The Best Father’s Day Activities for the Whole Family
It’s nice for the kids to create a special gift for their father on the day meant to celebrate paternity, but some of the very best gifts come in the form of activities that create lifelong memories. So while you should definitely encourage the kids to make cards for Dad, help you to cook a favorite meal, and even take some new group photos, you might also want to consider some special activities to surprise him with on Sunday, June 17th. Here are just a few that will appeal to Dad but provide a fun and diverting afternoon for the whole family.
- Picnic in the park. Everyone can have some fun munching on sandwiches, soaking up sun, and throwing the old pigskin around. So plan a relaxing day for Dad that doesn’t call on him to man the grill, pay an entrance fee, or drive the whole crew around. Take care of everything on a day that’s all about him by packing up a picnic full of his favorite foods and bringing along some sports equipment so the whole family can enjoy an active afternoon of family togetherness.
- Summer concert. Dad might not necessarily be down with an afternoon of Shakespeare in the park, but he would probably have a great time attending a summer concert played by a local band, or even some A-listers that are scheduled to hit up a nearby locale. Of course, you might not want to take the kids to any of this summer’s nostalgia tours (the Beach Boys would be okay if the kids were into their music, but you might want to skip the Mayhem Festival featuring Anthrax, Slayer, Motorhead, and more). In order for the whole family to have a great time, try to find a summer concert in the park with some music that will get everyone dancing and having a great time.
- Fishing. If Dad is into the outdoors then a day spent on the grassy bank of the river or floating around in a flat-bottom boat looking for fish might be just the right amount of wonderful. So pack up the kids and the car and head to the local fishing hole for a day of serenity that hopefully ends with a fish dinner for all.
- A sporting event. Although many sports are on hiatus during the summer months, Dad is no doubt interested in following several leagues. And with baseball and soccer running through the summer you’ve got at least two major sports to choose from if you want to arrange for the whole family to attend an event. Plus, there’s always NASCAR, golf, tennis, and a number of other leagues that run through the summer to provide possible entertainment for Dad on his special day.
- Video games. On any other weekend you might rent a family-friendly movie, find a garage sale, or simply lose time on the mundane aspects of running your daily lives. But you know that Dad would rather be rocking out with guitar hero or racing through Need for Speed. So if you want to plan a day where everyone can have some fun (but with Dad’s likes in mind), bust out the controllers for a tournament of video games.
Sarah Danielson is a contributing writer for Yard Sale Search. This Father’s Day find some garage sales near you and take the whole family on a treasure hunt.