PTO Events for Dads

We know how much children benefit when their parent is active in their education. Those benefits only increase when Dad is involved. Fathers are able to provide positive male role models, contribute to increased mental dexterity in their kids, increased empathy, greater self-control, and less stereotyped gender-role beliefs. They are such an asset to any school group. Here are some ideas for events to draw them in. 

DONUTS WITH DADSGreat ideas for PTA Events for Dads

  • Send a special invite to Dads to join their kids for donuts and coffee
  • You can change the name to "Donuts with Dudes" to include those who don't have a father at home--invite uncles, brothers, friends, grandpas, etc.
  • Arrange volunteers to fill in for absent parents.
  • Give plenty of notice so Dads can get off work of clear their schedule.
  • Have a Dad read If You Give a Dog a Donut aloud to the class. Complete this cute activity from Teaching Curious Kids.
  • Create an easy photo booth and take pictures as keepsakes.
  • Play a game. Try this Donuts With Dads BINGO.

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  • Invite Dads (or other male role models) for an hour of reading in the classroom
  • Provide cookies and punch or some other easy refreshments. Bonus points if they're book related!
  • Set up cozy spots to read in various corners.
  • Raffle off a prize.
  • Show Dads reading strategies the kids use while reading.
  • Provide a list of father-friendly books.
  • Pass out reading logs for kids to read at home with Dad and give prizes when they meet goals.



  • Hire a DJ.
  • Provide a meal.Father Daughter dancing-672130-edited.jpg
  • Hire a photographer and back drop to make fun souvenirs.



  • Moms and Dads parent very differently. Address some common parenting issues and get Dads' take on them.
  • Hire a family psychologist to give a talk.
  • Set up classes on interesting topics like internet safety and have volunteers provide hands-on training.



  • WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering.
  • WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school.
  • During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.
  • Get started here: Watch D.O.G.S.Watch Dogs.png



  • Host a party before the first football game (or baseball, basketball, etc.)
  • Make food easy--have Dads get the grill out. Get donations for hot dogs, buns and fixings.
  • Sell spirit wear.
  • Have the band and cheerleaders/dance team give a special performance for the tailgaters before the game starts.



  • Invite Dads to spend the day at school.
  • Set up a basketball game before or after school--Dads vs. Kids!
  • Take Dad fishing. Organize a walking field trip to the local fishing hole.
  • Set up a Father/Child workshop focusing on relevant topics.

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  • Invite professionals to discuss men's health issues and the importance of screenings.
  • Connect Dads to Let's Move resources: Let's Move
  • Host a healthy Father/Child cooking class.


For more great ideas, check our Pinterest Board


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