There are more options for things to do on Father’s Day than just making a card. From vegan grilling to a luxe at-home spa day, find an activity to suit the dad in your life.
Running out of ideas for things to do on Father’s Day? Every dad is different — some might enjoy a family nature trips, some would prefer a solo day to treat themselves and others may just want a chill day in. Read on to discover ideas for celebrating the parents in your life.
1. Breakfast in Bed
It’s a classic for a reason! This activity is great for kids of almost any age — get them up earlier than usually so they can “help” prepare breakfast. Peruse some sweet and savory vegan brunch options, eggless french toast, or some cast iron pancakes, and top it off with a cup of fair trade coffee.
If you live out of the house but still want to try this, consider dropping by a bakery for their favorite breakfast treats or cooking at home and bringing food over to their place. Either way, Dad will surely appreciate the gesture and the yummy start to the day.
2. “Surprise Stop” Family Bike Ride
Spend the day with your pop by going for a fun bike ride. Plan a cycling route through the city that stops by some of his favorite spots. Maybe you can even have friends and family members join along the route. If your dad is more of the outdoorsy type, plan a forest or lake route to enjoy the early summer weather. This is a great activity for older fathers as well as those with young kids, as biking is suitable for most ages and skill levels.
3. Make a Handmade Gift
One of the best things to do on Father’s Day to show your dad you love him is to make something special. This might be a hand-drawn card, a canvas painting, a nice piece of pottery or a crocheted sweater. Consider your dad’s hobbies: perhaps he’d like a handmade bird box or some fermented vegetables and homemade pickles to use while cooking. For the dad that likes to be pampered, try making homemade body butter or DIY scented candles.
4. Go on a Scavenger Hunt Hike
Soak up the sun and go hiking with Dad! There’s nothing like some fresh air and delicious homemade trail mix to make for a great day. To make the hike more interesting, make a scavenger hunt list of flora and fauna you hope to see on your hike. There are also plenty of other family trail games suitable for a nature walk, urban hike, or trekking excursion.
5. Take Dad Out for a Meal
Treat your dad to a meal to celebrate this special day. Make a reservation ahead of time at one of their favorite restaurants. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy or expensive. Not only will you get some great quality time in together, but you’ll show him how much he means to you with this simple gesture.
6. Organize a Tournament
Set some time aside to play sports with your dad on Father’s Day. Pick something you know he’ll enjoy, and organize a tournament or scrimmage with your family and/or other families and friends. If you used to play sports together when you were a kid, this could be a nice way to reminisce over your childhood with your father. Be sure to plan ahead and check if you need to reserve a court or field.
7. Tidy Up the Garden
If your dad has a green thumb, helping in the garden is one of the best things to do on Father’s Day. Enjoy your dad’s company while helping him out with lawn mowing, weeding, planting and other yard work. You’ll get the satisfaction of a hard day’s work and beautify the garden together.
8. Plan a Field Day in the Park
This low-maintenance option can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Peruse some vegan picnic ideas, organize some activities like frisbee, soccer or kid-friendly team building games, and head to your dad’s favorite park. Once you’re there, lay out the picnic blanket, pop on a speaker with your dad’s favorite tunes and enjoy the afternoon.
9. Experiment With Vegan Grilling
One of the classic things to do on Father’s Day is to grill, but why not challenge yourself to try something different? Heat up the grill and spend some time outside experimenting with vegan barbecue. You can try skewers with tempeh or seitan or char some homemade veggie burgers, then top it all off with homemade vegan BBQ sauce.
10. Treat Him to a Spa Day
Dads like spa days too! Book him a reservation at a local spa to go for a nice massage, facial or mani/pedi, or organize a spa for him at home with some DIY bath salts and homemade peel-off face masks. If you’re planning this as a gift to your partner, you could even book in the spa day together!
11. Do a Family Dye Bath
Natural dye baths are a great way to get more use out of clothes you don’t use anymore. Everyone in the family can pick out a few articles of clothing that they want to dye a new color, and you can spend the day refurbing you and your dad’s wardrobe.
12. Plan a Backyard Camping Trip
Backyard camping is an easy, kid-friendly way to enjoy all the best parts of camping with some extra amenities. Pitch a tent in the backyard, roast some marshmallows in a fire pit and tell ghost stories before bed. You can take turns making your own constellations, and name one in honor of your dad.
13. Make Something Together
Bust out your DIY skills and spend the day creating something as a family. You can repaint a piece of furniture, upcycle some home decor or get started on an outdoor feature like a pizza oven or tree house that the whole family can enjoy. Working together on a project will let you and your dad bond, which is what Father’s Day is all about.
14. Give Him a Solo Day
While family activities are one of the classic things to do on Father’s Day, some dads may cherish alone time. Give him the gift of a solo day to read in his favorite coffee shop, meet up with friends or even plan a day of solo travel to a nearby city. Parental burnout is real, so the best gift for dad may be a little break to unwind and practice some self-care.
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