GAMES DADS LOVE,

Make ev­ery day Fa­ther’s Day with th­ese 20 pop-ap­proved games, projects, and ac­tiv­i­ties. Get­ting messy is def­i­nitely re­quired!

FamilyFun - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEFF VRABEL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY ROBYN BREEN SHINN

In her job as a physi­cian's as­sis­tant, my wife has been re­quired to work in the E.R., get ready for 6 a.m. surg­eries, and be on call—all things that have led to a re­ward­ing ca­reer but noth­ing close to what our par­ents called a “nor­mal work sched­ule.” As such, it’s of­ten just our two sons and me, the three Vrabel men, wak­ing up to a day full of end­less pos­si­bil­ity and prom­ise. And th­ese days tend to be­gin the same way: with me mak­ing break­fast and ask­ing, “So what’s on the agenda to­day?” and the boys re­spond­ing with … well, ab­ject si­lence, since they’re up­stairs fu­ri­ously Mine-craft­ing while I talk to a stack of speed­ily cool­ing Bel­gian waf­fles.

Given the op­por­tu­nity, my sons would be pretty well sat­is­fied de­vot­ing one to 48 hours of their day to Minecraft, Roblox, and some cu­ri­ous dig­i­tal pas­time known to me only as “Goat Sim­u­la­tor.” (I once asked the 6-year-old how to play it, and he re­sponded by tilt­ing his head, look­ing at me as though I’d just sprouted a sec­ond head, and say­ing, “Uh, you sim­u­late goats.” I’d never been so shut down by such a weird sen­tence.)

In th­ese cases, it falls to me to de­vise the plan for the day, an ac­tiv­ity or out­ing that not only has enough ap­peal to peel them away from their 8-bit fan­ta­sy­land but also ac­com­plishes the fol­low­ing: 1) en­riches their lives; 2) helps them grow

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