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Make Dad Feel Extra Special on Father's Day

Alice Carmody

After moving to Colorado in 1993 and working at a title company, I pursued a career in real estate...

After moving to Colorado in 1993 and working at a title company, I pursued a career in real estate...

May 24 5 minutes read

Plan a family workout

There are so many different ways to celebrate your dad on Father's Day. Picking out the perfect Father's Day gift and writing a sweet message in his card may be a given, but it's also important to make sure that your dad's special day is full of activities that'll bring him even closer to the people he loves most: his kids. Really, if you were to ask him, quality time is the best gift you can give your dad, which is exactly why we've rounded up tons of fun things to do for Father's Day this year.

Before you dive into planning mode, figure out what kind of celebration your dad has in mind: Does he prefer a day jam-packed with activities or something more low-key? Then work your way down this list to find family-friendly ways to make his Father's Day as special as possible. From free activities that you can do from the comfort of your home (a backyard movie, game night and home-cooked brunch) to all-day plans that'll take you miles from home, you're guaranteed to find something that whole family will enjoy — dad, especially.

father and daughter stretching during jogging

Even if you'd rather spend your Sunday lounging on the couch, Father's Day is a time to do whatever your dad loves most — even if it's working out. Skip the gym and hit the trails or jog along the water. Or if the weather isn't in your favor, let him choose an at-home workout that you can do right in your living room.

GET MOVING WITH THESE WORKOUTS

Take an online cooking class.

happy smiling african family  in aprons cooking and kneading dough on wooden table

Since Father's Day falls on a Sunday, there may not be too many in-person cooking classes to attend. If you find that to be true, sign up for a virtual cooking class instead. Introduce your dad to some of the world's finest cuisines with one of airbnb's online experiences or stick with something more traditional, like an air fryer-focused class taught by Craftsy experts.

FIND THE BEST ONLINE COOKING CLASSES

Host a lawn game tournament

 high angle view of multi colored croquet balls and mallets on grass lawn

Bring the Olympic spirit to your backyard by organizing an afternoon event with cornhole, horseshoes, croquet and other lawn games. If your dad has a competitive side, keep score at each game and tally up the points at the end to name a winner.

SHOP THE BEST LAWN GAMES

Serve dad an all-star brunch

things to do on fathers day   brunch

The best way to start off Father's Day? A table full of of dad's favorite brunch recipes, of course. Wow him with an all-star spread of waffles, eggs and fruit — and don't forget the coffee and OJ!

MAKE THESE FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH RECIPES

Have a family game night 

family playing board game

This year, let dad lean into his competitive side during a family game night by playing classics like Jenga, charades or Monopoly. If dad loves trivia and brain teasers, you can even host a family trivia night!

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Host a wine tasting

cropped hands of male friends toasting wine at tasting room

For all wine-loving dads, the ultimate treat on Father's Day is an at-home wine-tasting event. Complete a selection of the best wines with a beautiful spread of cheeses and grapes, along with a scorecard to keep track of all the wines he's tasting.

Craft together

dad and son painting

Encourage everyone in the family to get creative by making crafts fit for the holiday. While you can always go for something that'll double as a gift for dad, we're pretty sure he'd love to get his hands in the paint, too.

MAKE THESE FATHER'S DAY CRAFTS

Pack up a backyard picnic

picnic basket

Here's an easy way to impress dad on his special day: Pack up some sandwiches, grab a blanket and then head out to your backyard for a family picnic. He'll definitely enjoy the sunshine and some fun backyard games, especially with all his favorite people around him.

PACK UP THESE PICNIC FOODS

Get out on the water

dad and son fishing at lake

Rent a boat or jet ski for the day, so he can spend quality time on the water. For a budget-friendly option, grab his fishing poles and head out to a nearby lake or pond. Whatever you settle on, make sure the entire family remembers to apply a generous amount of sunscreen.

Fire up the grill

grilled kebabs and grilled corn

Father’s Day is best celebrated with family and amazing food, so fire up the grill to make a delicious meal that everyone can enjoy. Take the opportunity to learn a thing or two from dad, or simply cheer him on as he serves plate after plate of juicy burgers, grilled veggies and more.

TRY THESE FATHER'S DAY RECIPES 

Hit the golf course

golf ball on golf course

We’re sure if you ask dad how he'd like to spend Father's Day, golf will most certainly be at the top of the list. Make his wish come true with tee time at his favorite golf course. Feel free to go the extra mile by organizing his gear ahead of time and arranging his transportation.

Go for a hike

father and children hiking on a trail

Enjoy the great outdoors as a family by hitting up your local hiking and biking trails or driving to the nearest National Park in your area. Let dad choose the path and be ready to take tons of family photos.

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