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55 Fun Things To Do On Father’s Day

The ultimate list of fun things to do on Father’s Day to make dad’s day one to remember! These Father’s Day activities are perfect for daddy-daughter and father-son time, or activities the whole family can enjoy together!

The best things to do on Father's Day as a family

Father’s Day is celebrated on different days around the world. Here in Australia, Father’s Day is celebrated in September.

For the USA, UK and parts of Europe, Father’s Day comes around soon after Mother’s Day in June. And for others, it falls in November.

Father’s Day is a great opportunity to spend special time together as a family, doing something new, something you do together often or something completely exciting.

There are plenty of things to do on Father’s Day that you can do as a family to honour that special father or the father figures in your life.

Often time together is what means the most for Dad, but in case you want to give him a gift to show your appreciation too, check out these DIY father’s day gift ideas and of course, for the last-minute shopper, these gifts that Dad will love, that you can shop for too.

Planning What To Do For Father’s Day

Spending quality time with dad is a perfect way to spend Father’s Day and often something as simple as doing fun activities together at home is enough to make dad’s day special.

It doesn’t need to cost a thing, but in case you’re stuck on ideas for father-son and daddy-daughter activities, this list is sure to inspire plenty of fun!

Regardless of where you are located, or even if you are just looking for some fun family activities to do with dad any time of the year,  here is a list of fun things to do on Father’s Day.

Fun things to do on father's day with dad


  1. Watch a live sport event
  2. Have a BBQ
  3. Go to a farmers market
  4. Take a road trip
  5. Have a family game of football or cricket
  6. Go hiking or bushwalking
  7. Watch a movie at the cinemas
  8. Play board games – check out more tech-free family ideas
  9. Visit a museum
  10. Create your own music playlist on Spotify or iTunes together
  11. Spend the day at the beach
  12. Have a family movie night at home with popcorn
  13. Take a mini-break for the weekend – find great accommodation deals online
  14. Plant a vegetable garden with dad’s favourite veggies & herbs
  15. Go-Karting
  16. Watch family home videos
  17. Cook up a feast of dad’s favourite meal and dessert
  18. Go to a concert
  19. Take a boat ride
  20. Go fishing
  21. Paintball
  22. Eat takeaway fish and chips by the water
  23. Do a brewery or distillery tour
  24. Have a blast at an amusement park – find a theme park near you
  25. Play a round of golf (mini-golf is fun for families)
  26. Go camping
  27. Have a picnic
  28. Stargaze in the backyard
  29. Go to the zoo
  30. Research your family history
  31. Learn something new in a class – online or in-person
  32. Volunteer together
  33. Bounce at an indoor trampoline centre
  34. Go bike riding
  35. Play computer games together
  36. Take a train/ferry/tram ride
  37. Reminisce memories with old photographs
  38. Dine out at a favourite restaurant
  39. Go on a lunch cruise along the river
  40. Visit a local community event or festival
  41. Help dad with a DIY project
  42. Have a jam session with musical instruments
  43. Get outside and practise your photography skills
  44. Go ten pin bowling
  45. Kayaking
  46. Surfing
  47. Paint a canvas together to hang on the wall
  48. Go lawn bowling
  49. Discover local wonders while geocaching
  50. Explore your local area like a tourist
  51. Go on a car rally
  52. Have a scavenger hunt in the backyard
  53. Build a sheet fort in the lounge room together
  54. Set up the tent and sleep in the backyard for a home staycation
  55. Visit a historical site related to one of dad’s interests
things to do on father's day

And if you’re still at a loss for what to do on Father’s Day, there is always the good old breakfast in bed to kick start the day. Check out these yummy make-ahead breakfast ideas.

There are so many fun things to do with kids at home or out and about that dad will love! Start creating new precious memories together.

If you are looking for something nice to do as a couple, minus the kids, check out these 101 free or cheap date ideas that are sure to inspire. Many of them can also be adapted into kid-friendly family outings too!

Check out these great DIY Father’s Day gift ideas you can make at home for dad too:

DIY Father's day gift ideas

Need gift ideas? Here are plenty of DIY options that will be fun to make:

Do you have any special Father’s Day traditions that you do together? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear it! And save this post to Pinterest for later! Be sure to follow me on Facebook or YouTube  for more celebration ideas like these!


Saturday 5th of September 2015

I love that the emphasis is on sharing time not purchased gifts. Time is the best gift to someone you love.


Monday 7th of September 2015

Could not agree more. We had a wonderful picnic with our family to celebrate. Hubby did get a footy for Father's Day but it was to replace his missing one so we could kick it around on the day :)

Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

Sunday 23rd of August 2015

Awesome inspiration, will show hubby and a ask him to pick :)


Monday 24th of August 2015

That's a great idea. Let me know what he chooses ;)

shannon @my2morrows

Saturday 22nd of August 2015

Great list of ideas. I have not even thought about what we're going to do so this will help tonnes. Better get organised! Xx


Monday 24th of August 2015

Glad to help. We are doing an extended family picnic so 3 dads to spoil instead :) plus a stack of kids & wide open spaces. I'm sure you will come up with something great.

Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

Saturday 22nd of August 2015

What great ideas! I've never celebrated In the UK we celebrate in June, and we always get our knickers in knots trying to remember the different days!


Monday 24th of August 2015

It's so confusing having different days. My international readers will think I'm running late lol