Activities, Kids, Toddlers

15 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

From reading bedtime stories to building forts, let’s face it: Dads are pretty remarkable. To honor them on their special day, here are 15 family activities for families with babies, toddlers and kids to celebrate their main man.

Oh, Baby! Father’s Day With a Baby

Take a hike (or at least a long walk). If your baby likes to be worn in a carrier, let dad do the honors and go for a family stroll in a nature preserve, a local park or even just around the neighborhood.

Road trip for the weekend. Find a local destination he’s been eager to see, pack up the car and go for a drive. Finding accommodations that work for babies is easier than you might think—some hotels and even rentals are happy to provide necessities like a crib and changing table. 

Spend a day at the park. Pack a picnic basket with dad’s favorite snacks, roll up a blanket and head out for the day to enjoy the sun. Need snack inspiration? Check out our favorite healthy snack ideas.

Baby asleep? Take a coffee break. Once your little one is down for a nap, treat him to his favorite morning beverage. Presentation is everything, so break out the #1 Dad mug and toast his role in the family.

Toddler Time: Father’s Day With Little Ones

Make a masterpiece. Get out the paints, smocks and easel, and let dad and his little one create a work of art together.

Build a fort. Employ dad’s handy skills in the most fun way possible. Grab some cushions, blankets, bed sheets and pillows, and go to town building the perfect fort.

Get outside and get wet. Whether it’s a sprinkler, baby pool, watering plants or an at-home car wash, get outside and enjoy some family fun in the sun.

The Perfect Father’s Day for Preschoolers

Root for the home team. If he’s a sports fan, treat him to a game of his favorite sport. It doesn’t have to be a professional game, either—many local teams sell seats for discounted rates. When you get home, dust off the gloves and play catch outside!

Serve him breakfast in bed. Have your preschooler help make dad’s favorite breakfast, then serve it to him in bed. Though little ones will probably need help with most of the prep, they’ll love knowing they had a hand in making a healthy breakfast for their special guy.  

Go camping (or pretend). Head to a campground or even your own backyard to set up a tent, stargaze and read books by flashlight.

March to the beat of an outdoor concert. If dad likes music, find a local show that’s good for kids and enjoy an hour or two of live tunes.

Help him grill dinner. If dad’s the master chef on the grill, make it a family activity and have your preschooler give him a hand. Give your little one an easy (and safe) task, such as unwrapping cheese and handing it to dad to put on the burgers or holding dad’s grill mitt until he’s ready for it.

Kick-Off Father’s Day With Your Kids

Treat him to golf (or mini golf). If dad’s a golfer, bring the family along and spend a day on the course. Or, have a family-friendly matchup of mini golf.

Let him cash in. Make coupons that dad can use when he wants—help cleaning the garage, for example, or a Saturday morning to sleep in.

Break out the board games. Pop some popcorn, clear the coffee table and get out dad’s favorite games. To make things more interesting, make it a family tournament or learn a new game together.

Time spent together is a great way to celebrate dads. Whether it’s a weekend camping trip or a long walk in the park, show the fathers in your life just how much you appreciate them by planning their favorite family activity. Happy Father’s Day!

Jennifer Chow

Jennifer Chow

Jennifer is a lifelong foodie and mother of two little boys whose passion for helping families through childhood nutrition led her to start Nurture Life. As she works towards setting a new standard for the kids food industry, Jennifer focuses on new product development and innovation, customer experience and strategy. Prior to Nurture Life, Jennifer spent 17 years in marketing and product development in the technology industry, most recently as vice president of marketing at a high-growth, cloud platform startup. She previously ran marketing at a media software company and cleantech company. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Economics and MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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