Last year, you had to get creative with your Father’s Day celebration due to the pandemic and this year, well, you’re likely going to have to think outside the box yet again. But just because you can’t throw your favorite guy a big bash, doesn’t mean you can’t make him feel special. This year, surprise your dad with a gift he’ll actually use and let him know how much you care with one of these fun (and safe) Father’s Day activities.
1. Host a beer tasting
Call up breweries nearby and see if they’re able to host a small party for your dad and a few members in your pod. If not, bring the beers to you by ordering some craft ales from your neighborhood liquor store and let the sampling begin. (And don't forget the finger foods.)
2. Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Depending on the current guidelines in your area, you may be able to share some quality time with the old man out in nature. ’Tis the season for hiking, fishing and cycling, after all. (Just remember to practice the rules of social distancing.)
3. Go back in time
Is your dad a history buff? Take him to a local museum (many are offering limited and timed entry at the moment) or bring the past to you thanks to these virtual museums. Check out artworks and sculptures that date as far back as the 8th century at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin or a stroll through the halls of the Palace of Versailles in France...all from the comfort of his favorite recliner.
4. Pack a picnic
Fix up a lunch of his favorite foods (hello, roast beef on rye) and enjoy a picnic outside in your local park, or stay closer to home and eat al fresco in the garden or the front yard.
5. Have a movie night
Let Dad pick the film (even if it’s some obscure historical documentary you have no interest in). Let him choose the snacks, too. Need a movie suggestion or two? Here are the 50 best family movies of all time.
6. Take a cooking class
He makes the world’s best burgers, but that doesn’t mean he can’t pick up a few new tricks. Masterclass offers online classes featuring some of the world's greatest chefs like Gordon Ramsey, Thomas Keller and Alice Waters.
7. Make him breakfast in bed
Waffle breakfast sandwich with chorizo. Maple candied bacon. Pizza-dough cinnamon rolls. All this and more in our roundup of the 62 best breakfast recipes in the entire universe.
8. Share some memories
Make a greatest hits video of your family over the years and get everyone seated to watch it together. Make sure to play it on the big screen so everyone can see exactly how nervous you were at graduation. Cue the waterworks.
9. Sharpen your DIY skills
He’s the first person you call when you have to figure out how to hang up a picture frame. So why not let him teach you some skills? Pick a project you guys can work on together (like a birdhouse) and spend the day building your masterpiece.
10. Work out together
Keep your dad in tip-top shape by cueing up a HIIT class on YouTube and getting a sweat on together. (Or if that’s too much for him, try to get him to join you in your Sunday night vinyasa class.)
11. Watch his favorite musician
He's obsessed with the Rolling Stones and while seeing them live would be pretty epic, give him the next best thing by streaming their greatest performances online and having your own mini-festival at home. Bonus? Seating and snacks are guaranteed.
12. Bring the golf to you
This 9-by-3-foot putting green boasts over 8,000 five-star reviews. Let him show off his stroke while you hone your skills.
13. Fire up the grill
Let Dad try out those new barbecue tools that you just gifted him.
14. Play a video game together
Even if he isn't the most technologically-savvy, we bet he can get on board Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
15. Plan a spa day
He’d never admit it, but dads need some pampering, too. If a pedicure is too much for him, at least see if he'll do a face mask with you while watching his favorite show.
16. Put on a Performance
This one can go one of two ways—you and your siblings either recreate the play you painstakingly wrote, starred and directed in the summer of 1999 or have your kids put on a performance for grandpa. Either way, there's bound to be plenty of laughs. Just don't forget to film the event.
17. Host a Sports Tournament
He’s always bragging about what a great hooper he was back in his heyday so why not challenge that legendary athleticism? If it’s safe to do so, you can go to the park or plan something in your backyard for a day of fun sporting activities. Think basketball (this portable hoop should help with the social distancing), bocce ball, flag football, croquet and even bowling. Raise the stakes by allocating prizes—loser has to take out the garbage for the week or mow the lawn for the month.
18. Create a playlist
Long before you were old enough to hit up karaoke bars, Dad was your first singing partner. Curate a playlist full of your favorite hits from back in the day and take a nice car ride like the old times. Songs like Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father,” and Bruce Springsteen’s “My Father’s House” are sure to bring tears to his eyes.
19. Take him on an online shopping spree
You used to do damage to his credit card and now it’s his turn. Does he need to update his toolkit? Some new winter boots? A nice spring coat? Or maybe he just wants to splurge your dollars on a fancy leaf blower. Either way, let him go crazy (but not too crazy) with your money for a change. Dads don’t ask for much, so it’s always nice when the bill is on you. (Psst: Nudge him towards this list of 77 best gifts for dad if he doesn’t know where to start.)
20. Plan a zoom party
Hey, Mamas are not the only ones who need some time with their pals to catch up and chatter about whatever. Plan a virtual Zoom party for your Pa and some of his favorite guys—brothers, co-workers, even that one friend from across the pond he hasn’t seen in a while. A virtual reunion with the homies will do him some good.
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