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7 Father’s Day Activities for Dads with Young Kids

June 2, 2017

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Father’s Day is about celebrating a man’s relationship with his children, and what better way to do that than by spending a little one-on-one time with them? If you’re looking for ways to solidify that father-child bond with the little ones this holiday, here are a few ideas for activities that everyone will enjoy.

Start a Camping Tradition
Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to get your kids acquainted with Mother Nature, if you haven’t already done so. Start your own tradition by taking the little tykes out into the woods and pitching a tent. It’s a great way to teach them a few handy life lessons along the way, like wilderness survival kills and how to build a fire. Set aside some time for hiking, have them help you set up camp, and then share stories about your childhood with them around the fire that night.

Fish for Dinner
Fathers have been teaching their sons and daughters to fish since the dawn of time, so why not give it a shot this year? Granted, some children aren’t too keen on sitting still for that long so you might have to include ways to make it a little more exciting than usual. Rent a boat or canoe and hit the lake, or make a game out of who can catch the biggest fish. Let the kids have fun and splash in the water, regardless of whether it might scare off the fish.

Build Something
There’s nothing like little hard work to bring people together, so try building something with your kids to spark their imagination. Have you been thinking about putting a new table out on the back deck? Sit down and design one with the tots. They can help with the simple steps, like painting, and if they’re old enough, nailing a few things together. You can also build picture frames, shelves or chairs if you feel those are more in line with your kids’ skills.

Pan for Gold
If you live near a riverbank or don’t mind making a trip, gold panning is a great option for spending time with the kids. A simple kit doesn’t cost a lot and can keep everyone entertained for hours. You don’t have to stop with just looking for gold; rocks will do just as well. Your kids will have a blast splashing through water and digging for buried treasure while you join in.

Explore a Cavern
Few things spark a child’s imagination as effectively as a dark and spooky cavern. Take your kids to the nearest hole in the ground and let them explore the world of bats and stalagmites. It’s a great time to work on your storytelling skills while you fantasize about mythical worlds full of vampires and other creepy creatures. Your kids will have a great time poking around dark corners and you might even learn a thing or two while you’re there.

Go Golfing
Father’s Day is the perfect time to work on your golf game and get your kids started early on loving the sport. Depending on their age, you might have to resort to mini-golf, but that’s still pretty fun. Help them perfect their swing or just use them as a caddy, whatever works best. It’s a great opportunity to bond with your child and maybe catch up on what’s happening in their lives.

Visit a Museum or Historical Site
Kids love to learn about new things and that’s why museums and historical sites like battlefields are great choices for a Father’s Day trip. There’s usually enough to see and do to keep the little ones from getting bored, and you’ll make them smarter in the process. It’s a win-win. Anything with dinosaurs would be a definite plus.

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