With Father’s Day this weekend, you might have already gift wrapped that new pool cue, bottle of Scotch, or fishing-fly-feathery-bug-thing you were told was the Louis Vuitton of the fishing world, and can’t wait to see Dad’s smile when he unwraps your thoughtful gift. “I love you, Dad” can come in ribbon-tied boxes, but it can also come in meaningful quality time.
So if you don’t want to help him break in the new cue over a game of pool or unhook the feather fly from a slimy fish throat, you might want to have some plans for father-daughter time that won’t mean driving the golf cart while he plays 18 holes (unless he brings the bottle of Scotch!).
Play – This could be as simple as a Frisbee in the park, a bike ride or a day at the arcade. Challenge Dad to a game of air hockey or Skee-ball and beat his time on the old video arcade car-race. For an at-home alternative, fire up the Wii for a tennis match or play a round of cards if dad’s cruising in a slower gear these days. If he’s a thrill-seeker, head out to an amusement park like Six Flags for roller coaster rides that will have you both screaming and laughing.
Geek Out – Whether Dad’s a gear head, techie or gizmo guru, spend the afternoon surrounded by his favorite hobby. You may land at the Apple Store, checking out the latest iPad or walking through the showroom for Porsche—just nod and smile while Dad looks under the hood and talks about pistons. If he’s into outdoor recreation, REI or North Face have a huge selection of the latest equipment for extreme trekking, such as 10-tool Swiss Army knives or super-lightweight aerodynamic tents and GPS navigation systems for mountaineering. He’ll feel the spirit of adventure without you having to strap on a hiking boot.
Break the Routine – Bond with daddy by taking him to do something he wouldn’t do on his own, something that will build memories of quality time together. This could range from being a tourist in your own town and visiting your local museum or cultural center, to scheduling an art class where you can challenge his creative side with a paint brush or lump of clay. Local schools and colleges often have art workshops, or you can buy some materials online at artistcraftsman.com and take pops out to paint in the park. You might consider packing a picnic including sandwiches and beer, just to get his creative juices, er, flowing…and don’t be surprised if his artwork ends up on the refrigerator. It’ll be your turn to be proud of dad!
-Star Varga of GetUrMojo
Star Varga is the Director of Business & Community Development at GetUrMojo. GetUrMojo is a growing community-driven organization that’s founded in the primary belief that mojo is a necessary part of life. Job ruts, career changes, relocation or just the same old routine wear away at mojo.
GetUrMojo is a community dedicated to Rediscovering Passion, Growing from Giving, Getting Inspired and Shaking the Routine through quarterly events, activities and workshops that bring great minds together at fun events for healthy and invigorating refills of mojo.
GIRL TALK TIME: What are you and dad doing for Father’s Day? How do you two usually spend quality time together?