Play date

Play date

A play date or playdate is an arranged appointment for children to get together for a few hours to play. Playdates have become the standard for children of many western cultures because the work schedules for busy parents, along with media warnings about leaving children unattended, prevent the kind of play that children of other generations participated in. Playdates are also arranged by destinations that feature child-friendly programs like museums, parks or playgrounds.

The intention for a playdate is for children to have time to play either in a supervised location or on a computer. Playdates are different from activities or scheduled sports because they are not usually as structured.

Playdates are a late 20th century innovation. Playdates are becoming part of the vernacular of popular culture, and are a form of children’s down time. Most parents prefer that children use these hours to form friendships with one-on-one play or with small groups. With young children, most parents stay for a playdate and use that time to form their own friendships and parental alliances.

[ Playdatepal] is a social medium that connects kids and families, to meet with other kids and families in the community or neighborhood by the way of having playdates at a nearby outdoor location.

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  • play date — play′ date orplay′date n. cvb an appointment made by parents from separate families to have their young children play together • Etymology: 1980–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • play date — n AmE a time that is arranged for children to meet together to play …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • play date — an appointment made by several parents to have their young children play together. [1985 90] * * * play date noun (chiefly N American) An arrangement between adults for their children to meet to play together • • • Main Entry: ↑play * * * play… …   Useful english dictionary

  • play date — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms play date : singular play date plural play dates details of the day and time that a show will happen …   English dictionary

  • play date — /ˈpleɪ deɪt/ (say play dayt) noun an arrangement made between two or more families with young children to meet at a certain location, as the home of one of the families or a park, in order for the children to play together …   Australian English dictionary

  • play date — an appointment made by several parents to have their young children play together. [1985 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • play·date — /ˈpleıˌdeıt/ noun, pl dates [count] chiefly US : a time that parents arrange for their young children to play together She has a playdate with a friend from kindergarten …   Useful english dictionary

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