- Local Guide
From neck ties to electronics, people are out shopping for the perfect gift for their father for Fatherâ€™s Day, but local children have something different in mind.
â€śIâ€™m making him a bunch of cards,â€ť six-year-old Natalie Hefner said. â€śMe and my brother (Jon) are hiding the cards in his bedroom.â€ť
Natalie said she plans to spend Fatherâ€™s Day with her dad, Jason, and take him somewhere special.
â€śMy dad really likes basketball and golfing,â€ť Natalie said. â€śWe like to play basketball on the Wii, and I always win. My dad watches me play (basketball) sometimes.â€ť
When Natalie was asked what was special about her father, she replied instantly.
â€śHe loves me,â€ť Natalie said with a smile.
Hand-made gifts are becoming popular amongst local youth, as sisters Hanna and Audrey Sparks said they made a present for their father in school.
â€śI made him a present at school,â€ť six-year-old Audrey said. â€śWe made stuff for Motherâ€™s Day and Fatherâ€™s Day.â€ť
The gift she made for her father, Mike, is handmade with a special note inside.
Audrey said her favorite thing to do with her father is to play basketball outside on the court at her house.
Another activity that Audrey likes to do with her father is help him with a specific type of yard work activity.
â€śHe lets us take rides on the mower when he mows grass,â€ť Audrey said with excitement.
Eight-year-old Hanna said she likes doing something else.
â€śI like to play tickle monster with him,â€ť Hanna said.
Hanna said that she and her father, who are avid Ohio State Buckeye fans, have the same favorite colors â€” red and grey.
Hanna said that she wants to take her father out to eat to celebrate Fatherâ€™s Day on Sunday.
Both of the girls said that their father is very special to them.
â€śHeâ€™s special because of all the kind things he does for us,â€ť Audrey said.
Third-grader Ryan Kinstle said he is not for sure what he will be getting his father yet.
â€śI want to get him a card and something else, but I am not sure what,â€ť Ryan said. â€śIâ€™m going to go out and buy it with my mom.â€ť
For Fatherâ€™s Day, Ryan said his family might go out to eat at a restaurant.
Ryan and his father, Mike, enjoy playing basketball at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA together.
When asked what Ryanâ€™s favorite thing about his father was, he, too, said, â€śHe loves me.â€ť
â€śHe does a lot for me,â€ť Ryan said of the importance of Fatherâ€™s Day. â€śItâ€™s important to recognize that.â€ť
Five-year-old Collin Dyrness said he and his father, Mark, like to play basketball and go swimming.
â€śOne time, my brother hit him in the head, really hard, with a basketball,â€ť Collin said. â€śIt was bleeding and he had to put a Band-Aid on it.â€ť
Collin said that when he and his father go swimming, they either go to the Wapakoneta WaterPark or the YMCA, and they like going down the â€śbig, red slideâ€ť and splash water at each other in the pool.
Collin said that his father does a lot for him, and they spend a lot of time together.
â€śSometimes we eat snacks at the YMCA, and sometimes we go to Chuck-E-Cheeseâ€™s, and we play games,â€ť Collin said.
For Fatherâ€™s Day, Collin said he is going to help his father plant trees.
â€śWe are going to help daddy plant a tree at the house and at the YMCA,â€ť Collin said, of his father, who is an employee at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA. â€śThatâ€™s what we will do.â€ť