8 Mother Son Date Ideas in Toledo

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”, I said…. “Live every day to the fullest”, I said….and the stupidest thing I said, “We can do anything you want!”!! And that is precisely how I found myself in this precarious predicament, weak in the knees, adrenaline rushing, hands trembling, trying desperately to focus on the gentleman in front of me providing instruction on how to load a handgun. All I kept thinking was, this is more of a Father Son adventure, I shouldn’t be here…we shouldn’t be here.   Then I thought about the pioneer women, feminist, feminism, the females who serve and protect, all the strides we have made as women and I stepped outside my comfort zone, loaded, and fired that handgun.  And just like that calm came over me, having respect and a better understanding, gaining knowledge conquered fear. We learned valuable lessons, 1- how to handle a handgun, where the safety is, when it is on, off, how to load, and remove a magazine, the power, and the responsibility of the hands holding the handgun. 2-Mom has a decent aim. 3- Replacing fear with knowledge is good.  I was officially swimming outside my comfort zone of frilly dresses, tea parties, & pedicures and embracing all things boy on this Mother Son Date Day.


Next stop on our adventures, Dragon Roost Coffee because what little boy can pass up anything with the word dragon in it and what mom could pass up coffee?


Little man grabbed a mocha and I a cappuccino…because what goes better with pure adrenaline than caffeine!? Then we were on our way to conquer the last 3 items on his list. Get a picture with a Camaro, spend his Dick’s gift card, and eat a huge burger…and I am happy to say that I successfully fulfilled all 3 wishes, the Fairy Godmother couldn’t have done a better job! lol!


Well, almost, the burger was a veggie burger, the spell was wearing off and the mom in me was slowly reemerging…but it was colossal!


I slept like a baby that night…channeling the boy brain for a day is thrilling, a bit dangerous, and totally exhausting!!

Why Mother Son Dates?

A close mother-son relationship is good for a boy’s mental health. A study presented at the American Psychological Association showed that boys who are close to their mothers tend not to buy into hyper-masculine stereotypes. They don’t believe, for instance, that you have to always act tough, go it alone or fight to prove your manhood every time you are challenged. These boys remained more emotionally open. Not only did they have better friendships, but also less anxiety and depression than their more macho peers.

-Teenage boys who are close to their moms engage in less risky behavior. It has long been known that good parent-teen communication can help lessen the influence of negative peer pressure. But new research shows that it is a boy’s mother who is the most influential when it comes to her son’s decision making about alcohol, drugs and sex. Some researchers speculate that the nature of mother-son communication accounts for the difference: mothers usually don’t have one big “drug talk” or “sex talk” but instead tend to weave the topic into other conversations or family activities.

Far from making boys weaker, the love of a mother can and does actually make boys stronger, emotionally and psychologically. Far from making boys dependent, the base of safety a loving mother can create—a connection that her son can rely on all his life—provides a boy with the courage to explore the outside world. But most important, far from making a boy act in ‘girl-like’ ways, a loving mother actually plays an integral role in helping a boy develop his masculinity.

Sources: https://www.familyeducation.com/life/mother-son-relationships/what-sons-learn-their-mothers



8 Mother Son Date Ideas in Toledo



NickelWorld is a unique concept in Family Entertainment. They have Over 100 Games!! All Games Operate with NICKELS!! While some Games Take Two or Three Nickels, MOST Games are one Nickel each to play!! PLUS, they have 13 FREE GAMES!! Most Games also WIN TICKETS to trade in for all sorts of PRIZES!!


Address: 2545 S Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43614

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11AM–10PM

Phone: (419) 385-3297

Website: http://www.nickelworldtoledo.com/

Admission: $2.50 to enter and then however many nickels you would like…$5 is usually more than enough



Sportway of Toledo

This seasonal go-kart racing facility also offers an 18-hole mini-golf course & batting cages.


Address: 5950 Angola Rd, Toledo, OH 43615

Hours: Tues-Thurs and Sundays 11AM–11PM Fri. and Sat. 11PM-12AM

Phone: (419) 867-1006

Website: http://sportwayinc.com/

Admission: Single Go-Kart $6 / 3 laps and Double Go-Kart $7 / 3 laps

Batting Cage…$1 = 1 token (15 pitches) $5 = 6 tokens (buy 5 get one free)

Mini-gold…18 Holes Adults $6 Kids – 6 & under $3



Northwest Ohio’s only full service hunting and shooting sports specialty store. Their ranges give you a place to practice year round. Use the indoor pistol range or indoor archery range throughout the year, in climate-controlled comfort. The outdoor 3-D range is available from March thru October.


Address: 10306 Airport Hwy, Swanton, OH 43558

Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM–7PM Saturday 10AM-6PM Closed Sundays

Phone: (419) 865-4713

Website: http://www.clelands.com/

Admission: Varies


Schmucker’s Restaurant

Classic, original dinner experience! Opened in 1948 and is still going strong! When you walk in you step back in time, the 13 chrome stools at the lunch counter have been there from the beginning, as has the wooden phone booth in the corner. And the food is still good, plentiful and inexpensive.


Address: 2103 N Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43615

Hours: Monday-Saturday 5AM–11PM Closed Sundays

Phone: (419) 535-9116




This entertainment center known for its large laser tag arena also has arcade games & hosts parties.


Address: 5836 Monroe St, Sylvania, OH 43560

Hours: Monday, Thursday, & Friday 4–10PM Closed Tuesday & Wednesday, and on Saturdays & Sundays 12pm-10pm

Phone: (419) 885-3460

Website: https://www.qzartoledo.com/

Admission: Laser Tag Prices -$8.50 One game of laser tag, $15.00 Two game pack, & $19.00 Three game pack

All You Can Play Sessions $19.00 per person Monday, Thursday & Friday: 4pm – 7pm and Sunday, Monday & Thursday: 7pm – 10pm


Dave & Busters

Family-friendly chain offering a sports-bar-style setting for American food & arcade games.



Address: 5001 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623

Hours: Monday-Thursday and Sundays 10AM–12AM Fridays & Saturdays 10AM-2AM

Phone: (419) 481-9800

Website: https://www.daveandbusters.com/

Admission: Varies


Pete’s Garage

The restaurant is a kid’s favorite!! Request a table in a car…yep, you read right, a table inside a classic car! This bar & grill serves American, Italian & Mexican fare in a relaxed setting with eclectic decor.



Address: 930 N Telegraph Rd, Monroe, MI 48162

Hours: Open 7 days a week 10:30AM–2AM

Phone: (734) 243-0343

Website: http://www.petesgaragemi.com/Pages/Menu.aspx?DeptID=0

Admission: Varies


Phoenix Theatres Mall of Monroe Movie Theater

100% reclining seats! And Matinees, anything showing before 6PM is only $5!


Address: The Mall of Monroe 2121 N Monroe St

Phone: (734) 457-9080

Hours: Varies

Website: http://www.phoenixmovies.net/loc_frenchtown

Admission: General Admission-$8.75, Child, (11 and under) $6.00, Seniors, (60 and over) $6.00 Matinees before 6 PM $5.00


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