Looking for low-cost Father’s Day gifts? (Hint–third Sunday in June, don’t forget!) Why not do free activities with dad instead of buy something for him? Here are 26 free Fathers Day activities from A-Z. Don’t limit it to just dad. Remember all special men this holiday–brothers, uncles, grandfathers, step-fathers, godfathers, priests, rabbis, ministers, scout leaders, teachers, friends.
A–Make paper airplanes with dad. Use free printable paper airplanes and plane patterns from Space Station 42.
B–Bake. Pie, cake, cookies, brownies–find out what he likes best.
C–Camp. Set up tents, string Christmas lights, have a campfire and roast marshmallows.
D–Do a project together. Help him work on that boat, model train, vintage motorcycle he never has time for.
E–Explore a local bird aviary, dune, swamp, wetlands, cave, forest, preserve, gardens.
F–Fish. Get dad a fishing license and kids can fish free off his his.
G–Golf. Mini golf. DIY a backyard course. Buy cheap kiddie or thrift shop clubs. Tilt weighted Solo cups sideways and place around the yard. Use scrap wood to make ramps.
H–Hunt up historical sites or archaeological digs.
I–Host an ice cream social.
J–Join a geocaching group. Geocaching is digital scavenger hunting using cellphone GPS. Dad will LOVE this espionage cum techie-steampunk cum pirate-y game
K–Make and fly kites with free printable kite patterns and kite-making tutorial from Artists Helping Kids.
L–Lounge. Make a homemade hammock by tying clothesline to an over-sized beach towel. Attach to trees.
M–Put on a magic show. Use these free printable magic tricks and sleight-of-hand how-tos.
N–Host a night sky stargazer party in your backyard.
O–Go orienteering (hiking). Bring the compass. Dads love compasses.
Q–Have quiet time. Most dads could use a little extra nap. Or read at the library.
R–Retro music. Make a playlist of favorite old songs. Borrow a karaoke machine and mike and have a sing-along.
S–Play soccer. Or any other favorite ballgame.
T–Play with old school toys from his childhood–Matchbox, Legos, Erector set, action figures, toy soldiers.
U–Unwind. Chat. Catch up.
V–Visit free venues. Look for free microbrewery, museum, nature center tours.
W–Play water sports: swimming, wakeboard, skim board, surfing, slip and slide, bubbles, water balloons.
Y– Play yard games badminton, Frisbee, lawn darts, Bocce, croquet. Check thrift stores if you don’t have games.
Zzzz–Let dad snooze while you grill dinner.
Don’t worry about how much money you do or don’t spend, Father’s Day is about spending time celebrating dad and all father figures. For more on holidays, gifts and families, visit my blogs:
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