This year has been a bit strange, to say the least.
With many states, cities, and towns in lock down or shelter-in-place, it may seem that celebrations are a thing of the past. Yet, Father’s Day is just around the corner and there are still plenty of ways to celebrate dad, while still respecting social distancing guidelines.
From the unofficial first celebration of this holiday by President Wilson in 1916, Father’s Day has been about the outdoors, crafts projects, good food, and families enjoying time together.
If you’re stuck for ideas this year, here are a few to get the ball rolling!
- Go for a family bike ride or a hike. Both of these activities are easily accomplished in our new social distancing style.
- Be Dad’s handyman for the day. Pick up some tools and get to doing all of Dad’s chores on Father’s Day!
- Picnic with all of Dad’s favorite dishes! Make a list of his favorite foods, cook up a picnic basket, choose a park that’s not too crowded, and celebrate with food, conversation, and maybe a few park-friendly games.
- Take a virtual tour. One of the more positive aspects of social distancing, is that a handful of National Parks, museums, and even a few memorials are offering virtual tours! Take Dad on a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
- Build something together. Go traditional with a bird house, make something just for Dad like this folding work bench, or create something for the whole family such as this fire pit table.
- Keep it in the backyard with a fun game. There are lots of to choose from such as corn hole, ladder golf, giant Jenga, lawn bowling, and Frisbee toss.
- Go camping. If Dad loves to be outdoors, then take a trip camping for Father’s Day weekend!
- Make a Father’s Day brunch. Restaurants may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a delicious Father’s Day brunch complete with all of Dad’s favorite breakfast foods. Take a tip from Good House Keeping and their fifty five easy brunch recipes that both mom and kiddos can make together.
- Create a backyard barbeque celebration. Does your Dad absolutely love grilling? Make all the preparations ahead of time and then let him grill the afternoon away. Take it up a notch with some sparklers, balloons, and your Dad’s favorite drink!
- Find quiet and calm with a fishing trip. Whether Dad has fished before or is a novice, introducing a new family-friendly activity on Father’s Day is a great way to celebrate. A day fishing combines some of the best Father’s Day activities including hiking, picnicking, maybe camping, and, most importantly, togetherness!