Father’s Day is meant to be a time to celebrate your relationship with your father, so why not create new memories together on his special day instead of merely buying a card or present? We’ve put together a list of 10 father daughter activities that will help you to have quite a bit of fun while you’re creating lifelong memories. All ten of the activities are interactive and fun things to do for both father and daughter!
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1. Spend the Day at the Beach
It’s hard not to have a good time when you’re surrounded by the natural beauty and relaxing atmosphere of the beach. Plan a beach day for Dad and let your kids help you pack an easy and delicious picnic lunch for Dad. Kids will love running along the beach and playing in the water, and Dad will have a great time soaking up the sun with his little ones. Don’t forget to pack a beach bag filled with easy activities, such as a flying disc, beach ball, or even one of the items from the next activity on our list!
2. Build and Fly a Toy Plane or Kite
On Father’s Day morning, let your children surprise their Dad with a toy plane or kite kit. Your husband will be thrilled to show them how to create the flying toy, and your children will be engaged by the entire process. Once the toy is complete, head to the park or the beach to fly the plane/kite for hours of fun!
3. Cook a Meal Together
This activity might not seem like a special occasion, but creating a meal with someone can be a lot of fun with a little bit of preparation and creativity. Choose a simple meal to prepare and allow the kids to join in along the way. A create your own pizza bar is a fabulous idea, and your children will have a blast kneading the dough and selecting their favorite toppings. Don’t forget to have your camera ready to capture all of the hilarious cooking mishaps! Once the cooking is complete, surprise Dad with his favorite dessert to finish the meal!
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4. Plan a Sports Day
Sometimes simple activities can create the most profound experiences. Plan a family sports day where Dad either teaches the children a new sport or acts as the coach and head player of the team. You can make the day extra fun by creating customized team t-shirts or baseball hats and purchasing a few small items as prizes for the winning team. Children will giggle with delight as they run around trying out the sport, and their father will have fun teaching them a new skill.
5. Start a Building Project
Dads will love teaching their daughter how to finish a simple building project. Whether they’re creating a dollhouse for your daughter, a birdhouse for the garden, or a desk accessory for Dad, children will be amazed at the step-by-step process and fancy gadgets. Once the building project is complete, the kids will enjoy customizing the item with colorful paint or stickers. While this activity will create a lasting bond between Father and daughter, your family will also cherish the item for years to come.
6. Make a Splash at the Water Park or Pool
Water parks are always fun for the family, but they’re a fabulous idea for a daddy-daughter date. Adults and children alike feel like a kid when they’re splashing in the water, and your children will feel safe and secure on even the scariest water rides with Dad by their side. If water parks don’t seem like a good fit, you can’t beat a relaxing day by the pool. Invest in a few inexpensive pool toys to create engaging interaction throughout the day.
7. Plan a Hiking Day Trip
Bonds are created through shared experiences, so plan a short hiking day trip for Father’s Day. Whether you’re hiking through the forest, or along a mountain trail, your family will enjoy the beautiful scenery and abundance of plants and animals. Let Dad teach the children how to orient the map and point out the different types of animals and plants along the hike, and the kids can be in charge of documenting their finds with the camera.
8. Head to the Movies
A day at the movie theater is the perfect Daddy-daughter date. Let your daughter create hand-drawn movie tickets to present to her Dad on Father’s Day morning along with coupons for popcorn, snacks, or soda. Your children will enjoy being in charge of the event, and Dad will enjoy the movie and bonding time with his children.
9. Go Fishing
Simple, slow-paced activities are ideal for Father-daughter days. Plan a short fishing trip where Dad can show the children his favorite fishing tips and tricks. If he isn’t knowledgeable about fishing, they’ll learn and laugh together! Whether they catch a fish or simply sit along the shore together, the relaxing day by the water will lead to great conversation and lasting memories.
10. Learn Something New Together
When in doubt, plan an activity where fathers and daughters can learn something new together. They’ll be on somewhat level playing fields, so the competition will add to the fun. The activity ideas are endless. but Fathers and daughters alike would enjoy learning a new sport, creating chocolates at the chocolate factory, making a fun painting, or heading to a local ceramics factory to create pottery.
While these activity ideas are perfect for fathers and children, they’re equally perfect for all ages! Whether you’re a mom planning a trip for children and husband or a grown-up daughter creating a special day for her Dad, all ten of these activities are guaranteed to be a hit! For more Father’s Day tips, learn how to make four manly and spirited Father’s Day cocktails and then discover the gifts your Dad really wants!