Father’s Day is right around the corner! How do you plan on expressing your appreciation for the patriarchal figure in your life? High school through college is a time of change, often driving some space between you and Dad. You’re busy making plans to achieve your dreams, and he’s busy working hard to pay for them. It’s easy to drift apart, but that just makes it all the more important to bond this Sunday.
There are different kinds of dads just as there are different kinds of geeks. He may not share every single one of your nerdy interests, but chances are there is that one thing for which he will always show enthusiasm. Your job this weekend, is to find out what that is.
Below, you will find a few Father’s Day ideas for different kinds of dads. Is he the scholarly type? An outdoorsman? Use your Holodeck—you do have one, right? If not, I’m sure you can borrow one from a friend. At the very least you should be able to find a Dreamatorium. However you acquire a virtual simulator, use it to test a few of these suggested scenarios and see which one works best for your family!
Civil War Reenactments
Your dad’s a professor or teacher. In his office, he has a bust of Caesar, on top of which he has placed aviator goggles straight out of Sky Captain on the world of Tomorrow. He loves historic tough guys so much, he created a digital illustration of you as a swashbuckling pirate and it displayed on the wall instead of your high school picture. Something tells me he might appreciate a war reenactment. Luckily, there are several of these nerdy battles all over the country. If you’re both really excited about this (and have the funds for authentic supplies), you might even consider participating!
This is for that dad who strives to be one with nature. Maybe you can’t relate, but think for a second what it might feel like to work in a flickering florescent-lit office all day. You’d probably want to run wild and free if you had to do that too. Before you pout about having to spend a night outdoors, think about all the biology you could geek out about. Campsites are full of wildlife waiting to be observed, photographed, sketched, and studied.
If you father is a nautical nerd, consider taking him on a sailing trip. Not only is it a great bonding activity, but you can also geek out about physics and earth science galore. Check out the weather patterns before you go, calculate strategies so you don’t fall overboard, and quote Captain Ahab all along the way! Be sure to dress the part. You will both need hats clearly labeled “Skipper” and “First Mate.”
It’s like Legos for grownups, not that you could ever be too old for Legos. Model building could cover anything from cars to castles, and can be as complicated as slapping a layer of paint on something or designing it from scratch. Start a project with Dad this weekend, and let your creativity take over. In the end, you will have a prized possession showcasing the hard work and vision of both of you.
Lazer Tag/Mini Golf
You can never go wrong with these classic activities. If your dad isn’t as keen as you are about running around in the glow-in-the-dark vests and shooting each other, mini golf is the next best thing and much more mild. Fortunately, these two games tend to show up in the same places, so you don’t have to choose until you get there.
Whatever you end up doing for Father’s Day, the most important thing to remember is that it is all about him. He’s been making sacrifices for you since the day you were born, so it’s time to give back. All hail fathers, and all of their respective nerd hobbies!
What will you do with your dad on Father's Day?