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Six Things to Do for Father’s Day With the Pandemic Still Around

Father and daughter doing claw gesture as cats while baking pie in kitchen and fooling around on father's day.

Father’s Day 2021 is fast approaching. Though Covid restrictions will not be as severe as they were in 2020, we will still have to mold our Father’s Day activities to local conditions. Many areas have lifted their lockdown but still have limits on gathering sizes. In addition, many bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and entertainment establishments remain closed. In this article, we present a half dozen things to do for Father’s Day that will allow you to abide by the restrictions and conditions prevailing where you live.

Outdoor Movie Night

Taking our dad, grandad, or father-in-law out to a drive-in theater to enjoy a movie, complete with the popcorn and ice-cream, is a traditional Father’s Day event for many of us. With many movie theater chains still closed, that option may be off the table this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a Father’s Day movie night.

Family having fun and relaxing while watching movie on screen on van in night time as part of things to do for father's day.
Simply Put Up A White Sheet And Project From Your Computer Onto An Outdoor Wall (Image Source: Shutterstock)

All you need to do to set up your own open-air movie extravaganza is to hire a projector from your local hire center and project from your computer onto an outdoor wall. If the wall is dark, simply put up a white sheet. Then, it’s simply a matter of organizing all the trappings to create a truly memorable Father’s Day movie night at home. Of course, you’ll want to lay out the popcorn, beers, and whatever else your dad is partial to. Be sure to provide a comfy chair or lounger so that the man of honor can truly relax. Just don’t be surprised if he dozes off before the movie’s over!

When it comes to the selection of movies, you’ll probably already know what your dad’s favorites are. If not, here are a half dozen perennial classics that you can find on Netflix that he’s sure to enjoy:

  • The Stranger (1946)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  • Dirty Harry (1971)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • Tootsie (1982)
  • Howard’s End (1992)

Greatest Moments in Sports History

If your dad loves sports, you may have a history of going to a game together or watching it live on TV on Father’s Day. That’s probably going to be off the cards this year. But that doesn’t mean the two of you can’t revel in a little sports nostalgia. Why not organize an evening at home where you and he watch video clips of the greatest moments in sports history?

Excited grandfather, dad and son cheering favorite football team at home.
Choose A Mixture Of Sports Greatest Moments From Across The Spectrum Of Physical Excellence (Image Source: Shutterstock)

If your dad is an ardent supporter of a specific team, put together a compilation of the team’s greatest outings. If your dad has rather eclectic sporting tastes, choose a mixture of sports greatest moments from across the spectrum of physical excellence. Here are five ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Cassius Clay knocking out Sonny Liston on February 25th, 1964.
  • Anything from the last quarter of one of the six Chicago Bulls NBA wins.
  • Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
  • The Miracle on Ice that saw the US hockey team defeat the seemingly unbeatable Soviet Union against the backdrop of the Cold War at the 1980 Summer Olympics.
  • The Rumble in the Jungle that saw Muhammad Ali reclaim his heavyweight crown by knocking out George Foreman in the 8th round by utilizing his infamous rope-a-dope-technique. 

Learn a New Skill Together

Technology has opened up the world of learning from the comfort of our own homes. Now is a great time to go on a joint journey of exploration with your dad to learn a new skill or explore an area of mutual interest. 

Man teaching his little daughter to cut vegetables.
Now Is A Great Time To Go On A Joint Journey Of Exploration With Your Dad (Image Source: Shutterstock)

A fantastic resource is Masterclass, which is a streaming platform that provides access to hundreds of video lessons taught by the best instructors in the world. With courses covering everything from music to photography, acting, sports, gardening, and cooking, there’s bound to be something that will catch your dad’s interest.

Maybe your dad has always wanted to master a second language. If so, why not embark on the adventure with him? One of the best online resources to help you master a new language is DuoLingo

Take a Virtual Bucket List Tour of the World

Many of us have had to put our overseas travel plans on hold this last year. Was your dad planning to knock a few destinations off his bucket list in 2021? Not being able to do so due to your dad’s lockdown is frustrating. You can help ease the pain by having a virtual travel destination bucket list evening. 

Grown-up daughter and old 80s father choose goods or services via internet or web surfing together at home.
Get To Experience Your Desired Travel Destination Without Walking Out Of Your Front Door (Image Source: Shutterstock)

With the wonders of the internet, you’re able to get a mouth-watering experience of your desired travel destination without walking out of your front door. It’s not the same as actually being there, but it’s pretty darned close. Here are a half dozen suggested virtual tour destinations to get you started:

  • Paris, France
  • London, England
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Kyoto, Japan

At Visitacity, you can take a virtual tour, complete with a professional guide, of every major city in the world for just a few dollars. They even offer themed tours of famous cities. Find a city that’s on your dad’s bucket list and match it with something that he’s interested in, like history or cooking, and you’ll provide him with an evening that he’ll cherish. 

Vegetarian Night

The benefits of eating vegetarian foods are becoming more established, especially for seniors. You may not be able to completely wean your dad away from meat, but you can introduce him to the pleasures of vegetarian recipes. Why not spend an afternoon in the kitchen showing your dad how to prepare a healthy vegetarian main along with some tasty meat- and dairy-free movie snacks? Serve them up that evening and give him undeniable proof that there’s more to vegetarian food than chickpeas and lettuce salad. 

Father’s Day Wellness Pack

Present your dad with a thoughtful wellness pack on June 20th to help him get fitter, stronger, and healthier. Here are five father’s day wellness gifts that you can combine into an extremely practical package of health giving benefits:

No matter what your dad enjoys, and despite the prevailing Covid restrictions, you can find a way to make this Father’s Day a special one.