You know what to get Dad (and if you don’t you gotta check out our amazing gift list). But his favorite gift is family time. Here are 13 ideas for ways to spend Father’s Day together that will knock the socks off any and every kind of Dad. Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Red Tricycle!

photo: LeTania K. Smith

For Baseball Dad

For some dads, it wouldn’t be a perfect day without a game. Unfortunately, the Dodgers aren't at home this weekend, they're in Cincinnati, hopefully smoking the Reds. But don't worry if you can't catch it because of the TV blackout, you can still see Dodger baseball, live. Catch the Quakes, the Dodgers Class A local farm team, where you can see next year's sensation and this year's players on the DL. Saturday night is fireworks night and Sunday is kids eat free! June 16-18. 11 a.m. Rancho Cucamonga. $10-$13. All Ages. Event details.

photo: Meghan Rose

Gearhead Daddy

The Rodeo Drive Car Show is one of the best car shows in the world, and it happens to take place every Father’s Day. Vintage and new, classic and racing cars line Rodeo Drive as far as the eye can see. (Or, if you prefer avoiding the sunshine, take a visit to the Petersen Museum for some special Father's Day activities.) Sun., Jun 18. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

photo: Natural History Museum

For Paleontologist Papa

It’s a special Father’s Day sleepover at the Natural History Museum, where you can learn about another kind of family: the insect family. Get the buzz on the insect world’s best father’s and see how your own dad measures up! Sun., June 18. 6:30 p.m.-9 a.m. Exposition Park. $100/parent & child pair. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Camping with Nature Papa

Whether your family camps every weekend or is ready to bust out the tent for the very first time, we have some amazing spots we’re willing to bet you haven’t visited. So treat dad to a back to nature weekend. Don’t forget the s’more makings! Check out our list of campsites (some of which don’t take reservations, so don’t worry if this is a last minute excursion).

Ahoy, Captain Dad!

For sea faring fathers, this Adventure at Sea takes the family on a voyage on a real tall ship. First, kids and dad will join the crew in handling line and raising sail. You can also help steer the ship or just sit back and enjoy being out on the open ocean. And when the ocean breezes have worked up a good appetite, enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the ship’s cook. Sun., June 18. 10 a.m.–1:45 p.m. Dana Point. $60-$80. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

If Dad Is a Little "Street"

Hit the streets where art abounds at the Pasadena Chalk Festival. See amazing art created from mere dust before your eyes, while listening to live music and enjoying fun for the kids at Chalkland. Sat. & Sun, June 17 & 18. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Trekkin' Trails Dad

If Dad likes nothing than getting back to nature and hitting the trails, but a getaway isn’t in the cards, there are still several ways you can get a hike in. Kick off the weekend on Friday night with a fabulous moonlight hike with TreePeople, high above the city lights. Or you can hike to a waterfall, take the tiniest tots on the trails or go spelunking (cave hiking!).

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photo: Danielle Klebanow, Courtesy of the Autry Museum

Because All Dads Are Big Kids

They like to play! So it’s perfect that this cool new exhibit (all about toys, games and playing) opens at the Autry on Father’s Day. With more than 200 historic objects from the Autry’s collections. Play! explores the role of toys and games across cultures and over time. Featuring dolls, board games, video games, outdoor activities, and more this exhibit has loads of play together, interactive activities. Sun., June 18. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Griffith Park. $16-$14. All ages. Event details.

For the King of the Rails

If Dad or Grandpa loves BBQs and trains, then you’ll be on the right track at Fillmore & Western Railway Co.’s Father’s Day BBQ train. Hop a relaxing ride on a vintage train trip through Heritage Valley, during which the family will feast on country-cooked lunch of tri-tip, chicken, and all the fixins’ of a BBQ meal. Sun., June 18. Seatings at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Fillmore. $25-$50. All ages. Event details.

photo: Meghan Rose

For King Daddy

He’ll enjoy the tale of another legendary king: King Arthur! At this interactive, in-the-round outdoor theater, kids can cuddle on laps and enjoy the stories of Arthur, Guenevere and Merlin and the knights of the Round Table. For some dads, it wouldn’t be a perfect day without a game. Unfortunately, the Dodgers aren't at home this weekend, they're in Cincinnati, hopefully smoking the Reds. But don't worry if you can't catch it because of the TV blockout, you can still see Dodger baseball, live. Catch the Quakes, Sun., June 18. 11 a.m. Rancho Cucamonga. $9-$13. All Ages. Event details.

Athlete Pops Loves the Beach

If your dad likes to spike, set and play with his kids (or have them watch in awe at his athletic prowess) this volleyball tournament for the whole family is just the ticket. Sun., June 18. 9 a.m.-noon. Manhattan Beach. $50-$100. Ages 5 & up can play, all can watch. Event details.

How Do I Love Q, Dad?

The word is out that Dad likes his meat with fresh grill marks on it. You can treat him like the King of the Q in a whole variety of ways: like a twilight dinner at Descanso where ribs and chicken take center stage. You can take your train enthusiast dad for a ride into the past on the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway, followed by a BBQ meal at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Or if Dad’s more of a fisherman, head to the Aquarium of the Pacific to surround yourself with sea life and BBQ. Finally, if he’s more of a chill and grill in the back yard, take him to the prettiest back yard in town, the Huntington Gardens for some beer and BBQ.

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What will you do to delight Dad this weekend?  We’d love to know!

—Meghan Rose

 

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