Father’s Day is this weekend and if you don’t have anything planned, fear not! Use the day to have some low key fun by finding free or inexpensive things to do at home or in your community. Bond with dad by spending quality time together, getting the kids involved, using your imaginations, and keeping things simple! The best present is presence!
Plan a picnic. What’s better than a picnic with the family? Pack up some snacks and sandwiches and head to a local park, find a shady spot under a tree, and enjoy a relaxing bite to eat with dad. Bring some toys and books to keep everyone entertained and revel in the low key moment.
Hit a walking trail. Check out your local parks for some easy walking trails. There’s nothing like a nice walk as a family, breathing in fresh air, enjoying some sunshine, and exploring some new territory. If your little ones are old enough, take the opportunity to point out different kinds of birds, flowers, and trees - nature is a beautiful gift!
Have a movie night in. Instead of packing up the whole family to go to the movies, create a ‘movie theater’ inspired night at home. Make it cozy by laying out blankets and pillows. Hand out individual popcorn servings and drinks. You can even add an element of imagination by creating a make believe ticket booth and concession stand!
Plant something. Celebrate dad by planting something in his honour. Whether it’s a small garden, a planter of herbs, or a tree, use the opportunity to bond over nature and teach little ones about how seeds turn into plants, and enjoy watching your plant blossom over time.
Set up an obstacle course. Have some fun in the backyard by creating an obstacle course and putting the whole family to the test! Find some items around the house to create different elements of the course, like the garden hose, kiddie pool, baseball bases, plastic cups as cones, etc - use your imagination and get the kids involved!
Make something together. Find an easy project you can work on as a family. Make a bird feeder. Fill a photo album and decorate the cover. Use some rocks, twigs, and twine to make a rustic photo frame. Use your imagination and have fun!
Read together. Find out what dad’s favourite books were when he was a kid, get cozy on the couch and have story time. The kids will love knowing that they are hearing a the stories that dad loved at their age.
Sleep in and snuggle! Sure, this one might be easier said than done, but maybe all dad needs is to do nothing all day! Make it a point to just be lazy, enjoy time laying in bed, snuggling with baby and just relaxing!
Whatever you do, keep it simple, get the whole family involved, and have fun!