Let’s be honest: Some dads just aren’t that great at slowing down, even for a day. Sound like your dad? Then try something active that doesn’t take him out of his comfort zone as much as just expand it a little, like one of these Father’s Day activities.
- Take a ride. Remember those bikes you dusted off a couple of springs ago? If your neighbourhood is a bike-friendly place, take ’em for a group spin around the block, to a park, wherever Dad wants to go. If bikes aren’t an option, try a group hike instead.
- Find the water. Doesn’t matter if it’s a creek, a pond, a river, a lake or the ocean, just find somewhere with some amazing agua and let the mood guide you. You could fish quietly, canoe loudly or just sit on a bench and trade dumb jokes while you ponder how great it is to have a dad like yours.
- Clean it up. Does Dad have a nice backyard space? Why not power wash the patio, the deck or his favourite chairs out there? Bonus points for making one of those delightfully satisfying cleaning videos of the whole process.
The outdoor possibilities are endless! You could also:
- Plant something together.
- Run through the sprinklers.
- Have a family relay race, or an all-family kickball, volleyball, flag football or bocci ball day.
- Find a place to play mini golf.
- Take a lesson and learn something new together.
- Get him a shiny new extension cord! Who knows what for, but he’ll be delighted to figure it out.
- And he absolutely does not need a chainsaw, but you could get him one anyway. Then next time there’s a storm, he’ll be staring out the window longingly, hoping a big chunk of tree falls in the yard.
“My dad doesn’t understand the meaning of R&R—he genuinely loves having things to do, so we always find something we can build together or another project we can work on outside.” – Megan H.
But seriously, though…
If grilling really IS Dad’s thing, that’s fine! Mix things up with these ideas for grilled pizza.