Dad’s special day is fast approaching and you’re probably racking your brains looking for Father’s Day activities for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s our pick of the 10 best Father’s Day activities that will involve lots of fun but not too much expense!
When it comes to Father’s Day activities, there’s little that brings more delight to dads and kids alike than a piece of grass, a frisbee, a kite and a football.
1. Breakfast in bed
Every Father’s Day should include a homemade breakfast. Those who are old enough to help cook can prepare a cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausage, tomatoes and toast or perhaps put together a continental breakfast with croissants (chocolate, of course), preserves, fresh bread, fruit and juice. Smaller hands can help with Father’s Day craft ideas such as making a card or decorating a napkin so that everyone can contribute.
2. Hit the grass
When it comes to Father’s Day activities, there’s little that brings more delight to dads and kids alike than a piece of grass, a frisbee, a kite and a football. Why not make the play time into a picnic and take along an array of delicious sandwiches, sausage rolls and yummy treats for all to enjoy.
3. Visit a theme park
Theme parks are enormous fun – for kids and dads alike! The cost will be hard to swallow if you pay door prices, though, so make sure you book using a special offer, which can get you up to 70% off. Keep your eye on our up-to-date list of all the special offers at the UK’s major theme parks and days out.
4. Movie matinee
Why not take advantage of the cheap midday Sunday showings at the local cinema? Most cinemas offer a movie matinee with cheap ticket prices, which are ideal for taking children to. This is one of our favourite Father’s Day activities for when the sun refuses to shine.
There are many museums and local attractions which have cheap or free entrance. Why not visit one of the fantastic British castles, which offer many fun activities for children and allow time for Dad to practice his fencing? Visit your local tourist information centre for up-to-date information on local attractions, prices and opening hours.
6. Enjoy a DVD derby
Sometimes all Dad wants to do is sit back and relax. Help this wish come true on Father’s Day and organise a DVD derby with films that all of the family can enjoy. Popcorn, sweets and fruity drinks are a must for this type of day, as are lots of comfy cushions and drawn curtains to make the living room more of a cinema room.
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7. Enjoy an event that is perfect for Dad
Many local attractions, town halls and schools run Father’s Day activities for children and dads. Usually the sessions involve lots of Father’s Day craft ideas and can be great fun. Make sure that Dad does his fair share of gluing and painting though! This can be a great bonding activity and a chance for the children to make an extra special present for Dad.
If the weather permits, get out and about, and explore.
8. Visit the swimming pool
For ultimate budget fun, hit the water. All local leisure centres have general sessions that are suitable for families and children of all ages. Often weekend sessions involve water toys and slides so that everyone can splash, play and laugh in the pool as a family, building up an appetite for a special lunch or tea to celebrate the day. Don’t forget to check out the pool seasonal membership and discount cards for regular users to save money on future visits.
9. Go on an adventure
If the weather permits, get out and about, and explore. The Forestry Commission has maintained walks and bike rides all over England which are suitable for the whole family. Make sure that you all take your binoculars for some bird spotting and magnifying glasses for bug finding. Do take a special picnic for dad to enjoy with his favourite people as the cafe at many of these attractions can be somewhat costly.
10. Visit a farm
There are many working farms that open their doors to families, which have a whole host of animals to be seen, fed and in some cases held and stroked. You don’t even need to be in the countryside to visit a farm as there are city farms around. Many farms regularly run activities for children, they’re much cheaper than a full-sized zoo and are often more local – which reduces the cost of petrol. There is a good chance that there will be special Father’s Day activities running, so make sure you ring ahead to check availability.
Whatever you choose to do for Father’s Day this year, have a fantastic family day. If you have any of your own suggestions, please share them below.
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