It’s time to give pop props for all of those piggy backs, rounds of go fish and coloring sessions. If dad digs barbecues, fishing lessons or camp outs, we’ve got his day covered. If he’s up for a good roller coaster scream, wants to fake a Top Gun flight or launch a kite above San Francisco then, yep, we’ve definitely nailed it.
Go Fly a Kite, Kid
Imaginations will soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The artistry, diversity and fun of modern flying will amaze everyone. The free, all-day event features a free build your own kite booth, hands on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers, and food trucks. Free kites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee a seat in the kite-making tent. Sat. noon – 5 p.m., The Presidio Main Lawn. Free. All ages. Details.
Take Dad on a Beer Brunch Bay Cruise
Gather the whole family for Hornblower’s Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise. Treat dad to an enticing buffet, free-flowing beer and a keepsake pint glass on this two hour yacht cruise. There’s also champagne and mimosas, soda, OJ, coffee and tea along with the brunch, live entertainment, and breathtaking SF views. Seats are assigned and you even get a keepsake photo. Sun., 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Departs from Pier 3 Embarcadero at Washington Street. $49.20-$87; children 3 and under are free. All ages. Details.
Get your Kicks at the Alameda County Fair
One of the longest running fairs in the Bay Area (clocking in at a full 18 days) the Alameda County Fair is celebrating summer this year. Highlights include the 4th of July fireworks spectacular featuring the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and performances by LeAnn Rimes, Kool & The Gang, Expose, Smash Mouth and more. Kids will love Ag Adventures, an agricultural themed fun zone just for them (tractor pull, anyone?) along with Kids Park offering pony rides, face painting, and the Jest in Time Circus. You won’t want to miss all the carnival rides, daily concerts, monster trucks, demolition derby, roving magicians, and entertainers including Tadpole the Clown. The web site’s “food finder” will enable you to use your smart phone to zone in on your favorite deep-fried delights. Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. $8-$12. Kids under six are free. Details.
Unleash Your Inner Earhart At Open Cockpit Day
Wanna know what it would be like to fly Korean War MiG-15? You can find out at Open Cockpit Day at the Oakland Aviation Museum. Get a glimpse of flight training in a simulator and let the imagination run wild in the Navy A-3 Sky Warrior. You can even tour the Solent Flying Boat from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s a food vendor area on site, too so you can grab lunch before or after exploring. Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Oakland Aviation Museum, East Oakland. $5-$10, kids 5 and under are free. All ages. Details.
Peep! Peep! All aboard for Katie the Train
Make your way to the farm for a Railroad Adventure Day to celebrate the return of the “Katie” Train. Train tickets are only $3 and includes unlimited train rides plus all hands-on activities for children including: Play engineer and operate our wooden railroad layout, color a picture of Katie and pose for fun photos with a Katie cutout (bring your camera). Kids can also design and build with a wooden train track and blocks, blow billions of bubbles with a special bubble brew, read from a collection of train book treasures, and go on an adventure around the farm while playing the “Katie Train Game.” Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. $2-$3; kids under four/free. All ages. Details.
Get Glamping with Daddy
Grab your tent and sleeping bags and drive down to Gilroy Gardens for an overnight camp with Dad. Arrive at the Gardens Saturday afternoon, enjoy dinner in the picnic grove, stroll the grounds in the evening, and then spend the next day romping around the park. Price includes three meals (Saturday dinner and breakfast and lunch on Sunday) and unlimited soft drinks and water, a docent tour and education activities on Sunday morning, and access to the theme park. Win! Sat.-Sun. 4 p.m. to 3 p.m. the following day. Gilroy. $60/person. All ages. Details.
Go Coastal on this Hike
Lunch, snacks, binoculars, water bottle, SPF, all check! You’ll want to pack all these goodies for Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks. On these two hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Sat. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz. Event is free, parking is $10. All ages. Details.
U-Pick the Berry Best
It’s berry season in California and Swanton Berry Farm is opening its fields for u-pick Olallieberries. Farmers anticipate the season will start Friday June 17th but it could be postponed to the following week, Friday, June 24th. Make sure to pop into the market to play board games or read stories. Don’t forget to check out the treats including fresh berry pies, strawberry shortcakes, delicious hot soup, strawberry lemonade, strawberry apple cider and more. The farm accepts cash and check only. Fri.-Sun. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Swanton Berry Farm, Davenport. Admission is free. Berries are priced per pound. Details.
Shake it up on World Music Day
World Music Day is a free music festival that takes place in cities around the world every year close to the Summer Solstice. For the eighth year in Palo Alto, 50 professional and amateur music groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, choral, folkloric dances, etc. All performances are free and open to the public. Sun., 3 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m. University Avenue and Emerson Street in Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Details.
Give Dad a Break at the BBQ
It’s Dad’s day, so let someone else flip the burgers. Grab dad’s hand and cruise over to the Marin Country Mart Courtyard for Belcampo BBQ, Paella and Beer and the free Folkish Fest. Tunes are by Alcatraz Islanders, Foxes in the Henhouse, Tom Bekeny and the Bluegrass Buddies. So, dig in! Sun., 12:30-7 p.m. Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. All ages. Details.
Reel in a Big Fish for Father’s Day
Get hooked on fishing at the pier with tips and tricks from ranger and local anglers during Father’s Day Weekend. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Don’t forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Parks and Rec will provide bait and a limited amount of fishing poles, thanks to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Sat. 10 a.m. – noon. Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon. Free. All ages. Details.
What’s on your daddy’s to-do list this weekend? Share your plan in the comments below!