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 and a backyard barbecue), we’ve come up with 20 ways to honor Dad with things he loves to do. Scroll down to see our picks and happy Father’s Day to all of the fantastic dads who read Red Tricycle!
photo: Marcy Grantor
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! And 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 are free!
Dads on the south end of Seattle can flock to the Father’s Day Car Show in downtown Burien (Sun., June 17), 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 Strawberry Days (formerly known as the Burien 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 17) 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.
photo: New Braves
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.-Sun., June 15-17) 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 King County’s Marymoor Park in Redmond, this festival is open to all ages on Saturday and Sunday, with Friday night for the 21 & older crowd only. Dad can go with his dad buddies on Friday night, and then you can go as a family on Saturday or Sunday for some fun. Psst…the kids will love the keg toss, the root beer garden, the free face painting and the kids’ craft tent! Purchase tickets online for the best prices.
photo: Washington Beer Facebook page
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 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. During your visit, stop by the Weekend Family Workshop to participate in the Incredible, Edible, High-Flying Father’s Day Fun Flyer Fest, where kids can make their dad the “sweetest” flyer—a plane that you have to see and taste to believe! The best part? Admission is free to all dads accompanied by their kids (of any age) on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17.
photo: The Museum of Flight
Where to Take the Sea-Loving Dad
If Dad (or Grandad) prefers a sea adventure this Father’s Day, consider taking him on the all ages Hops With Pops on the Harbor cruise (Sat., June 16). Kick back with Argosy Cruises and enjoy classic views of Seattle’s historic waterfront and surrounding mountain ranges while Dad sips on a variety of local 4 oz. beer pours. Psst…cruise only tickets, without the beer tastings, are also available for this event.
If Dad prefers a barbecue lunch with his sea adventure, treat him to a delightful afternoon aboard a beautiful Waterways yacht (Sun., June 17). During this special Dad’s Day cruise, nosh on a delish barbecue buffet and enjoy stunning views of Seattle’s skyline and waterfront estates, as you cruise the waters of Lake Union and Lake Washington.
Families near the city who want to stay on land can treat Dad to a classic yacht show at Bell Harbor Marina (Sat.-Sun., June 16-17). This year, 40 classic motor yachts, many of them built prior to World War II, will be on display and most will be available to board. If you’ve got tots in tow, they can build boats with the folks from the Center for Wooden boats or explore the many kid-friendly activities and exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium, while Dad has a moment to himself to really inspect those classic yachts.
Where to Take the Baseball Fanatic Dad
Well, planned, Seattle sports teams! Father’s Day weekend in Seattle has the Mariners playing the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Safeco Field. And 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…Friday night is the first Fireworks Night of the season, so plan to stay after the game to catch the spectacular fireworks show set to baseball-themed tunes. On Sunday, the first 10,000 dads will receive a handy BBQ glove and everyone can watch the Little Leaguers participate in a special pre-game parade on field in honor of Youth Baseball Day. Go Mariners!
photo: Ben VanHouten for the Mariners
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 KEXP’s Gathering Space (Sun., June 17 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.). KEXP is providing the family-friendly DJs, so the whole crew can rock out together, plus there will be other kid-friendly crafts, activities and food provided by Pagliacci Pizza, Clif Bar, Seattle Children’s and Living Computers: Museum and Labs. Tickets are $10 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!
photo: Jon L. via Yep
Where to Take the Dad Who Wants to Get Away & Golf
Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, just 80 miles east of Seattle, Suncadia Resort, A Destination Hotel, brings the great outdoors, relaxation and adventure together as one. From golfing and fishing, to massages and craft beer bike tours, the 6,400 acre picturesque resort is the ideal family getaway for Father’s Day Weekend. The best part? The property boasts 40 miles of hiking trails, a LEED certified Glade Springs Spa and an awesome Swim & Fitness Center (with two indoor water slides and a ginormous outdoor pool), plus a brand-new pool (with an interactive splash pad) at Nelson Farm and three award-winning golf courses for endless fun for everyone in your crew. Bonus: Book the Father & Fawn Golf package which includes the green fee at Prospector Golf Course, a golf cart, driving range access, Titleist Pro V1 golf balls and lunch at the Gas Lamp Grille for a Father’s Day to remember. For reservations, call 866-715-5050.
photo: Suncadia Resort
Where to Take the Festival-Loving Dad
Father’s Day Weekend brings a bunch of fun summer festivals to the Emerald City. If Dad likes strawberries, be sure to hit Strawberry Days in Burien (Sat.-Sun., June 16-17). In addition to tons of strawberry goodness, there will be live entertainment, rides, games and a Father’s Day car show and chili cook-off. If Dad likes all things eclectic, journey to the “Center of the Universe” (aka Fremont) to take in the Fremont Fair (Sat.-Sun., June 16-17). This beloved neighborhood street fair will have activities for all ages that celebrate the quirky community of Fremont. Artistic highlights include craft and art booths, street performers, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, the free-spirited Solstice Parade and many other oddities that personify Fremont’s official motto “Delibertus Quirkus” (Freedom to be Peculiar). Other festivals to consider include the Edmonds Arts Festival (Fri.-Sun., June 15-17) and the Biringer Farm Strawberry Festival (Sat.-Sun, June 16-17).
photo: California Strawberry Festival
Where to Take the Dad Who Likes to Explore
If Dad is an animal lover, take him to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Father’s Day. In addition to receiving half-price admission, he can see the live animal show at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, stroll through the open air Budgie Buddies exhibit and feed the friendly birds, touch a stingray and much more. If Dad is a train buff, he and his little choo-choo fanatic can satisfy their love for trains at the Northwest Railway Museum. Over Father’s Day Weekend (Sat.-Sun., June 16-17), all dads ride free with a paying child.
photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
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 stroll and free sail at the Center for Wooden Boats or an afternoon in the sunshine exploring and picnicking at one of our area’s awesome parks.
—Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla