Don’t make Dad a prisoner behind the grill on Father’s Day. Hide the tongs and take him to a fun event tailor-made for fathers and their families. There’s everything from bowling to fishing to a lavish buffet. Here’s our list of what’s tops for pops.

photo: Medieval Times

Royal Treatment at Medieval Times
Your dad might be a Game of Thrones fanatic, or he might just be hard to shop for; regardless, why not get dad a gift he can’t return this year? Medieval Times is here to relieve you of your shopping struggles and provide an enjoyable experience and some family bonding time with a royal twist. Tues., Jun. 4-Sun., Jun. 16. More details

Brunch at Lincoln Park Zoo
Treat your father to something especially wild at Lincoln Park Zoo’s historic Cafe Brauer. Besides scrumptious eats, the day will include live music and dads will receive a sample beer tasting in celebration of the day. Sun., Jun. 16. More details

Pizza Party at Taste Buds Kitchen
Dads rock! They really do. Calling all Dads and their budding chefs to build a world-famous mini pizza that’s their very own. They’ll start by mastering the perfect dough, before moving onto yummy tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil on top. Enjoy this fun Father’s Day tradition that’s a way of saying thank you for all that Dads do! Sun., Jun. 16. More details

schaumburg-fishing-derbyphoto: Schaumburg Park District

Fishing Derby at Volkening Lake
A big lure for your angler-in-training, the Schaumburg Park District’s fishing derby awards prizes for longest fish, most fish caught and most unique catch. There’s even a prize for the shortest fish. Registration includes a hot dog, chips and a soda. Note: participants must bring their own poles and bait. Sat., Jun. 15. More details

Feast at Ribfest Chicago
Music, BBQ, Chicago, and summer fun doesn’t get any better than this. Spend the weekend in Kids Square enjoying entertainment, inflatables, games, and more. Watch the “Best Ribs” and “RibMania” rib-eating competitions, and rock out to original bands. Fri., Jun. 14-Sun., Jun. 16. More details

brookfield-zoophoto: Brookfield Zoo

BBQ at Brookfield Zoo
Dig into an all-you-can-eat ‘cue with wild animals in your midst. There are good eats for all ages. Grownups can graze strip loin, baby back ribs and chicken, while kids eat up mac ‘n’ cheese, mini hot dogs and pizzas. Don’t forget to say “hello” to the big cats on your way out. Sun., Jun. 16. More details

Bowling at Kings Dining and Entertainment
Make an Eat Then Bowl reservation at Kings Dining and Entertainment Lincoln Park or Rosemont and dad enjoys up to two free games of bowling for free. Eat then Bowl guests will be moved up to the top of Kings’ bowling waitlist to allow for quicker access to the lanes. It’s a great activity for the whole family to enjoy! Sun., Jun. 16. More details

photo: Great Wolf Lodge

Summer Camp-In at Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is hosting their First Annual Summer Camp-In with pool parties, barbecue buffets, stories around the fire, character breakfasts, and a s’mores dessert bar. On-going. More details

BBQ at Pinstripes
Pinstripes agrees with giving dad a break from the grill, so they’re doing all the work for him with a special Father’s Day BBQ. Sun., Jun. 16. More details

Chicago Dogs Baseballphoto: The Chicago Dogs via Daniel Boczarski

Weekend with The Chicago Dogs
Turn Father’s Day into a Father’s Weekend with The Chicago Dogs, Chicago’s newest hometown baseball team. The games include a chance to run the bases, giveaways, fireworks and a game of catch on the field. Fri., Jun. 14-Sun. Jun. 16. More details

For homerun hitting Father’s Day gift ideas, read our story Break the Mold with These Father’s Day Gifts.

— Maria Chambers


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