8 Budget-Friendly Father’s Day Activities

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Father’s Day will be here in just a few days. Have you thought about some Father’s Day activities for the family this year?

Good news…you can still have fun and not spend a lot of money on Father’s Day! Below is a list of fun activities (and frugal) that will make Dad feel special on his special day!

1. Celebrate with a family game night

Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, and Uno are games which have been around for a years. Consider having a family game night, being sure to include some of his favorite games. Prepare his favorite snack foods and have fun!

2. Get outdoors

June is a great time to get outdoors for family fun that doesn’t have to cost much. Find a local nature preserve, forest preserve, or city park.

Pack a picnic lunch which you can leave in the car until after your short hike. Bring along a ball and gloves, Frisbees, or other sports equipment everyone can use.

3. Go camping

Go camping for Father’s Day weekend. You may need to plan this one because camp sites go pretty quickly on special holiday weekend.

If the camp sites are full for Father’s Day weekend, why not set up camp right in your own backyard? You’ll have access to everything you need without having to pack it all up, as well as being able to use the restroom which you know doesn’t have spiders or other creepy crawlies in it.

4. Go fishing

Take Dad fishing if it’s been a while. For those in the family who don’t enjoy fishing, let them bring along a book or another quiet activity so they can enjoy themselves, too. Bring along some of his favorite foods and snacks to make it extra special.

5. Serve him a special breakfast

You may even want to prepare a special breakfast for him.

Better yet, let Dad sleep in on Father’s Day and surprise him with his favorite breakfast foods for his special day. 

6. Go bowling

Bowling is always a fun way for families to spend time together, and it’s also a great way to spend Father’s Day as well. Plus,  it’s a great alternative if it’s raining on the day you want to go on a family picnic. GoBowling.com finds bowling locations near you.

7. Visit a historic site

If Dad is a history buff, this might be a great way to spend the day with Dad. Do a Google search for war memorials or historic sites that are within driving distance. Need some ideas? Check out HistoryPlace.com for a list of historic places to visit by state. Be sure to pack his lunch favorites and snacks to make it also a family picnic!

8. Father’s Day scavenger hunt

A fun family activity is a scavenger hunt. The sky’s the limit on how creative you want to make it. Need some ideas? Check out this Father’s Day scavenger hunt for some great ideas!


These are just a few ideas to celebrate Father’s Day. Whatever activity you choose, he’s going to know how important he is to everyone in the family.


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Published on: June 13, 2016

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