Father's Day

A typical Father’s Day might include a fun cookout, tickets to a sporting event or maybe even a visit to a theme park. But we need to think differently this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The economy may be opening up but recommendations from the CDC still include social distancing and special care that we all must take, especially those who are more vulnerable due to age or preexisting health conditions. Be sure to follow the safety recommendations in your area or better yet, celebrate at home.

You can start dad’s special day with a tried and true brunch or breakfast in bed. Give him a feast fit for a king with his favorite breakfast, whether it’s coffee and a donut or muffin, a hearty country breakfast with ham, eggs and grits or a bagel, smoked salmon and tea. Whatever the menu, he will appreciate you efforts and the love with which it is prepared. Since it’s a celebration, you can always include a brunch cocktail like a Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

Another fun way to celebrate at home is to plan a family game night. You can play dad’s favorite card game, word game, puzzles, team games or board games. It may take convincing to put technology away, but once you do, it will be loads of fun. You can put together some snacks, popcorn, nuts, crackers — whatever dad likes!

Here’s an idea, host an outdoor movie night! Cuddle up with a blanket, make some s’mores and get on your PJs. Shine a projector against a blank wall and get one of dad’s favorite movies or some of his favorite home movies. For a real movie experience, have some candy and special drinks to serve with the popcorn or you can even add some hotdogs.

A good laugh is always one of the best gifts you can give anyone. If you can’t go to an actual live comedy performance, there’s always one on providers like Netflix that are good for a hearty chuckle. From Jerry Seinfeld to Adam Sandler and Wanda Sykes, there is something for everyone.

The key to a man’s heart is something sweet. Bake dad’s favorite cake and decorate it to the hilt! It can be sports-themed, music-themed, hunting- or fishing-themed. Dress it up with his favorite cookies if he’s a chocolate chip fan, whatever the heart’s desire. He’ll love it!

How about a present dad can treasure and enjoy for years to come? Choose or take a family photo and have it printed on metal for a unique gift. Or get dad his own sign to adorn the walls of his garage or man cave.

You’re never too old to learn something new, so sign dad up for a beginner to master class online. There are classes in all kinds of sports, movies, television, cooking, gardening, photography and much more. Let dad learn a new language and practice with him on his common phrases, it can be fun for the whole family.

Check a visit to a different country or museum off his bucket list virtually. You can go anywhere by way of the computer these days — the Louvre in Paris, Big Ben in London, Victoria Falls in Africa, the bush in Australia. There are lots of places stateside you can visit as well with everything from art to cars, to firearms and cowboy museums, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Have some family fun and pitch a tent in the backyard. Have a campfire and grill some hotdogs on a stick, tell ghost stories or family stories. Catch fireflies in jars and then snuggle up in your sleeping bags and star gaze. If the weather is too wet or cold, you can camp out in the house. You might not be able to star gaze, but you can move the campfire to the fireplace and still have fun.

Whatever you do to celebrate, be sure dad knows just how special he is and how much he is loved!

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