11 Fun Father’s Day Activities That’ll Make His Day Special

Spend some quality time with Dad on Father's Day this year by treating him to one of these fun (and mostly free) activities.

Father's Day is a time to celebrate dad and all he does for us. There's no need to spend a fortune on a flashy gift when what he really wants is to spend time together. To help you plan the perfect day, we've gathered ideas for Father's Day fun and (mostly) free activities, like exploring the outdoors or cooking dinner together. We've got ideas for every dad, so whether he'd enjoy a one-on-one activity or just wants to kick back and relax, you can have a meaningful day together.

Pick up an inexpensive Father's Day gift to go with these activities (and don't forget the homemade Father's Day card!) and plan to spend the day celebrating dad.

Enjoy the Outdoors Together

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Find a hiking trail, go for a family bike ride, or head to a local park to enjoy the outdoors. As long as you're outside and spending time with Dad, he'll be sure to have a great Father's Day. If dad has outdoor hobbies, plan his gift so he can use it on your outing! Binoculars for birdwatching ($20, Target), hiking equipment, or a cooler backpack are all great gift ideas for someone who spends a lot of time in nature.

Read Your Favorite Book Out Loud

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It can be challenging to find time to spend with the whole family—one easy way to get everyone together is to sit down and read a favorite book out loud. For an interactive experience, have the kids act out the scenes as you read! This is a great way to engage younger kids when spending time with dad.

Make Father’s Day Fun Coupons

Make dad's day with a DIY coupon book full of fun things to do together: He'll love cashing in for breakfast in bed, an ice cream date night, and a fun family movie night with our free printables. Make the book for dad ahead of time and spend the day doing each activity on the coupons.

Cook Dinner with Dad

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Looking for Father's Day activities for toddlers? Get the whole family involved in cooking Dad's favorite meal for a special dinner! Assign younger kids easy tasks, such as setting the table or tossing the salad. A meal like homemade pizza is easy for kids to help with; prepare the dough ahead of time and let dad and the kids choose the toppings.

Bake Brownies Together

Sure, you could whip up a fancy Father's Day dessert for dad, but it'll be more fun to spend the day in the kitchen with him making one together. Make our delicious fudgy brownie recipe from scratch, or use a pre-made mix (there's no shame in baking from the box!). Either way, you and dad can enjoy a tasty treat together.

Give Dad Alone Time

Whether watching baseball, taking a nap, or reading a new book, Dad will love the chance to have a few hours for himself. It's his day, so let Dad pick his activity—and then let him enjoy some alone time! Of course, he'll still want quality time with the kids, but he'll appreciate a few hours of quiet time built into a day filled with Father's Day fun family activities.

Grill Outside with Dad

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Step aside and let the grill master work: Host a Father's Day barbecue or cookout in your backyard. Invite friends and family to come enjoy a meal of grilled summer recipes—the more the merrier! Delicious food AND the chance for Dad to show off his skills? This will become one of his favorite things to do on Father's Day.

If Dad doesn't already have an outdoor grill, splurge on his gift and get a charcoal gill ($82, Walmart) as his Father's Day gift.

Take a Fishing Trip

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Go fish! What could be better for Father's Day fun than doing what Dad loves best? A fishing trip can be as simple as throwing a fishing rod ($10, Walmart) in the local pond, but he'll love showing the kids his tricks of the trade.

Spend One-on-One Time Together

Take Dad out for a date to your (or his!) place of choice. Milkshakes, burgers, a nice dinner—it doesn't matter! The important part is spending one-on-one time on Father's Day. Make it a family affair by including grandpa in your plans. Dad will appreciate the opportunity to spend Father's Day with his children and his dad all together.

Plan a Father's Day Outing

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Plan a trip to a nearby attraction to celebrate Father's Day. Check out a free museum, visit a farmer's market, or score cheap tickets to a local ball game. Choose something that fits Dad's personality and interests—after all, it is his day!

Take a Trip to the Beach

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Stuck on ideas for Father's Day? This one will appeal to all ages: Take advantage of the warm weather and have some fun in the sun at the beach! If you don't live on the coast, look up local parks that have a beach; they're often free to visit. If you don't have a beach nearby, plan a trip to a state park instead. Dad will love the chance to relax and play family-friendly beach games.

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