Father’s Day Activities for Kids

Are you looking for some Father’s Day activities for kids. Father’s Day comes at the perfect time of year – during the summer when there are so many great activities our children can enjoy with Dad. What are some outdoor activities your children can plan with Dad? Consider the following ideas.

Camping – This is one great activity that our children enjoy with their dad. Does this mean you have to pack up a car, drive a long distance and find a secluded campground spot to enjoy camping? Absolutely not! Our kids have the best time with their dad in our own backyard. At least once a year we pitch a tent right in the backyard. We set up the fire pit and make s’mores, then by the time we clean up it is bedtime. I go inside to bed and Rob stays outside and sleeps in the tent with the kids! The kids do not really care if they go somewhere away from home to camp, they just want to spend sometime with dad and the novelty of camping. They love it! Megan has been doing this for several years now and, when it starts to warm up will ask when they are camping out.

Fishing with dad

Father’s Day Activity with Kids

Fishing – Another one of the great Father’s Day activities with kids is to go fishing. My husband loves fishing, and absolutely loves it when his kids take an interest in things he enjoys doing. It was not unusual to find my husband with my daughter and nephews in the early hours of the morning fishing when we have stayed on the beach in Florida. Fishing is a great way for moms and dads to spend some quality time with your children. Fishing is an inexpensive activity that really does not require a whole lot of preparation. You will just want to confirm your own county or state fishing license.

swimming with dad

Swimming – If fishing isn’t your thing, or your children are queasy at thought of touching fish or worms, you can still have a great time near the water by going swimming. Find a local pool or lake where swimming is allowed; pack up a lunch and head on out. Do not forget to bring the sunscreen to protect everyone’s skin.

Hiking – Hiking is an excellent activity for dads to do with their children over Father’s Day weekend or any time during the summer. Once you find a local forest preserve with hiking trails, you will need to put together a backpack that includes snacks, water, sunscreen, a mini first aid kit and jackets. Someone should be made aware of what your plans consist of and when you expect to be back home. It is also be a important to charge a cell phone before leaving and to check in periodically.

Cooking out – Most dads are king of the grill, right? You can celebrate by planning a cook out, and if he will allow it, let him take the day off. Even if he decides to take care of the grill, make sure everything else is already prepared so you can enjoy a great meal once the food comes off the grill.

Bike Ride – Our kids love going on long bike rides. We have some great bike trails in the area that we enjoy taking the kids out on. In fact, one of the trails goes past a picnic area at a park. If you have some bike trails in the area, Father’s Day weekend may be a great time to take the kids for a bike ride and perhaps a picnic if so inclined!

Summer time is the perfect time for children to spend quality time with their dads. Of course, anytime throughout the year is great to spend with dad too, but for most, it is easier to get out of the house during the summer. Choosing some fun outdoor activities during Father’s Day weekend or finding other activities that your family enjoys most is a great way to celebrate dad.

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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. Great tips!! Thank you for sharing!
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  2. These are great activities! Unfortunately my baby is still to young for this.
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  3. My husband has been talking about going camping….I bet he’d love to get a tent for Father’s Day!

  4. Jenna Wood says

    We used to love getting a (day) state fishing license; I know our local Walmart vends them, which is quite convenient!

  5. This would be perfect for us for dads day! Thanks for sharing!

  6. My kids always love doing Father’s Day activities with their Dad. I am not sure what they have cooked up this year, but they are always coming up with some fun things. They usually make these really cute cards. Most of the time they have me in stitches they are so funny. I love this list 🙂
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  7. Sadly, I don’t think any of these activities would appeal to my husband! Of all of these suggestions, I could maybe see him pitching a tent in the backyard to “pretend” camp. There is no way his back could take sleeping out in a tent. My family’s idea of “camping” is a pop-up trailer, so it has beds and all that stuff in it. 🙂
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  8. My husband is more of a video game and movie type of guy. But I think he will be doing some swimming with my little man this summer!
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  9. My girls would love to do something like this for their Dad, I think I will send her the link so she can read it.

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