As a busy mom you’ve spent all week doing what you normally do – taking care of your kids, driving them around, cooking them dinner, cleaning up around the house and countless other tasks – so why would anyone think you have time to plan out Father’s Day. Your mind is swamped enough and looking for things to do with daddy and his little ones is not exactly your top priority. I mean I think taking your strep throat infected child to the doctor trumps most things. But don’t worry mom because we’ve got it all figured out.
Here are 10 things to do with dad this Father’s Day in New Jersey:
1. Wildwood’s Beach ‘n Boat Fishing Challenge
Friday June 19th at 2pm – Sunday June 21st at 10am
If your family is competitive this father’s day activity is for you. Sign the whole family up and compete as a team to fish from the beach, a boat, or the dock. This will be a definite fun family weekend for everyone, and the winner gets $,1000… not a bad present for dad.
Schooner Island Marina: 5100 Lake Road, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Cost: $20 for entire season
2. Father’s Day Breakfast
Sunday June 21 from 9am – 2pm
Start your Father’s Day off the right way…on a farm! Enjoy a buffet style breakfast, a scenic hayride, pony rides, and more. This will be a perfect morning for the entire family and no one will have to do the cooking. Also stick around for some live music starting at 12pm. Make sure to book reservations for your breakfast.
1 Alstede Farms Lane Chester, NJ 07930
3. Father’s Day Fun
Sunday June 21 from 1pm – 3pm
Come for a lot of laughs and even have a gift made for dad right in front of your eyes! A professional caricature artist will be there to make cartoons of the whole family. While you are there don’t forget to sign up to win a Cornhole game … another gift for dad!
Sunshine Sam: 40 West Passaic Ave Bloomfield, NJ 07003
4. Father’s Day Train Ride
Sunday June 21 from 1pm – 4pm
Learn some history and have some fun all while riding a train. This father’s day activity is perfect for all ages and will engage every member of your family. The ten mile round trip ride features two counties and takes rides through a journey that really existed for more than 100 years. From inside the train to the view outside, this Father’s Day Train Ride is an awesome experience.
Whippany Railroad: 1 Railroad Plaza Whippany, NJ 07981
5. Wings and Wheels Expo 2015
Sunday June 21 from 9am – 4pm
Come and check out real WWII aircraft and even take a ride in one! This is a fun and educational event that will please everyone. In addition to aircraft there will also be vintage cars and live entertainment. Have some fun and learn a lot about our country this Father’s Day.
Teterboro Airport: 111 Industrial Ave Teterboro, NJ 07608
6. Father’s Day Street Fair
Sunday June 21 from 10am – 5pm
From face paint to live music and crafts to a petting zoo this street fair has something everyone will love. Spending a fun family day is a perfect idea for Father’s Day and this annual fair will leave everyone smiling. Some outdoor fun and quality family time will be a great way to honor dad.
300 Franklin Ave Nutley, NJ 07110
7. Father’s Day at Jenkinson’s Aquarium
Sunday June 21 from 10am – 10pm
Come check out all of the wonderful sea creatures from all over the world. Your kids will love getting to meet all of the cool sea animals and the best part is dad gets to attend for FREE. Dads and children alike will enjoy a fun day filled with new friends in tanks.
300 Ocean Ave Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: FREE for dads, $7-11/ticket
8. Father’s Day BBQ
Sunday June 21 from 11:30pm – 3:30pm
Is there anything dad likes more than a BBQ? Come and enjoy an all American BBQ just for dad, and the best part is he doesn’t have to do any of the cooking. For some great food and a great way to spend time with the whole family check out this Father’s Day BBQ.
The Peacock Café: 80 Sculptors Way Hamilton, NJ 08619
Cost: Free for children 5 and under. $10-15/ticket plus café fees
9. BlueClaws Minor League Baseball Game
Sunday June 21 at 1:05pm
Come out and enjoy a baseball game with dad. He loves his sports and getting to experience it with his family will make his day even better. The Blue claws are playing the Greenville Drive and it will be a fun game you don’t want to miss.
2 Stadium Way Lakewood, NJ 08701
Whether our children believe it or not sometimes mommy forgets things too. There’s nothing like walking up on Father’s Day and acting like it’s a normal morning. You get up and do some laundry, cook breakfast, help your kids get dressed, and everything seems normal except for the weird look your getting from daddy. “Did I put deodorant on this morning? Did I forget to brush my teeth? Is my hair looking greasy? Come on dude I can’t look perfect every second of the day!” The guesses on why he is giving you weird looks don’t stop. And then it hits you. Oh my god I am the worst wife of all time I forgot it’s Father’s Day. Have no fear mommy, we are here to help. Can’t think of any fun things to do with dad this Father’s day? Check out these last minute Father’s Day ideas that don’t require a lot of planning try these simpler activities!
Whether you have sons or daughters, this activity is perfect because it is what dad has always wanted to do. You don’t have to worry about fishing poles or a tackle box because of course your husband has that stored away in the garage somewhere just waiting to be used. He will be delighted at the idea that you and the kids want to go fishing with him. You might have to dig some worms up in the back yard, but just grin and bear it because it’s all about dad today.
Go to a NJ BEACH
Everyone loves a great day at the beach and there are so many in NJ you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for you and your family. Bring along the fixings for a picnic and let dad choose some games to bring along as well. Sometimes big, grand plans can be overwhelming; a relaxing Father’s Day on the beach is just what dad needs.
Go on a hike
Get your sneakers on and get moving with the family. A hike is one of the perfect things to do with dad this year. Bonding with one another as well as the nature around you will definitely be a good Father’s Day activity. Let dad choose the trail you hike on and have some fun while you’re doing it. You’re in no rush so take your time and enjoy the nice weather.