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Father’s Day – For Free!

Want to show your dad the love he truly deserves on his special day? Let’s avoid the clichés and the classic ‘socks and jocks’ combo. We’ll show you the (cheap) way to dads heart this Father’s Day.

Dads can be tricky to shop for – how many golf clubs or pairs of socks does one man really need? Whether you’re a mum helping your kids plan something nice, or looking for something for your own dad, a little imagination can make dad feel extra special.

Go Local

This might seem like a no brainer, but your local community will be a gold mine for cheap local events and special Father’s Day deals in lead up to the big day. Check out your local council website and Facebook page or search event pages such as Eventfinda. A comedy show or sporting match will make dad’s day.

If the local scene isn’t to dad’s taste, why not take him out for a meal instead? Check out The Urban List for the crème de la crème of restaurants, cafes and pop-ups. Be sure to double check listings for any special Father’s Day freebies that you can take advantage of.

Go Camping

Nothing beats fresh air and laying out under the stars. If your dad is an outdoor enthusiast, go camping. Plan for an overnight stay, with a bang-up brekky in bed (or by campfire) to top the trip off. If that sounds like a bit too much of an effort, give hiking or bushwalking a go. Pack dads favourites in a backpack and plan for an alfresco lunch – he’ll love it.

Have a Picnic

If climbing rocky terrains is not your dads cup of tea, skip the trekking altogether and jump straight to the outdoor lunch – a picnic at your local park will make a great setting for an outdoor family feast. Or how about the classic Aussie barbecue? Add the cricket set and frisbee, and you’re in for the perfect Aussie Father’s Day.

Getting out into the wide world

Art galleries, museums and cultural centres are often free to enter and provide hours of things to see and do. Just to mix it up, why not try a night-time outing to an observatory for a dose of stars and science? Keep an eye on your local observatory for free event nights or cheap entry.

Get handy

If you’ve got a dad that loves to get handy or has a load of home reno jobs lined up in his future, sign on as his offsider for the day. Find out what he would most like checked off his list and come prepared with what you’ll need to get the job done. And if you're a mum helping your kids make a gift for dad, places like Bunnings offer free kids’ workshops where they can create all kinds of dad-worthy items (think wooden toolboxes or pen holders).

Get on his hobby horse

Has the Dad in your life got a hobby he truly loves? Share it with him for the day. You’ll be the favourite child if you let him show you how it's done.

Looking for some special Father's Day gift ideas? Head into your local Cashies store. Our staff will be more than happy to help.

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