Five Tips For Perfect Playdates
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Five Tips For Perfect Playdates

Five Tips For Perfect Playdates

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats. All opinions are 100% mine.

 how to throw a perfect playdate

Playdates used to be a luxury around here.

We’ve known for awhile that they really shouldn’t be… I mean there are very few things that the girls love more than getting together with friends, but life always seems so busy and playdates were always put off till the next week and then the next week… you get the picture. And then once we actually did get together we all had a great time and declared we will do it more often.

Making fun a priority this past year, really pushed us to do more of what we love.

I’m not even sure if that is the right term or not. I just know that we are putting more thought into everything we do. We want our moments to really count. We want to have more experiences and to make more memories.

We want to have more fun. 

5 tips for playdates

With fun in mind we decided to invite some friends over for a playdate.

I’ve had years of experience with planning playdates. Years ago when my older two started having playdates I would go all out with the planning. I would plan every second of their time together. As the years went by I’ve learned a lot about what kids really want during playdates. And one thing I know for sure is that over planning takes away the spontaneous fun. That’s just one of my tips though… 

Here Are My Five Tips For Perfect Playdates:

play date fun

1. Keep it simple and unscripted. Set no schedule for the kids. Let them dictate what they want to do.

summer playdate

2. Have a backup plan. Weather in the summer can get rainy or super hot pretty quickly. We always start our playdates outside, but I always have a back up plan incase the playdate needs to be moved inside. Thankfully we have a large indoor room for everyone to hang out in if need be.

chewy granola bar playdate

3. Snacks! The best playdate snacks are grab and go ones like Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars. We think Quaker Chewy is the perfect, hassle-free snack that provides families with the fuel they want to help keep playing and sharing the fun together. Quaker Chewy Granola Bars contain 8 grams of whole grains in every bar and come in delectably fun flavors like Chocolate Chip, S’mores and Oatmeal Raisin. They are perfect for having out during the playdate for the kids to snack on as they get hungry!

chewy granola bars


4. Keep a supply of playdate equipment. Our favorites are bubble machines, sidewalk chalk, balls, and hula hoops! We just keep a big bin in the garage full of these things so that the kids can just grab what they need and go. It also makes clean up super easy at the end. Just collect it all and drop it in the box!

snacks for playdates

5. If it’s warm enough (and you are not living in a drought area) playing in the water is always a hit! Just turn the sprinklers on and let them run through them! Running through the sprinklers at friends houses is one of my best childhood memories and my kids love it just as much as I did!

summertime snacks for playdates

To help inspire families’ playtime together and fuel fun, Quaker is inviting parents to participate in its Keep Playing! With Chewy promotion for a chance to win $25,000 to make over their family’s play space.

To enter, visit and submit a photo of your family’s favorite play space along with how you would like to see that space made over and why.Learn more at

Giveaway Time:

Want to win your own Quaker Playdate kit? Awesome!
You can enter to win your own kit by leaving a comment below with your favorite playdate memory! 
Here is what you will find in the kit: Chewy Playdate invitation pack to plan your next playdate. A classic Bocce Ball set for endless hours of outdoor summer play. A Gazillion Bubble Monsoon bubble machine for the whole family to enjoy. Sidewalk chalk set to get creative outdoors. A puzzle perfect for indoor or outdoor play. A red storage bin for storing your family’s favorite toys. A NERF Bash Ball for easy family fun. A variety of Chewy Granola Bars to help fuel family play, including, Big Chewy Sweet & Salty Bars and Chewy Granola Bars Variety Pack.

Good Luck! 

*Quaker is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Quaker or its affiliates, but solely by It’s a Lovely Life! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Promotion Description: The ‘ Playdate Kit’ (“Sweepstakes”) begins on 5/8/2015 (Pacific Time) and ends on 05/15/2015 at 12:00 AM (Pacific Time ) (the “Promotion Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of and It’s a Lovely Life (“IALL”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Eligibility: Open to legal residents of the continental USA who are 18 years or older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. The winner of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted within 48 hours by IALL whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received. Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information on or about 48 hours after the random drawing. Potential winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 48 hours of notification. Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. Prize: 1 winner will receive (1) GoPro Hero and product coupons. Failure to comply with the Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize.  The privacy policy of IALL can be found at Limitation of Liability: Sponsor and IALL are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes or by any technical or human error, which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Sweepstakes. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any misdirected or lost mail, or any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay of operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries. If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible. 

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