It’s been said that the kind of adult a boy becomes is built upon what their father taught during moments spent together. And often, it’s when fathers aren’t trying to teach their children anything at all that real lessons are learned and memories are made. It’s the little bit pieces of wisdom accumulated over time that make lifelong impressions on us.
Bonding teaches us — encouraging principles, instilling values and virtues, and bestowing countless life lessons along the way. In the spirit of Father’s Day, we’ve put together a list of 10 awesome father and son activities that will construct a better bond. And hopefully, you will have fun and learn a thing or two.
Spend the Day Fishing.
Nothing is more fun to a boy than hanging out with dad, digging for worms and getting dirty along the way. Make a day of it by ordering subs from Sipipa to take along for lunch!
Before it gets too, too hot, hit up a state or national park, bust out the hot dogs and marshmallows, and spend the night under the stars.
Play a Game of Catch.
Baseball is in full swing, and football is just around the corner. Whatever game you prefer, there’s nothing like an afternoon bonding over a game of catch (or kick a ball, swing a bat or shoot some hoops… the important part is doing it together).
Join Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts.
“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” What father and son can’t bond over the Scout Oath and what it represents? Plus, from Derby Car races and rocket launches to hiking trips and other special projects, Scouts is a great extracurricular activity for sons and their fathers.
Go to a Sporting Event.
The Houston Astros are the team to watch! But if it’s too hot, our city hosts plenty of indoor sporting events that you and your son can attend.
Take a Road Trip or Vacation.
Take advantage of the summer months off school and hit the road with your son.
What better way than to show your son the meaning of community and service than by volunteering at a local food bank or shelter. There are literally hundreds of ways you can donate your time and talents to help others.
Teach Him How to BBQ.
Nothing says summer than a juicy hamburger. Show your son how to cook that perfect steak or grilled chicken.
This is a relatively new activity in the grand scheme of things, but nothing will excite your son than going on a real-life adventure. Use teamwork to follow coordinates from your GPS, unveil clues, and discover the final destination.
Go to a Concert.
Take your son to see his favorite band, and then take him to see your favorite Journey or Grateful Dead cover band you haven’t seen since college.