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20 Fun Father’s Day Activities You Can Easily Plan for Dad

Last updated on July 18th, 2021 at 08:46 pm

Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Though no specific date is required to honor the special man who is a parent, friend, and guide, both children and fathers look forward to Dad’s Day on June 20. With covid-related restrictions gradually being eased, you may be able to spend the day with your father if he lives in a different location. Even if you can’t share a meal or watch a movie together, you can still celebrate. You can surprise him with a Father’s Day gift or his favorite food.

Although the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is well underway and many states are easing or eliminating restrictions, the pandemic will undoubtedly have an impact on many people’s Father’s Day celebrations. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on June 20 and honor all the fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, fathers-in-law, and other father figures in your life. This year, there are plenty of enjoyable Father’s Day activities to choose from. Whether you’re planning a physical Father’s Day celebration or a virtual Father’s Day celebration, there’s bound to be something on this list that will make your dad smile.

These are the Top 20 Fun Father’s Day Activities You Can Easily Plan for Dad, Games, day trips, and plenty of ideas you can do virtually:

These Father’s Day activities are enjoyable for the entire family, regardless of Dad’s personality. Maybe he’s the type who wants to go on a fun family road trip or adventure with his family. Or maybe he wants to go on a hike or a camping trip to enjoy the great outdoors. Maybe he wants to go golfing, or maybe he’s more of a homebody who just wants to kick back and watch a Father’s Day movie.


Sure, Dad could probably look through his favorite family photos on Facebook or Instagram. And, yes, digital picture frames are a thing. But there’s nothing like creating a one-of-a-kind scrapbook that captures your family in all their hilarious, goofy, loving glory. Dad will undoubtedly enjoy selecting his favorite photos and writing descriptions of some of his favorite family memories.

Take a Music Class

Perhaps your father isn’t ready to put his garage band days behind him. Perhaps he’s always wanted to learn to play the piano or guitar. In any case, if your father is the musical type, he would undoubtedly appreciate the opportunity to learn a new instrument or hone his budding musicianship skills.

Take a Virtual Cooking Class

If your father is a foodie, he’ll enjoy this. Airbnb provides Online Experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, so he and the kids can learn to make Mexican street tacos from a professional chef or pasta from an Italian grandmother. Good luck!

Have a Backyard Movie Night

Make it a special occasion by creating a projector and large screen in Dad’s backyard and providing him with a cinema experience in the comfort of his own home. We guarantee that the kids will enjoy it as well.

Have a Photo Shoot

Get all the dads, grandpas, uncles, and other father figures in your life together (if it’s safe to do so) and have an outdoor photoshoot. The whole family will love having these photos and looking back on them year after year. You can take some sentimental ones, and then bring in the photo booth props for some goofy fun.

Take a Weekend Road Trip

Make Father’s Day a weekend-long event by going on a road trip. Of course, before you load everyone into the car and hit the road, check to see if there are any COVID-19 travel restrictions or advisories in effect. Even if you don’t plan a vacation, a long drive to a new location will allow him to see sights he hasn’t seen before.

Embrace an Outdoor Adventure

Take in the great outdoors by walking through the park, hiking at a nearby mountain, or going for a bike ride through a forest preserve. Both you and Dad will enjoy the chance to spend some quality family time together without the distractions found at home.

Have a Barbecue Feast

Take your quarantine crew into the backyard for a fun and festive Father’s Day barbecue.

Plan a Fishing Trip

An angler dad would love nothing more than celebrating Father’s Day at a local fishing hole. You’ll both love the chance to teach the kids something new while spending the day outside in nature.

Make Him a Father’s Day Brunch

Make Dad’s day by serving him the ultimate brunch from ricotta pancakes to this mouthwatering waffle sandwich. You can’t go wrong by adding bacon to everything.

Enjoy a Beer Tasting

Pick up some beers from a local brewery, and toast to Dad. Paying for his beer flight also works as a last-minute Father’s Day gift.

Take the Whole Family to the Beach

Father’s Day is a great time to get outside and soak up the sunshine. Enjoy a beautiful day outside by taking the entire family to the beach and better yet, bring a picnic to share for lunch as well.

Go to a Baseball Game

According to the MLB commissioner, fans will be able to attend baseball games this year. Social distancing and masks are likely to be required. If you feel safe doing so, snag some tickets for you and the kids to go root, root, root for the home team.

Go Camping

There’s so much exploring and bonding to be had on a camping trip. Treat dad to a great outdoor getaway by helping him pitch a tent, make some s’mores and do a little stargazing.

Pick a Picnic Spot

Get some sunshine and head outdoors for a fun family meal. Surprise Dad by packing his favorite foods, and stake out a spot at a local park.

Serve Breakfast In Bed

Dad deserves a hearty breakfast right when he wakes up! Have the kids help you make one of these delicious recipes for breakfast in bed.

Go to a Car Show

If Dad is into classic cars, take him to a car show and let him chat up the owners about carburetors and trim levels. A lot of towns have been having car parades that are socially distant to keep people safe and entertained, so check your local newspaper to see if there are any coming up.

Put On a Show

If you want to plan something more creative, put on a show! The kids can sing a song, do a dramatic reading or make up a skit (with costumes) for him to enjoy. He’s sure to love it.

Make a Father’s Day Craft

You can include Dad in the process of making his Father’s Day crafts. He’ll definitely treasure the cards and crafts he got to make with his favorite people.

Take a Walk (and Leave Dad at Home)

Of course, Dad wants to spend time with the kids on Father’s Day. But we bet he’d appreciate having the house to himself for a few hours so he can enjoy some peace and quiet (and yes, maybe some beauty sleep).

Every June, dads get a dedicated date on the calendar in their honor. But they’re there for us every day, all year long — and throughout our lives — and that is the love and devotion we’re celebrating on Father’s Day. Whether the special dad in your life is a biological father, a grandad, or any other type of father figure, you want to show just how much he means to you by nailing that perfect Father’s Day Activity you have planned.

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