Looking for gift ideas for dads? Sure, you could give him a traditional “dad” gift like a tie or tools, but why not give him the best gift of all – the gift of time spent together doing something fun?
Here are 10 suggestions for fun ways to spend time with your favourite dad and show him just how much you appreciate him.
1. Sporting Event
Does your dad love baseball, rugby, lacrosse or football? Enjoying a game together can make for great bonding time. If you’re in the Toronto area, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games offers the unique opportunity to experience a wide range of sports at elite levels. From aquatics to wrestling, there’s sure to be an event you can enjoy together. Find tickets here: Toronto 2015 tickets.
2. Amusement Park
If your dad is a big kid who loves rides, he’d probably love the chance to spend a day with you at an amusement park. Seasons pass holders at Canada’s Wonderland can bring up to 4 friends (or family members like your dad) on June 21 for only $19.99 per person. There’s also a special all-you-can-eat Father’s Day Meat & Potatoes Barbecue available, with faves like ribs, burgers, sausages, chili, various potato dishes and corn on the cob.
Dad love to golf? Don’t make him choose between going golfing or spending time with his family – join him for a round of golf. Whatever your skill level, he’s sure to enjoy showing you a few pointers on the course.
4. Go Karting
Put the pedal to the metal and have some fun together on the track. Depending on ages of the kids, they can either ride as passengers or drive their own cars and race against dad. Lots of fun for everyone!
5. Treetop Aerial Parks
Get a great workout and an adrenaline rush at the same time by completing aerial obstacle courses and zip lines together. Imagine the pride of accomplishment you will feel after cheering each other on to complete the challenges. There are several locations in the GTA area, including Brampton, Oshawa, Stouffville and Barrie, with courses for all levels. Check out treetoptrekking.com or treetopeco-adventurepark.com for more details.
Does dad love music? There’s lots of big acts coming to Toronto this year, including the Foo Fighters, U2, Chicago, The Who and many more, as well as lots of smaller acts all over the GTA. Check this Toronto concert listing or ticketmaster.ca for the many concerts to choose from.
7. Rock Climbing
Who can climb higher – you or dad? Find out at one of the many indoor rock climbing facilities in the GTA, or take outdoor climbing lessons together at Rattlesnake Point in Milton, or along the Niagara Escarpment.
A visit to the spa is a common gift for moms on special occasions, but why shouldn’t dads get pampered too? Most men are pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable a facial, manicure or pedicure can be. If you’re looking for a spa experience that dad can enjoy with the kids, be sure to check out Glama Gal’s Daddy Daughter Day VIP Package.
9. Indoor Skydiving
Make dad feel like the superhero he is by taking him for a session at an indoor skydiving facility. iFly Toronto in Oakville will have him defying gravity in no time!
10. Race Car Driving
Did your dad always really want to be a race car driver? GTA Exotics offers Track Days and Race School at Toronto Motorsports Park – dad can drive an exotic car like a Porsche, Ferrari, Lambourghini or Lotus on the race track to live out one of his childhood fantasies. This may be one experience where you can’t actually join him, but you can certainly accompany him and cheer him on from the stands!
Which of these experience gifts do you think the dad in your life would enjoy?
Do you have other ideas? Please share below!
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)