We hope you spent quality time with mom last month for Mother’s Day and now, it’s dad’s turn! With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to think about the best activities to celebrate your senior dad this Father’s Day. Whether you’ve got a pop whose easy-going or hard to plan for, we have several ideas in mind for making the holiday memorable and special.
1. Take dad on a fishing trip
If your dad enjoys spending quality time in nature catching mounds of fish, a fishing trip might be one of the best Father’s Day gifts you could give your senior dad. Dust off the family canoe and head out into the water or even choose to fish off a lake pier near home. Don’t forget to watch out for the rising temperatures! As Father’s Day falls mid-June this year, stay safe during the day when it’s expected to feel extra warm. If you or your senior dad is more susceptible to feeling ill from warmer temperatures, it’s probably best to plan this activity for the early morning – that’s when you can catch the best fish, anyway! Fill up the cooler with cold beverages and tasty snacks to spend a quiet morning trying to catch those pesky fish.
2. Attend a local car show
Is dad a car enthusiast? Does he love reminiscing about how much better the iconic car models were back in the day? Chances are, he might enjoy a local classic car show as a fun Father’s Day activity you can enjoy together. You can usually find classic car shows happening in your community – sometimes people even host unofficial classic car shows and often convene together once a week in a local supermarket or church parking lot. If dad loves to chat up complete strangers about cars, this could be a fun Father’s Day activity for the entire family. If you’re not sure where to begin searching for a local car show, you can use this car show finder tool to find one near you!
3. Explore a new museum exhibit or a reenactment with your senior dad
Is dad the ultimate history buff? Does he love watching The History Channel and spend hours watching shows that reenact some of the most historical moments in time? Father’s Day provides a great opportunity to take your senior dad to a new museum exhibit or a live reenactment! Open your mind to history and learn details about history you never knew before! If you’re located near a museum with a theater, you could also buy tickets if a historical documentary is showing.
Is dad more of a homebody? Stay in with dad for these Father’s Day activity ideas:
4. Host a cookout at home with family and friends
Did your dad at one point refer to himself as a grillmaster? Does he own a ‘kiss the cook’ apron and cherish outdoor cooking? If your senior dad prefers to linger around the house rather than go out and thoroughly enjoys barbecue, then hosting a cookout should be on the calendar this Father’s Day. Gather the family, friends, and maybe some neighbors to cook up classics like hamburgers, hotdogs, or go even fancier with a nice steak! Just don’t let dad handle all the cooking, though. It is a celebration in his honor and he should be able to kick back and have fun on Father’s Day.
5. Hold a poker game or a card game tournament at home
Are your family fun nights filled with competition in card games or board games? Does your senior dad like a competitive board or card game with friends and family? Perhaps a great way to celebrate Father’s Day with your entire family is to host a family game tournament at home. Indulge in a fantastic family meal and break out dad’s favorite game to play. Playing games is also a great way to keep the brain active and encourage increased social interaction. You could even plan this activity right after the cookout! Teaching the grandchildren how to play card games is also a great opportunity to create lasting memories between your senior dad and your children. Need ideas for a great games to play with senior family members? Try one of these fun favorites: Dominoes, Solitaire, Monopoly, Scrabble, Bingo, Go Fish ( a great one for young kids, too), or Yahtzee.
6. Watch dad’s favorite movie or watch a sports game
Most dads are a fan of watching at least one sport during the year – sometimes, they watch four or five! Although attending a live sporting event might be the ideal memorable activity for Father’s Day, the large crowds, loud noise and outdoor temperatures might prove too exhausting for your senior dad. Skip the live sporting event and watch one on television or watch his favorite movie together for Father’s Day – the movie can even have a sports theme, if your dad wishes!
Father’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories with your family and your senior dad. Keep in mind that warmer weather also brings the heat, fatigue, and other factors that might affect seniors. Whether you spend Father’s Day outside in the summer weather or inside with family and friends, make your festivities with your senior dad unforgettable.
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