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MATTHEW WEST-THE MOTIONS
I'm not really into "Hallmark Holidays" like Mother's Day or Valentine's Day or National Karaoke Week. OR, Father's Day. My family has been told repeated not to get me anything this year. Unless it's a hammock. But we don't have a yard big enough for one, so to my wife Jennifer: I am not dropping a hint. Not this time, anyhow.
Aside from sleeping in or a decent nap, what I want most for Dad's Day is probably the same thing my kids want from me: time together. I didn't have a lot of that with my father growing up because he lived 1,000 miles away and there was a lot of custody drama. BUT, the few things we did together are memories that continue to burn bright. Even the stuff that was probably mundane to him, like having me tag along at work.
In case you need a few idea starters on what to do with Dad this weekend (or ANY time really), check this out, and feel free to add your own ideas below!
Whether it’s extreme, deep sea, or a trip to the neighborhood lake, a fishing trip can be a great time to connect with your dad, and with nature. Book an overnight trip or pick Dad up early for a day of fishing and bonding.
Outdoor music festival
The warm June weather is a perfect time to take Dad out for a music festival. Whether its rock, soul, classical, or country, there are plenty of opportunities to check out great music in your area.
Sign-up for a trip to paintball country and let Dad explore his inner warrior. From indoor to outdoor venues, you’re sure to have fun with a little friendly battle. Find a local paintball venue here.
Take a day with Dad and give back to your community by volunteering at a local soup kitchen, community garden, or outreach program. Turn spending time with Dad into a meaningful opportunity to help those around you.
For the history buff, check with your local library or historical society and ask if tours are available of their stacks and archives. Many organizations will be happy to show you a behind-the-scenes look at your town’s history.
Hop in a time machine and head to the 19th or 18th centuries to watch a Civil or Revolutionary War reenactment. Both you and Dad will enjoy experiencing a slice of history.
Dad a car nut? Contact your local car clubs to find a nearby show of amazing vintage hot-rods or the latest electric car.
Even Dad likes to go shopping, but it just may not be at the mall. Take Dad to all of his favorite stores and spend the day shopping for anything from wrenches to antiques.
Book a cooking class with Dad that explores his favorite cuisine. Dad can use the opportunity to spice up his skills, or maybe show off a few you never knew he had!