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Best apps for making Father's Day awesome in 2020

Disney Plus The Mandalorian
Disney Plus The Mandalorian (Image credit: Russell Holly / iMore)

Father's Day is here once again, so it's time to celebrate with dad! Except that this year, it's a little different, thanks to the many shelter-in-place orders going on around the world, although some are starting to loosen those restrictions. Things may not be 100% back to normal just yet, but that doesn't mean that you can't make sure that dad has a great day. Here are some apps that will help you have an awesome Father's Day.


OpenTable screens

OpenTable screens (Image credit: iMore)

If you live in an area that is beginning to lift shelter-in-place orders, you may be able to dine-in at a restaurant by now. With OpenTable, you'll be able to check what restaurants near you are open, and since many of them will have limited seating, reservations are highly encouraged. You can also search for restaurants based on cuisine type, location, and even see what's popular. OpenTable shows you what openings are available near you and dad, and you can secure a spot for your party in a few taps.

Remember, though; availability is limited these days, so you may not be guaranteed a spot at your favorite go-to place right now.

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OpenTable lets you browse restaurants near you and book reservations in just a few taps.

WIRED Magazine

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Wired Magazine Screens (Image credit: Conde Naste Digital)

If your dad's favorite pastime is settling down with some good reading material, WIRED is the perfect time passer for the gadget enthusiast, or simply just a life enthusiast. There are great articles about technology, design, politics, and more.

You can download issues for offline reading and create a sort of "playlist" of favorite articles across different issues. There is the option to purchase individual issues or buy a yearly subscription. If dad already has a subscription to WIRED, he can just log in and download his collection.

If your dad's perfect day involves unwinding with his favorite tech reviews, buy him a subscription to WIRED.

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WIRED Magazine is packed with articles about technology and gadget reviews for the tech-enthusiast dad.

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens (Image credit: Exploding Kittens)

One great way to bond with your pops is with a good old-fashioned card game. But, old-fashioned card games are boring, am I right? Exploding Kittens will have you laughing until you cry with hilarious cartoon drawings of kittens in compromising positions and then some. The original card game was made by gaming legends at Xbox and the creator of The Oatmeal, so you know it's good.

You can play the game with between 2-5 people using a device-to-device connection, or even join up with strangers online. So, grab your iPhone and compete with dad and the rest of the family to see who can get to the bottom of the deck without exploding a kitten (no kittens were harmed in the creation of this game).

If you and your dad bond over friendly competition, Exploding Kittens will have you in stitches.

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Exploding Kittens is a card game with unique twists and hilarious kittens from Xbox gaming legends and The Oatmeal. Don't worry — no real kittens were harmed while making this game.

Heads Up!

Heads Up Screens

Heads Up Screens (Image credit: iMore)

Do you like to play charades? Then Heads Up! is a must-have game. There are plenty of categories for decks of cards, and one person will hold the phone up to their forehead with the screen facing outwards. The other players must act out the word that is displayed on the screen, and the person with the phone must guess what it is. If they can't guess it, just tilt it upwards to pass, and if they get it right, tilt it down for a point. The goal is to guess as many as you can in a minute correctly.

Heads Up! is a game that's played frequently in groups who want to pass the time, and it's easy to pick up and play for anyone. It's a must for gatherings.

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Heads Up! is a popular charades-style game that's fun for everyone.

Star Walk 2 - Night Sky Map

Star Walk 2 Screens

Star Walk 2 Screens (Image credit: Vito Technology Inc.)

Is your dad a star gazer? Whether he is or not, sometimes it's just fun to go outside and check out the stars in the sky (if you can). Star Walk 2 lets you use augmented reality to show you what you're looking at in the sky, whether it's day or night. And not only will Star Walk 2 reveal what you're looking at, but it is packed with information and details about celestial bodies and sky events, deep sky objects, and there is also a Time Machine mode, so you can see what's coming up or what you missed.

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Star Walk 2 uses AR to reveal what you're seeing in the sky, day or night, complete with all the details you'd want to know.


Disney Plus Marvel Star Wars

Disney Plus Marvel Star Wars (Image credit: iMore)

Chances are high that your dad likes things like Marvel and Star Wars, so why not get them access to Disney+? With the Disney+ app, you'll be able to access all of the Marvel and Star Wars movies, as well as other series and shorts. And it doesn't just stop at Marvel and Star Wars either, because you get the rest of the Disney+ library, including Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, and Fox. That means The Simpsons, the X-Men animated series, and much more. There's a ton of content to go through on Disney+, so make sure to give dad a subscription.

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Disney+ contains a ton of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Fox. Catch up on old favorites and original new content!

Celebrate Father's Day

This year hasn't been great, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a good Father's Day celebration with dad. Download these apps and make the most of it as best as you can.

Have any suggestions to add? We'd love to hear it in the comments!

Updated June 2020: Removed Stubhub, Star Walk, and Instructables. Added Heads Up, Star Walk 2, and Disney+.

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Christine Chan
Senior Editor

Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.