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Father’s Day: Free Things to Do

By Whit Honea |

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and it is time to consider Father’s Day ideas, or to be specific, Father’s Day experiences that don’t cost a thing.

To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Father’s Day (or Mother’s Day, for that matter). It always seems a bit too commercial for a sentiment that should be simple and sincere. After all, Father’s Day is about showing Dad how much you care, not how much you can spend on him. Maybe I’d feel otherwise if my kids had jobs — check back in twenty years for an update.

Personally, I don’t have much desire for Father’s Day gifts, at least not those bought in a store. However, a handmade macaroni picture frame? I’ll treasure that forever. A coupon book offering mowed lawns and car washes? Those don’t expire, and will be redeemed accordingly. Hugs? I’ll take those all day.

That’s why I’ve compiled this little list of free things to do with Dad (generally speaking, actual dads may vary) on Father’s Day that might give kids some ideas. Share it with your children!

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Free Father's Day Things to Do


The best gift to give Dad is also the easiest: sleep. Just an extra hour or two of sleep on Father's Day would be incredible.
Would also accept "naps."

What are your favorite free Father’s Day experiences?

Whit Honea can be found writing about whatever he feels like at his personal site Honea Express (Honea sounds like pony) and DadCentric. If you’re really bored you can follow him on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).

Also from Whit:

My Thoughts on Marriage Equality

A Note on Friendship

The Terrible Sixes

On This, Our Anniversary

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About Whit Honea


Whit Honea

Whit Honea is an award-winning writer living in the greater Los Angeles area with his wife, two boys, and too many pets. His personal blog, Honea Express, is updated quarterly (give or take.) Read bio and latest posts → Read Whit Honea's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Father’s Day: Free Things to Do

  1. Cheryl says:


    (Love that T-shirt you’re wearing in that last picture.)

  2. Mitch Moore says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment that Father’s Day and Mother’s Day alike are yet another commercial fabrication. And I can even see the legitimacy of a Mother’s Day. No argument there. But even as a male, I feel that Father’s Day smacks of “Well, I guess we gotta give the dads a day too…” One of the rare instances when political correctness worked out in our favor. :^) And as a recent empty nester, I can tell you that you never get tired of that extra sleep… Enjoyed the post!

    @humorblogger on Twitter

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