Help your kids tap into their artistic sides. 1
My husband, who likes to draw, absolutely adores every bit of artwork my kids make. He would hang onto every doodle and scribble if I let him. For Father's Day, help your kids pick some of their favorite pieces--including new ones--to make a handmade art book for dad.
Make a digital collage. 2
Photo albums are fun, but these days most people don't actually flip through them often. Instead, use free online software to create a digital family photo collage that you and your kids can embellish with phrases, graphics, and captions. It can either include photos from many years or just the previous year.
Make a "thank you" list. 3
As parents it's easy to feel under-appreciated. Make sure your partner knows how thankful you and the kids are by writing thank-you lists--either one together or a separate one from each family member--and presenting him with them on Father's Day.
Prepare a themed meal. 5
This Father's Day, theme an entire meal around dad's favorite food. If he's a spice-lover, make all spicy dishes. If he adores sweets, have dessert for dinner. Or, if he loves bacon whip up these amazing bacon-based Father's Day recipes.
Bust out the old DVD collection. 6
Hunt down dad's old DVDs of his favorite family-friendly movies and help him introduce your kids to them with a Father's Day family movie night. Let the kids stay up late, pop some popcorn, cuddle on the couch and enjoy!
Make a mixtape. 7
OK, maybe not an actual tape, but work with your kids to make a playlist that will have personal meaning to their father. Include his favorite songs, songs the kids love to listen to with him, songs that make everyone happy, etc. Make sure everyone in the family picks out at least one of the tracks!
Have a family jam session. 8
If the dad in your life is at all musical, he'll love the idea of a family jam session. Even if he doesn't own any instruments, your kids probably do--you could even make some. Give everyone an instrument and rock out together in honor of dad.
Direct the kids in a play. 9
Help your kids plan a special play to perform for dad on Father's Day. Make costumes, design a set, write a script ... the whole nine. You might even make the entire play about dad and your family.
Give dad a day off. 11
Between work all week and chores all weekend, dad might be yearning for a day to just chill and enjoy his kids. For Father's Day, consider taking care of a few things on his "honey-do list" so that he can relax with the family without worrying about sacrificing time to get things done.
Go camping. 12
Skip the campsite fees and go camping right in your own backyard! If you already own a tent, you can literally have the full camping experience in your backyard without spending anything. Just set up your tent in the yard, build a bonfire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over (or use the grill) and enjoy some family time on Father's Day.
Visit a local museum. 13
If you want to get out of the house on Father's Day, but not spend a bunch of money, do some research and see if there are any small, local museums that offer free admission. Check with local historical societies and universities; many have excellent museums that are free to visit. For instance, in our area we have a free geology museum and a few wonderful nature centers that are completely free to access.
Go hiking. 14
If your man is a nature lover, plan a hiking trip to celebrate Father's Day. Many county and state parks are free to visit and feature beautiful, well-marked hiking trails. Pack a picnic lunch of all of his favorite foods, gear up, and explore the woods.
Or go biking. 15
If hiking is too far away or too strenuous, you could also plan a family bike ride at a park or even just around your own neighborhood, ending with a nice picnic lunch.
Write him love letters. 16
Gift dad a set of handwritten letters from everyone in the family. Help your kids compose sweet love letters to their father that you can present to him all at once. If your children are too little to write their own letters, have them dictate to you how they fell about papi and what they want to say to him on Father's Day.
Or get even more imaginative. 18
If your kids are even more imaginative, you might even be able to collaborate to write a short story starring dad.
Pamper him. 19
Even if they don't always admit it, men like being pampered just as much as anyone else. Treat your man to an at-home spa day on Father's Day. Just get all of your best bath and body products out, set them up nicely and give him some time to actually enjoy them. Then you can recruit the kids to give him a foot or neck rub!
Serve him breakfast in bed. 20
Similarly, moms aren't the only ones who enjoy breakfast in bed! Cook up his favorites and bring them up to bed for him enjoy with a nice hot cup of coffee, surrounded by his favorite people.
On that note ... why not let him sleep in? 21
An hour or two of extra rest on Father's Day is sure to be appreciated especially if daddy is usually the one who gets up early with the kids.
Wash and detail his car. 22
Save him the trip and the money by getting your kids to wash and detail dad's car just in time for Father's Day. If you have toddlers, they'll really love helping out with this one!
Take a scenic drive. 23
Well, I guess technically you'll have to shell out gas money for this one. There's a reason going out for a drive has long been a favorite pastime: It's a great opportunity to see beautiful scenery, to clear the head, and to get some quality family time in. You might even pack a picnic and stop at a park or lookout point to stretch the legs.
Bake him something homemade. 25
What dad isn't a cookie monster? Treat dad to a big batch of fresh homemade cookies on Father's Day. And really, if cookies aren't his thing, whip up whatever is, just make sure it's homemade with love.
Invite his dad friends over. 26
As parents, we don't always get to see our friends as often as we would like. For Father's Day, invite your partner's dad friends over so they can all celebrate together as families.
Or gift him some guy time. 27
You could also invite his friends over and then skedaddle with the kids for a couple of hours so he can enjoy some stress-free guy time. Leave behind snacks and ask his guests to bring drinks.
Hand over the remote. 28
Give dad all-day control of the television. Yup, that means no Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood or Teen Titans on Father's Day. Dad gets to watch whatever he wants--whether it's sports or action flicks--all day, no complaints.
Let them play video games. 29
Most dads have to give up previously coveted video game time once they have kids. On Father's Day, give him the freedom to resume his former ways and play video games with the kids with no time limit. Yes, we mean it!
Put the kids to bed early. 30
Maybe all he really wants for Father's Day is some one-on-one time with you. Put the kids to bed early, break out the bubbly (or whisky) and spend some time reconnecting as a couple.