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Your guide to an awesome play date

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

It's time to play!

Create the perfect play date with a little planning — and a lot of fun.

Has spring fever hit your house yet? The best way to stop the grumpiness that comes with the slow countdown to summer is by adding a little extra fun to your free days. Banish the boring with a fun play date.

Make it fun

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Any time you get a group of kids together, you need to have a plan. If not, your home will be taken over by chaos in a matter of minutes. Try these fun crafts to keep the crazy contained.

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Feed the crowd

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No one’s happy when they’re hungry. Help the day go smoother by working in a snack time. We rounded up some of the best playdate snacks from bloggers to help you figure out what to feed them.

Check out these play date snacks >>

Work ahead of time

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Photo credit: Carla's Confections

OK, we get that it might be hard to create a fabulous snack while keeping track of all the littles in your home. Make your snacks ahead of time, so all you’ll have to do is grab it and serve.

Check out these make-ahead play date snacks >>

Don’t forget the drinks

Don’t forget the drinks | Sheknows.com

Now that we’ve got food covered, it’s time to move on to the drinks. Smart moms know better than to load the kids up on sugary beverages.

Find out what she serves at her play dates >>

Learn from other moms

Does the idea of hosting a play date sound a little intimidating? One mom who loves them is ready to share how she makes them work.

Read her play date tips >>

This post was sponsored by Mott's.

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