In the spirit of reconnecting fathers in real life after the pandemic kept us apart for so long, City Dads Group members around the country will take part in a National Dads’ Day Out on Saturday, Nov. 6. The event is being done in partnership with our friends at Dad 2.0.
Local event organizers will decide how to celebrate the day, but outdoor gatherings that include some light physical activity to promote bonding and better physical and mental health are being encouraged. For example, our Columbus, Ohio, chapter plans on meeting for coffee than going on a hike at a local park; the NYC chapter will has its participating fathers take an “urban hike” from Manhattan to Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge.
“Real life happens in real contact with real people, and when we’re deprived of that contact, our collective mental health suffers. For dads, that suffering means we’re less effective in the most important role of our lifetime,” Dad 2.0 organizers wrote in a website announcement about the join event.
National Dads’ Day Out events have been confirmed in the following metropolitan areas and more will likely be added as the date draws nearer (links go to the City Dads organized event):
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Columbus, Ohio
- Kansas City, Mo.
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- Providence (through Boston Dads Group)
- Salt Lake City
- Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
- Toronto, Canada
Event information and RSVPs available via each city’s Meetup page.
“Since the beginning, City Dads Group has been on a mission to bring fathers together in real life. We hope guys that are ready will join us for this much needed opportunity to connect with fellow dads of all stripes,” said Matt Schneider, co-founder of City Dads Group.
National Dads’ Day Out will be sponsored by the creators of American Underdog, an upcoming film about former professional football quarterback Kurt Warner’s rise from supermarket employee to 1999 Super Bowl MVP.