Celebrate Dad: 5 Awesome Father’s Day Activities
With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning how you and the kiddos are going to celebrate dear ol’ dad this year. Since the Dad’s Day vibe is all about having fun (and maybe a beer or two and a backyard barbecue), it’s pretty easy to honor dad with things he loves to do. So read on for our picks for a fabulous Father’s Day weekend. Psst…If you’re still looking for a gift idea for dad, check our Father’s Day gift guide. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fantastic and fun dads who read Red Tricycle!
Where to take the car-obsessed dad
Naturally, Father’s Day weekend is full of car shows – it’s really the only weekend they can get away with convincing the entire family to walk around ogling at cars! Lucky for dads who have the need for speed, there are multiple car shows in the Seattle area over Father’s Day weekend… and all three events are FREE.
Dads on the South end of Seattle can flock to the Father’s Day Car Show in downtown Burien (Sunday, June 16 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm), which will feature more than 200 lean mean cruz’n machines. There’s also a Chili Cook-Off for those who want to show off their chops or even get a little nibbly. And speaking of food, before or after the car show cruise by the Wild Strawberry Festival for lots of strawberry goodness and maybe a few carnival games and rides.
Fenders on Front Street located in downtown Issaquah (Sunday, June 16 from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm) is great for dads on the Eastside. Start at the Triple XXX Drive-In for either breakfast or lunch and then stroll down Front Street oohing and ahhing at the collection of vintage and classic cars before grabbing a curbside seat to watch the Cruise at 3:00 pm.
North end families can treat dad to an afternoon at Bothell Country Village’s Father’s Day Car Show (Sunday, June 16 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm). Since there are plenty of other kid-friendly activities at Bothell Country Village, dad can have a moment to himself to really inspect those shiny fenders.
Where to take the dad who loves to groove
Does dad love cranking up the tunes on Saturday mornings while he makes pancakes? If so, he’s going to have a great time jammin’ out with his kiddos at the KEXP Father’s Day Kids Dance Party at EMP (Sunday, June 16 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm). KEXP is providing the family-friendly DJs so the whole crew can rock out together, plus there will be other kid-friendly crafts and activities along with the fab interactive exhibits. Tickets are $8 each (non-walkers are free) and available online. The best part? The kiddos will be so worn out afterwards that they’re sure to take a great post-dance party nap!
Where to take the beer-loving dad
Raise a pint to dad this Father’s Day! It’s no coincidence that the Washington Brewers Festival is held on Father’s Day weekend (Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16) every year, because if the dad in your house loves beer, you know that he’s going to want to spend Father’s Day drinking some. Held at Marymoor Park in Redmond, the festival is open to all ages on Saturday and Sunday, with Friday night for the 21+ crowd only. Treat dad to a weekend pass (available online in advance for $40), which includes admission for all three days of the festival, plus a tasting cup and beer sampling tokens. He can go with his dad buddies on Friday night, and then you can go as a family on Saturday or Sunday for some fun (the kids will love watching the keg toss!). Purchase tickets online for the best prices.
Where to take the dad who has his head in the clouds
The Museum of Flight is honoring dads this Father’s Day with an entire day of family-friendly activities and events, making it the perfect place to go (even if you have to go to brunch first). The museum is open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Father’s Day and a visit is especially a good idea if you have grandparents or family members in town to celebrate – it appeals to every age and you don’t have to be obsessed with planes to enjoy yourself here. Plus, Dan “The LEGO Man” Parker will have his interactive Play Zone set up in the Great Gallery (starting at 10:00 am) for anyone who wants to come by and play. And in the afternoon, dad can meet famous NASA astronaut Michael Foreman and get his autograph.
Where to take the nature-loving dad
Looking for some other, simple Seattle activities and places where dad’s love to go? Try a hike down to the lighthouse and beach at Discovery Park, a picnic and a stroll at the Center for Wooden Boats, a Father’s Day train ride through the Cascade Foothills (Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16) or an afternoon in the sunshine at one of our area’s awesome parks or playgrounds.
What are you doing to celebrate dad for Father’s Day? Does your family have a fun Seattle tradition? We want to hear about it in the comments below!
–Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla
photos courtesy of Jennifer Davis, Marcy Grantor and Allison Sutcliffe