Being a Dad is such great fun! I sure do have a fantastic time reliving some of my own childhood memories, when I do fun stuff with my son Benni. I’ll bet you rekindle your fondest memories when you do fun activities with your children too.
But have you ever thought about how your own Dad used to enjoy spending time with you when you were small? A great way to renew those old bonds, and have some fun along the way, is to revive this partnership. This is achievable by doing new activities together, or some of those you enjoyed doing as a kid, fishing for example.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at lots more fun things to do with your Dad that will give you some ideas for great father-son activities.
Seeing The World Through Your Dad’s Eyes
It can be interesting to look at the world from a different perspective, through your Dad’s eyes. To do this try talking with him and see if he has any unfulfilled ambitions that you might be able to crack together. Or something he’d love to do but for some reason feels he no longer can. As we age having friends to do things with can become difficult, people move away, and friendships are lost. Why not give your Dad a new opportunity for some fun and to make new memories with you?
Ideas for Great Activities With YOUR Dad
I’ve compiled a list of ideas to get you started, and to make things easier I thought I’d categorize them. Let’s start with a topic that most Dad’s will enjoy in one form or another – sport!
Idea #1 – Sports
It’s more than likely your Dad will have his favorite sports teams, those he likes to watch on TV for instance. There are various options open to you here, you could:
- Buy season tickets to see games together or get extra special tickets to see a game played at one of the iconic sports grounds.
- Arrange a regular “boys’ night” when you go and watch his teams play on TV either at home or perhaps in a sports bar.
- Visit a sport “Hall of Fame” the main ones are for Football, located in Canton, Ohio. Baseball, in Cooperstown, New York, and Basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Idea #2 – Adrenalin
For any Dad who’s a bit of a petrol head or adrenalin junky, there are some fun options, guaranteed to bring excitement and create amazing memories. You can try:
- Track Days, where you become a racing driver! Here are some useful links to information about tracks and schools.
- If your Dad likes the idea of taking to the air, then there are several options; you could try a taster lesson flying a light aircraft or helicopter, a microlite flight, gliding lessons, or hot air ballooning. Information on all of these activities can be found on the internet or by visiting facilitators local to you.
- Of course, the ultimate adrenalin junkie would be up for a bit of parachuting… or for the slightly less ambitious skydiving in a wind tunnel might be a safer option! Look for centers near you online, or in the phone book.
Whenever you’re doing things outdoors, remember about sun safety. It’s not just for kids!
Idea #3 – Building Projects
Getting creative with your Dad is a wonderful way to bond, not only will you end up with an end product to remind you of what you achieved together, but chances are you’ll learn a lot from him along the way too. Some ideas for projects that might be fun and useful are:
- Man Cave! Let’s be honest, this is pretty much any guy’s dream (it’s most definitely mine!). Having a space to chill and do man things is such a luxury, but with a little help from Dad, it’s entirely achievable.
- If your Dad likes a drop of wine, then how about building a wine rack? Or if he is a keen DIY hobbyist a useful tool carrier or workshop tool tidy?
- Many of the jobs you take for granted when you’re young can become more challenging as you get older, gardening is just such a job. You could help your Dad create a better low maintenance garden by building simple tool storage, flower boxes, or raised planters. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could even try a geodesic dome greenhouse.
To find brilliant ideas for all of the above projects, look at Pinterest.com it’s chock a block full of inspiration!
Idea #4 – Day’s Out
Visiting places of interest together can be entertaining and educational. You’ll never run out of places to visit with your Dad if you put some real thought into it, but to give you a few ideas, what about trying some of these?
- No matter what your Dad enjoys most in life, there is bound to be a museum dedicated to it! Search it out and arrange a surprise visit.
- If he is partial to a particular tipple how about a winery or distillery visit?
- Now you may find this hard to believe, but it’s quite possible that your Dad’s favorite band is still going strong, and not just going strong but still actually touring! To give you just a few examples Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Chicago and Steve Miller (of the Steve Miller Band), to name only a few are regularly seen strutting their stuff on stage. So why not give your Dad a trip back to his youth and go to a concert together? You might be surprised by how much you enjoy his music too! Search online to find out if your Dad’s favorite band are touring and maybe coming to a town near you.
Idea #5 – History
If your Dad is a little more sedentary, then perhaps some nostalgia of a different kind would be more enjoyable. You could try:
- Tracing your families history by researching your family tree together. There are many websites where you can get help with this, or you could go old school and try finding family records for yourselves. You never know what you might find out about your heritage.
- Creating a family photo album is another great way to reminisce. As we age looking back at our past becomes more important. Try looking through the attic or in the basement for old photos and ask other family members if they have any they may like to contribute. You’ll be amazed at how much information you learn about your family.
So there we have it, some fun things to do with your Dad!
I hope there are a few ideas here that are of interest and I’m sure that by speaking with your Dad you’ll soon come up with a whole bunch more. And when you do, please do not forget to share them with us in the comments below, so that I can add them to my list as well! What is your favorite activity you do with your dad and why? How do you make it happen? Do you meet regularly or do you like to surprise your dad every now and then? Please let us know below, I’m always happy to learn 🙂
And as a final thought: There’s also no reason why three generations can’t enjoy doing things together, so why not get the kids involved too? It will no doubt help strengthen their relationships with their Grandpa and you.
Enjoy making new memories together!
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