5 great apps for planning a Father’s Day celebration
Father’s Day isn’t just about buying Dad something he doesn’t have, like a fuchsia tie or a compendium of This Old House episodes. It’s about showing him how much you appreciate him, and often a great way to do that is to plan a celebration in his honor.
But coming up with Father’s Day festivities can be daunting. Fortunately, we live in a time of awesome mobile apps you can download to your smartphone or tablet that can help significantly with any sort of planning required. We’ve got five apps for both Apple‘s iOS platform and Google’s Android that can help you plan the perfect Father’s Day for your dad, or at least put you on the right track. Best of all, the apps are all free.
All about the food
One of the most effective ways to make a celebration great is to have good food, and there are lots of great apps out there for making meals. In fact, Epicurious should be your first download if you’re into cooking food on your own. The app features a special list of Father’s Day recipes that can tell you what to make, how to make it and what ingredients go into it, helping with all the prep work for Dad’s special day.
If you’re not much of a cook, check out OpenTable, an app that helps you find nearby locations where you can get good food, and even helps you make reservations to take all possible guesswork out of nailing down the right dinner (or lunch, or whatever) on Father’s Day.
Forget the remote
If Dad’s looking for a relaxing Father’s Day, why not set him up with his favorite TV shows and make sure he has everything he needs for an enjoyable day? If you’re a TiVo user, you can use its apps to actually program your set-top DVR box, check TV listings and record shows. Time Warner Cable has a similar app for its DVR boxes, and there’s also Netflix, Hulu Plus or HBO Go, which all allow access on both mobile devices and TVs that you can program with great shows and movies.
And, speaking of movies, if going out to the latest blockbusters is more Dad’s style, Fandango can take out a lot of the work there. The app lets you find showtimes near you and buy tickets before you arrive. You can even have the ticket-takers scan your smartphone when you arrive, rather than bother with a paper ticket.
The baseball fix
Finally, if Dad’s spending his summer thinking about baseball, you’ll want to grab MLB.com At-Bat. It’s filled with information about the baseball season, and is particularly useful for locking down when games are happening, and even streaming highlights, video and radio coverage. You can use the app to let Dad watch or listen to games wherever he is on Father’s Day, which can help you skip a lot of that planning altogether.