Creative & Fun Father’s Day Activities for Dad

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Father's Day is just around the corner, and if you haven't planned anything for dear old Dad, you should check out this list of fun Father's Day activities:

Blaze a Trail

Whether your dad is a regular outdoorsmen or not, a day out in the open air for some exercise and fun under the sun may be just what he needs for this year's Father's Day. Take your dad on a trip to a local state park for some biking or hiking. You can also plan a day trip and visit some natural monuments, spend the day fishing, or sign up for an activity he's never tried before like kayaking or rock climbing. Whatever you decide, just make sure you get your dad up and out of the house before he decides on plopping on the couch in front of the TV.

Go for a Trip Down Memory Lane...Literally!

Plan a Father's Day revisiting some of the favorite places you visited with your dad when you were younger. This is a great activity for dads with older children, especially if many of them have grown up and moved out of the home. A trip down memory lane is a great way to relive some of your favorite moments together. You can start by visiting an area you used to live in and maybe a park he used to take you when you were little. A drive down the old neighborhood is sure to bring about some old stories your dad would love to reminisce about. Other places you can possibly visit include:

  • An old school you attended.
  • Old restaurants and shops your dad used to take you to.
  • Places you used to visit together when you were younger like a pier or a lake where you used to fish together.

Take Dad to the Toy Store for a Change

Ok, you're not literally taking your dad to the toy store, unless he actually does like toys. This particular activity for Father's Day gives you a chance to return the favor of spoiling your dad the same way he spoiled you when you were a child. Offer your dad a gift of his choosing by taking him to a store of his choice and buying him anything he wants; that you can afford, of course. This activity works great for anyone who has procrastinated on buying their dad a gift for Father's Day, or anyone who was unable to come up with an original Father's Day gift that wasn't in the form of a tie, coffee mug or shirt with the standard, printed text of "World's Greatest Dad."

Boys' Night Out

Sorry ladies, this activity is reserved for fathers and sons, only. Plan a night on the town with your dad and spend some time bonding with him, man to man. This is a great way to spend time with your dad on Father's Day, and will allow him to see how much you've grown up and mature you've gotten. It's also a great time to reminisce about the good old days when you were younger. Here are some possible locations you can take your dad for a boys' night out:

  • A ballgame or sporting event.
  • Your dad's favorite restaurant or eatery.
  • Set up a poker night with some of your dad's friends. They can even bring their sons along if they'd like.
  • Your dad's favorite watering hole, if you're of age, of course.

Whatever you decide, just make sure it's fun and allows your dad to relive some of his youth. He probably had to miss out on a lot of boys' night out taking care of you when you were younger.

Daddy-Daughter Day

Since the last activity was for the boys, this one can be just for the girls. Arrange a daddy-daughter day for Father's Day, filled with fun activities you both can enjoy. Arrange a picnic at the park and prepare some of your dad's favorite sandwiches and snacks. You can also take your dad to the movies and watch a fun flick you'll both enjoy. Have your dad be your personal taste tester and whip him up a Father's Day meal. If you want to have even more fun, have your dad help you in the kitchen as you bake one of his favorite treats. If he isn't the cooking type, have him accompany you to the grocery when you buy ingredients. Whatever you decide on doing, try and spend the most time you can together.

Father's Day Activities for Younger Children

Some of these activities might not seem suitable for younger children, but that doesn't mean they have to miss out on the fun Father's Day activities. Moms can help plan activities for Dad and the little ones that everyone can enjoy, like:

  • Father's Day finger-painting.
  • Father's Day movie or cartoon marathon.
  • Have a play day with Dad.
  • Set aside some time for storytelling.
  • Plan a fun-filled adventure at home, or at the park. A scavenger hunt, perhaps?
  • Play board games, tag, catch or hide-and-go-seek.

Tips for Fun Activities for Father's Day

  • Check the local paper for any events happening on the weekend of Father's Day.
  • Ask your dad to teach you about one of his favorite hobbies or pastimes.
  • Keep an eye out for any Father's Day specials or deals at restaurants and other establishments like the golf course or bowling alleys.
  • Rather than doing all of Dad's projects around the house, why not just offer a helping hand instead.
  • Plan a stay-in Father's Day where you can pamper your dad with Father's Day foods, back rubs and full reign over the couch and TV; just for the day, of course.
Last Updated: January 18, 2012
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About Matthew Cenzon Matthew Cenzon has been writing for numerous publications since 2003, covering topics ranging from health and nutrition to the real estate industry. He is one of the contributing writers for, and is a college graduate of the University of California, Riverside, with degrees in English and Asian literature. Matthew’s interest in interior design and home improvement stem from his background working in the residential real estate appraisal business for over five years, where he witnessed many of the Do's and Don'ts of home decor.

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