DADS were leaving the Gladstone PCYC as exhausted as their miniature counterparts when the annual Dad's Day Out came to an end on Sunday afternoon.
The huge variety of activities were applauded by parents and children alike.
Shane Rice, with son Brody, said the day was a fantastic event hosted by the PCYC.
"We've had an absolute ball," he said. "I wish there were more events like today held in Gladstone."
The massive four-month effort in coordinating the day saw hundreds of families turn up, and the smiles were fixed to their faces for hours.
From woodwork, giant caterpillars, tractor rides and face painting, PCYC branch manager Mick Newell said the day could be considered a tremendous success.
"Basically the purpose of today was to encourage parents and their kids to spend quality time together," he said.
"We are largely community funded so it's especially important for us to provide activities for the community to enjoy."
Endless fun and the chance to make a mess, was the perfect chance for fathers to remove themselves from their work schedules and busy routines.
For kids, it was an opportunity to step away from the video games.