Father’s Day is just around the corner, a day when we should all strive to show dad how much we appreciate his hard work and dedication to the family. Dads don’t often get to see how much they’re loved and valued, so Father’s Day should be a day that we all work hard to make special.
By mid-June, summer is all but here, so there will be many activities, both indoors and out, to choose from to help celebrate dad’s special day. Most fathers are easy to please, so if you are looking to stay on a budget, there are many ways to make dad feel special without breaking the bank.
Here are a few ways to celebrate Dad, have some fun, and not spend a whole lot of money. Not only will he appreciate your show of love and affection, but he will also enjoy his day of fun activities.
1. Have a Big Family Breakfast
Cooking a big breakfast for Dad is an easy way to get the whole family involved in making him feel special. Not only is it a yummy endeavor, it’s also great fun to have the family start the day together. Make sure you shop ahead of time to ensure you have all the ingredients on hand that you need to make his favorite breakfast dishes. For fun, try a new twist on one of Dad’s old favorite dishes, and be sure to add the fancy details such as whipped cream and fresh fruit for the waffles or chocolate chips for the pancakes.
Get the kids involved by letting them wake Dad up with a cup and coffee and a glass of juice. If he reads the paper, let him lounge in bed reading while breakfast is being prepared. Kids can also help by setting the table, filling glasses, and fetching recipe ingredients from the pantry. Let them stir the batter and scramble the eggs so they feel like an important part of this special event. When breakfast is over, let the kids escort Dad to the couch where he can relax or read while everyone else cleans up the kitchen.
2. Have a Backyard Barbeque
The weather is likely to be perfect for a backyard barbeque. Dads always love cooking on the grill, and you can make it extra special by preparing all his favorite side dishes. If someone else can take over the grilling duties, all the better to help Dad relax and have a good time. Make sure you have a cooler full of his favorite beverages, too, so he can enjoy a cold drink to cool off in the heat.
Plan some backyard activities to add to the fun. Invite the neighbors to join in the fun and make it a real party. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, let Dad float around on his favorite pool float or lead the way in the fun pool games. If not, numerous backyard games are available to add to the fun. Horseshoes, badminton, and volleyball all make great games for a barbeque crowd. If it’s hot, just set up a sprinkler for the kids to play in. Whatever your choice, with a little planning, you can host a great afternoon for dad.
3. Pamper Him All Day
Dads are busy guys with little down time to relax and do nothing. Between work and a usually endless list of chores, there’s little time left for themselves. On Dad’s special day, let the kids pitch in to pick up the slack on chores and honey-dos such as taking out the trash, weeding the flowerbeds, or, if they’re old enough, mowing the lawn. Meanwhile, let Dad relax while the family waits on him hand and foot by bringing him meals, snacks, cold drinks, and special treats.
4. Have a Movie Marathon
If Dad is a movie buff, Father’s Day is the perfect time to indulge his love for flicks. If he has a favorite actor, rent a few movies featuring him. If there’s a particular genre that he likes, choose a few that he hasn’t seen. Make the living room into a movie theatre by hanging up sheets and blankets for darkening and rearranging furniture to make it like a cinema. Pop lots of popcorn and be sure to buy his favorite movie-style candy for him to enjoy.
You can make it extra fun by having an intermission where you serve pizza and special drinks. If Dad likes beer, put it in a cooler that he can easily access during the marathon and intermission. After the marathon and all that popcorn, pizza, and candy, you can organize a family walk around the neighborhood to stretch everyone’s legs and work off some of the treats!
5. Have a Picnic in the Park
If Dad enjoys the outdoors and the weather is good, taking him for a picnic in the park can make for a fun time on his special day. Be sure to pack his favorite foods and bring along something special for dessert. You can make up a special drink in a large thermal container, or just fill an ice chest with a variety of choices for the entire family.
Bring some fun games you can play in the park such as Frisbee, football, or horseshoes. If it’s a dog-friendly park, bring the family pooch and have a game of fetch. Also, don’t forget a couple of nice blankets and a few chairs to make your picnic more comfortable.
Check your local events calendar for your community and surrounding areas to see if there are any “movies in the park” events planned for Father’s Day. This could make for a nice evening after your picnic. If not, perhaps you can do your own movie in the park by bringing along an iPad and streaming some Netflix.
6. Take Him to the Beach
If you’re near recreational water sources, there’s nothing like a day at the beach to celebrate Dad’s special day. The beach offers fun for the entire family, and you can make it extra special by letting Dad relax in a chair, under an umbrella with his favorite cold drink. Bring lots of snacks and favorite foods so he can relax in comfort without having to worry about keeping everyone fed. Fun foods such as finger sandwiches, chips, watermelon, and other fruits go well with the fun activities of a beach day. Bring your beach digging tools and entice Dad into participating in a sand castle project; or, play a little Frisbee or catch with a football. If there’s a beach hut and you haven’t brought your own items, rent a couple of rafts or paddleboards to enjoy the waves.
Some beaches allow dogs; if possible, bring along your family canine. Dad can have hours of fun throwing the ball into the water for a game of fetch. Bicycles are lots of fun along beach boardwalks and trail areas, so bring yours along if your vehicle can accommodate them. Whatever activities you plan for the beach, Dad is sure to have a fun and relaxing time.
7. Hit the Museum
Museums offer fun, interesting activities, and they can offer a cool respite from the summer heat. Most cities have some type of museum, so check out what your community has to offer. If you’re lucky, your area has a museum of natural history, which will provide the family with hours of cool and educational things to see and experience. Many museums cater to local history, so it could be a fun learning experience for all involved. Science museums will usually offer lots of entertaining and interactive activities and events for kids and adults alike.
If you don’t have a museum close by, check out your area for other fun and educational venues such as zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens. A day at the zoo or aquarium can offer something for everyone in the family, and it can be an economical way to spend the day together. Your local botanical garden usually has something going on every weekend and will most likely have an event to celebrate Father’s Day, so don’t overlook this possibility for an outing. In addition, you’ll most likely be able to bring along your own snacks and food, which will help you celebrate the day without spending much.
8. Start a Project with Him
Many dads like to tinker or work on projects during their time off. If there’s something he’s always wanted to do, such as a planting a garden or staining the deck, offer to help him and make it a family event. Not only will dad appreciate the help on the project, but he will also enjoy being able to spend time with his family during the process.
You can start your project with a trip to the hardware store, or to whatever store has the supplies necessary to get going. You can combine this trip with a fun lunch at a local pizzeria or another casual restaurant. Once you have everything you need, head back to the house to get started.
During the work party, you can make and serve snacks and drinks to keep everyone going. Working together as a family will foster closeness and be productive at the same time. After the project is finished, the whole family can relax together and admire the work. Perhaps an evening barbeque might be in order to celebrate!
9. Have a Big Family Dinner
All dads love to be pampered, especially when it involves their favorite foods! Moreover, having his family all together in one place is sure to make him happy. You can plan a big meal that also includes extended family such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles. This gives the clan a chance to celebrate all the dads in the family.
Making a home-cooked meal is not only economical, it’s also likely more delicious and definitely more intimate than dinner out at a restaurant. This also gives you the opportunity to decorate the table with balloons, flowers, or cards to make Dad feel special. In addition, especially if you have a large family, you can avoid the hassle of trying to get a big party into a restaurant on a busy and crowded holiday.
Cook something special at home and be sure to include a fun dessert. Dads are happiest when their tummies are full and they’re surrounded by those they love.
10. Take Him to a Local Sporting Event
Does the dad in your family love sports? Most dads do! If he’s a big sports fan, consider taking him to a sporting event going on near you. It doesn’t need to be an expensive, professional event, as there are always local events going on.
If you live near a university or college, check their weekend sports schedule to see what might be going on. It won’t matter who’s playing as long as he has his family along with him.
11. Take Him on a Fishing Trip
If your dad is an outdoorsman, he may not have as much time as he’d like to engage in the outdoor activities he loves. If he loves fishing, for example, plan a day where he can enjoy his favorite sport with those dear to him. It doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition either; a little bait and a body of water is all you need. Make it extra fun by bringing along a picnic and some good snacks and drinks.
This Father’s Day, you can show Dad how much you love and appreciate him without making it all about expensive gifts and activities. Showing Dad that you appreciate his love, care, and protection is more about making him feel special through thoughtfulness than spending money on him. This Father’s Day, strive to make it special because you’re focusing solely on him; it might just be his best Father’s Day ever!