Nothing Dad can unwrap is worth more than the value of family time spent together. This Father’s Day, get out into Los Angeles and create memories that will last a lifetime – read below for a few ideas for every sort of man.
For the Artist:
Head to the LACMA and take part in their “Family Sundays – Heavy Metal” program. You can make art, explore the museum, or join a bilingual gallery tour. Metal works by artist David Smith will inspire families to build balanced geometric sculptures. Sun., 12:30 pm, Los Angeles, $15 adults, free for kids.
Or visit the Museum of Latin America Art (MOLAA) for their Target Free Sundays program, which includes an art workshop from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and docent-led tours from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Long Beach, free.
For the Automotive Aficionado:
Rev your engines and race over to family Touch-A-Truck Day in Thousand Oaks, where kids are encouraged to explore. Dads will be up to their ears in axle grease with all sorts of vehicles on display – from vintage models to tractors to emergency vehicles. See demonstrations, play in the Kids’ Construction Zone, and make transportation-themed crafts. Honk if you’re happy! Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Thousand Oaks, free.
For the Betting Man:
We’re wagering that the Dad’s Day BBQ at the Santa Anita racetrack will be a real hit for fathers who like high-stakes riding on their sports. Watch an exciting Thoroughbred horserace then hit the lavish buffet accompanied by a 215 foot-long, fully stocked bar. Sun., 10:45 am – 3:00 pm, Arcadia, $29.95 adults, $19.95 teens, $9.95 kids 3-11, 2 and under free.
For the Cowboy:
Lasso your lil’ buckaroos and mosey on over to the Autry for their Father’s Day celebration, which includes music and poetry about the Old West, storytelling, outdoor panning for gold, hands-on history tours, and a special dad-inspired craft activity. Yee-haw! Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Los Angeles, free with museum admission ($10 adults, $4 kids 3-12, 2 and under free).
For the Epicurean:
Forget cooking and leave it to the pros – Patina caters a special Father’s Day barbecue at Descanso Gardens. Bring chairs and a blanket, kick off your shoes, and relax on the lovely lawn while feasting and listening to a concert by Jet Set Quartet. For a little added family adventure, don’t miss a trip on their Enchanted Railroad. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, La Cañada Flintridge, $8 adults, $3 kids 5-12, plus cost of food.
For the Hiker:
Bring a canteen and a camera and join the Children’s Nature Institutes’ special Tykes on Trails Father’s Day hike at beautiful Franklin Canyon. Your CNI Environmental Educator will lead you on a trail exploration, story-time, family team-building physical exercise, and a grand finale nature-inspired craft that the whole family will create together. Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Beverly Hills, $25 for one child, $10/child thereafter.
For the Locomotive Lover:
All aboard! Ride the rails on a vintage train brought to you by the Fillmore & Western Railway Company. Relax as you chug through the scenic Heritage Valley while lunching on a country barbecue. Sun., 11:00 am or 3:00 pm, Fillmore, $47 adults, $26 youth 4-12, $22 children 2-3.
For the Musician:
Man, it’s fun introducing your little rockstars to live music. Take the family to the Make Music Pasadena festival, which hosts free concerts at 22 different stages and venues throughout the city. From classical to indie, to funk and jazz, there is something for every music lover. See listing for schedules and locations. Sat., 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Pasadena, free.
For the Ocean-Enthusiast:
The Aquarium of the Pacific is well worth the drive from L.A. to Long Beach for its fantastic exhibits and family-friendly-fishy environment. Even better, they are hosting a Father’s Day picnic overlooking Rainbow Harbor with a menu that includes all the traditional fixins, like: bbq chicken and brisket, corn bread with honey butter, brown sugar baked beans, and peach cobbler. Be sure to make reservations in advance. Sun., 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Long Beach, $35 adults, $27 kids 3-11, 2 and under are free.
For the Outdoorsman:
Does Dad love the call of the wild but the idea of actually camping leaves you less than enthused? Avoid the headache and join in the fun at the Kidspace Children’s Museum, where they’ve planned a weekend full of camping-inspired festivities in honor of fathers. Activities include: water purifying workshops, root beer making in the gardens, knot tying, tent set-up races, and learning about animal tracking. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Pasadena, free with museum admission ($10/person over 1).
For the Sportsman:
Take Dad out to the Dodger-game (vs. the Houston Astros) and have some peanuts and crackerjacks! Afterwards, families will be invited onto the field for Father’s Day Catch, presented by Farmer John, where you will receive special Father’s Day BBQ aprons, foam baseballs, and can have a classic Dodger-dog. Sun., 1:10 pm, Los Angeles, $14.50/person and up.