Need ideas for fun outings and family adventures this Father’s Day weekend? There is so much going on in San Diego that dad and the kids will enjoy. Okay, there’s fun for mom too! Spend time on the Californian sailing the bay. Have a barbecue brunch at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Dads and kids will love the Fire Expo and Firefighter Day at the San Diego County Fair. There’s even family fun with Fido at the Loews Dog Surfing Competition. So gather the kids and start planning dad’s ideal weekend in San Diego.
Summer Twilight Walk
Enjoy a beautiful summer twilight walk in the Mission Trails Regional Park. Families will be hosted by trail guides for this 1.5 hour walk. Guides will talk about the changes that occur in the park when the sun goes down. Don’t forget a jacket and flashlight. Sat., 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm, Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. More info.
Sail with Dad
Take dad for a sail around the San Diego waterfront. Cruise aboard the Californian while enjoying a bratwurst sandwich and beer for dad (hotdogs and sodas for the kiddos). Families receive a souvenir photo of dad and his loved ones. Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm., San Diego Harbor Cruise Terminal, $30 – $60. All ages. More info.
Fire Expo and Firefighter Day
Calling all kids who want to be firefighters! The Farmers Insurance Fire Expo & Firefighter Demo Derby event includes demos, the Burn Run Parade of 100 fire trucks, fire and burn prevention education, and lots more. Sat., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Del Mar Fairgrounds. Free with fair admission. All ages. More info.
Daddy and Me Morning Out
Kiddos can have a morning out with dad at a special event by San Marcos Babies. The morning includes a music and movement class for dads and their infant or toddler. Also included are music, songs, games, story time, a special Father’s Day gift, and BBQ food. Oh yeah, moms can come too! Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, San Marcos Babies, $15 per dad. Ages 5 and under. More info.
Picnic at the Safari Park
Celebrate dad with a Father’s Day picnic at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Bring the family to a barbecue picnic at the Hunte Nairobi Pavilion. The event includes entertainment and a free drink for dad! Sun., 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, $18.95 – $39.95 plus park admission. All ages. More info.
Trains, Food and Music
How about some trains, food and fun at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum? Families can enjoy some barbecue spare ribs, chicken, life music, and a 12-mile vintage train ride at this day-long festival. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, $20 – $30 (kids 5 and under are free). All ages. More info.
Surf Dog Competition
Man’s best friend gets his own event at the Loews Dog Surfing Competition in Imperial Beach. Families of Fido will enjoy entertainment and activities, lunch by the Devilicious Food Truck, sponsor giveaways and more. Leashes required. Event proceeds go to Donors Choose. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Dunes Park and Beach, Free (dog entry fee for competition). All ages. More info.
— Leah R. Singer
Image Source: Loews Dog Surfing Competition