Looking for something different to do for Dad this Father’s Day? Inspired to start new family traditions and make fun memories while celebrating his special day? Trust us, Dad does not want a new tie! So get the kids involved, pack a lunch, grab the camera, and get ready for some family fun. Whether the Dad in your life is 30 years old or 80, whether the kids are toddlers or teenagers, here are ten fun Father’s Day traditions to start with Dad this year:
Dad vs. Dad competition – Start the tradition of a competitive Father’s Day tournament in your neighborhood, or with friends and family. Try a cookout: whether it’s burgers, chili, ribs, or something else, have Dad compete against other Dad chefs on their special day. Or try a games tournament, whether it includes arm wrestling, an obstacle course, or other active endeavors.
Dad’s Choice movie marathon – If Dad usually sacrifices the remote control (forced to watch princess movies and kid cartoons), reward him this Father’s Day with complete remote control ownership. Start the tradition of a movie marathon, introducing the kids to some of dad’s TV and movie favorites.
Annual Father’s Day activity – Whatever activity Dad is into, make Father’s Day a chance for him to share his passion with the kids. Try attending a professional or minor league baseball game, playing miniature golf, bowling, going to the driving range, hiking, fishing, or any other activity that will soon become a fun, annual family tradition.
Traditional Father’s Day photo – Each year, take an identical photo of Dad with his kids in the same spot. Continue this over the years to compare how much the kids (and Dad) have changed. You can, of course, make it a classic ‘nice’ photo, or do a yearly silly photo (like the kids sitting on Dad’s lap even into adulthood – think the movie “Elf”).
Dad’s Day picnic – Have Dad choose one of his favorite outdoor locations, whether a park, beach, forest, national landmark or elsewhere, and pack a picnic lunch to be enjoyed in his favorite spot.
Big Dad breakfast – Start Dad’s special day off right by having the kids help plan and cook a breakfast feast for dad with all the trimmings, namely, the word “Dad” spelled out in breakfast food, or a portrait of Dad made with his meal items (pancakes with blueberries for eyes, sausage eyebrows, etc.). Encourage creativity and laughs in this fun Father’s Day tradition.
Trip down memory lane – Kids love hearing stories about their parent’s lives, and most parents love telling them. Each Father’s Day, make the tradition of looking at old photo albums, looking through memory boxes, or driving around town to see Dad’s old haunts.
Create a Father’s Day song – Whether or not you’re musically-inclined doesn’t matter. When the kids are little, start creating new words to an existing melody, writing an original silly song about Dad. Each year, continue the song by singing it to him, adding on new lyrics. Bonus points for recording the song, or playing actual instruments.
Make a Father’s Day album – Give Dad a place to store all his Father’s Day memorabilia, so he can look back through the years. Whether a scrapbook style, or full of pockets, label each page with a year, and include homemade Father’s Day cards from the kids, your yearly Dad and kids picture, and hand-written notes to Dad telling him how much you love him.
Silly themed gifts – Despite all these ideas, if you still want to get Dad a tie or other cliché gift, make the best of it, and start the tradition of silly variations of the same gift. Each year, let the kids pick Dad a silly tie to add to his collection, or a silly pair of socks, silly boxers, silly hat, etc.
Father’s Day should be a special day for Dad to feel honored, but – most of all – it should be a time to spend time together as a family, making memories that will last forever. Gifts are, of course, great, but family traditions are much more memorable. So this year, get the kids involved, and start finding new ways to show Dad how much you care.
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