Any of these activities can be mother-son, father-daughter, or mother-daughter. This particular tip was requested for a weekend father-son sport day.
Whiffle ball: Whiffle ball sets can be found in most large chain stores at a reasonable cost.This is a pretty easy game to play baseball style and and does not require as much space. Make the bases a shorter distance to fit where you want to play. Since the balls are light, as is the whiffle bat, there are no huge concern breaking windows.
Golf Lesson or putting: Take a golf lesson together. If you already enjoy golf, then why not add in a new golf buddy? There is no better time to pick up a healthy and fun hobby than when you are young. Just keep to the front nine holes, so they do not get bored. If you think nine holes is too long or having those people behind you impatiently waiting for you to hurry up is something that will add anxiety to your outing, the putting range is a great alternative.
Combine whiffle ball and golf: No time or money for a private lesson for your little guy? How about teaching them golf yourself, with a shorter iron and a whiffle ball, at a local park or in the backyard? That way you don't have to worry about balls breaking windows. Just make sure they keep a firm grip.
Bicycle together: What used to be the only cool mode of transportation for kids has taken a heavy back seat to having your parents drive you everywhere. If you don't have bikes, rent them. Take a ride in the park or even around your neighborhood. This is great to get the kids out of the house and engaged.
Mini-golf: So, you don't know how to play regular golf? That is fine! Mini-golf is just as fun, actually it can be more fun. A lot of light-hearted teasing and competition, but without the long-learned skills needed to become a master golfer or having those people behind you impatiently waiting for you to hurry up and move on.
Rock Climbing: No, not the outdoor ones, the indoor ones with trained staff members. Most are also fully air-conditioned. These are awesome for learning the ropes on how to bole your partner and work together as a team as you try, try, and try again to get up the walls. Don't fret, most have beginning areas to get your feet wet.
Bowling- I remember the neighborhood dads all going to the bowling alley one night a week, and being part of a league. The kids used to get to go during the weekend so the dads could get some practice on their game. We would play, sometimes, with the guard rails up and then, when we got better, they took them down. This is a great time to just sit and talk without being intrusive. One or two games makes a fun dinner night if you add in often bar style, bowling alley food.
Any of these activities can be mother and son, father and daughter, or mother and daughter. We always want to have occasional tips that are requested for the dads in our lives.