Ok moms, please explain the Play date thing. I just don't get it. My kids have many friends at school, church, sports and dance teams, neighborhood and close family friends. What I don't understand it the whole play date thing. Is this something a group of fancy moms made up and now everyone has jumped on the band wagon? Is this an organized event or is this a necessary thing? Is this planned play time? When I was a child, I never heard my mom say anything about play dates. We just went outside and played, road our bikes, played in the yard with close friends. There was no play date. When my parents visited close friends, we just ended up playing together. If I call up a friend and say let's take the kids to the zoo, Is that a play date? Am I just out of the loop or do I need to jump on this play date band wagon? Can someone please explain it to me?