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Ready or not, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21, and there are as many fun ways to spend a day with Dad as there are dads. We’ve rounded up local destinations to create this guide and packed it with ideas for East Bay families looking for together time.
If you have more terrific ideas to spend the day with Dad, let us know in the comments!
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Father’s Day Activities
Outdoor adventure. There are dozens of ways to play outside with your family. Pick your favorite hike or outing and force the kids into a gentle “No whining, it is Father’s Day” agreement. I find a pocket full of candy or a scavenger hunt helps. Choose a route that allows you to splash in the creeks together.
Go fishing in one of the East Bay spots for casting a line.
Take a bike ride together. Here are a bunch of spots to ride your two wheels.
Special Food on Father’s Day
Local Love Gift Basket. Local Food Adventures assembled a wonderfully delicious collection of Oakland’s favorite foods including beer and BBQ lovers goodies with a handwritten note. Buy a Local Gift Basket for a dad you love >
Wine+Cheese Charcuterie Kit. Board at Home, a curated wine, meat & cheese gift box created to benefit Northern California artisans and restaurants. Choose a big fella or a little fella.
Favorite Restaurant. To help dad enjoy the day, order a giant family-size meal or something tasty from one of the many Black-owned East Bay eateries. You could also pick up cool merch as gifts or gift cards to be used at a later date.
Picnic or BBQ. If the weather is pleasant, take Dad to eat outside for a meal. Bring a blanket to the backyard in case you need to run back inside for supplies. You can order a ready-made picnic basket from Tender Greens complete with wine, cheese, and spreads.
Delicious Dessert. My family and I have discovered that a pandemic really brings out my sweet tooth. We’ve happily ordered cakes, cupcakes, pies, and more. Many of the bakeries in our Party In Place: Virtual Birthday Guide will deliver to your doorstep.
Gifts you can make at home
Dad Rocks. Use your custom-painted Dad Rocks rocks as paperweights or hide them in your neighborhood to bring smiles to others.
Kid crafty Father’s Day card. Made with love and their own messy handwriting, adorable craft projects. #1 Dad, and done!
Kid painted portrait of Dad. Here’s a coloring page template you can use as a jumping off point to frame a kid drawing or painting of Dad.
Handmade tee shirts. This one is pretty easy: grab some WASHABLE markers and write a message of love on the kids’ clothes or hers: I love Dad, Dad Rules, I love Tacos & Dad, etc.
Challenge project: shoe deodorizer sachets. For the families that mastered sewing your own masks, I know you can handle making customized shoe deodorizers for dads with stinky feet.
What will you do to celebrate this memorable year?