22 Father’s Day Activities Your Dad Will Appreciate
For every kind of dad, there's a perfect Father's Day activity to enjoy and remember forever. From golf to Go-Karts, find fun Father's Day ideas here.
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You’ve gotten Dad the perfect Father’s Day gift and Father’s Day card, but what to do on Father’s Day itself? Father’s Day, on Sunday, June 20, in the United States in 2021, usually brings nice weather and plenty of opportunities for family fun. Whether you opt to spend some quality time just you and Dad or get the whole family involved, here are some great ways to spend Dad’s Day. Plus, before you celebrate it, learn about the history of Father’s Day. NOTE: Not all of these Father’s Day activities are safe, advisable, or even possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Plenty of them are, though!)
Make breakfast in bed
Breakfast in bed doesn’t just have to be for Mom! Make Dad feel special by bringing him some of his favorite brekky as well. Make a morning of it by giving him his gifts while he feasts, too—though this will set the bar high for Father’s Day activities for the rest of the day! You can even write on of these funny Father’s Day quotes on his napkin to make him laugh at breakfast.
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Watch a movie
Whether you and your dad love a side-splitting comedy or a good tearjerker, there are plenty of good flicks to watch on Father’s Day. End the day with a movie night, or, if you don’t have the best weather, opt for a movie marathon! From family-friendly classics like Finding Nemo to powerhouse action dads like Liam Neeson in Taken, this list of Father’s Day movies has something for everyone.
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Fishing is one of the most classic Father’s Day activities for a reason. When else do you get to stand side by side and catch up on life while you enjoy the outdoors? Try this neat fishing trick: Use WD-40 to spray your lures. It attracts fish and masks human odor that can scare them off. Make him laugh while out on the peaceful waters with these dad jokes.
Test your Go-Kart skills
Forget another gift of golf shirts. Take Dad for a thrill ride. Give him a speedway, a Go-Kart, and a helmet, and watch Dad go crazy with excitement. Look for a nearby Go-Kart track and spend the day zipping around. By the way, if you want to make your dad laugh this Father’s Day, check out these funny Father’s Day gifts!
Challenge him to paintball
Let Dad explore his inner warrior. Nothing says “I love you” like a little friendly battle of the generations.
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Taste some beers
Make Dad’s day by toasting him at a local beer or wine tasting event. There’s even a no-brainer built-in gift: Bring home some of the day’s best bottles to remember the day for weeks to come. And no need to feel guilty over that beer belly. You two can also look at funny Father’s Day memes while sipping on your brews.
Hit the amusement park
Thrilling rides, funnel cake, tacky souvenirs—yes, they’re crazy fun Father’s Day activities you can do at a theme park. Summer’s a great time for local and regional fairs, too!
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Practice your swing
They say golf is a good walk spoiled, but not when you spend 18 holes worth of quality time with Dad. You can hire a PGA instructor for a series of golf lessons for you and your dad—a great excuse to hang out together, pick up tips from a pro, and improve your game. The possibilities for golf-related Father’s Day activities are endless—head to the driving range, or play some mini-golf if that’s more your (or his) speed.
Experience a battle
Head to the 19th or 18th century to watch a Civil or Revolutionary War reenactment—and experience a slice of history up close.
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Especially if you’re stuck staying inside this year (who knows what June will be like?!), why not try out a craft project? Go beyond the generic “colorful paper ties” you made in preschool and check out this whole list of Father’s Day crafts you can make in one day—they could even double as memorable homemade Father’s Day gifts. These are adorable, funny, and make great keepsakes—and plenty are useful, too! If you’re doing a craft project with your stepdad, you could make it extra special by putting one of these heartwarming stepdad quotes on it. And if you’re stumped on what to get your stepdad for Father’s Day, these stepdad Father’s Day gifts will make him smile!
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If Dad is handy, get out the nails, sander, and paint and see if there’s some kind of construction project you could tackle together. Of course, we’re not talking about annoying, run-of-the-mill home improvement projects here (unless you and Dad really do love that, of course!). Work on building a bird house (or even, if you want to go really big, a tree house!), paint a piece of furniture a cool color, or figure your way through the assembly manual of a new household item. Or if you’d rather (and we wouldn’t blame you), work on a LEGO or K’NEX project. You can also check out these personalized Father’s Day gifts if you want to go the extra mile.
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Catch a game
Tickets to his favorite sporting event are pretty much always a winning idea. Many stadiums offer Father’s Day deals; check if they’re offering discounted tickets. Want to be the favorite child? Surprise Dad with a splurge of season tickets.
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Plan a spa day
Spa days are not just for the ladies. If yours is the kind of dad who appreciates being pampered, book him a luxurious massage, haircut, or professional shave.
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Go to a car show
Is your dad an absolute car nut? Contact your local car clubs to find a nearby show of amazing vintage hot rods or the latest electric car. Bond over stories of what it was like for him to drive his first car—or recall laughs over what he went through to teach you how to drive.
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Play board games
Here’s another great one for staying home—but we think it’s a great Father’s Day activity for any year! Does Dad love strategy board games? Or is he more of a classic board games guy? Ask what his favorite game was growing up and try playing it to see if he’s still got it!
See a concert
What’s playing nearby? Check local listings for an outdoor music festival or concert your pop might appreciate. Remember snacks and cold water, plus a clean blanket. Or just head to a great local restaurant where there’ll be live music! You can even include the tickets in a lovely Father’s Day gift basket made special for your dad.
Visit an art installation
Many local art museums have dad-friendly works to look at, but you can also go quirky and try a specialized collection or gallery that he might find more interesting. Or get creative: You could check out a cool art installation in a nearby city instead of doing a more traditional museum.
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Take a cooking class
You can treat dad to dinner anytime. Instead, sign up for a cooking class and experiment in the kitchen. Sur La Table and Whole Foods, as well as your own local grocery store, are good places to start your search. This can be a great gift a daughter gives her dad—check out these other Father’s Day gifts from daughters.
Plan a trip
From the coast of Maine to Florida’s Key West, June is a great month to get away—especially if you live in an area where it’s just starting to feel like full summer. Plan a scenic road trip or make it the first beach day of the summer. Make it a day trip or a weekend getaway!
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Lend a hand
He’s given you so much, now it’s time for you both to give back. Turn spending time with Dad into one of the most meaningful Father’s Day activities out there: helping those in your community. Consider a Habitat for Humanity build, a Red Cross blood donation, or a volunteer shift at a food bank. Check out these creative ways to volunteer.