World’s Coolest Dads
1. The dad who built a 50-meter crazy straw for his daughter’s birthday
The dad and blogger behind Ideas from Everywhere wanted to offer his 5-year-old daughter something special on her birthday. Instead of “crappy toys,” he wanted to give her a happy memory, and he’s definitely given her something she will remember for the rest of her life. While she napped on garden pillows, he built an enormous crazy straw (50 meters long) from individual straws. When she woke up, the tip was hanging over her.
2. The father who took his son to see Minions while dressed as a giant minion
The whole world seems to have gone crazy for Minions. In the midst of the film’s global marketing onslaught, this picture of a father and son going to see the movie together has reminded us what it’s all about.
Minions was released in July 2015 and this adorable picture of a dad and his son going to see the film on the New York subway was shared by Redditor Boba_F37T. It was captioned: “Father of the year award goes to this gentleman who was taking a very excited boy to the movies.”
The picture shows a dad in full Minions mode, with dungarees, a bright yellow t-shirt and goggles. He totally owns the look. In fact, others have speculated that it’s the son who’s indulging dad’s Minions mania. One Redditor wrote: “Son of the year award goes to this little trooper letting his dad use him as an excuse to feed his minion obsession.”
3. The father who built a homemade luge track for his kids
Everyone knows that horrible winter weather is really awesome when you’re a kid. (Think sledding, snowman building, school cancelations and not having to worry about digging your car out of the snow.)
In 2014, Long Island dad Jay Venini made winter even better for his young children by constructing a homemade, high-speed sledding track. It was very patriotic, and his kids were super into it. Regular old sledding will never be the same now that we know this exists.
4. The dad who made his son a hovercraft from scratch
Add “homemade hovercraft” to your Christmas list. A dad made his son a hovercraft using polystyrene insulation board, string, and a little love. In the video below, he pulls the hovercraft around in circles while his son giggles happily.
The dedicated father had posted a previous prototype of the hovercraft online, but it was heavier and pulled far less smoothly than the updated craft.
5. The superdad who makes eye patches for his daughter each day
One-year-old Layla Grubb has the world’s coolest dad. He found a way to inject a little whimsy into what might otherwise be a mundane and potentially tantrum-inducing trial for his daughter.
Layla has a small cataract in one eye and needs to wear an eye patch. She wears the patch over the good eye to strengthen the eye with the cataract. Layla has to wear the patch every single day, and as you can imagine, she doesn’t love it. But her dad, Geof, makes the process fun for everyone by creating a custom patch each day for Layla to wear.
The designs for Layla’s patches have so far included a Mutant Ninja Turtle, Wonder Woman, the old-school Apple logo and even googly eyes.
Geof posts a new photo every day to an Instagram account featuring Layla and her custom eye bling. His favorite so far has been the Calvin and Hobbes patch. Layla’s favorite? According to her dad, it’s any patch that she gets to take off.
6. The snowboarder who took his daughter for an amazing tandem ride
In this video, which was made to celebrate a snowboarder’s adorable daughter’s third birthday, this man proves that he just may be the coolest dad of all time. Steve Klassen from Mammoth, California, balances Kinsley, age two, on the board in between his feet, before he lifts her up to hold her under her stomach as if she were flying.
As he rides down the snow-covered hill, his daughter appears to be having the time of her life—even when he jumps up on the stair railing and scales it effortlessly! At one point, Steve even holds his two-year-old up above his head.
Not to be left out of the fun, the world’s coolest dad then takes a four-year-old girl, called Emma, out for a whirl. As she flaps her arms like a bird, this talented snowboarder demonstrates his unwavering coordination by tossing her into the air, spinning her around and managing to catch her all in one swift movement.
But the real highlight comes when Klassen performs a full forward flip on his snowboard while holding on to his little one. It is a bit stressful to watch at times, but the girls are clearly as thrilled as he is.
A legendary extreme snowboarding champion, Klassen dedicated his video to his little girl, adding that her “adventurous spirit and teamwork have created an amazing and magical time” for the two of them.
In the video, which has been viewed over a million times, Klassen points out that while the sport is “extremely rewarding,” tandem snowboarding is not something to be attempted with little to no prior experience.
7. The man who built the “world’s longest seesaw” to play with son living 730 miles away
Some parents will do almost anything to be close to their kids. 30-year-old Liu Haibin has been hailed as the world’s coolest dad after he built an innovative seesaw that allows him to play with his toddler son who lives with his mother over 700 miles away.
Chinese media is referring to Liu’s invention as the “world’s longest seesaw,” but in reality, it consists of two identical seesaws equipped with motion sensors. One is placed in Tengzhou City, where Liu’s wife and eight-month-old son live. The other is with Liu, who lives in Xiamen City, 730 miles away. Through wireless internet signals and remote synchronization sensor data, the seesaws are perfectly synchronized. HD monitors on both seesaws enable father and son to see and interact with each other as they play.
Liu plans to use the device for the next three months, after which he will join his family in Tengzhou. He has made a video compilation of the time he’s spent on the seesaw with his son. It’s been viewed over 2,000 times online. The savvy father hopes that it will remind people of the importance of family and help them treasure the time they have with each other.
8. The dad who created a backyard roller coaster for his kids
After a long day of riding the roller coasters at Magic Mountain, 10-year-old Lyle Pemble asked his dad why they didn’t have their own personal thrill ride. The 50-year-old father of two couldn’t think of a good reason—so he built one in his backyard.
The elder Pemble, an e-commerce consultant who lives in Orinda, California, says none of the usual reasons (like cost, time investment or insurance) kept him from starting the project, which he likes to think of as an educational opportunity for his Lyle and his 12-year-old sister, Ellie. Pemble started building his roller coaster in 2013. He spent around 300 hours and $3,500 to build an 180-foot, two-hill thrill ride that now takes up the majority of his family’s quarter-acre yard. He even set up a video blog at CoasterDad.com to document the project.
While Will may be the engineer, Lyle is apparently the brains behind the whole operation. He dreams of one day becoming a roller coaster designer himself.
That dream may be coming true sooner than he thinks. Now that word has gotten out to friends, neighbors, and the Internet, father and son have started work on their second coaster. It looks to be even more ambitious than the first, with full steel rails, a bike pedal lift system, and even a treehouse boarding station.
9. The dad who attached a sidecar to his skateboard to bring his toddler along
Jett may only be a little over a year old, but he’s already hitting hills pretty hard on a longboard. Granted, he benefits from having a dad who is the head of R&D at Braden Boards.
His father, Jared, built a sidecar attachment to his board so he can bring Jett along with him. Jett’s been riding with his dad since he was only six months old and wonder how good he’ll be by the ripe old age of 5.
10. The dad who built a portable LEGO creation station for his son
Tez Gilmir’s son loves LEGO, and his father wants to promote this creative hobby. He built a large, portable LEGO kit that folds and unfolds as needed. There’s even a built-in stool! The cabinet is made out of plywood with 3D printed lettering. The bins are labeled for easy sorting and all lock in place when it’s folded up. Gilmir even shared the plans of his project here.