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10 Things to Do for Father's Day

Published: Jun 01, 2023

Dads come in all shapes, sizes and ages, but the one thing they all have in common is being awesome! Celebrate everything they mean to you with these special Father’s Day celebration ideas, from gifts and baked goodies to fun things to do for the whole family. So go ahead and give Dad the best Father’s Day weekend ever!

Homemade Father's Day Gifts

This year, let’s get personal. Think beyond the home improvement store or sports gear and give sweet, homemade gifts from the heart. The kids will enjoy coming up with ideas that incorporate Dad’s likes and hobbies, and Dad might get a little emotional opening these heartfelt presents. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

superhero candy bar wrappers craft

1. Assemble a Father’s Day Superhero Candy Bar

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Super Dad! Show Dad or Grandpa how amazing, strong, brave and awesome they are with this superhero candy bar that doubles as an activity for kids. Start with our printable template and Dad’s favorite Hershey Candy bar, then let the kids loose decorating the cape, mask and face.

2. Create a Father's Day Gift Basket

A little bit of this and a little bit of that and you’ve got a sweet gift basket for Dad. Start with a unique “basket” that doubles as part of the gift, like a toolbox, small cooler or a wheelbarrow, if you want to go big. Throw in something cozy like socks, slippers or pajama pants to remind Dad to kick back and relax. Add something personal like a card or a kid’s drawing so they know how much they’re loved. Then round it out with a few small gift items they’ll love, such as grilling sauces, lottery tickets, golf balls, beard care accessories — whatever they’re into! Don’t forget to include their favorite Hershey Candies when you get them shipped right to your door.

3. Make a Jar of Fun Family Activities

Looking for things to do this Father’s Day? This Father’s Day game idea is a gift that keeps on giving, providing plenty of fun for everyone. Grab a glass or plastic container and a HERSHEY’S Miniatures Assortment. Get a few slips of paper and write down fun family activities like bowling, mini-golf, cornhole, an amusement park day or a baseball game. Tape one activity to the bottom of each candy piece and fill the jar. Tell Dad how it works and have them grab one when the fam is looking for some weekend entertainment. Their jar filled with fun and sweetness will last all summer long!

Oudoor Father's Day Activities

June is a great time of year for outdoor fun, so celebrate Dad and soak up some sunshine and fresh air. In most cases, these active activities are free, and the scenery provides natural backdrops for treasured family pics. Which will you treat Dad to this year?

4. Go for a Hike

Lace up your sneakers and hit the trails for a family hike. If you’ve got little hikers in your party, look for parks that have ADA-accessible trails. They’re generally easier to tackle, with flat, smooth surfaces and manageable lengths. Don’t forget to pack water and a Hershey-inspired sweet and salty trail mix.

fathers day tackle box filled with assorted hersheys candy

5. Take a Fishing Trip

Fishing is a great family activity because it’s relaxing, educational and not too difficult for kids to learn. Research your local fishing regulations to learn which family members need a license to cast their lines. Before you set off on your fishing excursion, surprise Dad with this Father’s Day Fishing Tackle Box or this Fishing Vest “Gift Basket” filled with all the best sweets.

6. Go Camping

A little overnight camping trip gives the whole family a nice change of scenery, a little adventure and another reason to enjoy ooey, gooey HERSHEY’S S’mores around the campfire. Add a little “pop” of fun with HERSHEY’S White Creme with Sprinkles Popping Candy Bars in the middle. If you can’t get away for the night, set up a tent in your backyard or living room and create a camping experience all your own. Dad’s exciting campfire stories will delight no matter where you are!

 family enjoying smores outdoors around the campfire

7. Organize a Father's Day Picnic

Find a local park or pavilion for a Father’s Day picnic to celebrate all the dads, grandpas, uncles and father figures you know. With plenty of space and fresh air, fill the day with friends and family and get your fill with a potluck lunch and portable yard games. When it comes to desserts, keep your sweets simple-yet-scrumptious with these easy picnic dessert ideas.

8. Have an Outdoor Movie Night

Put a summer twist on movie night and take the show outside for Father’s Day. Set up a projector in your backyard or driveway for a magical night with the stars, under the stars, watching Dad’s movie pick. You can even inflate a small pool and stuff it with pillows and blankets for an ultra-cozy cinema experience. Sweet and salty snacks are a must-have! Assemble a shareable snack tray or arrange individual movie snack packs with popcorn, a drink and a box of classic Hershey candy, like REESE’S PIECES Candy or WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls.

Father's Day Dessert Ideas

Let the kids be pint-sized pastry chefs as they help bake Dad’s dream dessert or even a breakfast treat. Get started with these easy favorites or search for recipes that incorporate Dad’s favorite Hershey Candies!

fresh batch of chocolate toffee cinnamon sweet rolls
freshly made gigantic peanut butter cup tart

9. Make a Breakfast Treat

Say “Good Morning” on Dad’s Day with a sweet breakfast dessert. The kids can help whip up traditional treats like chocolate chip pancakes or waffles with homemade Chocolate-Maple Breakfast Syrup. Shake things up with a surprisingly simple yet impressive Chocolate Toffee Cinnamon Sweet Rolls recipe, perfect for pairing with their morning coffee. 

father and daughter enjoying smores outdoors

Have the Happiest Father's Day

In between the treats, trips, sweets and surprises, give Dad some time to relax and show them how much you care with plenty of HUGS and KISSES. However and wherever you celebrate Father’s Day, remember that it’s all about honoring how your father and father figures make an impact!