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Activities to make Father's Day special

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Father's Day family fun

Father's Day is a unique opportunity for dads and kids to step outside the norm, learn a bit more about each other, and have some fun in the process. Here is a list of activities for fathers to do with their sons and daughters on Father's Day.

Father and daughter volunteering building a house

11 Activities to do with kids on Father's Day

1Dad and daughter making videoSwitch roles with them

Let them be the dad and you, the kid.

2Tell them a story, but not one from a book

Make something up or tell them a few anecdotes from your childhood -- especially ones where you got into trouble.

3Do something important in the community

Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Help Habitat for Humanity build a house. Or, if the kids are older, do some work for a cause they support.

4Make a movie of the day

If you don't have a movie camera, take a few rolls of regular film, get them developed at a one-hour photo place, and make a scrapbook.

5Make them proud of themselves

 Pretend you like the tie they got you and wear it all day.

6Take (don't send) them to a concert

They get to pick the music and you resist the urge to complain about it.

7Dad and daughter talkingListen

Set aside some time and let the kids know that you're available to listen to anything they have to say on any topic at all. Give advice only if they ask for it.

8Visit or call or write your own father to wish him a happy Father's Day

If he's not alive, spend some time telling your kids about him.

9Write the kids a thank-you card -- not for the gifts, but just for being.

After all, you wouldn't be a father without them.

10Let them meet the secret you

Tell them something about your self that they've never heard before -- could be favorite place or a secret dream you had as a kid.

10Best of all: Do absolutely nothing

Spend a completely unstructured day with the kids doing exactly what they want to do. Ignore the distractions of the phone, e-mail, bills, work and errands, and focus completely on them. Top off the day with an ice-cream sundae.

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