Play date

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Play date or playdate is an expression, primarily used in the United States, for an arranged appointment for children to meet and play.[1] It should not be confused with dating as there is no implied romantic component.

Toddlers playing while an adult watches in the background

Play dates have become common[when?] because the work schedules for busy parents, along with media warnings about leaving children unattended,[example needed] prevent the kind of play that children of other generations[which?] participated in.

Play dates are also arranged by destinations that feature child-friendly programs like museums, parks, or playgrounds.[example needed]

The intention of a play date is to give children time to interact freely in a less structured environment than other planned activities might provide. Play dates are different from organized activities or scheduled sports, because they usually lack structure, rules, and plans.


  1. ^ "Play Date Etiquette Explained". CBS News.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of playdate at Wiktionary