Here's some ideas to help make Dad's day special...at home or far away
⛳️Have a picnic
If you are isolating with your family, why not set up a picnic in the garden with all his favorite food. Or fire up the BBQ and enjoy the sunshine together as you take over the grill.
⛳️ Set Up Miniature Golf
If he's a golf fanatic and is yearning an 18-hole round, then get the tee time booked. However, if you have space in your garden, set up a mini golf course with obstacles you can make with chairs, toilet roll and bits and pieces from the house.
⛳️ Host a Virtual Father's Day -
In the past, observing Father's Day usually meant throwing a backyard bbq, a surprise party with friends and family, hitting the golf course, or taking Dad to the movies. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, spending face-to-face time with our favorite people has required a little creativity, and this year's Dad's Day will be no different. Thankfully, there are more than a few virtual Father’s Day ideas to choose from, so you can show Dad just how much he is loved and valued, even from afar.
Whether you're worlds apart, or just down the block, there are many options for bringing the family together to celebrate all the fathers, grandfathers, stepdads, single moms, and other father figures in your family's life. In addition to sending a Father's Day card or a special, personalized gift, you can easily host a virtual Father's Day celebration from the comfort of your own couch.
Getting the whole family together to chat over FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or any other telecommunication app is relatively easy, so long as you have a working computer and internet access. Dad will get to see your smiling faces, which is probably the thing he wants most for Father's Day, and you can still practice social distancing to ensure Dad (and family!) stay safe. And not only do you have a variety of apps to choose from, but you can use those apps in a number of ways so Dad's special day doesn't look (and feel) like a never-ending work meeting.
Before you get any one of the following parties started, make sure that everyone knows how to use whatever platform you're hosting the party on. People may have to download apps they've never used or use features they aren't familiar with. A practice run the day before, so everyone can make sure things are working properly, could prove beneficial.
It's also vital you make sure your (and Dad's!) internet connection is stable. A weak internet connection might cause a lag in your computer's video capabilities. You can always try moving closer to the WiFi router and see if that improves your connection.
Once everyone is familiar with the platform and your internet connection is on lock, find and plan some activities everyone can participate in on the call. It's fun to get together just to chat, but it feels more like a special occasion if there's a fun activity planned.
⛳️ Visit a Museum
If Dad is a history buff or art aficionado, try taking a trip to the museum for Father's Day. Several world-renowned museums including the Louvre, the Museum of Natural History, and the Getty Museum are offering virtual tours online. If he's always got his eyes on the stars, you and your dad can explore NASA's research centers or use The Space Center's Houston app for a virtual experience he'll enjoy.
⛳️ Order Dad's Favorite Dinner
If Dad's not much of a cook, you can always turn to takeout. Find out if his favorite local restaurant is offering delivery during the pandemic, and schedule an order to be dropped off shortly before your scheduled video chat. (Make sure to tip the delivery person handsomely!) You may not be there in person, but you can still all sit down for a meal together. Here's a link to local restaurants that offer take-out: https://bit.ly/COFoothillsRestaurants
⛳️ Watch a LiveStream Concert
Dad might not be able to see his favorite band in person this year, but that doesn't mean he can't enjoy a concert this Father's Day. Over the last several weeks, artists including Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, and Brad Paisley have participated in livestream concert events. While many June events haven't been announced yet, it's worth digging around to see if any of Dad's favorite musicians will be performing over Father's Day weekend. Here's some great ones: https://bit.ly/VirtualConcertsAndMore