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54 Awesome Father’s Day Activities Dad Will Love

Family Friendly Father’s Day Activities

1. Mini golf

Mini golf is all about brains over brawn. Dad can show you how it’s all about working out the angles and slopes and gentle stroke play. Let Dad keep the honour and be first to tee off at each hole, perhaps even let him set a new family record score.

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2. Bowling

Bowling is fantastic family fun and caters for everyone. Gutter guards and ramps mean everyone can score well from the youngest family member to the oldest. Disco lights and pumping music creates a party-like atmosphere.Remember to cheer when Dad scores a strike.

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3. Fishing

Fishing is one of the oldest bonding activities between a father and his son or daughter. You stand side-by-side, teaming together and (hopefully) catch something tasty. When asked about their favourite moments, fathers often recollect taking their kids fishing – just as their own Dads took them. It’s a great activity to tie in with a trip away and camping weekends.

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4. Go-karting

Racing around a track as fast as possible may not be one of Mum’s favourite family activities, but Dad loves it! Spending time zipping around your local go-kart track will make for a father’s day you all won’t forget anytime soon. And remember, since it’s father’s day – let Dad win. He’ll feel like Lewis Hamilton.

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5. Go to the Park

Use Google maps to locate your local park.Take a leisurely stroll and admire the scenery and enjoy the fresh air. Have fun on the play equipment, bird watch from the bird hide, take a footy or cricket gear and start up a game – don’t be surprised if other families ask if they can join in. Be generous, let Dad make a 100.

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6. Footy

As father’s day is in September, both the AFL and NRL football seasons are heating up. There is sure to be an exciting game to go and watch where you can be part of the electric stadium atmosphere. However, if there are no games close by, cook some tasty snacks and enjoy a game on TV together.

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7. Camping

Camping is one of the best family activities. You work together to set-up tents, have time for cards and board games, and explore nature together. You can explore beautiful national parks, set-up near stunning beaches or visit a town you’ve always wanted to spend time in. Those marshmallows around a fire will be treasured memories.

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8. Spa day

Sure, Dads in the 1950s may have scoffed at the idea of a spa day – but many modern Dads embrace the pampering, relaxation and special treatment of a spa treatment. If Dad has a busy and stressful job, this could be the ideal way for him to unwind. And naturally, if that pampering sounds lovely to you – you better go as his guide.

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9. Car show

Bugattis, Lamborghinis, and Mustangs aren’t ideal for carting the family around – but that doesn’t mean your Dad can’t admire them. A car show is a fun way to spend quality time with Dad, plus he’ll be able to explain to you why a Mercedes V8 sounds much better than your grandparents Honda.

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10. Historical sites

Learning about history and war shows you the importance of your actions and helps place your lives in the context of the world. Plus Dads enjoy learning about guns, tanks and fighter jets. In your local area, there is likely an exhibition you can visit as a family.

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11. Music

Does your Dad ever tell you how much better music was back in his day? If so, heading to a festival or concert playing Dad’s favourite bands, songs or genre is the ideal way for him to make his case. You’ll be able to rock out as a family!

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12. Art Galleries

Local art exhibitions, art museums and public art installations are fun ways to spend time as a family. If your Dad loves design, learning new perspectives, and admiring human creations then this is an excellent way to spend father’s day.

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13. Cook for Dad

What’s your dad’s favourite food? Whatever he loves – cook it for him. Perhaps he loves a hearty roast lamb, a burger with the lot, or grilled barramundi. Mum will always be there to lend a hand when needed – so make sure you have her assistance. Alternatively, if your Dad considers himself a wizard in the kitchen, sign-up for a cooking class so he can sharpen his skills.

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14. Gardens and Markets

Not only can you get amazing food from the market – you can take it next door to the gardens for a family picnic.

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15. Get away

A weekend getaway creates memories that families treasure forever. Whether it’s a night in the city, in the country or by the beach you can have an adventure with stories to share come Monday morning.

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16. Museum

Museums can be an interesting shared experience, whether it’s a science museum, a vintage car museum or a history museum. Dad will enjoy sharing his tales of what life was like when he was a boy, while Mum rolls her eyes at his exaggerated stories.

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17. Amusement park

Almost everybody loves the thrill of a roller coaster, stomach churning moments on a death drop or being scared witless on the ghost train. And Dad will enjoy showing you he’s fearless!

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18. Star Gazing

Organise a visit to the planetarium and learn amazing things about the night skies. Take that knowledge outside, away from bright lights and peer through a telescope to identify the constellations.

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19. Arcade games

Head to a gaming room where Dad can show off his skills on Pacman and mini basketball shooting. Arcade games were all the rage when your Dad was younger, so he can share a part of his childhood with you.

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20. Movie

What kind of movies does your Dad like? Action and adventure? Science-fiction? War movies? If there’s a movie out that Dad will love you can take him. If not, search IMBD for a movie you can rent.

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21. Bike riding

Enjoy the sun on your back and the wind in your face on a family bike ride. If your family has young kids, they can even ride tandem with Dad or in a sidecar. Head to a local park or bike trail and enjoy the scenery together.

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22. Visit a farm

There are “city farms” that cater for families visit. You can pet calfs, chase chickens and admire a lamb – getting close to all the cutest farm animals. You can learn about farming while getting some priceless photo opportunities.

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23. Beach day

Beach days can be as imaginative and varied as you make them. Challenge other families to a game of beach cricket, put on your snorkelling gear and scour the ocean for treasure or ride the waves like Kelly Slater on your board.

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24. Volunteering

Father’s day reminds us how lucky we are to have our family. But we know not everyone is so lucky, and like Christmas, father’s day can be especially lonely. By volunteering at a food shelter, cleaning up a local area or sausage sizzle you share the enjoyment of helping others, with your Dad.

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25. Rock Climbing

Climbing Mount Kosciuszko is a bit extreme to be family fun, but you can head down to an indoor rock climbing centre. You can encourage each other, get a great workout and keep each other safe. If your Dad’s a daredevil – he can combine his wild streak with some family fun.

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26. Canoeing/Kayaking

A gentle paddle on a lake or the ocean is a relaxing way to spend father’s day. Dad can show off his paddling power while you help steer. And if you time it right, the tide will do a lot of the work for you.

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27. Railway-scenic/model

Visiting a scenic railway or model rail system is an experience Dads enjoy almost as much as their young kids. Here’s your opportunity.

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28. Gardening

Does your Dad consider himself a green thumb? Does he ever produce his own ‘extra nutritious’ vegetables from his veggie patch? If so, your Dad will love to spend a day teaching you a thing or two in the garden. Plus, you may be rewarded with something tasty at the end!

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29. Taking an art class together

Dads are often so busy providing for their kids that their own needs are ignored. If your Dad enjoys painting, or would like to try it, head to an art class. You or your Dad may get bitten by the art bug.

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30. Going to a play

Movies are great, but seeing actors in the flesh can be even more exciting. Whether it’s a rendition of Shakespeare or a more modern play you can share the theatre experience together.

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31. Board Games

Board games have been bringing families together for decades. From Cluedo, Scrabble to Monopoly – which ironically has anything but a stranglehold on the board game market. Just remember, since it’s father’s day not to beat Dad too badly.

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32. Video Games

If your Dad’s a gamer, he’ll love being challenged to an hour of gaming. And it’s more likely that one hour will turn into to two, which will turn into half a day and before you know it you’ve spent the entire day conquering bosses and building your character.

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33. Virtual reality

Dads are often so busy providing for their kids that their own needs are ignored. If your Dad enjoys painting, or would like to try it, head to an art class. You or your Dad may get bitten by the art bug.

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34. Making a campfire/bush cooking

You don’t have to have a weekend in the bush to experience the fun of roughing it outdoors. You can eat toasted marshmallows while Dad tells you some scary stories.

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35. Head out for a family meal

Treat Dad to a meal at his favourite restaurant. Whether he’s in the mood for a steak, sushi or fish and chips, Dad can get exactly what he wants. Plus everyone gets a night off cooking.

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36. Zoo/animal sanctuary

Check out some exotic animals at your nearest zoo or animal sanctuary. It’s an ideal place for Dad to make some Dad jokes… like the classic “A Zoo with only dogs is a Shih Tzu,” or “You don’t see many reindeer in a zoo, do you? They can’t afford the admission.”

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37. Horse and carriage ride

A languid, leisurely horse and carriage ride is wonderful reminder of days gone by. The whole family can climb on board and watch the world pass slowly by, either by day or night.

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38. Karaoke

You’ve heard Dad singing in the shower, now let him put those vocal skills to the test at a night of Karaoke. Dad belting out “We are the champions” aka Freddie Mercury style is something not to be missed.

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39. Skatepark

Is your Dad like Tony Hawk and still skating now he’s a parent? He may enjoy a family trip to the skate park where he can show off his skills.

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40. Ice skating

Ice skating doesn’t come naturally to most people in Australia. This father’s day you can conquer the challenges of the ice together, laughing as you fall and help each other up. You may not impress anyone, but you sure will have fun.

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Romantic Father’s Day Activities for Mum & Dad

41. Date Night

Book Dad’s favourite restaurant and buy a classy bottle of wine. Encourage Mum and Dad to dress to impress and enjoy a sumptuous meal and mature, sophisticated conversation.

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42. Weekend away

Nothing recharges the batteries like a weekend away. Two nights of escape from the hustle and bustle of work and family life will put a spring in every Mum and Dad’s step. Many wonderful locations are only a couple of hours away, so no strenuous driving, just all enjoyment.

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43. Night in the City

Cities are vibrant, colourful places after dark where Mum and Dad can enjoy the lights, the energy and the allure. It might involve dinner, a show or a tour. It may involve an overnight stay or a taxi or uber home.

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44. Tandem cycling

Hire a tandem bicycle for Mum and Dad and let them debate over who’s going to “drive”. Provide a map of a local bike trail, showing scenic stops and coffee stops highlighted along the way.

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Activities for Adult Kids & their Dad on Father’s Day

45. Skydiving

Take Dad to the skies for a tandem skydive; surely a father’s day gift he’ll never forget. Not only that but a video package of the event will enable the whole family to re-live the experience after the jump and the terror on Dad’s face.

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46. Brewery tour

Sending Dad off to a local brewery for some taste-testing is a thoughtful gift – he can go off drinking craft beers knowing he has the blessing of his family. Plus, when he comes home he’ll be in a surprisingly jovial mood!

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47. Paintballing

While this could be considered a family activity, little kids getting shot by flying paint bullets isn’t textbook ‘great parenting’. But this doesn’t mean Dad can’t go and have fun as a father’s day treat. He can head off for some paintball with a few mates and release his warrior spirit.

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48. Golf

Golf is to Dads what naptime is to toddlers – it re-energises them and frankly, it can make them, much less grumpy. Heading out for a round of golf with your Dad is a great way to practice a skill while having plenty of time for jokes and catching up. If you want your gift to go the extra mile, get Dad some golf lessons to tighten up his swing.

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49. Brew your own beer

Dad enjoy a beer after a hard day’s’ work. Take him to a beer brewing class and give him the skills to not only enjoy his beer but to make his own. Imagine his satisfaction when he flicks the top off his first home brew.

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50. Diving/snorkelling

It’s always exciting to imagine what’s below the ocean’s surface.By giving Dad a snorkelling or diving experience you can open up his eyes to another world-one under the sea.

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51. Surf Lesson

You’re never too old to learn how to hang ten. Organise a surf lesson for Dad at a local surf school and watch him master the shore break on a long-board. Once he’s experienced the surge of the wave underfoot and the thrill of that first wave, he’ll be hooked.

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52. Rent a sports car or motorbike

You may not be able to buy Dad a Ferrari but you can get him a ride in one. Watch his grin grow from ear to ear as he takes a spin around the track.

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53. Whiskey blending

If your Dad enjoys a single malt, he’ll be in heaven learning how his favourite tipple is so lovingly created. Not only that but he’ll be able to demonstrate his passion at a tasting session.

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54. Comedy club

Dad’s think they’re the funniest person in the world. If you’re dad is a LOLer, then this could be the perfect father’s day activity for him. If by chance the comedy club has an open mic session encourage your Dad to take a turn. If not just sit back and enjoy the sets and the laughs provided by the professionals.

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