Before you start preparing that traditional breakfast in bed for dad on Father’s Day, consider some of these outings first. If dad is itching for an adventure this year, why not try one or even a few of these family activities? And don’t forget to snap photos of everyone enjoying special day because this is going to be his best Father’s Day yet!
1. High score dad. Whether dad likes vintage video games like Pac Man and Space Invaders or prefers a few rounds of Skee Ball and pinball, a trip to an arcade or a family-fun centre is a sure-fire way to light up the day.
2. Soaring dad. Remember the song, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from the Disney film Mary Poppins? Stop at the store on your way to the best kite-flying park in the city and you’ve got a great impromptu dad’s day excursion.
3. 3D dad. Surprise dad with tickets to the latest 3D or Imax movie he’s most excited to see.
4. Rappelling dad. Does dad love an intense challenge? If so, rock climbing at a local climbing centre is a great idea. Be sure to make reservations in advance.
5. Bacon and eggs dad. Let’s face it, one of the best places to go on Father's Day is out to brunch. Hit dad’s favorite greasy spoon or surprise dad with a new-to-him restaurant you think he’ll love. Reservations are always a good idea.
6. Angler dad. If dad loves fishing, don’t try to worm your way out of it. Dig him up some worms on Saturday or buy some at your local pet store. Then haul out or borrow the gear, and off to his favorite fishing locale you all go!
7. Disc dad. Some dads love nothing more than a nice long game of Frisbee, so surprise him with a new disc to add to his collection and then head to the nearest Frisbee golf course as a family.
8. History buff dad. Alberta has tons of great museums and even some reenactment events! Pile everyone in the car and travel back in time together.
9. River rat dad. Some dads are water-lovers. If your dad is one of them, he’ll probably love a day of kayaking, rafting, or paddleboarding. Be sure everyone in the family wears helmets and life jackets, when necessary. Safety first.
10. Lip-smacking dad. Barbeques are great, but today is dad’s special day and he’d probably like to be waited on rather than cook. So, what’s it going to be: Steak, BBQ, pasta? Go ahead and indulge dad with a fancy dinner out on his special day.
11. Breaking away dad. You don’t have to own enough bikes for everyone in the whole family. You can always rent bikes for the day for a family ride. Stay hydrated and bring snacks.
12. Putting dad. For some dads, there is no greater joy than sharing a love of golf. If kids are young, mini-golf is a great option. When they get older, try the driving range, and eventually, the whole 18 holes.
13. Paint-splattered dad. For dads with tweens and teens, an afternoon at the paintball park can be thrilling, not to mention colorful. Remember to wear the safety gear.
14. Sunscreen dad. Dad may long for a relaxing day at a lake or a riverfront. Dads and water do mix!
15. Education-junkie dad. Have you noticed the proliferation of local classes in your community? Why not sign the whole family up for a class you can take together?
16. Cowboy dad. If your dad loves the movie City Slickers, maybe it’s time for that family trail ride. Wear jeans and sturdy shoes and get ready to sweet talk your ride.
17. Bouncing dad. Even though he might not be prepared to do flips, dad might be up for an afternoon at a local trampoline park. Jumping is fun and relaxing. But remember, safety first. Always follow the rules of the trampoline park. Call ahead to discover the least-crowded times.
18. Bull’s eye dad. Archery is a sport that is fun for the whole family and caters to all shooting levels. No experience required.
19. Tire-screeching dad. Even though kids may not be old enough to drive, they can have fun racing dad at the nearest Go Kart destination. Search for both indoor and outdoor options and then rev ‘em up!
20. Musical dad. Outdoor concert opportunities abound in the summertime! Grab tickets ahead to attend a traditional concert. Be sure to choose a singer or group that will get dad grooving.
21. Stomping dad. Looking for a last-minute adventure for Father’s Day that won’t break the bank? Hiking is perfect. You can either do a short afternoon hike or take more time preparing for an all-day excursion, whichever dad prefers.
22. Puddle of dad. Do you have a day spa or a local massage centre near home? If so, sign dad up for some treatments. If the place is family-friendly, everyone can join in. Otherwise, grab a bite while dad gets spoiled.
23. Top down dad. How convenient, vintage car shows often fall on Father’s Day.
24. Helping hands dad. If dad loves to volunteer, why not pitch in as a family on Father’s Day? Non-profit organizations often need more support during the non-holiday months. Contact your favorite for ways your family can contribute.
25. Roadrunner dad. Lace up those sneakers and get ready to pound some pavement with dad. Families who run together can work their way up from short to long races over the years.
26. Down to earth dad. Take dad to the best nursery in your area to select plants for the season.
27. Strike-loving dad. Of course, dad doesn’t need to use the bumpers, but younger kids can. This means even young children can enjoy an afternoon or evening of bowling with dad.
28. ‘Round and ‘round dad. For many dads, the amusement park is a family favorite. How many times can you go on each ride before the park closes? You’ll have fun finding out.
29. Browsing dad. If dad is the thoughtful type, his idea of the perfect adventure might be a literary roam through the stacks of a local bookstore. Give him a gift card and let him browse while everyone else hangs out in their favorite section.
30. Up, up, and away dad. If you are looking for an unforgettable Father’s Day experience, consider taking the family up in a hot air balloon. Of course, this adventure is weather-sensitive, so be schedule-flexible for the safest experience.
Author, journalist, and writing coach Christina is married to a bookstore and concert-loving dad, who appreciates a good restaurant, is always eager for time travel, and really knows how to appreciate vintage video games and a good movie - or 10.
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