Father’s Day is June 20th and it’s not too soon to start making plans.  We’re not big on “Hallmark holidays” here, but when the kids were little we did enjoy doing activities and making presents surrounding the holiday.  Here are some of the activities we enjoyed as a family and none of them will require robbing your piggy bank to accomplish.

Family Game Night: Bring back dad’s childhood by having a family game night.  Include the games he played as a child – many board games have been enjoyed for generations. Make his favorite childhood dinner and help him relive his younger days!

Get Outside! June traditionally offers great weather and that makes it the perfect time go take the family outdoors for some fun. Pack a picnic lunch and head out to your local park, beach, or hiking trail.  Bring along appropriate equipment like sandcastle building molds and balls for the beach and binoculars for a hike.  Need a grander adventure?  Go camping for the weekend! You don’t have to go a long way to go camping, it’s the experience and not the distance.  Bring along marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers and enjoy some S’mores around the campfire.  Got a lake nearby?  Take Dad fishing or swimming.

Day of Rest: Dad deserves at least one day a year to sleep late, rest, and re-energize. Make him a great breakfast in bed.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, but serve it with a handmade card, flowers picked from the garden, and a kiss.  He’ll appreciate the sentiment.

Movie Night:  Rent a movie he’s wanted to see for a while or one of his favs from his high school days.  Pop popcorn, set out snacks and drinks, and snuggle up on the couch for some fun.

Celebrating doesn’t have to be expensive.  It’s about spending time together and taking a moment to let dad know you appreciate him and everything he does for your family.


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