Top 20 Original Fathers Day Activities
On Fathers Day, parents do like receiving thoughtful presents and extravagant meals, but nothing beats spending time with the kids.
Plan a motivating and rewarding activity for the entire family this year. We collected a handful of our favorite suggestions that were written by real dads, well-known bloggers, musicians, and others.
Engage in Street Play
Sam Weinman, a New York City editor and the author of Win at Losing: How Our Worst Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains, approaches parenting with the philosophy that “I like to remind my boys that being a kid never gets old. Let them be the channel to your younger self.”
His default setting? dragging out two goals, waiting for the traffic to die down, and playing some street hockey.
A round-robin tournament with four kids and a parent on each team has even become an annual tradition thanks to him.
Winners receive a Stanley Cup trophy replica, which is actually a popcorn machine. It’s undoubtedly the year’s high point.
Introduce a record player to them
Now, granted, this isn’t for everyone: Having a toddler’s peanut butter-covered hands around a precise device that won’t play if you bump it doesn’t always work.
But as the author Jeff Vrabel claims, “Some years ago, I ventured into the attic to retrieve my old and spider-infested collection of records, and on many nights since, we’ve been charmed by this relic from the past.
We page through the massive art, make jokes about bizarre 1970s-era artist names (‘Meat Loaf?’ my eighth-grader said one night, shaking his head in bemused disbelief, ‘Why don’t
Create novel foods
Vrabel’s six-year-old claims that he has been consuming Cocoa Pebbles improperly for many years. He revealed this to me as he went to get two more boxes of cereal from which he made CocoaLuckyTrix, a novel new breakfast.
The following week, we experimented with cereal alchemy to create creations like Marshmallow Apple Pebbles, Rice Krispiespuffs, and Cinnamon Toast Flakes for breakfast.
Discover which colas are explosive
Everyone is aware that combining Diet Coke with Mentos produces fantastic carbonated geysers.
Diet Coke is the most well-known reactive liquid, but it’s not the only one that will react with Mentos and wreak havoc in your kitchen!
Get a sample of some other sodas at the grocery shop. If you’re feeling particularly MythBuster-y, tape multiple pieces of poster board together, mark off heights, and see which beverage produces the greatest geyser (this is for science, so the inexpensive bottles work just fine). Don’t skimp on the diet root beer, as an example.
Ascend Your City
Dad and Instagram sensation Troy Carpenter, @redblueox, has an altitude-themed go-to for his oldest child that involves seeing monuments and climbing up to metropolitan heights.
He’ll decide which days of the week he can take the kids to the top floors of other skyscrapers or take them to the Soldiers & Sailors monument in downtown Indianapolis. Finding the highest points in the city with older children can be the ideal combination of urban exploration and ensuring they get enough activity to sleep soundly that night.
Send Screens Into the Past
If your children enjoy video games, you can connect with them (or horrify them) by exposing them to the dated games you played on an Atari, Nintendo, or another system when you were younger. A Zelda fan here?
Establish a spy network
Few ideas captivate a child’s imagination more than secret messages, which is why Zac Brown Band guitarist Coy Bowles decided to create a game out of an oddity in his home’s architecture.
One recording studio area is connected to another by a 4-inch-tall conduit, he explains. “My daughter and I now use it for fun, even though its intended usage is to transmit cables through the wall.”
Through it, Bowles and his aspiring spy trade messages and gifts. She seems genuinely interested in what’s happening on the other side of the wall, which is cute to observe.
There is no pipe? Anything is a good place to hide messages, including cabinets, bookcases, vegetable crispers, and refrigerators.
Makeup tales (With a Little Help)
Split some pieces of paper into squares, and then write one funny word on each one. Biscuits. Alien. Rhinoceros. cheese from Havarti.
Then, instruct your children to invent a story, occasionally flipping a square over and incorporating the word on it. It can be customized for you and your family and is entirely free.
This tactic once caused Vrabel’s 6-year-old to concoct a spectacular narrative about a space pirate who uses lightning to fight a volcano inside an evil toilet by saying: “You can use whatever absurd terms you want.”
Visit the playground store
If your neighborhood has several playgrounds, make your journeys into a piratical adventure.
Create a map of the playground, highlight the areas you want to visit and come up with a strategy for taking your kids to each location.
Make a list of each attraction’s top features, such as which one has the twistiest slide, the largest fountains, and the most impressive jungle gyms, and refer to it as necessary.
Bust the Children
The creator of the Police Officer game and editor of BuzzFeed Parenting, Mike Spohr is also a co-author of The Toddler Survival Handbook.
“My kids want me to differentiate it every time, which gets really hard,” the police officer said. “They want to ride their bikes until I (the police officer) pull them over—for speeding, to ask if they’ve seen an on-the-run thief or any of a thousand other scenarios.”
His daughter can be sassy occasionally, whereas his son usually offers an apology. But everyone returns home content.
Failure to Walk Straight
Try to take 100 steps in a straight line while closing your eyes and covering your ears to block out your sensations. It won’t function.
Never ever go straight forward; you will wind up 50 yards to the left, back where you started, in the midst of a mud puddle, etc.
Making a ridiculous helmet that blocks out sight and sound makes it much more entertaining. It will be fun for everyone to wear it in turns.
Create a race between players to see who can go from point A to point B; the one who gets their first wins!
On a farm, you don’t truly have to “work” because, to be honest, it seems challenging. Nevertheless, you might live close to a place where people go to experience “agritourism,” or visit farms in the modern era, which frequently entails more than just animals and dirt but also futuristic technology like drones and robots.
Change Your Sport
Blogger and co-founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit Doug French simply changed his ballpark viewpoint when he lived in Manhattan, a region of the world not particularly known for its abundance of baseball diamonds.
He explains, “We created a two-person baseball game called Dingerball. The strategy was rather simple: If you hit the ball past me, it is a home run.
One of his sons had trouble connecting for a long, but after some time, French realized that the game was teaching his sons the value of persevering until you see some light.
Be ready for the Zombie Apocalypse
The one easy go-to pastime for James Breakwell, a father of four young children who tweets as @XplodingUnicorn, is zombie training.
It’s loud, messy, silly, and utterly make-believe. “My kids and I pretend to battle off the zombies with foam darts or whatever else is handy and safe.” He adds, “And it’s actual training for the greatest peril of our time.”
Play the game that Grandfather Loves
Cribbage, a vintage card game that was taught to Chase McFadden by his own grandfather, serves as a bridge between the generations in his family, according to the writer who runs the website StuffKidsWrite.com.
“I played with my grandpa, our children play with their grandparents, and they are fortunate to have a great-grandmother to play with as well,” said the mother of the children.
Even though those generations aren’t having fun, the game bridges decades by informally teaching maths and strategy.
Don’t imagine an elderly woman teaching her great-grandchildren how to play the game with patience and kindness, warns McFadden. “She plays to win”
Make Dad famous
According to Kentucky resident Kelly Brabson of Bowling Green, “Our Fathers Day begins at 12:01 a.m.”
The family makes a midnight picnic and gathers a telescope before leaving for the closest sparsely populated rural location.
Mark, Kelly’s husband, enjoys astronomy and wants to teach his children, Elijah and Sarah, about it.
According to Brabson, “The youngsters think it’s cool to stay up late and don’t even realize that they’re getting an astronomy lesson.”
I work as a weekend news anchor and I’m a father. Here’s how I spend weeknights with my children.
Take up your Fathers favorite pastime
After taking a picture of a hummingbird at the feeder outside his Ortonville, Michigan, house, Dale Hoffman fell in love with photography. He quickly developed a fascination with birds and taking pictures of them.
As a result, it came as no surprise that his daughters Sam and Sara knew just what to get him for Fathers Day: bird-watching guides.
The entire family enjoys both the bird-watching and the images, according to his wife Robin, who adds that “today he not only photographs them, he understands what they are.”
Every Fathers Day, Thomas O’Callaghan honors his late father, who passed away in 1990. O’Callaghan claims that his father was “devoted to his family. Keeping a regular career, he raised four children through difficult economic times.” He spent his early years in the Detroit area.
O’Callaghan, who now resides in Rockaway, New York, raises the Michigan state flag on Fathers Day to honor his father. He claims that after 20 years, the neighbors had ceased inquiring as to why.
Spend the day simply with dad
Jason Stinson of Woodstock, Georgia, would prefer to spend the day fishing with his wife and three children than receiving gifts.
I’d rather have time with my family than a gift any day, he adds, “even though most of the day will probably be spent baiting hooks and retrieving fish.”
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on gifts or worry about organizing a big Fathers Day celebration.
Even the youngest child may come up with something entertaining and unique that might end up being your family’s new tradition with a little imagination and a large heart in the right place.
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