10 of the best family friendly activities for Father’s Day

Things Dad and the kids will enjoy doing this Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June. You may have started thinking about Father’s Day presents but have you decided what you’re going to do together as a family to celebrate? What would Dad enjoy doing which the kids will find fun too? Something that will create lovely memories and not a family argument! The trick is to come up with something centred on dad’s interests but which will keep children entertained too.

Here are some suggestions for family friendly activities to make Dad’s Day special.

Go for a bike ride

Strap on your helmets and head off on a family bike ride. Think about how far your youngest will happily pedal and maybe plan a refreshment stop on the way. Check Sustrans website for some handy tips on cycling with children. There are lots of traffic free cycle routes across the region. For some good local suggestions check our blog on a few of the best places in the North West to get pedalling with the kids.

Go bowling

But what if the weather a bit disappointing? Bowling alleys are geared up for families and make a great back up plan if it’s raining on Father’s Day. Check online before you go to make sure you take advantage of special offers. For more suggestions of things to do if it’s wet, see our rainy day ideas in Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside and Wrexham & Flintshire.

Make something fun together

Rather than buying a gift, why not let Dad make something with the children. Choose something they will find fun and doesn’t take too much skill or special equipment. Make a sandpit to enjoy all summer. Pile up some logs for a hedgehog home. Go retro with a tincan telephone. Or have explosive fun with a vinegar & baking powder volcano!


Does Dad like walking but kids find it boring? Try geocaching, it’s like a 21st century treasure hunt and it’s free! All over the world people have hidden little boxes for others to find. They are everywhere! Want to learn more? See our blog on Geocaching with children

Have home movie night – with tickets and popcorn!

Don’t fancy going out? Download a classic family friendly film and make homemade “cinema tickets” (a great low budget Father’s Day gift!). Pull the curtains, turn down the lights  and fill a bowl with popcorn.

Go boating

It doesn’t matter if you’re not a sailor. Hire a rowing boat or a pedalo at your local park lake or river. Dad’s love begin in charge of a boat no matter how small. And you can take even tiny children along too. Local places you can hire boats by the hour include the Heaton Park in Manchester, Sefton Park in Liverpool, Southport Marine Lake and the Groves in Chester.

Join in with Dad’s hobby

Think about what Dad likes doing in his spare time and find a fun, age-appropriate version that even little ones can join in. Does Dad like golf? Go to a driving range or a crazy golf course. Does he like football? Go for a kickabout in the park or have a go at footgolf. Maybe he prefers birdwatching. Enjoy an ice cream overlooking Parkgate marshes or take part in one of the many family friendly activities at Martin Mere.

Still stumped? Give him a Dad’s Day Out voucher.

No, not a commercial voucher from a big company. Make him a homemade voucher so he can choose his own treat. “This voucher allows Daddy to choose the family activity for today.” Maybe the kids  can nudge him in the right direction by decorating the voucher with day out options they would like!

For ideas for Father’s Day gifts see our blog on 10 Father’s Day Presents Kids Can Make Themselves