Safe Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day How to Show Dad Your Appreciation
Right now, it’s hard to think of fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day since we’ve been under stay-at-home orders. It’s especially frustrating since a dad’s job of being a provider, mentor, teacher, and hero to their children all at the same time isn’t easy. So here are some fun ways you can show your dad how much you appreciate them, all from the safety of your home or while adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing guidelines. YARDWORK If your dad loves working outside with his hands, then a DIY yard project is a great way to spend time together. Depending on the complexity of the project, it could take anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days, so make sure you choose something the two of you can handle. Mowing the lawn, removing weeds, and trimming trees are usually tedious tasks, but done alongside someone you love, it can be a fun way to enjoy the fantastic weather and bond with each other. If you’re up for a bigger project, then try building and planting vegetable boxes to brighten up your yard. The best part is that your dad will have his favorite vegetables close by whenever he needs a snack or fresh ingredients. BEER TASTING If your dad is a beer enthusiast, then June is the perfect time to explore new brews. This option does require some preparation, though, so leading up to Father’s Day, ask your dad’s close friends about his favorite types of beer. Then, drop off a six-pack that includes a mixture of his preferred choices and see what he tries. Finally, use your latest discoveries to find a collection of beers you can enjoy with your dad. Sit back, relax, and spend the day sampling as you reminisce together about your first beers.
HIKING As the weather gets warmer, it’s getting harder to refrain from participating in outdoor activities. Luckily, it’s still possible to follow social distancing guidelines while hiking! Plus, a beautiful hike through our amazing local parks is a great way to stay active and enjoy local scenery with your dad. Located in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, the Black Swamp Trail Boardwalk provides excellent views of the tupelo swamp and includes information on all the forestry you’ll see along the path. If you’re looking for a more traditional hiking experience, then the Comite Park Trail is a 5-mile loop in our area’s dense woods near the Comite River. Keep in mind that many trails have experienced recent closures, so be sure to check the appropriate websites before heading out. MOTORSPORTS As I write this, dads who are gearheads across the nation are waiting for their favorite motorsport to get back on track. Since attending live events isn’t an option right now, brighten your dad’s day by giving him the gift
of a day of watching the top moments in auto racing on a small (or big!) screen. He won’t be able to smell the burnt rubber in person, but following his favorite driver or team and reliving big moments is an excellent way to spend time together. Chances are there’s a related documentary available for streaming. As you watch along with your dad, ask questions to find out why he’s so passionate about auto racing and potentially discover what you two have in common. What are some of the ways your family is celebrating Father’s Day? Let me know the next time we chat! My siblings and I are always trying to find something special to do for our dad.
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