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!
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 are free!
Dads on the south end of Seattle can flock to the Father's Day Car Show in downtown Burien (Sun., June 16), which will feature 300 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, carnival games and rides and a low-rider car show.
Fenders on Front Street located in downtown Issaquah (Sun., June 16) 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.
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 14-16) 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.
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 (at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.) to participate in fun STEM and aviation-themed activities and take-home crafts for Fathers Day. The best part? Admission is free to all dads accompanied by their kids (of any age) on Father's Day, June 16.
Where to Take the Sea-Loving Dad
If Dad (or Grandad) prefers a sea adventure this Father's Day, consider taking him on a cruise to Blake Island for a special Father's Day BBQ (Sun., June 16). Kick back with Argosy Cruises and enjoy the views of Seattle’s historic waterfront and surrounding mountain ranges. On the island, enjoy a delish BBQ buffet, guided indoor and outdoor activities, entertainment with 94.1 The Sound, backyard games and more.
If Dad prefers his barbecue on the lake, treat him to a delightful afternoon aboard a beautiful Waterways yacht (Sun., June 16). During this special Father’s Day Brunch Cruise, nosh on Chef David’s famous Alder-smoked wild salmon or delight in his made-to-order omelet station while you take in the stunning views of Lake Union and Lake Washington and your Captain’s narration of the city's iconic sights.
Families near the city who want to stay on land can treat Dad to a classic yacht show at Bell Harbor Marina (Fri.-Sun., June 14-16). 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 head next door to the Seattle Aquarium, while Dad has a moment to himself to really inspect those classic yachts. Psst! All dads will receive free admission to the Seattle Aquarium on Sun., June 16, so he can catch up with you when he's done.
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 16 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. 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!
If Dad likes to rock out while he works on crafty projects, this year's Father's Day Rock Party at Sit & Kit (Sun., June 16 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.) is going to be a blast. During the special event, dads and kids can drop in and paint rocks together and make special Father's Day keepsakes while rock music plays in the background. Take it home and rock on!
Where to Take the Festival-Loving Dad
Father's Day Weekend brings a host of fun summer festivals to the Emerald City. If Dad loves strawberries, be sure to take him to Strawberry Days in Burien (Sat.-Sun., June 15-16) for loads of strawberry goodness (and maybe a few carnival rides) or to Biringer Farms for the U-pick farm's annual Strawberry Festival (Sat.-Sun, June 15-16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Art-loving dads will find tons of things to see and do at the annual Edmonds Arts Festival (Fri.-Sun., June 14-16). In addition live entertainment, Dad can take in the juried gallery art exhibition and sale while the kids participate in hands-on art activities.
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, stare down a hammerhead shark in the new Pacific Seas Aquarium or gaze at green sea turtles, giant spider crabs or octopus. 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 15-16), all dads ride free with a paying child!
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 favorite parks and playgrounds
—Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla