If you’re a single dad with visitation rights who is at a loss as to what to do with your kids during visits, don’t feel bad. Your situation is more common than you might think.

In order to maximize the limited time you have with your kids and also to fill their hearts with beautiful childhood memories, you’ll want to plan the right kind of activities. Today, we’ll discuss some activity  ideas for dads to do with their sons and daughters during visitation.

The best activities for dads and their children

Not all of the activities on this list will be the right fit for you and your kids. Ultimately, you want to select activities that you both will genuinely enjoy. Don’t be afraid to let your kids take the reins, as they likely have some excellent ideas for a fun day spent together.

  • Build a fort
  • Finger-paint together
  • Play board games
  • Play hopscotch
  • Give a piggyback ride around the neighborhood or at the mall
  • Play dress-up with old clothes and make costumes
  • Play hide-and-seek
  • Play make-believe
  • Run and play in the sprinklers
  • Make a music video by lip-syncing
  • Cook dinner together
  • Make cookies or special snacks
  • Build an obstacle course
  • Do crafts
  • Write and act out a play

Whatever activities you and your children decide to do together, you might want to keep a parenting journal where you record the activities you enjoy. Take pictures and include them in the journal. Not only will this be a great way for you to preserve these precious memories, the journal could be important if you ever face a legal challenges to your visitation rights.

The most important thing is to be there

The most important thing that any dad can do is to let the kids know that you’re there for them. As long as you try your best to be present and enjoy every second with your kids, they will appreciate you. If for some reason your ability to spend time with your kids gets challenged, you may need to fight for your parental rights in court.