Looking for low-cost Father’s Day gifts? (Hint–third Sunday in June, don’t forget!) Why not do something with dad instead of buy him something? Here are 26 free Father’s Day activities from A-Z. Don’t limit it to just dad. Remember all special men this holiday–brothers, uncles, grandfathers, step-fathers, Godfathers, priests, rabbis, ministers, scout leaders, teachers, friends.
A–Make paper airplanes with free printable paper airplane patterns from Space Station 42.
B–Bake. Pie, cake, cookies, brownies–find out what he likes best.
C–Camp. Set up tents, string Christmas lights, have a campfire and roast marshmallows.
D–Do a project together. Help him work on that boat, model train, vintage motorcycle he never has time for.
E–Explore a local bird aviary, dune, wetlands, cave, forest, preserve, gardens.
F–Fish. Get dad a fishing license and kids can fish free off his his.
G–Golf. Mini golf. DIY a backyard course. Buy cheap kiddie or thrift shop clubs. Tilt weighted Solo cups sideways and place around the yard. Use scrap wood to make ramps.
H–Hunt up historical sites or archaeological digs.
I–Host an ice cream social.
J–Join a geocaching group. That’s digital scavenger hunting using cellphone GPS. Dad will LOVE this espionage cum techie-steampunk cum pirate-y game
K–Make and fly kites with this free printable kite-making tutorial (from Artists Helping Kids).
L–Lounge. Make a homemade hammock tying clothesline to an over-sized beach towel. Attach to trees.
M–Put on a magic show. Use these free printable magic tricks and sleight-of-hand how-tos.
N–Host a night sky stargazer party (here’s my article for a cheap backyard over-nighter).
O–Take an orienteering (hiking) jaunt. Bring the compass.
Q–Enjoy quiet time reading at the library.
R–Retro music. Make a playlist of favorite old songs. Borrow a karaoke mike and have a sing-along.
S–Play soccer. Or any other favorite ballgame.
T–Play toys from his childhood–Matchbox, Legos, Erector action figures, toy soldiers.
U–Unwind. Chat. Catch up.
V–Visit free venues. Look for free microbrewery, museum, nature center tours.
W–Play water sports: swimming, wakeboard, skim board, surfing, slip and slide, bubbles, water balloons.
Y– Play yard games badminton, Frisbee, lawn darts, Bocce, croquet? Check thrift stores.
Zzzz–Let dad snooze while you grill dinner.
No matter how much you do or don’t spend, Father’s Day is about spending time celebrating dad (or whoever is your father figure).