Not sure how much we will be able to extend our bubbles by late June, this likely isn’t going to be a typical Father’s Day.
There won’t be any neighborhood gatherings or big family parties June 21, but there’s no reason that we all can’t make the special men in our lives feel loved and appreciated.
The first thing to do is make a list of Dad’s interests, figure out what is open and safe, and take advantage of the resources available. For example, if your dad is a golfer and the courses are open in your area, a little time on the greens would likely bring a smile to his face. Alternatively, your special guy might enjoy a day of hiking, biking, paddling or fishing.
If you are sticking close to home, you may need to use a little imagination. A dad who can’t go camping because the parks are closed might really enjoy a backyard campout. Pitch a tent, stock up on barbecue supplies and s’mores, and get the fire pit ready. If the weather isn’t good, you can always put some sleeping bags in the living room and string up some twinkle lights.
Dads that are movie buffs might be disappointed with the theaters closed, but that shouldn’t stop him from enjoying a good film on his special day. Gather around the TV or hang a sheet in the living room (or in the backyard if the weather is good) and project his favorite movie onto the big screen.
You’ll also need a Dad-inspired concession stand for your movie night. You can serve popcorn labelled “You are the best POP in the world”, doughnuts labelled “We DOUGHNUT know what we’d do without you”, nuts labelled “We are NUTS about you”, and Reeses Pieces labelled “We love you to PIECES”. Dads will enjoy the treats… and the fun puns/dad jokes.
Foodie dads will also appreciate having food prepared for them. Breakfast in bed is always a safe bet, and you can show your affection by spelling out “LOVE” with the food. An “L” can be made from bacon, a donut makes a perfect “O”, a heart-shaped pancake can be a “V”, and you can make an “E” out of berries.
You could also set up a “Dad Café” for lunch or dinner. The kids can decorate the house to look like a restaurant and then they can craft some menus and take Dad’s order. Set the table with fancy dishes and get cooking!
If cooking isn’t your thing, many restaurants are offering take out. Grabbing Dad’s favorites and taking them to the park for a picnic would be fun.
Entertaining Dad at home is another way to show him how special you think he is. The kids could perform a talent show, the whole family could take turns singing karaoke, or the kids could set up a family games night.
Keep in mind, dads aren’t overly hard to please. In the end, they really just want to feel appreciated and to spend time with the people they love. Happy Father’s Day, and enjoy this special time together!