Before you make any plans, see what the team there might already have planned. Many assisted living communities, like Five Star Senior Living, offer special activities to celebrate the dads and grandfathers in residence on this special day. From movies to barbecues, games and karaoke contests, you may discover activities that every age can enjoy.
If you and dad would prefer a day trip with the entire family we have a few ideas to help.
Day Tripping with Your Dad on Father’s Day
1. Take Your Dad out to a ball game
Minor league ball games offer major fun for the whole family – at a fraction of the price of a major league baseball game. To avoid the crowds, show up just after the first inning begins and leave before the bottom of the ninth. But make sure to stay for the seventh inning stretch, when the mascot ups the ante on his crazy antics and puts on a show everyone’s sure to remember.
2. Visit a museum
Is your Dad interested in military history? Airplanes? Natural science? Whatever his interests, he’s sure to love discussing them with you and his grandchildren. Take the whole family to a museum and listen as your Dad shares his own stories of years passed.
3. Go to the movies together
Don’t overlook a family movie outing. With movies like the Ghostbusters reboot and Independence Day sequel coming out this June, there is plenty of room for silver screen nostalgia this summer. For a multigenerational Father’s Day celebration, consider Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory for love and laughs deep under the sea.
Find out what movies the assisted living community has coming up. You may not have to leave to view a family favorite classic. Just remember to ask if you should bring your own snacks or if the community is providing popcorn.
Plan ahead for your father’s special needs
While your father might enjoy a short day trip, he may also get tired spending too much time outside, especially if your travels put you in the center of large crowds. Expect to spend no more than two or three hours away from home. You can always continue the celebration back at his assisted living community by enjoying a meal together or playing games in one of the common areas.
Personal Father’s Day Tributes
A Father’s Day celebration doesn’t have to be elaborate or involve a road trip. Let the grandkids put on a skit or sing songs. The play can be as involved as they want, with costumes and set design, or can be as simple as the kids singing some of your dad’s favorite songs with help from your iTunes downloads.
You might also consider creating a slideshow video of favorite family moments – including past Father’s Day celebrations. With a laptop, a little bit of tech savvy, and an hour or two of free time, you can easily produce a video of favorite family photos. Set the slideshow to one of Dad’s favorite songs, whether he prefers golden oldies or classic rock, and let the images kick off an afternoon of reminiscing and storytelling.