We’re far enough into lockdown now to know that no occasion we’d usually plan for will go as expected: but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get creative, think outside the box and celebrate Father’s Day (which is, incidentally, this Sunday, 21st June!) socially-distanced and safety-appropriate. Sure, this isn’t your typical Father’s Day, but it’s probably the most historical one you’ve marked yet – so make it one to remember. Whether near or far, yours or someone else’s, use this Sunday as an excuse to honour the fantastic Father figures in your life in a way you never have before.
Socially Distanced Garden Gathering
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden and a decent weather forecast in your area for Sunday, why not host a socially distanced garden party? English lockdown rules (at time of writing) allow gatherings of up to six people from different households, provided they abide by the 2m distance rule. Whip out the BBQ and fire up the coals or just enjoy drinks, some snacks and some outdoor games. Invite family, friends or whoever fits, and soak up some sunshine while it lasts.
Even if you don’t have an outdoor area to your house, you can always pack up supplies and head to the nearest park or outside space. It could even be kept a surprise! OK, so it may be a bit difficult to blindfold and lead the Dad/s in question there, but they’ll definitely be glad to see some of their pals arrive ready to join them!
Dad-themed Zoom Party
If your Dad is shielding or isn’t close enough for you to just ‘pop round’, there’s still no need to let lockdown spoil the occasion. With numbers unlimited (although you may find you need one paid Zoom account for more than a 45-min call; but other video calling providers are available!), why not arrange a party to be held face-to-face through a screen? Host a Dad-themed quiz for attendees (the more awkward, abstract and amusing the questions, the better), have a Dad fancy dress theme (think: Golf Dad in slacks, Football Dad in his favourite kit, Lazy Dad in his pajamas with a stain down the front and Work Dad in a suit!), and all enjoy his favourite drink as you chat along. If you’ve not left it too late, why not send him a bottle of his favourite drink with an invite in the post?
If the Dad you’re celebrating Father’s Day for/with is your baby’s father but isn’t around much, consider including him in a video call across dinner time, bath-time or for a bedtime story. All are beautifully special routines with little ones and no doubt something he’d love to be a part of, even if remotely.
Out and About Nature Adventure
Sometimes you just can’t beat a bit of fresh air. The long-lost art of just ‘taking a walk’ has been rediscovered by many of us during lockdown restrictions and can be great for perking up energy and mood levels. City or country, get out and walk together! Kids can be occupied with checklists of things to see (think tree, taxi, rainbow-in-window, bug, skyscraper… but don’t make them TOO easy, or you’ll be back home within ten minutes!) and you and your Dad or Babydaddy can enjoy some talking time to breathe and relax with eyes away from screens, even if just for an hour.
There’s something about human connection when outdoors that just can’t be beaten, so savour every second with each other, without (too much) distraction.
Travel The World… Virtually
With COVID closing so many leisure venues and typical day-out destinations, many have resorted to streaming online and hosting events through social media. You may not be able to board a plane or bus and travel to wherever you’d like, but an adventure can be had from the comfort of your sofa.
Start the day with a luxurious wander around the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park (the perfect accompaniment to a fresh fruit salad for breakfast) and visit the animals at Chester Zoo. A quick pizza or pasta lunch can be spent watching the boats arriving in real-time to and from the docks of Venice and the afternoon hours filled browsing the exhibits at London’s Natural History Museum.
Finish the day by ordering in a curry and enjoying the views of the Taj Mahal before taking to YouTube and dancing the night away to a live set of Dad’s favourite band last time they played a festival or big gig!
Support Small Business
If you’d already found a gift you’d like to buy but the shop or retailer is now closed due to coronavirus restrictions, drop the brand a line through their social media accounts or by email. Lots of small and independent businesses are offering gift vouchers during their downtime to allow for some cashflow to come in and to help get people back through their doors when reality(ish) resumes. You’d be buying this present anyway and it’ll make all the difference to a small biz – so it’s a win-win for all involved.
Whatever You Do, Document It!
The coronavirus pandemic will go down in history, and one day you’ll be asked what you did during it. Occasions like Lockdown Father’s Day can result in some great stories, perhaps even scrapbook-worthy stuff, so ten minutes spent brainstorming can really make all the difference. Pick your celebration and roll with it; just stay open-minded about pivoting plans along the way, because who knows what 2020 will throw at us next?!