A DATE WITH DAD
Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day
By Crystal Chong
Here’s a friendly reminder: Father’s Day this year falls on June 21. Whether you spend the CMCO period bonding with dad under the same roof or missing and video-calling him from another state, make this Father’s Day extra memorable with these fun activities to do with him. For every kind of dad, there’s a perfect gift just for him, but at the end of the day, the best gift of all is your time.
FOR THE ADVENTUROUS DAD
Take dad out on a date with all the thrills. Race each other on a go-kart track, see who wins at paintball, pack up for a night out camping in the wild or if you’re both up for it, go skydiving! There are skydive centres right here in Malaysia, from Langkawi to Kuala Kubu Bharu. You could even start off with an indoor skydiving experience at AirRider, 1Utama, where you and dad can get your first taste of an adrenaline rush in the air.
FOR THE FOODIE DAD
Try a new restaurant in town, explore new cuisines or cook dad a delicious meal with all his favourite dishes. This is your chance to show off some of those culinary skills you learned in isolation and if you’re looking for inspiration, there are plenty of recipes you can find online. Even if you’re not MasterChef material yet, your cooking is sure to be filled with love and that’s all that matters.
FOR THE MOVIE BUFF DAD
Create the cosiest home cinema and have a marathon of dad’s favourite movies. Line them up on the TV, get the snacks ready, dim the lights, sit back on the couch (with lots of cushion for extra comfort) and escape into the world of movies together. You could also write up a quiz centred around those movies, testing just how well your dad knows them.
FOR THE PLAYFUL DAD
Plan a game night with dad’s favourite board games. Or, customise classics such as charades and Pictionary to be all about dad! Write down fun facts about the man of the hour on small pieces of paper, roll them up and put them in a bowl. Everyone in the family will take their pick and act or draw out the key words while the rest guess. This is great for bonding and making the night all about dad.
FOR THE FIT DAD
Have a dad who loves working out? Follow him along for his daily exercise, be it a jog, bike ride or hike. You could also have a workout party right at home, strengthening your relationship and muscles as you push through each burpee. Then again, why not make this a weekly or even daily activity?
FOR THE CURIOUS DAD
Sign dad up for an online course where he can learn more about new topics, from economics to psychology. What’s better is that some of these courses are now available for free online. (Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?) You could also head to a class with dad to pick up new skills, be it golf or pottery. Be sure to snap lots of pictures for safekeeping.