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Fun Things to Do to Celebrate a Dad's Birthday

by Zora Hughes

Your spouse or partner is a great dad and you and the kids want to make him feel extra special on his birthday. Plan birthday activities based around his interests, including activities where he is sure to have a blast with family and friends on his special day.

Breakfast Surprise

Moms don't have to be the only ones to get breakfast in bed. Get the kids up early in the morning to help you make Dad's favorite breakfast. Take the lead in making the breakfast, but let your kids contribute. For instance, if you make pancakes, they could add blueberries and strawberries in a smiley face. You could also let the kids use heart-shaped cookie-cutters on the pancakes or French toast. Have the kids make Dad a birthday card and put it on the tray.

What Dad Likes

Sometimes dads are the last to get input on family activities. For his birthday, plan a family activity based on what he likes to do. If he is a baseball fanatic, surprise him with tickets to attend a baseball game that day with the whole family. Is he a kid at heart? He might be just as enthusiastic as the kids at taking a trip to an amusement park for the day. Maybe Dad is a golf enthusiast. Even if you find it boring, trying it out as a family could be fun and will allow Dad to show off his skills.

Kiddie Birthday Party

Put Dad in a child's birthday hat and plan a kid-style, family-friendly party with all of your spouse's buddies. The kids will have a good laugh as their dad and his friends get competitive with classic children's birthday games, such as pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs and trying to hit the pinata. Include games that both the kids and the adults can play together, such as team relays. Serve Dad's favorite dishes for the party and include a children's birthday cake with a ton of candles for his age.

This Is Your Life

Plan a "This Is Your Life" skit for Dad with the kids to present to their father and close family members on his birthday. Keep things light and humorous, re-enacting funny moments in his life as well as milestones such as high school graduation, his first job and getting married. Depending on the age of your kids, as well as the props you have, the scenes can be super simple or more complex. Another idea is for the kids to "roast" Dad, allowing them to get up and tease dad about his corny jokes or smelly gym socks.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.