There is something old and traditional about fathers and sons spending time together “doing things.” And in a world full of screens, devices, and assorted electronic diversions, intentionally taking time to engage in hands-on, “analog” activities can be both refreshing and rewarding. The challenge for many fathers is finding the time to get with their sons and deciding what they are going to do together. And time is at a premium! As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted,
“According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 of which are spent watching TV. Over a year, that adds up to 114 full days watching a screen for fun.”
Fortunately, there are tons of fun things that are perfect for father and son activities.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – and Bricks!
There is something almost magical about tactile, hands-on crafts and activities that engage the brain in ways that merely “playing” or watching don’t quite approach. One CNN article reported that,
“There’s survey evidence to support crafting’s dopamine effect. In one study of more than 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling ‘very happy.’”
And the reward of hands-on building and creative activities goes far beyond creation. Seeing the finished product on a shelf or being able to play with it can provide repeated hits of that “feel-good” chemical, dopamine. So, when it comes to finding things to do for fun father and son activities, there’s a wide variety of options to choose from, including driving RC cars, building model cars, setting up a model train set, building and playing with various LEGO® sets, and much more. In fact, the real challenge isn’t so much in finding something to do but deciding on something!
Some Big Favorites for Father and Son Activities
Every child seems to enjoy making things out of blocks, sticks, and bricks. And it is often true that boys, in particular, can easily spends hours building. So, for a simple yet fulfilling father and son activity that can be done indoors or out, look no further than LEGO® brick sets. And the variety of LEGO® sets is vastly broader than anything the children of the 60s and 70s had available to them.
Today you can dive into the MARVEL Universe with LEGO® sets such as Iron Man: Iron Monger Mayhem, complete with a gigantic Iron Monger mech from the first Marvel Studios’ Iron Man movie. Or, if historical fantasy is more to your son’s liking, you can spend hours constructing a LEGO® Creator 3 in1 Medieval Castle that features a catapult and water mill. It doesn’t much more “old school” than building plastic model car kits.
And Fundemonium has an entire fleet of automobile model kits for every taste. From ‘69 Camaros to a 1978 Dodge Monaco CHP car to classic like a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, these quality model kits will provide hours of father and son activity fun and inspiration. And, just the change things up a bit, you can take on the challenge of a 1/25th scale Kenworth Challenge Transit Cement Mixer for a unique model kit experience. Some models are designed to be run, not so much as built. Model railroad sets are about as traditional as one can get when it comes to favorite father and son activities.
Fundemonium’s Track Stop has what you need to get started with this hobby that can provide hours and hours of gratifying father and son activity for years to come. Of course, in this decade, RC cars are probably the epitome of the father and son activity that most people think of. Fundemonium’s RC Base is your local radio control headquarters in Rohnert Park and we can help you and your son, or sons, find everything you need to spend hours upon hours of high-speed, adrenaline-pumping fun activity! From trucks, tanks, buggies, boats, drones, and planes, you can find just about any type of RC toy or vehicle to meet your interests and your budget. And we provide the support and parts you need to keep your RC car or other vehicle going.
Looking for Father and Son Activities? Fundemonium is the Place to Go!
Not only do we have some of the best radio control cars out there, but we also have a variety of other RC toys and vehicles like planes, trucks, planes, tanks, boats, and more. In fact, when it comes to radio control fun, we have something for every age, skill level, and budget. Like to build? LEGO®s are here at Fundemonium in abundance! From castles to cars to fantasy worlds like Marvel® and Star Wars™, we’ve got you covered. And if cars and trains are more your speed, we have dozens of great model kits and railroad modeling gear galore! At Fundemonium, we’re much more than just a local toy, hobby, and game store.
We are a “family fun experience” and fun place where families and hobby enthusiasts of all ages can meet and play. When it comes to activities and supplies for fun and engaging ‘father and son’ time, you can find more than you could imagine at Fundemonium. We do our best to quickly respond to inquiries about all of our toys and hobby items (along with everything else we carry!) through our website, but you can also find an answer to your question by calling us. If you’d like to speak directly with one of our Fundemoniacs during our business hours, you can call us at (707) 540-0701. Thanks, and looking forward to seeing you soon!