“Dads are most ordinary men
turned by love
into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers,
and singers of song.”
Making a memorable Father’s Day shouldn’t be all that hard, right?
There are so many great ideas to be found online for every theme, season, and holiday! And Father’s Day is no exception.
There are cute cards, crafts, and activities galore!
This year I am finding myself out of fresh ideas to make the day special.
I thought maybe some of you might be in the same boat too!
Here are a few of my favorite ideas~
Tried and true and still part of the sweet memories I have stored up as treasure in my heart <3
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*A Father’s Day Idea for Families with Littles*
Make Dad King for a day !
We did this one Father’s Day when all three of my children were small.
Both my husband and my children still remember what a fun & special time we had.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
* Prepare the king’s throne-
Decorate a special chair in the house, just for Dad.
Cover it with soft blankets and pillows. You could hang homemade cards or fun family pictures above the throne on the wall. Use a milk crate or even a sturdy box to create a footstool. Be creative and let the kids go craft crazy creating the perfect royal “throne”.
* Make dad a crown…. I mean every king needs one, right ?
Here are a few examples: Dad Crown or Printable Father’s Day Crown
* Make the king’s cup-
In our house, this meant a giant DIY personalized coffee cup (similar to THIS one) , but choose whatever fits your king & his interests best!
Some ideas might be a metal travel mug , a super nice sports bottle, or these fun personalized DAD water bottle labels (inexpensive & easy! Really you could even make your own quite easily!)
* Feast for a King-
If you are surprising dad on the morning of Father’s Day , there’s nothing like a special royal breakfast that everyone can help prepare . Think Pancake Palooooooza ! Yum!
If you’d prefer to make a royal dinner feast, you can find
some really fun ideas & recipes HERE and HERE .
And dont forget the table ! Get creative with the table setting too!
* Court Jesters-
Every court needs jesters! Set up a Photo Booth and take lots of pictures of the king and his court. 🙂
Have the kiddos act as the royal servers and entertainers while dad
awaits the meal served in style. Perfect for all the littles to entertain the king! You can find many inexpensive Photo Booth prop packages HERE
or you can make your own with this free printable HERE !
* Make it Meaningful-
My kiddos loved the whole entertaining the king part of the morning so I remember kind of just going with it. I had Dad sit in his chair and the kids sit at his feet. They took turns “entertaining the king” by telling stories about their favorite times they had with him. Some of the stories were quite silly (the crazy jester antics kind of continued a bit long 😀 ).
But there were some real treasured memories mixed in. It was a sweet
moment. We had made up a little song to sing at the end of the morning. There are lots of ideas to be found online, but we just made up one set to the tune of “Our God is an Awesome God”-
Our dad is an awesome dad!
He’s the best dad a kid could have.
He plays and prays with us!
Our dad is an awesome dad!
*A Father’s Day Idea for Families with
Gone are the days of the handprint cards and hugs (sniff, sniff). Older children usually have a different idea of gift giving. And after several years of ties, shirts, cologne, and golf tees (cliche but mostly true!) our hero, adventure loving, story telling, singer of songs dad might just like a change up for his special day!
So…maybe there aren’t as many cute ideas on Pinterest for this age group…but that doesn’t mean dad is doomed to a dull day if we think outside the box a little bit !
Here are a few ideas for making a memorable Father’s Day~
What creates family memories better than spending time together?
Think The Griswold’s and their trek to Wally World… hmmm… ok, so maybe that’s not the best example.
While this day is really about honoring dear old Dad,
I bet that he would be thrilled to spend the day with the people who ushered him into that job title. 🙂
Go on an ADVENTURE !
Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Do something you’ve never done before !
Even if you live in a very rural area or the middle of a large, busy city, there are great expanses of unexplored territory right in your own town ! National parks, tunnels, train trips, lakes, waterways, roof gardens, canyons, caverns, food trucks, dude ranches, art museums, old cemeteries, lighthouses, and swimming holes all awaiting an adventurer and his crew !
* National Park Finder
* State by State Bucket List
* Join the Treasure Hunt and try Geocaching
* Or try Letterboxing also read more HERE (so much fun!)
* Google ” Things to Do Near Me” (for example)
* Find a restaurant that specializes in a type of cuisine you’ve
never tried before !
* Sign up for a family friendly fun run ! You can sometimes find local races
HERE or HERE
Be SUPERHEROES !
Some of the most fulfilling and memorable moments of life are those when we are able to help others. If your Dad (husband 🙂 is a superhero, maybe your family would like to give back to the community in some way to honor him.
* Visit your local superheroes– Many fire fighters, police officers ,
and other first responders are fathers too. They are spending their
day helping others. Make some plates of cookies, or buy some gallons of
ice cream and the fixings to make sundaes, make some cards, and
pop in for a visit!
* Go on a Food Hunt in your neighborhood–
Food pantries are always happy to receive donations. Contact a
local center and ask them for a list of what they need most. Print out
a list, divide into 2 teams, and STRIKE OUT! See which team can get the
most items in the given time.
* Visit a Homeless Shelter–
What is your family’s favorite activity to do together?
Do you love to play family baseball games in the backyard?
Or boardgames around the table?
Purchase some games/toys that represent the kinds of things your
family enjoys doing together and bring them to a local shelter.
* Write some letters to the soldiers serving our country overseas–
There are lots and lots of dads who are far away from their families this
Father’s Day. Maybe take an hour or so as a family to make a few
cards, or write a few letters telling them you appreciate the time they
are missing with their own families so you can enjoy all the freedoms
you have at home.
There are many ways to do this. HERE is one such group that
facilitates letters and packages to our troops. (NOTE: I have never
submitted a letter using this organization, but they have a great
mission and recommendations).
Be Songwriters & Story Tellers-
Every family has a story to tell…and every memory creates another chapter. Tell the stories. Retell the stories. Make up new stories that are just being written.
* Write a play about the unique history of your family … this could be
pretty amusing depending on your kiddos 🙂 It could be around a funny event that happened, how your family came to be (how mom & dad met, etc…), or even about what your family will be like in 10 or 20 or 50 years!)
Think costumes, a narrator, and a whole lotta memories.
You can find some simple steps to get you started HERE
* Have a family talent contest with Dad as the judge !
You can find some ideas HERE and HERE (not all appropriate 😉 )
* Camp out!
Even just in your own backyard. Download a star gazing app and map out the constellations. Pick out a cluster of stars and map out your own family constellation. You could even create the legend behind it and retell it for years to come.
Sky Map Online
I hope this post will give you some ideas to make this Father’s Day something memorable for your whole family for years to come !
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY !