You know how actions are better than words? The same could be said about spending time with loved ones over extravagant gifting. While we all love to shower each other with gifts, it’s more impactful to focus on quality time. You could venture out for some Father’s Day activities, or save money with low-key family fun. Remember, memories last forever!

Father’s Day activities for nature lovers

Find a mountain

Does dad enjoy lacing up and heading out in nature? A family-friendly hike is the way to go. Perhaps there is something on our list of the best hiking spots in South Africa that he hasn’t tried yet. Make sure to pack enough water for the whole family and extra warm items, you never know how the weather could turn when you’re out there! But most importantly, don’t forget dad’s favourite snacks.

Walk a dog in need

If your family doesn’t have a furry friend of its own, there are many shelters who rely on volunteers to give their pooches some exercise. Father’s Day activities are a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how lucky we are, but also to share that familial love and joy. The Oscars Arc WOOF PROJECT will be at the V&A Waterfront all weekend showing off the good boys and girls looking for homes. It’s the perfect spot to take in the seaside promenade and take a dog in need for a walk with a family.

Go wild

We are blessed with beautiful natural landscapes filled with wildlife across our country. Get the kids up early on Father’s Day and venture out to one of our famed National Parks to look out for game. It’s the perfect way to teach kids more about nature, our national heritage and get out of the house even if it is raining!

Father’s Day activities at home

Games day

Is the weather being a downer on Father’s Day? There is plenty of fun to be had indoors! Especially if you make it a games day. Reach for old favourites like Twister, Scrabble and Monopoly. Or teach the kids a favourite card game from your youth. And if dad loves a board game you could always get him something new to try.

Don’t have enough board games? Invite other families over and ask them to bring their favourite game. Keep snacks casual and low-cost with popcorn, pretzels, crudités and dip and fresh toasties.

Bring and braai

Speaking of casual and low-cost, a good old bring and braai is a solid favourite for Father’s Day! Take it to a nearby park or just get everyone over in your backyard. When everyone brings a side dish, their own braai goods and drinks it works out to be fun and festive without much cost.


Father’s Day activities for hungry dads

Ken to step out the house? Food & Home have some phenomenal foodie ideas happening all over the country this Sunday!

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