The TueDo List: Cool, Easy (Even Cheap!) Stuff to Do with Dad

(FIFA 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremonies/Photo Courtesy FIFA)

It’s Father’s Day weekend, so dads are what it’s all about. Here’s what to do for him, with him — or both — this weekend.

Movie Dad

Sometimes simple is the sweetest, and and it’s possible that your dad may just be up for a movie date — whether it’s just with you, your kids, or the whole fam. Godzilla’s out there for the monster-movie fan, Spiderman and X-Men for your favorite superhero lover, and Grand Budapest Hotel for the father whose tastes are a little more eclectic. Don’t forget to treat him to dinner beforehand.

If your dad is more of a homebody, there are Father’s Day deals on Roku, too. The top of the line version connects to more than 1,000 channels (including everything on Netflix) and works with Android and iPhone to turn those into streaming devices, as well. If your recipient is anything like my dad, make sure you throw in the hookup. (Roku.com, $40-90)

Musical Dad

(The masses enter through Bonnaroo’s arc/Photo Courtesy Bonnaroo)

Bonaroo — what could be termed the granddaddy of all current summer music festivals — kicks off in Manchester, Tennessee this weekend. If you want a lineup of musical power dads, look no further than the top-four billed: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White and Lionel Richie. If you’re nowhere near the festival, never fear — the whole thing will be streamed live online, plus you can download the Bonnaroo app on Xbox for all kinds of additional exclusive content.

My father really likes concerts, but I can never keep track of his busy retiree schedule, so I like to give him gift certificates to local venues, preferably where I know his favorite acts will be playing. Near us, that means the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, just outside of D.C. Upcoming acts include Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Yo-Yo Ma and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band — all of which are on tour this summer, perhaps at a venue near you (and/or your dad.)

Sports Dad

Dads who are soccer fans — and maybe even raising little ones — will be in heaven this weekend regardless of Father’s Day, with the kick off of the first games of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Keep track of all the matches on the official FIFA site and the ESPN site. The sports channels will broadcast all 64 games live and in high-definition across ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Team USA doesn’t play until Monday’s match against Ghana, but there are 10 other games going on from Friday to Sunday to get you into the spirit (or root for the home team, depending where dad is from).

Literary Dad

Mashable just released their list of must-read books for summer 2014. It includes their latest online book club choice, To Rise Again At a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (Amazon, $26), author of the darkly comic commentary on the American workplace, Then We Came to the End. (Amazon, $15)

Lots of book-loving dads would probably also dig Ben Fountain’s 2012 release, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, about an Army squad returning from Iraq to attend the (fictional) Super Bowl in Dallas. (Amazon, $11)

Happy Father’s Day to all dad’s everywhere!

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Laurie White

Laurie White is a writer, editor, photographer, and occasional college professor and counselor. She found the internet in the late 90s and has not emerged since. A contributing editor at BlogHer.com, pop culture writer for Babble.com, and community and communications manager for Mom2.0 Summit, she is a professional aunt who lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. You can find her at LaurieMedia (lauriemedia.com), on Twitter @lauriewrites and on Instagram @laurieanne.

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