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10 Mother-Son Date Ideas Around The U.S.

  • For the Geek Mom, spend an afternoon exploring your local comic-book store. Most mid-sized cities have some sort of comic-book store, but there's a good chance they pale in comparison to Brooklyn's Bergen Street Comics, with its aisles upon aisles of comics and graphic novels, in Brooklyn, N.Y. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by on the first Saturday in May, which is "Free Comic Book Day" at the store.

     

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    If you're a Nerdy Mom and your little guy is more into "sci" than "sci-fi," consider a stop at Pima Air and Space Museum, one of the world's largest aerospace museums, in Tucson, Ariz. Known for its huge collection of more than 300 commercial, private/civil and military aircraft, the museum even has a moon rock on display in its NASA-themed exhibit.

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    Are you an Adventurous Mother? Then buckle up for a wild ride and spend a day racing go-karts at The Track Family Fun Parksin Branson, Mo. The Track features 14 different tracks for different age and experience levels, including the Heavy Metal High Rise, which has a four-story corkscrew.

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    If you're a Tomboy Mom, you'll fit right in at Monster Jam, the ultimate Monster Truck Rally. It'll make your kiddo's head spin with delight. The Monster Jam tours around the United States, and events are everywhere from California and Alabama to Nebraska and Florida.

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    If you're an Analytical Mom, then you'll probably enjoy bonding with your little guy over a bucket of Legos. Spend an afternoon constructing your heart out at the Legoland Discovery Center in Boston, Mass. It's perfect for kids 3 to 10 years old, and you can jump into a giant box of Lego bricks, tour the Lego Factory or hop on the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride.

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    How about a trip to Home Depot for all you Crafty Mamas out there? Every month, Home Depot hosts free kids' workshops. You can build a planter box, a birdhouse, or if you're feeling especially ambitious, a ride-on lawn mower. Every month features a new activity for you and your son to tackle. Lowe's also hosts a regular craft event called Kids Clinics. There, you can build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles and a patch for your work. Check your local store for dates and times of events.

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    Calling all Eco-conscious Mamas: Hop on a bike and explore without guzzling gas. For just a few bucks, you can rent two bikes or a bicycle built for two from San Diego's Cheap Rentals and cruise along the picturesque trails and beaches of this California hot spot.

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    If biking isn't your thing, consider trying your hand at fishing. Countless fishing holes are across New Hampshire, and because children younger than 16 don't need a fishing license, it's an affordable date for Outdoorsy Moms and their sons.

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    Athletic Moms can hop into a kayak and paddle down the Chicago River. The folks at Water Riders, will guide you under iron bridges and down the Chicago River alongside some of the Windy City's most impressive buildings. You and your son will get a great workout and learn about Chicago's history, its structural design and its dark mysterious stories.

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    Have you read The Hunger Games series? All you Bookworm Mommies out there can take your nose out of Katniss's printed adventures and embark on a real one at Jake's Archery in Orem, Utah. For just $10 per person, including equipment rental, you can enjoy the thrill of shooting a bow and arrow in Jake's indoor range. Never shot a bow before? No problem, they also offer archery lessons based on age and level of experience.

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