Father’s Day is around the corner, which means: it’s time to plan fun activities with dad. Of course, a gift is also in order but nothing beats quality time when it comes to making him feel appreciated. Going out as a family is my favorite way to celebrate events in our lives. And what better time to go do something fun than on dad’s special day?
My favorite part of Father’s Day is how excited my kids are to celebrate their dad. They have such a strong bond that I love to witness. Of course, their connection is something that I see in the day-to-day. And in honor of Father’s Day, I want to highlight it before we dive into all the fun activity ideas I have for you.
My Children’s Relationship with Their Dad
My husband plays a very active role in my kids’ lives. As it’s commonly known, when dads are involved in daily routine with children, it creates a positive effect further down the line. Kids become well adjusted adults who in turn also are able to foster a healthy family life. I had no idea how deep an impact a good relationship with dad can have on future generations until I read this recent study. Stored memories of all interactions a kid has with their dad become a model for their parenting behavior. Isn’t that interesting to think about?
My kids have built a relationship with their dad that is: loving, welcoming, embracing, respectful, and most importantly fun! Their dad always makes time for them, from the serious stuff to the light hearted stuff. He’s on school duty, picking them up to and from school each day. Helping with homework and reading to the kids. He brings them to doctor visits and cares for them in all the little ways daily routine calls for. From getting ready in the morning to bedtime teeth brushing duty and meals in between.
The point is, we try to show our kids that parenting is a balance where dad is involved as much as mom is. That said, what is most memorable to our kids these days are all the fun activities they do with their dad. They love going on bike rides and getting tasty treats at the ice cream shop.
Here are all the other activities we’ve been enjoying as a family. Hopefully you find inspiration to get out there and have fun on Father’s Day with these ideas whether you’re in Dallas or not.
Our Favorite Spots in Dallas
Get Froyo at Menchie’s
Dads and kids have in common that they both will never say no to ice cream. To be honest, neither would I. Mom loves her sweet treats! I’m sure you can relate. But since I’m trying to be healthy-ish, our family is all about frozen yogurt. We love going to our local Menchie’s in Dallas. The fresh fruit toppings option is my go-to while the kids have a lot of fun piling on the chocolate and candies. It’s a fun outing for the whole family!
Go Bouncing on Trampolines at Urbanair
If your family likes to be active, you have to try jumping on trampolines. It’s the most fun way to get your blood pumping with no risk of anyone getting hurt. We love going to Urbanair in Dallas as a family. They have apex trampolines, obstacle course (think ninja warrior!), mini-golf, arcades, and more. The slam dunk zone might be dad’s favorite!
Cool Down on the Slide at the Waterpark
This Waterpark in North Texas is so much fun. It’s actually open year-round since it’s indoors so you can go anytime, not just in the summertime. If your family likes thrills, everyone will love the Yellow Jacket Drop and the Texas Twist. The E-Racers attraction is also a must for a little competition. And there’s the classic wave pool. You’ll be exhausted but happy at the end of the day.
My Favorite Other Fun Activities with Dad
Outdoor Water Activities
If going to a waterpark doesn’t fit in your budget, you can bring the fun to your backyard for cheap. Setting up a kiddie pool (if your kids are that age) with sprinklers and a slip and slide is an alternative that my kids and their dad love. Especially when water balloons and squirt guns are involved.
A 1-1 Outing with Dad
Family time is fun and important but a special date with their dad is also something my kids and their dad love to do. What better time than Father’s Day for your kids to have a one on one outing with their dad? That way each of your kids get to pick their favorite activity to do with dad.
Join in Playtimes with their Toys
Simple activities often are the most fun and the most memorable. Whether it’s building leggo with dad or playing with dolls and action figures, or their favorite board game, there’s loads to do right at home.
What Is Your Favorite Way to Spend Father’s Day?
I want to know your plans. Are you going to have some outdoor time in the pool? Or a chill day at home? Either way, I’m wishing all the dads out there an amazing day!