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Family Friendly Activities That Dads Will Enjoy

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Because there’s only so much love that a craft beer subscription or a new tie can convey, it’s a GR8 idea to plan some fun family activities with Dad to really show how much you love and appreciate him. Read on for lots of different ways to have fun with the whole family, when you spend the day celebrating Dad.

Go on a Picnic

Get some sunshine and head outside to enjoy a fun family meal together. Stake out a shady spot at your local park and surprise Dad with a picnic basket full of his favorite foods.

Camp Out

If Dad is the outdoorsy type, he will love having some quality time outside with his favorite crew. There is so much bonding, exploring, and discovering to be had on a camping trip. Treat Dad to an outdoor getaway filled with sunshine, s’mores, and even a little stargazing.

Head to the Beach

Any time is a great time to get outside and soak up some sunshine. The entire family will have a blast spending the day seaside with Dad. Plan some fun things to do, like flying kites, building sandcastles, and collecting shells, and you’ll give Dad an awesome day to remember.

Go Fishing

Any angler Dad would love to spend the day a local fishing hole. The whole family will love seeing Dad’s delight doing something that makes him so happy.

Have an Outdoor Adventure

Discover the great outdoors together by walking through a park, exploring some bike trails, or hiking through a nature preserve. Dad will love the chance to spend quality together without all of the distractions found at home.

Do an At-Home Spa Day

Parenting is tough work, and if you think dad would enjoy a little relaxation time, set up some spa treatments, like a manicure, pedicure, face mask, and massage, that he can enjoy from the comfort of home. Dad deserves to be pampered, too!

Play Yard Games

Cornhole, horseshoes, and ring toss games double as gifts for Dad and fun outdoor activities. Plus, they’re so easy to play that kids of all ages can enjoy these family-friendly games any time of day.

Play Mini-Golf

Dad may or may not be a pro on an actual golf course, but you can bet that he will be bringing his A-game to the putt-putt course. Kids and adults alike love mini-golf, and it’s a great starting point if Dad ever plans to teach the kids the “real” game.

Go Bowling

Perfect for a rainy day, bowling is usually right up Dad’s alley. If small kids are in the mix, bumper bowling will give the little ones an advantage, so that everyone can have a ball together.

Visit a Historical Site

If Dad is a veteran or even just a history buff, visiting a history museum or other historical site is a fantastic way to spend the day. Pack his favorite lunch and snacks, and enjoy a family picnic nearby.

Have a Movie Marathon

Dad rarely gets to control the remote these days, so create a line-up of Dad’s favorite movies and spend the day cuddling on the couch and watching them together. Make sure you’ve got plenty of Dad’s favorite movie theater candy and popcorn on hand, too!

Make a Scavenger Hunt

You’ll have a great time creating a scavenger hunt, and dad will have a blast deciphering all the clues. Whether you make it an indoor activity or a bike ride hunt around the neighborhood, it could all lead up to Dad discovering a sweet little gift that’s meant just for him.

Have a Game Night

Game night isn’t just a win for Dad, but everyone in the family. After all, who doesn’t love game night? It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to unplug and invest in real conversations and lots of fun.

Take an Online Cooking Class

If Dad likes to cook, then sign up for an online cooking class or two. Dad will love the experience of everyone coming together to learn some new skills, and the whole family will enjoy tasting the fruit of their labor. Look for a theme you think he might enjoy, such as Classic Italian Cooking or Sushi 101.

Get Creative with Coupons

Creating a DIY coupon book, full of fun things to do together, is sure to make Dad’s day. He’ll love cashing them in for things like brunch in bed, a dinner and movie date night, and a foot massage. If you make the book ahead of time, you can spend the day treating Dad to every activity on the coupons.

No one needs to spend a small fortune on a fancy gift when what Dad really wants is to have fun times and create precious memories with his family. What’s most important is taking the day (or two!) to celebrate Dad and all he does for us every day of the year.

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Gina is a GR8NESS Contributing Writer covering self care and parenting. She is the proud mom to two sets of twin girls, ages 5 and 9, and is always looking for new ways to manage work/life balance. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her art directing, designing, reading, cooking healthy meals, practicing barre, laughing with her girls and snuggling with their dog.
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