By Gary Schwind

When you’re a parent and you’re watching your kids grow up, you start to realize that the time you spend together is much more important than any thing you can buy for them. It is particularly important to participate with your kids in activities they enjoy. No matter how old the kids are, here are some of the best mother and son date ideas in Orange County.

Boomers
3405 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 559-8341
www.boomersparks.com/irvine

Boomers is a great place for moms and younger, active sons. This park has a variety of options that a mom and son can enjoy together. Miniature golf allows for plenty of conversation while playing. However, if more-heated competition is desired, laser tag and go-karts are also available. With a rock wall and batting cages, Boomers offers plenty of options for a mom and son to make memories together.

Habana
2930 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-0176
www.restauranthabana.com

If you’re a mom looking to spend time with your son (particularly if he’s of an age where sitting for a meal with mom isn’t a chore), Habana is a great place to enjoy a meal. With a cozy interior and a beautiful, shaded patio, Habana offers a great ambiance that makes conversation easy. It also offers a menu that is sure to satisfy both mom and son.

McFadden Public Market
515 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(657) 232-3338
www.mcfaddenmarket.com

No matter how old your son is, the odds are pretty good that he is interested in video games. Depending on how old your son is, McFadden Public Market offers you the opportunity to show him the games that you might have played growing up. This food hall has classic video and pinball games for both competition and nostalgia purposes. In addition, you’ll find some places to eat on the ground floor as well as a bar on each floor. With good food and drink as well as classic video games, you’re sure to have a good time here.

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The Coast Vintage Market
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 381-9947
www.thecoastvintagemarket.com

You might not immediately think of a flea market as a place for a mother-son date, but this market offers something to be enjoyed by both. All sorts of items are for sale here including furniture and home decor. While that may or may not be a big draw for the son, there are also classic cars on display here. The Coast Vintage Market is the second Sunday of every month from 8-3 at Saddleback College, Even if you don’t buy anything, this is a good way to spend a couple hours together.

The Coach House
33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 496-8930
www.thecoachhouse.com

Nothing brings people together – even a mom and son – quite like live music. If your son is old enough that you don’t have to worry about getting him to bed, The Coach House provides a great opportunity for some time together. The atmosphere here is pretty mellow so you can actually sit together and chat in between bands. With concerts on such a regular basis here, you’re sure to find a band you both enjoy here.

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