The mother-daughter relationship is a complicated, beautiful, and very important, no matter your age. And, like any relationship, it needs to be nurtured. But with today’s busy schedules and long lists of responsibilities, it is becoming more difficult to spend quality time together, which is why we need to make the time. Mother-daughter dates should be a standing order on your calendar, once a month plan a date with your daughter, mother— or both! Need some help getting started?
Here are eight great ideas:
1) Sweet Shalom Tea Room
What little girl didn’t adore playing tea party? Now’s your chance for a real tea party. Get dressed up in your Sunday best (or opt for a more casual attire, entirely up to you) and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of conversation over homemade scones, sandwiches, pastries and tea. Each month has a different theme and menu. Reservations are required and the menu is a la carte. A children’s menu is also available.
419-297-9919, 8216 Erie St., Sylvania. sweetshalomtearoom.com
2. Copper Moon Studio
Create your own one-of- a-kind fused glass artwork, or better yet, create a piece for one another. An instructor will teach you the basic techniques, providing step-by-step instructions, and then you can let your creativity to run wild. Use bright, bold colors, patterns, etc. to create your own artwork. After completing your piece, the studio will fire your design in the kiln and it will be ready for pick up a week later. Sessions are available every day, including evenings, for kiddos 4+ and adults! Reservations Required. No experience needed.
419-867- 0683, 8007 Airport Hwy., Holland. coppermstudio.com
3. Lisa’s Manicure & Pedicure Spa
Calling all girlie girls. Grab a refreshing beverage of choice and settle in for one of the most relaxing and enjoyable experiences girlhood offers— a Mani/Pedi date! When you enter you will be greeted by the lovely Lisa, the owner, or one of the other amazing ladies who work there, but what you won’t be greeted by is the strong aroma of acrylic nails. Lisa’s Spa provides regular and gel polishes, not acrylics— which means no harsh strong chemical smells. Kiddie Pedicure chairs are available. An appointment is strongly advised, especially in the summer months. FYI: They only accept checks or cash.
419-517-0092, Oak Tree Shopping Center 4024 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd.
4. UNCORK THE ARTIST
Channel your inner Picasso while you sip your favorite wine or juice box, depending on the age of your date. No experience is necessary to make your own stunning painting. One of their artists will guide you step by step through the process of painting your own canvas masterpiece. They provide all the supplies, and once you are finished you will have a wall-worthy masterpiece to hang at home. Checkout the calendar on their website to see what paintings are being offered for the month and reserve your spots.
419-283-2484, 5206 Monroe St., uncorktheartist.com
5. Volunteer Together at the Beach House
Helping others together is a great way to reconnect and the Beach House is the perfect place to volunteer! The Beach House is a Goal Directed Living Program for homeless women and families. Beach House provides residents with food, clothing referrals, personal hygiene items, transportation, and a healthy, secure living environment. Volunteer to cook and/or serve a meal, clean/paint a room, or inquire where there might be a need for help. After you have served others grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants housed in the Historic Oliver House downtown, (27 Broadway St, Toledo, OH 43604).
Call Shardae Moss 419-241- 9277 ext. 103 or email email@example.com
15 N Erie St., beachhousetoledo.org
6. Visit the Valentine Theatre
Ladies, get all dolled up and step back in time while you enjoy a show in the gorgeous 120 year old Valentine Theatre. Valentine Theatre is located downtown at the corner of Superior and Adams Streets and offers a variety of shows for all ages, including Children’s Series (Peter Rabbit Tales, The Rainbow Fish, etc.), Broadway Series, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Ballet, local School Performances, etc.
419.242.ARTS (2787). 410 Adams St., valentinetheatre.com
7. Cruise the Maumee River on the Sandpiper
Sit back, relax, feel the breeze on your face while you enjoy a scenic (and somewhat hilarious) 2 hour cruise (Lighthouse Cruise is 5 hours) down the Maumee River. The Sandpiper is a 100 passenger boat located on the Maumee River at Jefferson Docks in Promenade Park. Choose from one of the many cruises offered…Picnic Lunch Cruise, Sunset & City Lights Cruise, Family Night Cruise (includes Marco’s Pizza), Fireworks Cruise, and more (see website for full list)! Reservations are required.
419-537-1212. The Sandpiper’s dock is located at the foot of Jefferson Avenue in Promenade Park, in downtown Toledo. sandpiperboat.com
8. See stars at the Ritter Planetarium
Enjoy the night sky in this state of the art fulldome immersive visualization theater utilizing the world’s first Spitz SciDome XD projection system that offers breathtaking images of the Universe and the ability to play fulldome programming. Admission to all public programs is $7 for adults and $5 for children (children 3 and under are free), seniors, and UT community members. Reservations are not accepted nor required, all shows are first-come, first-served. Programs are offered on Friday evenings at 7:30 PM (or 8:30 from May through August) and Saturday afternoons during the academic year at 1:00 PM. For details of the programs being offered checkout the website.
Stop by Brew (located on 2903 Door St. across from the UT campus) afterward to discuss the program while enjoying coffee/refreshment and a dessert!
419-530-2650. 2855 W Bancroft St., utoledo.edu/nsm/rpbo
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