7 Father’s Day Activities Dad Will Love
Father’s Day is just around the corner which means it’s time to start planning how you’re going to celebrate the top pop in your life. Since we know the Dad’s Day vibe is all about having fun (and maybe a beer or two and a backyard barbecue), we’ve come up with seven ways to honor Dad with things he loves to do. 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 (Sun., June 15 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.), which will feature tons of 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 on the adjacent streets for lots of strawberry goodness and maybe a few carnival games and rides.
Fenders on Front Street located in downtown Issaquah (Sun., June 15 from 8 a.m.–3 p.m.) 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 p.m.
Families near the city can treat Dad to a car and yacht show on Pier 66 (Sat., June 14-Sun., June 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Since there will be plenty of other kid-friendly activities going on at the Seattle Aquarium on Father’s Day, dad can have a moment to himself to really inspect those shiny fenders and classic yachts.
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 (Sun., June 15 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.). KEXP is providing the family-friendly DJs so the whole crew can rock out together, plus there will be kid-friendly crafts and activities and break dancing along with the awesome 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 (Fri., June 13-Sun., June 15) 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 Baseball Fanatic Dad
Well, planned, Seattle sports teams! Father’s Day weekend in Seattle has the Mariners playing the Rangers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Safeco Field. We’re pretty sure that if Dad is a sports fan, this is a dream come true weekend for him! There are still tickets available for the game, but we suggest snapping them up fast, as this is sure to be a popular weekend to see the Seattle team play. Psst! On Sunday, the first 10,000 dads will receive a Mariners BBQ spatula so come early and watch the Little Leaguers participate in a special pre-game parade on field. If you’ve never taken the kiddos to a game before, be sure to read our insider tips for taking kids to Mariners games.
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, making it the perfect place to go (even if you have to go to brunch first). The museum is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 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 a.m.) for anyone who wants to come by and play. Bonus: All dads (and granddads!) are free on Father’s Day when accompanied by a child of any age.
Where to Take the Sea-Loving Dad
If Dad wants to get his sea legs on over Father’s Day, take him on a three hour sailboat adventure on the waters of Elliott Bay. Dad can help raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and explore the beauty of the local waterways while learning more about emerging issues in Puget Sound. And since all dads sail for free on Father’s Day, you can use the extra change to ride the Seattle Great Wheel before or after your sailing adventure.
If Dad prefers dinner with his sea adventure, consider a Tillicum Village Sightseeing Tour Cruise and Native American Salmon Bake and Performance. This four hour adventure will include a cruise to Blake Island aboard the Goodtime II, a delicious salmon dinner prepared over an open fire, and a one-of-a-kind stage performance that combines Coast Salish storytelling and live traditional Native American dance. Book your tickets online and get ready to knock Dad’s socks off with this one!
Where to Take the Nature-Loving Dad
Looking for other, simple Seattle activities and places where dads 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 Upper Snoqualmie Valley (Saturday, June 14 & Sunday, June 15) or an afternoon in the sunshine exploring one of our area’s awesome parks.
How does your family like to celebrate Father’s Day? We want to hear from you in a comment below!
–Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla
Photos courtesy of Eric Riddle, Fenders on Front Street website, Erin Cranston & Kristina Moy