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The First Dad Day Out Event: Dads VS World Records – fun with the family

What do you get when you combine a bunch of dads, the great outdoors and a whole bundle of silly? The awesome fun that was the very first Dad Day Out event!

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Dads VS World Records hit the Mornington Peninsula yesterday and left a bunch of smiling faces and brand new silly dad-records.

Dads VS World Records – February 2015

Eight dads lined up in yesterday’s breezy morning, ready and waiting. 10am and the Frankston Toy Library’s Family Fun Day was about to open. We had two marquees, two records-zones and a 15m racetrack. It was game-on time.

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Dads VS World Records was awesome!

I totally over-prepared. Turned out that I probably didn’t need to stay up till the wee hours the night before with my OCD attention to unimportant details. On the same tack, my long-winded and panicked briefing in the morning may have done more harm than good. I need to remember that no one else should discover what’s going on inside my mind. Mostly prickly pirates and dagwood dogs.

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In the deluge of preproduction I had forgotten one key rule about dads – they can have fun anywhere, anytime. And that’s exactly what happened! As I chased my minute-by-minute schedule across the park, stolen by the wind, my Awesome Dad crew welcomed every passing family and got them laughing, as kids and dads alike tried to set some brand new, complete silly dad-themed world records.

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There were speedy-mouthed parents vying for the “Fastest Parent to Read Dr Seuss’ Fox In Socks Book” acclaim, kids building the tallest toy block towers and rolling the longest play dough sausages, and dads with their palms wedged firmly in their armpits as they took on the “Most Armpit Farts in 30 Seconds” record.

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But no event captured the competitive nature of dads the way that the “Fastest Dad To Run 30m Whilst Carrying 22 Stuffed Toys” event did!

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This was the hottest record-attempt of the day, that culminated with two dads going head-to-head in a dado-e-dado (not the Cameron kind) showdown. The record itself became the ugly sister to these two brilliant fellas who were just trying to trounce each other!

There were winners:

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There were spills:

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And there was an eye-meltingly colourful corporate logo taking on the challenge as well!:

My Awesome Dad crew were, well, awesome! As were all of the fantastic dads and their kids who were willing to step outside of the everyday and have a whole lot of fun and laughter. Thank you all.

A massive thank you to everyone from the Frankston Toy Library for making us a part of your great Family Fun Day. Enormous thanks to CleverPatch, Officeworks, Bunnings & Anaconda for donating such amazing prizes for the record setters. A huge thank you to Coates Hire Frankston for supporting us with all of the eye-catching bollards. And a ginormous thank you to Signarama Frankston for sponsoring us with the best banner ever made!

Keep an eye out for us appearing again at Party In The Park, Langwarrin, on Wednesday 1st April 2015.


What is Dad Day Out?

9 months ago, I started the Big Kid Little Kid blog as a way to police my personal mission to try to be a more awesome dad. Now my blog-belly has come to term and given birth to a bouncing baby dad-event; we’ve been unleashed on the real world!

Dad Day Out is a series of free, fun, no-hassle activities for dads and their families.

If there’s one thing that all Aussie dads have in common, it’s not having enough time. According to the ABS, Australian Dads spend half as much time per day with their kids as Mums do, and a lot of that time is taken up by regular routine. Dad Day Out is all about giving dads an organised activity that they can just rock up to and have a blast with their kids. No stress, no organising, no pressure. And no normal playgroup activity – we want dads to be just as excited as the children!

As a bonus, this might even give mums a couple of hours of free time as well. That’s serious brownie points, right there.

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?
  • Go you good thing – I would have loved to come along for the laughs along. Well done xx

    • David Hawkins

      It was great fun! Now to do it all over again on the 1st of April!

  • Great post! Looks like so much fun. My sister-in-law and her family live down on the Peninsula so I’ll let them know about the 1st of April, and spread the word.

    • David Hawkins

      That’s awesome, thanks Em!