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Even though we are in lockdown for Fathers’ Day, there are still plenty of things we can do to say to dad, “you’re the best”. The added benefit is that we don’t have to break our bubbles to do so. Here are some ideas for spoiling dad this weekend.

Make a card

Making a card for dad is a truly personal thing to do and it gets the creative juices flowing. And the great thing is even if your dad isn’t in your bubble, you can still create the card and then video chat with him to show him what you have done.

Another way to do something special is to give him a picture you have done. Draw your own or colour in one to give to dad.

Download our card template here and get colouring! [PDF]

Explore the neighbourhood together

Spending time with dad is a great way to spend the day. Wander around your neighbourhood with your dad and discover something new you didn’t know was right around the corner from home. Or walk down to your local park and count the birds that you see together.

Alternatively, jump onto the Goosechase App and try one of the fun missions on the Lockdown Challenge 2021 Edition.

Download the Goosechase app from your favourite app store, sign up (or play as a guest), then search for ‘WeGotThisNZ 2021, or enter the code 1G945J to join in the fun with others across the Tāmaki Makaurau region. There are even some spot prizes on offer this time, so don’t miss out.

Racing with Dad

If your dad loves motorsport, surprise him with an invitation to watch the first two rounds of the Supercars E-Series.

Cheer on the Team Tāmaki Makaurau entry as elite driver Richie Stanaway takes on the rest of the field in the #62 car. Head to YouTube, Supercars Facebook or Twitch to watch rounds one and two before round three kicks off on 8 September.

Get creative with food

Making pancakes or waffles is a great and fun way for the kids to spoil their dad. The recipe below is a quick and simple one for waffles and the results are delicious.

  • 500g all-purpose flour – You can use self-raising flour if you don’t have any normal flour. Just don’t include the baking powder.
  • 50g sugar
  • 400ml milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 100g butter
  • 5g baking powder
  1. Melt the butter in the microwave until it’s a liquid. Let it cool a little.
  2. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Throw the rest of the ingredients in with the eggs and mix until smooth.
  3. Let it rest for at least 30 mins. You can also make this the night before and put in the fridge.
  4. When you are ready to go, spray your waffle maker with oil or brush oil on with a pastry brush. 
  5. Using a ladle, pour one generous ladle-full into the machine. Adjust the amount depending on the waffle machine you have.
  6. Remove when the waffle is golden brown. Oil plates between waffles.

When you’re done, put your favourite topping on – banana, spray cream, honey, maple syrup, bacon – the options are endless!