In case you haven’t been paying attention to your calendar dates (or Offbeat Mama, for that matter), Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 19th 2011. Whether or not you’re co-parenting with a dude, you still may have a Dad-identified figure in the house… so here are a few ways that you can help rock his (or her!) world on Father’s Day without spending more than $10.
Give your stay-at-home honey a break
You know how sometimes you absolutely CRAVE finding the time to read that collection of Bukowski poems that’s been sitting on your computer desk for a week (ahem)? Well, homeboy’s probably got a book or two of his own that he’d love to crack open and really commit to… without having to get up for diaper changes or snack time. If the dude you’re thinking of isn’t a reader, encourage him to go out and do whatever it is he likes — or stay in and play video games or have that Star Wars marathon he’s been talking about. Better yet: get someone to watch the kids, and join in the marathon with him!
If your guy is the board-or-outdoor game type, brainstorm with your kid(s) and make up a few games to play together! My husband loved this idea so much he suggested playing lawn games with a hula hoop and our blinky-hat adorned son as the prop. You may not want to go that far (and really? Neither do I), but an inventive set of kiddos could surely dream up something everyone will love. Got a mystery nut in the fam? Make up your own version of Clue. If chess is more his style, create your own board with posters and markers and act as the pieces (à la Wizard’s Chess!). The possibilities are endless!
Tattoos and artwork
Want to make an impression? Set up a temporary homemade tattoo stand in your house! If Papi is into tattooing, he’ll probably love covering his minions with Sharpie or washable marker tattoos. In turn, kids can give dad a few designs of their own. This idea is also easily transferred to a relative’s house — if you plan on visiting other fathers throughout the day, bring your instruments with you! Who says Nana doesn’t need a tattoo of an owl on her shoulder?
Another idea: since Sunday newspapers are generally pretty large in size, snag one or two in the morning. Bring them home and let your kids build a bunch of paper boats. While they’re doing this, you may want to scope out a few local water sources if you don’t have something at your house — you’ll want to sail the boats somewhere that you can easily retrieve them. Once the boats are finished, head out and see what “new lands” you guys can discover! The best thing about this idea is you can also do it whenever — it doesn’t just have to be a Father’s Day thing.
Tell me: how have you guys rocked Father’s Day without spending a lot of cash?