9 Ways to Celebrate an Active Father’s Day in Phoenix


Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, and while the tried and true tradition of grilling and relaxing at home is a great way to celebrate, our Arizona sports medicine practice recommends keeping the whole family healthy by getting active. Spend the day doing a fun family activity and after you can reward yourself with your hamburger if you really want it.

Visit the Park for a Competitive Game
In Phoenix, there are many parks with tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. Grab the family and head to a local spot to play, and don’t forget to keep score.

Get on the Water
An hour or two on a kayak or paddleboard on Tempe Town Lake offers a great arm work out and an easy way to create Father’s Day memories. Other nearby options include Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, and Lower Salt River.

Nerf Gun Fight
Make your backyard or inside your home a battle zone. Duke it out with a Nerf gun fight. After a little while, simply shooting at each other can get old. To keep things interesting by incorporating some fun games. Just make sure you place fragile items in a safe spot before you fire the first shot.

Pool Time
For a fun way to stay cool and be active, hit the pool. Swimming is a great cardio option that is easy on the joints. Keep the whole family entertained and moving by playing some kid-friendly pool games.

If you want to up the ante, consider a family trip to nearby Big Surf Waterpark. The family can hang ten as you work your core to balance on a surfboard at their wave pool.

Rock Climbing
For a fun body-weight exercise that increases your agility and allows you to flex your mental muscles, take a trip to an indoor rock climbing gym. We’re fortunate to have many great options in the Valley: Phoenix Rock Gym in Tempe, Black Rock Bouldering Gym in Phoenix, Focus Climbing Center in Mesa, and AZ on the Rocks in Scottsdale are just some of the options. Gravity Extreme Zone in Chandler also has trampolines, virtual reality, a rope course, and more.

Biking
Dust off your bikes and either go to Papago Park or meander around your neighborhood. If you have a spot to grab ice cream nearby, let that be the destination and treat yourself to an icy sweet before heading back home.

Get Out in Nature
Living in Phoenix, we have no shortage of hiking trails. Of course, in the summer, it’s recommended to go hiking in the early morning hours or night to avoid the heat.

Nearby family-friendly trails include Hieroglyphic Trail in the Superstition Wilderness, Dreamy Draw Loop Trail, and North Mountain National Trail — one of the paths is paved if you have little ones that require a stroller — at Phoenix Mountain Preserve, and Gateway Loop Trail at McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Hole in One
Last, but not least, if dad is a golf fan, the summer pricing is here. Take advantage of the low prices at our world-class courses. Just make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.

Of course, make sure you’re considering dad and what he would like best. We hope these ideas help your family have a fun, energy-filled day. If dad is having to stay away from the activities he loves because of pain, make an appointment for him with one of our Arizona sports medicine locations.


Andrew Songer

PT, DPT | Arrowhead Location