By Camille Meyers, on June 12, 2020

Ideas for a Virtual Father’s Day Celebration

Whether you’re an ocean apart or just down the block, there are many ways to celebrate the father figures in your life even if you can’t physically be together. Gather the family from afar to go on a virtual adventure together for more fun than a regular video call. Throw a virtual Father’s Day celebration by taking dad on a virtual trip to a city he’s never seen or explore a new museum together online. Get the kids involved with a live online cooking class to make pizza together. Or raise a glass to dad while going on a virtual distillery or brewery tour. No matter the distance, make his day special with these virtual Father’s Day ideas.

Take a Virtual Tour with Dad

Father statue in the Vatican Museums

For the man who has everything, you can’t go wrong by giving the gift of an experience. Explore some of the world’s best museums and historical sites through virtual tours. See the Mona Lisa and other masterpieces on an online tour of the Louvre guided by an art historian. You can also travel back in time with an expert led online tour of the Acropolis in Athens. Or gaze in awe together at the exquisitely painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel during a live virtual tour of the Vatican.

Take a Virtual Trip for Father’s Day

Father with son on his shoulders visiting Europe

Even if you’re not living under the same roof, you can still spend quality time together while virtually venturing somewhere new. Book a virtual city tour to have a local guide show you around their hometown over video chat. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, see Notre Dame’s gargoyles, and stroll the streets of Montmartre, all from the comfort of home on a virtual tour of Paris. You can also join Miha as he drives around Berlin and livestreams a virtual tour of the city’s top sights. Video chatting with a local in another country is the perfect virtual Father’s Day mini vacation.

Play Games Together Online

Playing a phone game for virtual father's day

If the ol’ man’s a Scrabble fiend or a checkers champ, spend some family time playing games together. If you’re not under the same roof, you can find plenty of online versions of dad’s favorite games. Things like Trivial Pursuit and charades are easy to play over a Zoom call. Jackbox Games offers a variety of party games that the whole family can get in on.

Take a Virtual Cooking Class Together

Taking an online cooking class for virtual fathers day

If dad’s a man of the kitchen, gift him with a live online cooking class with a chef in Italy, India, or Spain. The whole family can get their hands doughy while making pizza from scratch the Italian way with an instructor in Rome. Feed your father’s passion for food with a live online cooking class to make vegetarian Indian cuisine. He can also learn to make authentic tapas while video chatting with a chef in Barcelona. The best part is, you can all feast on his creations together after the class.

Virtual Brewery and Distillery Tours

Beer tasting flight for a virtual fathers day

Give dad the unique experience of a virtual distillery or brewery tour this Father’s Day. Make the sensory experience complete by sending him a bottle or 6-pack so he can enjoy a bourbon or beer tasting from his recliner. The Buffalo Trace Distillery in Tennessee offers one of most interactive virtual distillery tours for visitors of legal drinking age. Download the app to explore a digital rendering of the distillery, test your trivia knowledge with fun quizzes, and even complete a scavenger hunt for bourbon bottles hidden throughout the online tour.

You can also check out Scotland’s oldest working distillery with a 360-degree virtual tour of Glenturret Distillery. And see where the magic happens on a virtual tour of Central City Brewery in Surrey, BC, Canada. If dad has a VR set up, try out Patron’s immersive virtual experience to see how they make tequila in Mexico.

Create a Digital Photo Album

Father and daughter at the beach

Surprise pop on his big day with a digital photo album of family photos. Dig up some old photographs of dad in his grade school days—the kids are sure to love it. Sprinkle in your favorite family vacation photos—especially the cheesy ones. Add plenty of pictures with him and the kids, and you’re sure to have a digital slideshow to make him smile, laugh, and get a little misty eyed. Then on Father’s Day, share the slideshow with the whole family far and wide so you can all enjoy the pictures together.

For more activity ideas for your virtual Father’s Day celebration, check out Expedia’s Things to Do From Home page. You can also find live online cooking classes and virtual tours to major cities like New York to connect with your family wherever they are.