By now, The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden is well known. I can imagine that this book is great for fathers (and mothers) as a to-do list or for persons whose own folks weren't that into outdoors and creativity.
Boing Boing points to a number of other interesting books that are in a similar class to The Dangerous Book for Boys. One is the The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments: How to Set up a Home Laboratory--Over 200 Simple Experiments. They also point out a book written by an early pioneer of the Boy Scouts. His books are available on-line here. Makezine has a great blog that keeps ideas flowing, as well.
Recently a lot of people have been bemoaning the current state of novice chemistry given the government's zealous guarding of all things that could be used to either make bombs or meth. Here's the take from Wired Magazine. Here's the web site for the United Nuclear science on-line store for some chemicals you'll need for experiments.