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Great Outdoors Month: Celebrate dad every day

Make plans to spend time outdoors with the dad in your life during June, Great Outdoors Month
Make plans to spend time outdoors with the dad in your life during June, Great Outdoors Month
Sandy Wallace

In the days leading up to Father's Day, kids of all ages look for just the right gift for their dad. From neckties and polo shirts to grilling gifts and tech gadgets, dads were hooked up with great cards and gifts on Father's Day.

June is Great Outdoors Month, the perfect time to add outdoor fun to your family's calendar to celebrate dad every day
Sandy Wallace

Just because Father's Day is over, it doesn't mean that your celebration of dad has to end. A dad is his child's first hero, the man who teaches his child how to ride a bike and how to deal with life's challenges.

Whether the dad in your life is 30, 50 or 80, make time to celebrate dad every day. June is Great Outdoors Month, the perfect time to add outdoor activities to your family's calendar.

Most dads enjoy being active and spending time outdoors. Here are 10 anytime activities to enjoy outdoors with dad during Great Outdoors Month and beyond.

Enjoy a day of boating fun at the lake. Visit a state park or marina in your area, rent a boat and enjoy. Whether you choose a canoe, kayak or paddleboat, you'll enjoy making memories together.

Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Although usually performed in the open ocean, stand-up paddleboarding can also be enjoyed at a river or lake. Check with an outdoor outfitter in your area to find rental boards.

Plan a picnic with your family. Pack your lunch and a blanket and head to a local park. Bring along a frisbee or soccer ball and play together after you eat.

Take a hike in the woods with the family. Many dads remember spending free time in the woods when they were growing up. Share the magic of the woods with your kids.

Plan a backyard campout. The Great American Backyard Campout takes place in backyards across American on the last Saturday in June every year. Join in the fun this year with your family.

Schedule a family play date at the playground of a local school. Since school's out for the summer, you can enjoy the swings, slides and summer fun together.

Ride bikes together. If you don't have bikes, check out rentals at your local bike shop. Many parks offer paved trails that are perfect for bike riding.

Plan a cookout. Invite family or neighbors and ask every family to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Keep costs down by asking each family to bring enough burgers or hot dogs for their family. Play kickball in the back yard after the cookout.

Go fishing together. Rent a boat or bring chairs and sit on the shore. It doesn't matter if you practice catch and release, if you cook up your catch or if you don't catch anything. You'll have fun relaxing together and the kids will learn a new skill.

Explore your neighborhood. Take a walk after dinner and see how many other families you see enjoying summer fun. Be sure to say hello as you pass families relaxing in their yards.

Summertime is made for family fun. Celebrate Dad all summer long by adding outdoor fun to your family's summer calendar. June is Great Outdoors Month so make your plans now and enjoy making memories.

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