Top 10 Things to Do with Dad on Father’s Day – Pre/Post COVID
by Tracy E. Hill, Ph.D.
Father’s Day is right around the corner. What will you do to honor Dad on June 16th? Here are my top 10 ideas that I think any Father would love!
1. Visit with Dad. Whether it’s a quick visit or an extended stay, go see your Dad wherever he may live. Priceless.
2. Bet at the Horse, Dog, or Race Track. Whichever your Dad would appreciate more, a day at the races is a fun way to spend quality time with your Father.
3. Visit History. Depending on your Father’s physical activity level: a park honoring a historic place that peaks his interest or a history museum or a walking tour through your town or his, you and Dad will enjoy stepping back in time together.
4. Car Show. It’s difficult to find a Dad who wouldn’t enjoy a local car show. Contact your local car clubs in the area and find the nearest one to you. I took my Dad for Father’s Day weekend years ago and he beamed with pleasure all day as he showed me the cars from “back in his day” and his very first car! And if there’s no local car show, go rent his favorite car for a couple of hours and take a ride with him on Father’s Day. (Photo me and Dad at local car show).
5. Pampering. This may not be for every Father (especially wasn’t for mine), but some Dad’s may enjoy getting a pedicure with you.
6. Fire Up the Grill. Classic Father’s Day lunch or dinner, grilling is easy to please most Dad’s with a good meal on the grill. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken or steak, make something your Father will enjoy with a nice cold beer or Chardonnay.
7. The Great Outdoors. Many Dad’s enjoy a hike, bike, day of fishing or anything that gets them outside with you or their grandchildren. Other outdoor options include a round of golf or a ball game at your local ballpark. Don’t forget plenty of hydration and bug spray if needed.
8. Shoulder to Shoulder. This is what my Father called spending time together on a project. He loved it when I would call and ask for help on something that we could do together. I think it made him feel good that I still needed his help. Set up a new printer, build a bird box, it didn’t matter as long as we did it “shoulder to shoulder.”
9. Shooting Range. It doesn’t matter if you are for or against, a day at the shooting range is always fun. Skeet shooting, straight shooting or make a competition out of it, but call ahead because your local range will be packed on Father’s Day.
10. Grandchildren. Nothing trumps the kids or grandkids. If you have them, bring them over to see your Dad for a visit. Even a short visit is better than no visit at all.
Happy Father’s Day to all!