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Fun Father's Day Activities For The Whole Family

Updated on September 28, 2014
Happy Father's Day
Happy Father's Day | Source

Father's Day Ideas

Start the day off making breakfast for Dad. Older kids can do the cooking while younger can help out even if it's something as simple as putting butter on toast or bringing Dad a napkin.

This can be a nice start of the holiday for the man of the house and kids will feel good doing something nice for their Father. After that, let the fun activities begin!

Miniature Golf
Miniature Golf | Source

Father's Day Activities

How about a nice outing? A family bike ride could be nice. Is there a family movie everyone's been hoping to see? Consider playing some miniature golf.

If the kids are old enough, bowling might be fun. You can check your local area to see if there are any special activities going on that day.

My family likes to go on hikes. Pack up some cold beverages and spend some time outdoors in nature. Got a skating rink nearby? Check to see if they have a family session on that day.

Should you live near the beach or a lake, how about grabbing those bathing suits and head out for a day of cooling off in the water. Remember to bring pails and shovels for the kids. If there's a river nearby, consider doing some river rafting.

Any amusement parks close by? What an entertaining day that could be. Otherwise, a trip to the zoo might be nice.

Picnic Basket
Picnic Basket | Source

Father's Day Picnic

A picnic is a fun way to spend the afternoon. Pack up some sandwiches, salad, fruit, beverages, chips and cookies and head on out. (Don't forget the paper products.)

Bring along some items to play with like a baseball and gloves, Frisbees, sand toys or scooters.

If the park is large enough, how about a game of hide and seek? When my kids were younger, this was one of their favorite things to do at the park.

This would also be a great opportunity to make some family home movies that can be enjoyed over the years. My kids love watching themselves when they were younger.

Picnic Cooler

Picnic at Ascot Large Family Size Insulated Folding Collapsible Picnic Basket Cooler with Sewn in Frame - Red
Picnic at Ascot Large Family Size Insulated Folding Collapsible Picnic Basket Cooler with Sewn in Frame - Red

Keep your picnic food nice and cool with this picnic cooler. It will hold both your food and beverages. What I really like about this is that it folds flat, making it easy to store when you're not using it.

 

Father's Day Barbecue

Father's Day Barbecue
Father's Day Barbecue | Source

If you like the idea of being outdoors, but don't want to go anywhere, have a barbecue. Most dads really enjoy barbecuing and you're in for some great food.

He can barbecue while the rest of the family prepares all of the additional food. If you have a cooler, put one outside with his favorite beverages in case he gets thirsty.

If you happen to be friendly with some of your neighbors, consider making it a neighborhood barbecue. One person can host and everyone can chip in with some food and beverages.

I suggest that everyone bring their own meat and a dish to share. Don't forget dessert! Just be sure there are activities for the kids. A kid's pool would be great for one of these. There's also ring toss and horseshoes.

Kiddie Pool

Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 120" X 72" X 22", for Ages 6+
Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool, 120" X 72" X 22", for Ages 6+

Here's a pool that great for the whole family. Not only would it fun for Father's Day, but for the rest of summer as well. For under $30, there is so much fun to be had with this.

 

Things To Do On Father's Day

Scrabble Game
Scrabble Game | Source

There are lots of fun things to do at home. How about a photo shoot? Take pictures of Dad and the kids. You can take some nice smiling ones, then do some goofy ones.

Print out your favorites and place them in frames. You can pick up some inexpensive ones at your local dollar type store. Not only will Dad have fun, he'll have a nice keepsake afterwards.

Pull out some games along with some snacks for an afternoon of game playing. Of course, the age of the kids playing can make a difference as to what games can be played but some ideas include:

  • Charades
  • Scrabble
  • Hedbanz
  • Aggravation
  • Card games
  • Apples to Apples
  • Uno
  • Sorry
  • Candy Land

You could also pop some popcorn and have a movie afternoon. Choose a family favorite or try something new.

How about an old fashioned sing along? You could sing along with music you already have or find some songs on YouTube. Often you can find them with lyrics, so you don't have to worry if you don't know the words.

Should you have puzzle lovers in the home, how about pulling one out?

Child Singing
Child Singing | Source

Fathers Day Fun

Give everyone a chance to show off their talent with a family variety show. Dad can be the emcee and the kids can all take turns performing. Act suggestions include:

  • Sing a song.
  • Read a poem.
  • Do a dance.
  • Perform a magic trick.
  • Play a musical instrument.
  • Put on a puppet show.
  • Tell some jokes.
  • Act out a skit.

It doesn't matter if the acts are very good or not. It's all about letting loose and having fun. The kids can even make a program to give to Dad. (Be sure that the stars of the show autograph it for him after the show!)

Father's Day Craft Ideas

Digital Camera
Digital Camera | Source

Making a craft is a good way to settle kids down for awhile. It lets them be creative and keeps them from running around for awhile.

If Dad likes crafting, why not make a project together. Grab an empty jar of peanut butter with some paint, material, stickers or whatever you have around the house and turn that empty jar into a money jar for Dad.

Now, here's a real family favorite. Take pictures throughout the day of all of your activities. Come evening when you want things to quiet down, print out your favorite pictures.

Put some pieces of computer paper together to form a book. Glue a picture on each page and then let everyone write in a comment about that activity. When completed, Dad will have a special Father's Day memory book.

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Father's Day Desserts

Banana Split Picture
Banana Split Picture | Source

Even dessert can be made into an activity. If Dad likes cookies, why not bake some? If you don't like to bake by scratch, Pillsbury puts out some slice and bake cookies.

An adult can slice them and the kids can place them on the baking sheet. In just a short period of time, everyone can enjoy some warm, freshly baked cookies.

In many areas it's quite warm on Father's Day. Another idea is to set up an ice cream station featuring different flavors of ice cream, syrups and toppings. Don't forget the whipped cream! To add a healthy twist to it, you could also have bananas on hand so people can make banana splits.

Banana Split Dishes

Anchor Hocking 8.25-Ounce Banana Split, Bundle of 12
Anchor Hocking 8.25-Ounce Banana Split, Bundle of 12

This set comes with 12 diner style banana split dishes. Think how delicious your banana splits would look in one of these. When finished, just pop them in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

 

Father's Day Checklist

Food
Activities
Reactions
Breakfast
Games
Smiles
Picnic or barbecue
Crafts
Laughter
Dessert
Outdoor or location activity
Hugs
Feel free to use this checklist to be sure you don't forget anything.

Happy Father's Day!

Father and Son Picture
Father and Son Picture | Source

Celebrate Father's Day

You now have a variety of ideas to help you make Father's Day special. This is such a nice way to honor dads. After all, they do so much for their kids throughout the year.

By doing a family activity, Dad doesn't have to sit alone in front of the TV while the kids are in their rooms with their electronics. Instead the whole family can make some enjoyable memories together.

If you have any special traditions that you think others might enjoy, please be sure to let everyone in the comment box below. There's always room for more ideas!


Please share a fond Father's Day memory!

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    • sheilamarie78 profile image

      sheilamarie78 2 years ago

      I wish the father at our house enjoyed playing board games. I guess we'll have to do something else that he enjoys. A hike sounds good.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Pawpaw, that is really quite touching.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Matt, kids can be quite fun.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Speaking as a father, the main thing for me, is to just be with family. It all sounds good to me.

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      Matt Jordan 3 years ago from Gulf Coast

      Makes me wish I still had little ones running around the house.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Au fait,

      I'm ready for one!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Thelma Alberts,

      A picnic on the beach sounds perfect.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      rebeccamealey,

      Thank you very much.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Genna East,

      I'm sorry your Dad is no longer with you, but I'm glad you have fond memories of him.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      DDE,

      It must be hard living far from your family.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Deborah_Diane,

      I could go for one. LOL

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      breakfastpop,

      It sounds like quite a gathering.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      AliciaC,

      Thank you very much.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      SuzanneDay,

      I hope you and your Dad enjoyed a nice game of cards.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      FlourishAnyway,

      Some homemade ice cream sounds good right now.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      BNadyn,

      As you just bought a zoo membership, that sounds like a really good idea. Whatever you did, I hope you had fun.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      turnstylish Thank you.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      turnstylish,

      Thank you!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Looks like lots of fun and Father's Day is less than 2 weeks away! That banana split looks really yummy. May have to celebrate with that a little early . . .

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      What wonderful ideas to celebrate Fathers Day! I would choose the picnic and it´s should be on the beach and I have to bake for my own Fathers Day cake. Thanks for sharing the ideas.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Aww, these are such wonderful ideas to celebrate Father's Day! Thanks, and sharing for others!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      These are wonderful ideas to share with the family on a very special day. My Dad is no longer with us, but I always remember him, especially on this day. My son will be spending his 2nd Daddy's day with my beautiful granddaughter. :-)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Father's Day soon and I have not thought much about it I live far of from my family so these special days are so difficult for me. A well-suggested hub for spending a great day together.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Awesome Hub! I'm not sure what we will do ... but those banana splits look like something we will have to include!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I am celebrating Father's Day with my husband, daughters, sons-in-law and grandkids. It doesn't get better than that! Your suggestions are wonderful!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have some good ideas for Father's Day fun, WriterJanis. This special day is a great time for family activities!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I had forgotten about breakfasts in bed! Definitely one to remember. My dad is into radios and cards, so it might be a game of 500 or Canasta in the afternoon on Father's Day. Voted useful and up!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Making homemade ice cream and enjoying a cookout sounds like a fun idea. You present some good inspirational tips here. I like the make-Dad-breakfast idea.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      We still aren't sure what we're doing for Father's Day but I know my kids are pretty excited about doing something and making things for their dad. I love the idea of banana split since it will probably be pretty hot here. Lots of nice ideas here, I especially like the park, picnic or the zoo. We just bought a zoo membership so that would be a good day to visit.

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      turnstylish 3 years ago from Mumbai

      Good One.