As youâve probably heard, thereâs this special day thatâs dedicated to your Dad called Fatherâs Day. It comes around once a year and, as it just so happens, itâs not far away. Look guys, I know it can be a challenge to clear your calendar for a whole entire day, but let me just remind you that your Dad cleared like a few decades of his life for you.
That said, itâs important that you make an effort on Fatherâs Day to spend some quality time with your old man. Iâm not suggesting that you forgo giving him a gift â he really deserves one â but rather that you should actually hang out with him too. Thatâs why weâve put together this list of things you and your Dad can do together to make him feel special (because he really is).
Action Packed Adventure
We all know the only reason your Dad ever (willingly) goes to the movies: the action. Heâs all about the explosions and special effects, the big screen and the popcorn â so indulge him! See whatâs playing in your area (in IMAX or 3D, if possible) and go get a hefty dose of adrenaline-packed adventure!
O Captain! My Captain! Take to the sea (or lakeâ¦or pond) with your olâ mate! There are plenty of places where you can rent canoes, kayaks, and even boats for a nautical outing that will make the day special. Just remember to bring the right supplies, like sunscreen and snacks, so that itâs memorable in a good way.
Off the Hook
Spend some reel quality time with Dad catching fish. Charter boats litter the coast – not just of the ocean but large lakes too â and itâs not like you have to have one to fish. Depending on your locale, mosey on down to a lake or pond, or try your hand at fly fishing. If itâs something youâve never done before, look into gear that you can rent, so you wonât have to spend a fortune.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
It may sound juvenile, but mini-golf is a great way to spend time with Dad. And after heâs totally kicked your butt (donât fret; we all know the hole with windmill is a toughie), stop in at a roadside ice cream shop or grab lunch at a place you used to frequent. Is it childish? Yep. But you are, after all, still his child.
Go On Tour
Cheers, mate! Depending on how old you are and if your Dad likes beer, it might be fun to check out a brewery in your local area. In the past few decades, craft breweries have become tremendously popular, so itâs totally possible that thereâs one thatâs close to you!
Fire it Up
Dad may make one heck of a burger, but he might not always want to be in charge of the grill. (Or maybe he does, but doesnât want to man it alone.) So, give him some company. Grab all the things you need for the best BBQ ever and spend the afternoon hanging out. It may not be a lavish affair, but being together is really what will make the day special.
Out to the Ballgame
Hey batter, batter! Americaâs favorite pastime is probably Dadâs too. Whether itâs played by the major league team he follows or just a game in a local league, thereâs nothing like spending a few hours in a stadium with your favorite people.
You might think your Dad is too old for a good concert, but chances are, heâd probably enjoy it. Look for bands or artists that you know heâs into. The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac, The B-52s â theyâre all still rocking and that means deep down, Dad is too.
Have A Few Laughs
Make Fatherâs Day a laughing matter by taking him to a comedy show. Of course itâs always better if the comedianâs actually funny, but it doesnât really matter. Itâs something that you most likely donât do too often and â funny or not â it will create a memoryâ¦which is kind of the whole point.
Go Great Heights
Take a hikeâ¦and bring your Dad with you! Is the mountain a symbol of the relationship you two have grown? Maybe. But you really donât have to be deep. Just wear sturdy shoes, pack a camera, and prepare a delicious picnic lunch for when you reach the summit.
About the Author:
“Katie Straw” is the writer at KingOfPOP.com, maker of delicious handcrafted gourmet popcorn, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.