7. Sporting Event
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Or something like that. When you’re not able to play sports with your son, go watch a sporting event together. The rush of live action never gets old, and you really can’t go wrong with sports. Well, except for maybe golf. Total snoooooooze fest, am I right? But baseball, basketball, football or tennis are all great choices. You can place some bets, play referee together and then spend the entire car ride home talking about all the awesome plays (and horrible calls) from the game.
8. Car Show
I actually enjoy car shows. It’s really interesting to see the way automobiles have evolved over time, and all of the cool new gadgets and features that car manufacturers come up with. If your little dude is still really little (like, still plays with Hot Wheels), take him to a car show. He’ll be blown away by the real life sports cars! And to see vintage ones that existed before his time? He’ll be fascinated. You’ll have a great time too, dad. Just try not to go while you’re in the middle of your midlife crisis. Mama won’t be happy with you bringing home a “souvenir.”
9. Go Karts
If you’d rather get behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, head to the go kart tracks. This activity is good for older boys who can’t yet drive but want to learn how. Obviously go karts don’t drive the same as standard cars, but hey, it’s close enough. Just be a good sport and let your son win at least one race.
Guys like to make stuff, right? I’m married to a carpenter and he once said he would make our couch. (That didn’t happen.) So, why not get out your tools and have fun with a woodworking project? This can be a really educational activity because you can teach your boy about math, science and even engineering. Plus, he might be able to display his creation and show it off to all of his friends. Although, maybe that’s how the male ego got started…