son Dates
Mother Son Dates in Frederick, Maryland
Try to escape Clue IQ.
We had so much fun at their immersive location. Learn about our adventure there here: Escape Rooms: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go
Drive go-karts at Adventure Park.
This is our track of choice because they have go-karts and several other fun attractions your kids will dig.
Visit the animals at the Catoctin Zoo.
They have a surprising lineup of wildlife to check out and great opportunities to learn about them as well.
Play in the dirt at the Heavy Metal Playground.
This is a super unique experience for older kids. You can book a time slot at the playground to actually test out the construction equipment. This one is definitely on our list of to-do’s.
Check out some model trains at Roads and Rails Museum
This is one all serious train lovers should totally add your list. My Dudes all loved visiting and seeing the model trains in action. And the Lego display in front was pretty spectacular too.
Learn to cook at The Kitchen Studio
You can take a class together and then have fun trying out what you learned for the family at home.
Feed the ducks at the Quarry Pond.
Located at Fountain Rock Park, this nature preserve has tons of outdoorsy things to enjoy with your nature loving dude. You can even drop in a line and catch fish over in the trout pond. We’ve been to the Quarry several times to play and enjoy nature and we always have a great time making new discoveries.
Things to Do with Kids in DC: Mother Son Dates in the D.C. Metro Area
See the fish at the National Aquarium.
One of our all time favorite aquariums to visit, it’s located right in the Inner Harbor so you can find a great place to grab lunch before or after your ticket time. A weekday visit will be mush less crowded if you can make it work.
Ride the massive Ferris wheel at the National Harbor
We like to plan a visit for a day when they have an event going on (they have summer movies and other entertainment to enjoy) so we can make a day of it. Lunch, a ride in the ferris wheel, and an evening movie by the water is perfect for us.
Go ziplining at Go Ape Rockville
Great way to enjoy the outdoors and test your limits together. We had a ton of fun defeating the ropes course this spring. You can see our adventure here: Ziplining at Go Ape Rockville
Get hands on at Port Discovery.
My dudes loved visiting this museum when they were younger. There are things to learn, things to touch, things to see, and tons of things to do inside. Perfect for a rainy day mother son date.
Get your STEM on at the Maryland Science Center.
Located in the Inner Harbor area in Baltimore, it’s a great place to soak up some science. My dudes loved it from about age 3 and up.
Learn about the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner, Fort McHenry.
Another win for history lovers, this location is the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner. It’s a fun outdoor location kids will love to explore.
Website: Fort McHenry
Go golfing in the dark at Monster Minigolf
All three of my dudes enjoy minigolf. Glow in the dark minigolf is just cooler.
The National Zoo
Learn about animlas from around the world and the conservations efforts of the zoo.
The International Spy Museum
Enjoy fun exhbits related to the history and culture of espionage.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Learn how money is made up close and personal.
Play in the Fun House.
At the National Building museum. Part of their summer instillation, this exhibit is destined to be serious fun for visitors. Pun totally intended. Even if you miss the summer installation, the museum has year round exhibits that are sure to delight.
See George Washington’s house.
Visit the home of our nation’s first president, George Washington.
Hit a few balls at Topgolf
You don’t have to be a huge golf fan to love Top Golf, you just have to be a huge fan of having fun. Their hi-tech golf game is a blast for everyone.
Go to a football game
There are several pro football teams in the DC area –two NFL teams and a couple of arena football teams too. Check out the Baltimore Ravens or the Washington Redskins. And if you’ve never tried arena football, the Washington Valor and the Baltimore Brigade are worth a visit.
Go to a basketball game.
There are several pro basketball teams in and around the DC area for true lovers of the game to see. You can also snag tickets to check out the Harlem Globetrotters when they come to town. And, for NBA fans, the Washington Wizards are a great option.
Go to a hockey game.
We aren’t even hockey fans and we still had so much fun when we went to see the Capitals play.
Try a baseball game.
The DC area is also home to several baseball teams. There are a number of minor league teams as well as the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals.