15 Free things to do together with Dad on Father’s Day

Father and daughter

15 FREE things to do together with your Dad on Father's Day

Father’s Day is coming up this year on Sunday 6 September 2020 in New Zealand.  What do you get the Dad who has it all? Or if you are on a tight budget and can’t afford to buy a Father’s Day gift, what do you do?  Time spent together is a great way to celebrate Dads. Try one of these suggestions of fun FREE things you and the kids can do to celebrate Father’s Day while Auckland is at COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

1. Give Dad breakfast in bed

Start Father’s Day off by giving Dad a home made breakfast and coffee in bed. 

Breakfast in bed

2. Enjoy the day doing what Dad wants to do

If you Dad loves fishing but never gets to do it because he is busy taking the kids out and about to where they want to go, then set aside the whole day to go fishing with him.  Remember if Auckland is still at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 on Father’s Day then you are only allowed to go fishing from a wharf or the shore, you can’t cast off the rocks or fish from a boat.  Dad’s will enjoy spending time together on Father’s Day as a family, especially as he gets to do his favourite hobby.

If fishing isn’t his thing, choose his favourite hobby to do whether that’s gardening, making craft beer or making something in the garage.  Just remember to choose to do what he wants to do. 

Dad fishing off a wharf

3. Play computer games

If your Dad loves playing Nintendo Switch or computer games, then join in a family game session of his favourite games, whether that is Pacman, Fortnite, Zelda or Mario. Just remember to let him win, it’s Father’s Day after all.


4. Watch Dad's favourite family movies

Have a family movie night on Father’s Day at home. Make some popcorn and choose Dad’s favourite family movies to watch together.  

Bowl of popcorn

5. Put on a show

The kids can put on a show at home just for Dad.  Whether they want to sing, dance, do circus tricks or make a puppet show they will find something to entertain Dad and have fun creating it themselves.

Child singing

6. Go for a local bike ride

If the weather is nice go on a family bike ride. Let Dad choose the route of where he want’s to go, or you could surprise him by making a trail. Remember if Auckland is still at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 you will need to keep local and keep a 2 metre distance from people that aren’t in your bubble and are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. Find our more about exercising safely at Alert Level 3 in Auckland.

3 bicycles

7. Get out your Dad's favourite author's latest book from the library

If your Dad is a bookworm but doesn’t usually have time to read, then get out a new book from the library in advance and let him enjoy reading it on Father’s Day. Although we can’t visit the library in person at Alert Level 3, you can still  borrow an electronic book using OverDrive or Libby from Auckland Libraries for your Dad. 

Man reading a book

8. Do Dad's weekend jobs so he can relax

If the kids are old enough get them to do Dad’s usual weekend chores around the house so he can relax, or do something else. Whether that’s mowing the lawns, hanging out the washing, weeding, cooking or painting the fence.

Mowing the lawn

9. Have a picnic at home

Have a family picnic for Dad in your lounge with picnic blankets and picnic food set up inside!  If we are out of lockdown by Father’s Day then you could also go to your Dad’s favourite park or outdoor spot for a family picnic instead.

Indoor picnic

10. Look back through your old digital photos

Most of us don’t print out all of our photo’s anymore. It’s fun to look at our older digital albums together and reminisce over  the old photos of holidays  and funny occasions that you enjoyed together as a family.

Dad and father outside

11. Have a family Karaoke party

Search up Dad’s favourite songs on Youtube to sing along to at home. Just make sure you put “karaoke” after the songs name when you search and you are bound to find something.

Karaoke microphone

12. Visit the museum online

If your Dad is a museum buff, check out some of the world’s best museums and art galleries online from the comfort of your own home.

Or if Auckland is out of lockdown by Father’s Day you might be able to visit to Auckland Museum for the day again, which is FREE to visit for Aucklanders.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

13. Play a game

Play one of Dad’s favourite board, card or table games together. 

Jenga game

14. Go for a local walk together

Take Dad on a family walk together at your local park or beach. If we are lucky to be out of lockdown by Father’s Day you may be able to go to your Dad’s favourite Auckland beach or for a hike in bush together too.

Girl sitting on father's shoulders

15. Make Dad his favourite dinner

Get the kids to help you choose and make their Dad’s favourite dinner. Or make it an ever bigger celebration and invite the Grandfathers to join oinline on Zoom for a combined family meal (albeit at different houses) to celebrate all of the Dad’s in the family. 

Dad eating dinner

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