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.
11 Activities to do with kids on Father’s Day
Switch roles with them
Let them be the dad and you, the kid.
Tell 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.
Do 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.
Make 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.
Make them proud of themselves
Pretend you like the tie they got you and wear it all day.
Take (don’t send) them to a concert
They get to pick the music and you resist the urge to complain about it.
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.
Visit 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.
Write the kids a thank-you card — not for the gifts, but just for being.
After all, you wouldn’t be a father without them.
Let 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.
Best 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.