The new coffee mug and social media post are nice and all, but spending time together may be his favorite gift yet. Here are some ideas to help you get in some quality time with your first real hero—cheesy jokes optional.
GRILL OUT WITH THE MAN OF THE HOUR
The Father's Day barbecue is a classic family event! Yard games like cornhole, ladder toss, and bocce ball are a fun way to pass the afternoon while someone (yes, probably Dad) fires up the grill and warm summer evenings encourage everyone to linger.
Burgers and hot dogs (we like Hebrew National for their 100% Kosher beef approach) are the traditional choices, but these Barbecued Chicken Thighs are packed with juicy flavor that tastes like summer. Need a vegetarian option? Look no further than the new Gardein™ Ultimate Plant-Based Burgers, which look, cook, smell, and taste just like the real thing.
For a quick side dish everyone will love, opt for Marie Callender's® Vermont Cheddar Mac and Cheese. Grown-ups and kids alike will be cheesin’ for this hearty childhood favorite made with aged Vermont cheddar. Make it a meal with a simple salad topped with a drizzle of Healthy Choice® Power Dressing. Dad will love the bold flavors of the Garden French and Creamy Italian varieties. Let the kids set the table, and make sure Dad is the first one to fill his plate!
TAKE A HIKE!
Get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and explore the natural world. Hiking is a great way to relax and it opens the door for conversation with Dad. Make it more fun by creating your own scavenger hunt. Who can find a feather, a red rock, and the most different types of leaves by the time the hike is over? Have a prize ready for the winner!
Slim Jim® Premium Smoked Sticks and DAVID® Jumbo Sunflower Seeds are great snacks on the trail, or you could whip up a batch of these Maple Energy Bites to keep the family energized as you go. Don't forget to bring plenty of water!
FEED DAD’S COMPETITIVE SPIRIT WITH A WATER FIGHT (AND PIZZA NIGHT)
Water balloons, water guns, and even a good ol‘ fashioned bucket are all you'll need for a memorable afternoon with Dad. Create teams and combine your water fight with a game of Capture the Flag. Once you've crowned a champion, or when you're all soaking wet, refuel with everyone's favorite themed meal: Pizza Night.
If you’re longing to keep the fun outside, our Bacon Cheeseburger Grilled Pizza layers on the pub flavor with grilled beef, bacon, and cheese. For a sweet treat to close out the day, our Dessert Fruit Pizza combines a chocolate pudding spread with seasonal fruit. Plus, the recipe is so simple the kids can help make it.
TWO WORDS: MOVIE NIGHT!
Make it a double feature. Let Dad choose his favorite movie to show the kids, and the kids can choose their favorite movie to show Dad. Make a pillow fort with your younger kids, and make sure there are plenty of pillows and blankets for everyone else! Snuggle up with everyone’s favorite movie snacks, like Orville’s Redenbacher’s® movie theater butter popcorn or Angie’s® BOOMCHICKAPOP® sweet & salty kettle corn.
BRING GENERATIONS TOGETHER VIRTUALLY
With platforms like Zoom and Google Hangouts, you can connect with Dad or Grandpa even if they live across the country. You could even make a “family dinner” out of it, with a classic recipe like a Chicken BLT Sandwich or a “restaurant night in” with a P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu entrée, like chicken pad Thai or orange chicken. You can even play bingo or trivia together while you enjoy your dinner.
It doesn't matter what you do, it's who you do it with. The best Father's Day activity ideas are the ones that bring you together. This year, as you celebrate the men in your life who mean the most to you, do it in a way that gives you the chance to talk, laugh, and spend time with one another.