Father’s Day Activities and Games for Families

Looking for new ways to celebrate dad’s big day? These eight craft and game ideas will have you ready for June 18.

It’s Father’s Day. The sun is (hopefully) shining and your family is together. Before the day begins, it’s time to come up with a plan! How can you celebrate dad with an activity the entire family will love?

A twist on the everyday picnic, backyard DIY games, or a trip to the ballpark are just a couple of the activities that will bring plenty of family fun to this holiday. And if June gloom creeps in, there are countless indoor ideas, too. Whether you’re a family of crafters or a more athletic bunch, find the perfect activity for your loved ones. From water balloon tosses to a dad-focused relay, get together and get moving.

With help from authors, experts, and bloggers, Real Simple has crafted a list of go-to Father’s Day activities and games that everyone will enjoy.


Water Balloon Baseball

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“This is one of my favorite backyard activities. Take water balloons, fill them up and underhand toss them to your family member. It’s lots of fun and messy,” says Len Saunders, exercise physiologist and author of the new book Buddy and Bea. To make it a competition, tally up each hit to see who can get the most.


Father’s Day Tasting

“What’s dad’s favorite drink or food? Create a bar or tasting for him. We made a whiskey tasting table that we created with each liquor numbered on kraft paper so Dad can make notes of his favorites. Do the same with a taco or breakfast bar and label all the items you are serving.” —Seri Kertzner, founder and co-owner of Little Miss Party.


Family Picnic

Lay down a blanket and put together the family’s favorite snacks to enjoy some fun in the sun this Father’s Day. For an added treat, bring personalized desserts for Dad. “I love letter-shaped donuts!” says Jacquelyn Kazas, co-owner of Beijos Events. Close to the water? Kazas suggests taking your picnic beachside with a family paddleboard outing to follow.


Daddy Relay Race

“Lay out a pair of Dad’s pants, shirt, socks, and shoes. On ‘go’ your child runs up to the pile of clothing. When they get to the clothes, they must put on every article of clothing including the shoes. Once all of Dad’s clothes are on, the child has to carefully run back to the starting line. Do it for fun or just time each kid to see who does it the fastest.” —Len Saunders


Photo Letters

“This is our favorite family craft because we have so many photos and love nothing more than sorting through them,” says Seri Kertzner. “Pull out a box of old photos or print new shots from your computer or phone and have the kids choose their favorites. At your local craft store pick up cardboard letters that spell ‘DAD’ or Dad’s name or initials. You’ll need Mod Podge and paint brushes too. Take the photos and paint over them with the glue, directly onto the cardboard letters, till the letters are full of photos. Dad can hang his letter memories on the wall or stand them up on his office desk.”


Baseball Outing

For some good old fashioned fun, one of the co-owners of Beijos Events took their family to the local ballpark for a day of tailgating and cheering on their favorite baseball team. Drinks, cheese puffs, chips and salsa, and plenty of game day gear made for a fun outing for the entire family.