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Family Ministry Outreach: Host a Father’s Day Picnic

Invite all families (even those without fathers) to a special Father’s Day Picnic on your church lawn or at a nearby park.


Have children make the invitations, menu, and even the lunches. Use these fun ideas.

1. Box Lunches

Try a box lunch theme with sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookies. Kids can decorate the boxes (available at bakery supply warehouses), make the sandwiches, fill the boxes, and lead the way as you hike to your picnic area.

2. Giant Bubbles

Have dads help younger children make huge soap bubbles. Pour dish detergent and water into a small wading pool. Use hula hoops, coat hangers, and assorted kitchen utensils as wands. Kids will enjoy chasing and popping bubbles of all sizes.

3. Ski Challenge

Create “Texas Skis” by tying 4-foot lengths of rope along 2×4 studs. Place the two “skis” side-by-side and have family members stand on the boards and hold onto the ropes. Add or take off ropes so that there are two ropes (one from each board) for each player. Each family must work together to “ski” to the finish line.

4. Giant Floats

Have each family make a giant root beer float in a large juice or water pitcher. Give each family member a straw; then blow a whistle and see which family can empty its pitcher first.

Looking for even more great ideas for Father’s Day? Check out all our Father’s Day posts.  For loads of great ideas in every issue, subscribe today to Children’s Ministry Magazine.


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