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June 6, 2007

Father's Day Activities for Kids and Dads

Denver – June 6, 2007 – June 17, 2007 marks the 98th annual Father’s Day in the United States, an important day for hundreds of thousands of Colorado Dads and their children. Celebrating Father’s Day doesn’t have to mean parties or elaborate gifts.

According to Rich Batten, fatherhood specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, kids can make the most of the day with their Dads by participating in every day activities. “By planning and taking part in simple activities, kids and Dads can establish routines and traditions that will extend long after Father’s Day is over.”

  1. Play with your Dad: Spend the afternoon in the park with a picnic and loads of activities like catch, tag, frisbee and three legged races. Many researchers believe that children seem to develop the best social skills when their dads play with them, while maintaining a positive tone and allowing their kids to take part in directing the course of play.
  2. Ask your Dad to tell you a family story: This is one of the easiest ways to connect father and child. By giving your child a glimpse into an unknown family story, they will have a better understanding of why Dad is the way he is!
  3. Cook dinner with your Dad: Spend a few hours together over a home-cooked meal. Talk about your day, your friends, your interests. Studies show that when father’s turn toward their children during the most mundane activities in an interested and loving way, they become more in tune with their kids’ worlds.
  4. Have one hour with no rules: Let your imagination run wild with your Dad. Play hide and seek, dance to your favorite music, watch a scary movie – the possibilities are endless.

In October 2006, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division was awarded a $10 million federal grant over five years to strengthen father/child relationships and improve parenting. Colorado is one of two locations nationwide, including Washington, D.C., to receive this federal grant. The Responsible Fatherhood Initiative has distributed community awards of up to $100,000 each to 19 agencies throughout the state to provide programs and direct services. Applications for additional awards of up to $50,000 are available now through July 16. For more information, please visit www.cdhs.state.co.us/coworks/prf.htm.