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The Best Dad Movies to Watch on Father’s Day

Best Dad Movies for Father's Day
(Universal Pictures/Paramount/Warner Bros/20th Century Fox/)

Father’s day is upon us so we’ve been thinking about our favorite movies about fatherhood. These are all great options for the big day, even if you’ve seen them before, and if you haven’t, right that wrong immediately! We’ve even sorted them into categories for you. 

Comedy

Parenthood

(4to40)

Perhaps an obvious one to start with but it remains an entertaining and humorous look at the ups and downs of parenting. A fantastic cast too: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves, and Joaquin Phoenix showing just what a fine actor he was.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Youtube

Mr. Mom

(Meta critic)

After losing his job, Michael Keaton becomes a stay-at-home Dad, a role he belatedly realizes is the hardest job there is. Ok, maybe except rocket scientist. Or brain surgery. Anyway, the plot may be predictable but this could have been trite and forgettable – but John Hughes’s script is excellent and Keaton shines, resulting in a great, funny, and very quotable family movie.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

3 Men and a Baby

(Metro)

Imagine a very different nativity and you basically have the plot of this movie – a baby miraculously appears surrounded by 3 unwise men. Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson’s bachelor-lifestyle is turned upside down when they suddenly have to raise a baby girl between them; essentially, it could have been called Clueless. As it was the 80s, it naturally involves a car chase, an odd subplot about drug smuggling, and a dubious mustache. But it’s entertaining and fun, and a nice ode to the joys of fatherhood. 

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Vacation 

(Warner Bros)

Dads don’t get much dadder than Clark Griswold. The goofy demeanor, the khaki shorts, the elbow protruding from their station wagon’s driver side window. This is a man hellbent on showing his family a good time, one who’ll stop at nothing short of punching an anthropomorphic moose in the nose to make that happen. All hail Poppa Grizz. 

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Father of the Bride 

(Buena Vista)

It’s tough watching your kids grow up, and there’s no greater gut-punch reality check in that regard than watching them fall in love. Anyone who’s ever been involved in a wedding will quickly identify with George Banks’ compounding frustrations here. Martin Short delivers one of the most memorable performances of his career as Franck Eggelhoffer, the flamboyant, potentially unhinged wedding planner. A super funny and touching flick.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Mrs. Doubtfire

(20th Century Fox)

Sure, we all love our kids. But do we “moonlight as a British nanny to circumvent a custody ruling” love them? Daniel Hillard certainly does. It is so fun watching Robin Williams leaf through his Rolodex of silly voices, slyly antagonize Pierce Brosnan, and extinguish the all-too-common rubber boob fire. 

Where to watch: Stream on HBO Max

Big Daddy

(Sony Pictures)

Big Daddy is a hilarious, heartwarming reminder that fatherhood truly transcends biology. Anyone can be a dad, whether you filmed the childbirth, cut through the red tape of adoption, or simply misrepresented yourself to a social worker so that you could teach a kid with the self-applied nickname “Frankenstein” to hock viscous loogies and injure rollerbladers. We salute you, Sonny Koufax.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Daddy’s Home

(The National)

A great watch with older children, with Will Ferrell inserting his unique humor into a family movie. Mark Wahlberg is excellent too, and his chemistry with Ferrell (first seen together in The Other Guys) is perfect here, as they both battle it out to discover who is the best dad in a blended family. Undemanding, feel-good fun.

Where to watch: Rent on Youtube

Animated

Finding Nemo

(Salesforce)

Perhaps the best movie about fatherhood you can watch with young kids. Let’s quickly gloss over the fact that Marlin loses Nemo in the first place, and focus on the dedication of a father finding his son. He might only be a fish but Marlin’s love for his son really resonates, and it’s a whole lot of fun along the way too.

Where to watch: Disney+

The Lion King

(Wallpaper cave)

Last year’s remake was good, but I prefer the 1994 classic. A lion cub prince is tricked into running away by his treacherous uncle, but it’s this very act that allows him to learn his identity and responsibilities. Featuring classic songs, and in many ways, it’s a classic coming of age story, with lots of roar emotion. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. R.I.P. Mufasa

Where to Watch: Disney+

Drama

To Kill a Mockingbird

(Hollywood Reporter)

Widely regarded as one of the all-time great movies, based on the iconic novel by Harper Lee. Expertly dealing with difficult and complex issues around racism and prejudice, mostly from a child’s perspective, it feels even more relevant today. Timeless, compelling, and unmissable. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

The Godfather 

(Paramount Pictures)

Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece serves as a reminder to dads everywhere that, regardless of circumstance, whether it’s your daughter’s wedding day or you’re simply seeking ten minutes of solace on the toilet, someone’s bound to barge in and beg for favors at the most inconvenient times.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

The Pursuit of Happyness

(Allocine)

An emotional story about a father looking after his son as one hardship happens after another. Based on a true story, and with Will Smith alongside his real-life son Jaden Smith, it’s a powerful and uplifting movie, and the ending might make you cry. I didn’t. I just had something in my eye. For like, 5 minutes.

Where to watch: Netflix

It’s A Wonderful Life

(Doblu)

I know. It’s a Christmas movie. But some movies transcend the seasons. And if you’re looking for an inspiring, joyful movie about a devoted family man realizing what life would be like without him that happens to star Jimmy Stewart, this should be in your top one.

Where to watch: Rent on Youtube

Dad

(Play It Again Dan)

Spanning three generations, this father-son drama involves learning lessons about what it means to be a son and a father after they are suddenly brought back into each other’s lives and spend time together. A stellar cast – Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, and Ethan Hawke – give the poignant story real meaning and depth.

Where to watch: Rent on Youtube

Big Fish

(Now Very Bad)

Tim Burton can be an acquired taste but this might be his most accessible movie: it’s a captivating and heart-wrenching story of a son reconciling with his dying father, and trying to untangle fact from fiction after his father has told imaginative and fantasized stories about his life. A comedic and dramatic story about storytelling, it also intricately captures the impact your father has on you.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Action

Die Hard 

(20th Century Fox)

What can we say about Die Hard that hasn’t already been said, agreed with, and then obnoxiously pivoted towards a conversation about the legitimacy of a Christmas movie? Exciting, endlessly quotable, a master course in movie pyrotechnics. Iconic in every regard. There’s a reason we say “it’s Die Hard in a ____” to describe other movies. And every dad knows that when you try to spend a little time with your kids during the holidays, mayhem follows. We feel you John McClane. 

Where to watch: Stream on HBO Max

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

(Polygon)

All Indiana Jones movies could be classed as perfect Dad movies, and in some parts of the world, it’s probably illegal to say this is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark. So before I get arrested, this is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not only because it is a perfect blend of escapism, adventure, and action (and comfortably the funniest Indy movie), the father-son rivalry between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery is pitch-perfect.

Where to watch: Netflix

Logan

(Wired)

Wolverine’s previous standalone movies were fairly underwhelming, but for Huge Jackman’s final outing as the clawed and flawed superhero, this was a resounding triumph. Logan, now elderly and weary, belatedly discovers his fatherly instincts as he must get Laura, a mutant child mercilessly pursued by scientists, to safety. Epic, brutal, and emotional, this was a perfect send-off. 

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

No Escape

(Letterboxd)

You know what to expect from an Owen Wilson movie: broad humor, a wonky nose, and Vince Vaughn. But not in this one: it slipped under the radar a little, which is a shame because it is a tense, fraught, and compelling action thriller about a man protecting his family during a violent uprising. “Wow” indeed.

Where to watch: Netflix

Thriller

Catch Me If You Can

(Decider)

This is the fascinating and true tale of Frank Abagnale Jr., an incredible con artist (posing as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer), and the eager pursuit of him by the FBI agent played by Tom Hanks. All of Frank’s actions are motivated by his father, and the scenes with Christopher Walkin have genuine warmth. Frank’s relationship with the FBI agent, a classic game of cat and mouse, also evolves into something akin to father and son.

Where to watch: Netflix

Taken

(Thrillist)

I will look for you, I will find you and I will eat you. I was looking for a Twix but Liam Neeson copied my words when searching for his daughter after she was…well, taken. It’s a violent, unrelenting thriller, and it’s great to see a Dad doing anything for his family while being such a badass.

Where to watch: Starz

Sci-Fi

Return of the Jedi

Darth and Luke, Father Son
(Disney)

You’d have to have been frozen in carbonite not to have seen this movie but it rewards endless re-watches. It’s got the lot: Han and Leia reunited, Ewoks, Luke defeating the emperor, Darth finally taking his mask off just as we put ours on. And the final triumphant victory over the dark side, all while you sit on the couch like Jabba The Hut. Perfect.

Where to Watch: Disney+

Interstellar

(Empire)

Talk about Chis Nolan movies, and you think of ambitious themes, mind-bending plots, audacious action, and Michael Caine. And this one is no different, except at its heart, it’s all about fatherhood. Matthew McConaughey’s character’s relationship with his daughter involves exploring themes about fatherly sacrifice and a fear of disappointing his children.

And without getting too technical, there’s lots of cool space stuff too.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

About Time

(Nola)

I would guess if you’re thinking about a time travel movie about parents, the obvious choice would be Back To The Future. This smaller, personal story though is a nice tribute to fatherhood, as a dad tells his son he can Quantum Leap to any point in his own lifetime. This is a different and interesting movie about family and love. And if that’s not enough, it’s got Bill Nighy in it too.

Where to watch: Netflix

Sports

The Natural

(Movie House Memories)

Robert Redford and Robert Duvall are the leads. Go and watch it. What, you need more? Glenn Close and Kim Basinger. Still need more? Wow ok. Of all the sports, baseball is perhaps the one that best translates to the big screen. It somehow captures all the drama, the tension, and the magic. This is a perfect example: it’s actually a fantasy movie, a fairy tale even, when an unknown batter with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere and transforms the fortunes of a 1930s baseball team. Now go and watch it.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

He Got Game

(Buena Vista)

Seriously under-appreciated sports flick. Denzel stars as Jake Shuttlesworth, a convicted murderer who’s offered a reduced prison sentence if he can convince his son Jesus (NBA all-star Ray Allen) to play basketball for the governor’s alma mater. It’s riveting stuff, and you’ll be positively floored by how good of an actor Ray Allen is.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

The Sandlot

(Qz)

A timeless coming of age story about friends, childhood, the biggest dog in the world, and baseball. And if you ever wondered why your dad says “you’re killing me, smalls”, now it will all make sense.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Caddyshack

(Golf Digest)

Funny, silly, entertaining. Not only the job description of a dad, but a good summary of this movie. Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and a devilish gopher make this the funniest golf movie since….well, ever.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Westerns

Maverick

(Moviefone)

Based on the 1950s TV show, this features Mel Gibson as the charming, handsome, and sly Maverick. While there is drama, tension, and twists, it’s much more of a comedy than a western, and an incredibly entertaining one too. A perfect escape movie.

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Hell Or High Water

(EU Citizen Times)

I could tell you this is about a divorced father and his ex-con older brother resorting to robbing a bank in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. I could tell you it’s gritty, funny, and entertaining, with a great plot and characters. Or I could just say it’s a western/crime drama with Jeff Bridges. That’s all you should need to know.

Where to watch: Netflix

Horror

The Shining 

(Warner Bros)

Probably the last film you want to watch while self-isolating, but a classic worth revisiting nonetheless. Brilliantly crafted and scary as hell. Especially for Jack Torrance’s kid. We’ll also recommend seeking out any and all behind the scenes footage, which is often as intense as the movie itself.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Jaws

(The Dissolve)

I know. You’ve seen it a hundred times. It doesn’t matter; it’s one of the few movies that never loses its magic however many times you watch it. Roy Schneider’s Brody is the sheriff, the devoted dad, and the heart of this movie, and watching him hunt down that shark remains as thrilling and triumphant as ever.  

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

The Omen

(Den Of Geek)

If you want something dark and unsettling on father’s day, may I just ask: why? But anyway if you do, this is a perfect choice. Many fathers might occasionally think their son is the devil, but in Gregory Peck’s case, he was right. Watch out for church spires and sheets of glass. 

Where to watch: Behind the couch or Starz

Poltergeist

(Independent)

Television blaring, a child screaming, furniture destroyed, a general atmosphere of dread, and a whispered voice saying “they’re here”. But enough about my kid’s birthday party, this movie centers around a family home invaded by an evil spirit who drags the daughter into another dimension. It’s a horror classic; intense, engaging, and particularly horrifying for Dads, as the family has to leave the TV on even though no one is watching it. 

Where to watch: Rent on Amazon

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

(Medium)

Surprisingly, Wes Craven didn’t direct any of the Nightmare of Elm Street sequels before returning for this one, and it was a welcome and much-needed return to form. Admittedly, it is pretty crazy and silly, but when you’re watching a burned dream-haunting demon with a knifed glove and a fedora, you can’t really complain about realism. It’s fun and inventive, and an entertaining finale to an iconic series.

Where to Watch: Shudder

Frailty 

(Lions Gate)

One of the most underrated horror movies this side of the millennium. Bill Paxton (rest in peace!) directs and stars in this bone-chilling tale of a single dad who thinks he’s been commanded by God to kill demons masquerading as humans. It’s every bit as harrowing as its premise leads you to believe. A definite must-see for fans of psychological thrillers.

Where to watch: Buy or rent on Amazon

Expectant Dads

Nine Months

(The Movie DB)

After the success of 4 Weddings and a Funeral, Hugh Grant’s next movie choice was perhaps a surprising one. Although, while it’s not a classic, it’s a funny and heartwarming rom-com. A superb cast turns this into a light-hearted and feel-good movie about the worries of becoming a father. Plus, Robin Williams. Need we say more? 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Junior

(Empire)

No, don’t worry, this isn’t a biography of George W. Bush. Instead, the premise sounds like the result of a long drinking session – imagine if the Terminator was pregnant? But, if you’re prepared to suspend reality for a couple of hours, it actually works well – Schwarzenegger isn’t really suited to comedy but this is his best attempt, and sometimes the more ridiculous the plot and premise, the better. Emma Thompson and Danny De Vito provide excellent support to make it undemanding and feel-good fun.

Where to watch: Starz

She’s Having a Baby

(Fan Pix)

A lesser-known John Hughes movie; after his exploration of teenage life, this is his ode to “growing up”, about a young newlywed couple adjusting to deal with marriage and parenthood. In particular, it focuses on Kevin Bacon as he gradually adapts to becoming a responsible family man. It has funny moments and it is a sweet, sometimes sad, and charming tale.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Knocked Up

(Romcom Addict)

Ok not one to watch with younger kids but this raucous funny movie, with a superb supporting cast (watch out for the red-eye!), has heart and warmth too, dealing with the fears and worries we all share when expecting our first child. The drive home from the hospital at less than 10 mph really hits home too!

Where to watch: Netflix

Juno

(Hollywood Reporter)

This coming of age comedy-drama attracted huge acclaim on its release and with good reason; dealing with an unplanned teenage pregnancy with humor, realism, and nuance. Ellen Page is expertly cast as the independently-minded mother-to-be, while Micheal Cera’s natural awkwardness has never found a better home. Add Jennifer Garner and the consistently excellent Jason Bateman, and you have a refreshingly honest, smart, and entertaining story.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

The Best Online Board Games to Play Remotely With Family

Mobile Board Games
(Google Play)

Remember when we used to play board games with family? Thanks to modern technology, we’re still able to argue over a marathon game of Monopoly even while social distancing. Phew.

Yup, there are some great options online to exhibit your competitive streak – here are our favorites.

Uno

Ok, I guess it’s technically a card game – but it’s a classic and it’s free to download in the App Store and Google Play. No word on Drunk Uno being available. And guess what? The online game will prevent you from stacking +2 or +4 cards.

Clue

Modern video games can be pretty violent. We should go back to more innocent times when we guessed who strangled the professor with a rope in the library. This classic and ever-popular murder mystery board game is available for $3.99 in the App Store and Google Play.

Monopoly

Family arguments, allegations of cheating, sulking as you go bankrupt – ah, good times. Monopoly is a game we all love, and the online version is great.

You can go to Pogo.com, which is run by Electronic Arts, to find this and hundreds of other free online games, which can be played with friends once you have registered for free. Alternatively, you can use the app version, which costs $3.99 on both Apple and Android.

Scrabble

Educational, smart and fun. I was touched by how the kids described me but it turns out they were talking about this Scrabble game. And they’re right – it captures all the enjoyment and learning of Scrabble into an app called Scrabble Go, available for free on both Apple and Android.

Scattergories

Play against friends one-on-one or open up a room to play as a group – the popular and creative game involves you thinking of a category of words starting with the same letter – and its enjoyable, entertaining, exciting, and ok I can’t think of any more. Check it out for free on the App Store and Google Play. It’s excellent. Wait, another one.

Jackbox Games

Jackbox is an increasingly popular online gaming network that you can get on a variety of platforms, including Xbox One and Apple TV. The games include trivia games like You Don’t Know Jack, Quiplash which is reminiscent of Apples to Apples, Drawful (a Pictionary-style game), and Fibbage XL, which is similar to Balderdash. The great part about these is once you have bought a game, you can play it remotely with family and friends. The bad part is I have to attempt to draw and people laugh.

Houseparty

You will likely have heard of this app, as it gains popularity as a fun way of staying connected with family and friends. Probably more suited to older kids (and adults!), you can use it to video-chat, as well as play all manner of entertaining games, even in large groups. Check it out for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Bunch

Bunch is less well-known but equally good as Houseparty. Up to 8 people can video-chat and play games together, including trivia and drawing games, Uno, Pool, Mario Kart, and charades. My son confidently guessed sloth before I informed him I hadn’t started yet.

Jigsaw puzzles

Now your social plans really can be in pieces – you can invite friends to join you on Jigsawpuzzles.io to join forces and put together a puzzle virtually. I excel at these – I did one recently that said 3 years but it only took me 4 days.

5 Virtual Field Trips for Parents (Kids Can Tag Along Too)

Louvre online tour
(Louvre online tour)

We’re all playing our part by staying home as much as possible. But thanks to technology, we can still enjoy life outside our doors without actually having to walk through them. We recently showcased our favorite animal live streams, and the best virtual rides at Disney but now it’s time for some adult-level stuff – a little culture, even a little cuisine. No permission slips required.

Yosemite National Park Virtual Tour

Yosemite Park online tour

Mammoth Hot Springs. Volcanoes. There are some amazing sights and you can let your kids watch a real game of ‘the floor is lava.’

The Great Wall of China Virtual Tour

Great Wall Of China

Allegedly you can see it from space, but you can definitely view it from home. Incredibly, it’s over 3000 miles along. I’m counting it as my exercise for the day. There’s lots to see and learn here – like the toboggan run visitors can ride from the top of the wall to the bottom of the hill!

The Louvre in Paris Virtual Tour

Louvre online tour

I love viewing the majestic Galerie d’Apollon, Mona Lisa, and Egyptian antiques to try to convince myself I’m cultured. There’s a lot of cool things to see here too, including a walk underneath the pyramid, and another around the moat and drawbridge that was used in the 12th century to protect Paris from attack.

The Metropolitan Opera’s Performances

Met Opera

The curtain hasn’t come down on this New York giant: the Metropolitan Opera will be live-streaming a show every night at 7:30 eastern time. Similarly, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is regularly broadcasting live performances on Youtube.

Massimo Bottura’s Cooking Show

Massimo Bottura’s Cooking Show

There is a seemingly endless list of cooking shows on TV but Massimo Bottura, a Michelin-starred celebrity chef, has promised something different – he’s launched a live interactive cooking show on Instagram’s IGTV. On Kitchen Quarantine, he prepares a full dinner, using ingredients he has in his fridge, and invites questions from viewers. Mine is usually “can you deliver?”.

The 9 Best Disney Virtual Rides and Tours You Can Enjoy at Home

9 Best Disney Virtual Rides and Tours
(YouTube/Theme Park University)

Disney might be closed right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their rides. Videos of just about every ride are available online now, and even better you don’t have to wait in line! With so many to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down, but we’ve come up with a handful of our favorites. (Maybe one of these will even inspire you to create a DIY Disney ride experience for your kids.)

Star Wars Millennium Falcon

Turns out a galaxy far far away was actually only Florida. Galaxy’s Edge opened last year and has proven to be enormously popular. The best ride is undoubtedly Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and with this video, you can see why. As Chewie says….actually no I have no idea what he says.

Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World

You shouldn’t watch pirated videos at home – unless it’s this one. This ride is always popular and a firm favorite and this video nicely captures the magic.

It’s a Small World at Walt Disney World

Another essential for younger kids, and even better this will keep them entertained for 13 minutes and 7 seconds, which really is Disney magic!

Space Mountain

It’s one of the best and most iconic Disney rides. There are a number of videos that use night vision to capture the real experience but we enjoy this one, the lights are on and it’s cool to see what you’re screaming about!

Splash Mountain

You can’t ride Space Mountain without its bigger, wetter brother. Enjoy the relaxing first section through the caves before that incredible drop, when my stomach introduced itself to my feet.

Expedition Everest

Another classic, this time from Animal Kingdom. Kids will love the part when the track unexpectedly ends, resulting in a thrilling backward plummet. And watch out for the Yeti!

Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

As it is the best ride in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios, the lines are usually pretty long. But online they’re not, and you get right to the front! Get ready for that boost start midway through! To infinity…and well, back to the start.

The Seas With Nemo & Friends

If you can find Nemo, this ride is an under-rated gem at Epcot, and you can see here what a fun, colorful experience it is.

Test Track

A Dad favorite – designing a car, and then testing it out on the track? We’re all in. Do not wear driving gloves though. People laugh. Don’t ask how I know.

The 10 Best Live Streams of Animals to Liven up Indoor Life

10 Best Live Streams of Animals
(YouTube/Monterey Bay Aquarium)

As we all adjust to social distancing, sadly that means taking a hiatus from trips to the zoo. Animals, though, can be the best distraction for all of us, especially kids. Thankfully, we can still watch pandas, penguins, lions, and even polar bears from our own homes via some pretty cool live streams.

We’ve rounded up the best ones for you, and encourage you to check ’em out with your wee ones.

San Diego Zoo’s Live Cams

Elephants Live Cam
(San Diego Zoo)

The San Diego Zoo website has live cameras for a whole range of animals, including tigers, pandas, elephants, and koalas. There’s even a baboon cam. I watched a little creature scratch his own butt for 5 minutes but that’s kids for you. Maybe watch the baboon cam instead.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Virtual Classroom

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
(Facebook/ClevelandMetroparksZoo)

This one is particularly cool because not only will it entertain your kids, it’ll educate them too (while you take a well-earned rest!). Every weekday, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is hosting a virtual classroom on Facebook Live. The zoo has promised there will be new animals and adventures every day (which is also how I describe my homeschooling).

Georgia Zoo Virtual Tour

Georgia Aquarium
(Georgia Aquarium)

Want to see beluga whales? Want to see puffins and piranhas? Want a million dollars? I can’t help you with the last one but if you answered yes to the first two questions, this is the website for you.

Cincinnati Zoo’s Daily Live Streams

Cincinnati Zoo Live Stream
(Facebook/Cincinnati Zoo/Lisa Hubbard)

Another new Facebook Live show, which will air every weekday at 3 pm EDT. Each installment will feature a new animal and an accompanying at-home kids’ activity, which you can see on the zoo’s website. I’m hoping for sloths and sleeping.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo: Panda Cam

Panda Cam
(Smithsonian Zoo)

Pandas are not known for their dynamism, but even if they’re just sitting around, they’re still pretty awesome. And that’s all I do these days anyway. There are two giant pandas you can watch in their habitat. If nothing else, it’ill make you feel active in comparison.

Polar Bears Exploring the Canadian Tundra Virtual Tour

Polar Bear Cam
(Discovery Education)

Brought to you by Discovery, this is probably as about as close as we’d want to get to polar bears anyway and watching them explore the frozen tundra in Canada will brighten your day.

And you don’t need to miss out on aquariums either; here are some awesome websites for you.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

 Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams
(YouTube/Monterey Bay Aquarium)

If you want to watch otters, sharks and penguins (and who doesn’t?), then check out California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has a number of live cams for your viewing pleasure, including live feedings several times a day.

Vancouver Aquarium’s Jelly Cam

Vancouver Aquarium
(Vancouver Aquarium)

Personally, if a chilled-out blob in the water was my thing, I’d get in the tub. But for jellyfish fans, this cam, set in deep blue water, will give you hours of enjoyment.

And while it’s fantastic to see all kinds of animals, we still have plenty of love left for dogs and cats, and we can even virtually visit them too:

Kitten Rescue Sanctuary’s Kitten Cam

Kitten Sanctuary Cam
(Kitten Rescue Sanctuary)

Here you can watch a live stream of a room at the Kitten Rescue Sanctuary in Los Angeles. While kittens obviously top the billing here, keep your eyes out for a dog named Birdie who makes a few cameo appearances.

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary’s Senior Dog Gathering Room

Senior Dog Sanctuary
(Explore.org)

Imagine a soap opera but with dogs. That’s essentially the premise here, where live cameras show dozens of very old dogs lie around, walk in circles, and vaguely acknowledge each other. Don’t worry if you missed earlier episodes, it’s a pretty straightforward plot. The stream comes from the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, a very worthwhile senior dog paradise in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

The Mandalorian Approves of the LEGO Mandalorian Trailer

The Mandalorian LEGO trailer
(Youtube/Joebor1777)

The launch of Disney+ last year generated a lot of excitement, especially among Star Wars fans, with the news of The Mandalorian, a TV show set in the world of our favorite space saga. Often when shows are built up with big expectations they fall short, but The Mandalorian was so satisfying and fun, we can’t wait to see the second season. The good news is that it was recently announced that production has wrapped! The unfortunate news: we won’t see it until October.

Until then we must fill the gap. Enter Legendary YouTuber Joebor1777. He’s well known for expertly recreating trailers and famous scenes just with LEGO pieces. It is a genuine labor of love that is evident in all of his videos; they are detailed, accurate, and hugely enjoyable.

He recreated The Mandalorian trailer in his usual iconic way, and it is a triumph. It’s so good that The Mandalorian himself, actor Pedro Pascal shared it on Twitter and we think it’s safe to say he likes it.

Of course, as this is a faithful recreation of the official trailer, it does sadly mean there is no Baby Yoda – but you can always just build your own LEGO Baby Yoda.

We also highly recommend checking out Joebor1777’s other LEGO youtube videos, including Justice League, The Avengers, and John Wick! As Pedro would say, Oh wow. Wow wow wow.

Here’s How to Make Your Own LEGO Baby Yoda

How to Make a LEGO Baby Yoda
(YouTube/hachiroku24)

The Rise of Skywalker was supposed to be the Star Wars phenomenon last year. The final movie of the celebrated saga was intended to be the iconic moment fans had waited decades for, but it was actually The Mandalorian, Disney+’s breakout hit, that saved the Star Wars universe.

The show itself is very fun and enjoyable and feels more like the sci-fi western we wanted, but a big reason for its success is one of the cutest and memorable new stars we’ve had for some time: officially known as The Child, but we refuse to call him anything other than Baby Yoda. Already the subject of endless memes, Baby Yoda is already one of our favorite Star Wars characters. Actually, maybe any TV character!

Of course, Star Wars has become synonymous with LEGO over the years, and while there is one official Mandalorian LEGO set, it sadly lacks a Baby Yoda figure.

Fortunately, Reddit user u/hachiroku24, is the hero we deserve right now. He specializes in making and documenting unofficial Lego builds. Thankfully, he created a custom-built Baby Yoda, and the accuracy is very impressive, especially the floating carriage!

The great thing is that all the parts are unaltered official pieces of LEGO, and even better, Hachiroku24 has posted a video on YouTube showing exactly how to build it!

And just in case you’re daunted by having to delve through your mountain of LEGO bricks to find the right pieces, you can go to Bricklink for a detailed breakdown of all the pieces you’ll need.

Pretty cool, it is!

Dad-to-Be Suffers Ironic Groin Injury When Gender Reveal Backfires

Gender Reveal Nut Sack Mishap
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Deciding to do a gender reveal party can take some cojones, and this one certainly did.

Parker Stuard and his girlfriend, Micah, from Tennessee, recently invited their family to watch as they opened smoke canisters to announce the gender of their first (and possibly last!) child. As they stood smiling at each other on the deck, their family counted down to the special moment, but as soon as Parker opened his canister, he was unable to celebrate his baby boy given the cannister’s cap was launched into his groin.

The stunt backfired. Literally.

Parker decided to share the hilarious event, and his pain, on Facebook, where it has received hundreds of thousands of views. He captioned it with “I reckon one child will be enough!”, with one of his friends commenting, “I laughed way harder than i should have!”

Micah posted another video to Facebook shot from an alternate angle, this time in painful slow-mo. She captioned the post “guess we’re never having kids again!”

At least when this dad looks back on his 15 minutes of fame, he can definitely say he had a blast.

Check out how another family in Florida used an alligator for their gender reveal.