Father's Day, 2020: Celebrating at home

Is this Father's Day going to be different from all others?

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Is this Father's Day going to be different from all others? Probably--but there are still ways to make it meaningful and fun, even without leaving the house:

Photo albums and family trees :

Father's Day is a great time to share family memories and stories. So, dig out the photo albums and family videos and introduce the kids to their own families.

Also fun and useful: Family trees. These can be done on large sheets of paper, then illustrated with photos from the albums. There are also websites like geni.com that walk you through the process.

Family trivia:

Every family member takes 3x5 cards and writes down three fun questions about themselves and/or the other members of the family (pets, too!), with answers on the back.

The cards are shuffled and passed around. Family members take turns asking the questions, either to everyone, or to specific other players--make up your own rules! Questions can also be true/false or multiple choice. Points are scored for correct answers; no points off for wrong answers (well, not in the game, anyway).

Dream vacation:

Have every member of the family write down two or three cities or landmarks, anywhere in the world, they would love to visit. Then, using Google Maps, decide the best route for visiting all those places in order. You may notice other fun places that lie along your route; feel free to add them.

Next, look up virtual tours of these places on YouTube. You can even dress as you would to visit them, make and eat the local foods, and Photoshop yourselves into "vacation photos" of the landmarks.  

Dad's movie marathon:

This time, Dad runs the home theater. Dad gets to pick two to four movies for the family to watch over the weekend, or even in one day! Dad gets to choose the snacks and handle the remotes. Kids may discover that they do like movies from before two years ago, or even movies they haven't seen a billion times.

Dad Olympics:

This one gets everyone out of the house. The first step is to gather all the outdoor toys and pile them on the lawn. Then Dad picks one and creates a challenge with it. A baseball bat, for instance, can be used in the traditional way- "Let's see who can hit three pitches in a row"-or not: "Who can balance the bat on one finger for 10 seconds?" How many times can you bounce a ball on a racquet, or dribble a basketball with your elbow? Participants can even "represent" real or made-up countries. 

Scavenger hunt:

Dad makes up a list of 10 items from all over the house. They should be small things that there is more than one of. The list can be specific ("a pencil sharpener") or general ("something with four different colors"). Then everyone gets a pillowcase and rushes to see who can find everything the fastest. The best part is that Dad gets to sit still while this is happening.

Barbecue beyond:

Sure, you can grill meat, fish, and corn. But you can also slap a lot of other things on the old BBQ. You can grill potatoes, mushrooms, and cauliflower. You can grill avocados, pineapples, peaches, and watermelons. You can even grill desserts, like donuts and pound cake! 

Lego challenge:

There are Lego challenges online, or use your own imagination. Some challenges involve building things like houses or rockets. But you can also challenge each other to make useful things: Lego piggy banks, back-scratchers, doll furniture, or a remote-control organizer. What about something that can roll down the stairs without breaking, or spin like a top? Or maybe Jewish things, like a menorah, seder plate, or succah? Check out jbrick.com for ideas.

Self-quarantining doesn't have to mean "stuck." With technology and imagination, it's still possible to make a memorable Father's Day.



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