What do you get when you mix Father’s Day with Shelter-at-home orders? A special day dedicated to Dad jam-packed with all the good stuff!
Here are 5 ideas for a memorable holiday that include all the right ingredients: good food, good fun, exercise, the Great Outdoors, some laughs, and tons of love.
Cards and Crafts
There’s no need to get to the store when you have supplies at home! Have everyone in the family make Dad a card or poster from scratch. Have fun with it and get creative! Draw pictures, cut out words from magazines and paste them on, or make handprints with paint. Write him a meaningful note about how much you love him. When you’re done, hide the card or poster someplace he won’t find it until you’re ready to present it to him.
Nothing goes better with grilling than some delicious sides! Invite the kids to help you cook (and freshen up on their at-home math and science skills by measuring and mixing ingredients). We love the idea of homemade mac and cheese! Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add 1 (8 ounces) box of elbow macaroni into the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm, around 8 minutes. Drain. Melt ¼ cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and ground black pepper to taste until smooth, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour 2 cups milk into the butter-flour mixture while continuously stirring until it’s smooth and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese to milk mixture and stir until cheese is melted 2 to 4 minutes. Fold the macaroni into cheese sauce until coated. And voila, the perfect homemade mac and choose to go with any barbecue or Dad’s favorite dish for his special day!
Catch Me if You Can
Play a game of catch outside or take a spin around the yard to catch one another in a game of freeze tag! The game doesn’t matter, it’s all about fun and movement. Want to go the extra mile? Whoever gets tagged has to list 3 amazing qualities about Dad!
If the weather is nice, enjoy a dip in the pool together as a family. Play some classic games like Marco Polo or volleyball. No pool? No problem! Get creative with ways to cool off like running through the sprinkler or using the hose.
Camping Chez Le Père (at Dad’s)
Enjoy a beautiful family staycation in the comfort of your own yard! Pitch the tent, light the bonfire and roast up some marshmallows for s’mores. Share your favorite memories about Dad around the fireplace, or name the top 3 reasons you really love and appreciate him. Bring out the cards everyone made, or poster, and present them to him to close out the evening. For extra mood-boosting, string some lights around the yard or decorate!
You don’t need a fancy restaurant or outing to show Dad just how much you love and appreciate him. A simple but thoughtful day spent home with the family is the best gift you can give him for Father’s Day.