Celebrating Father’s Day in the Twin Cities

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My husband gets to put up with four rambuncious and adorable children,  and he is fantastic.  Even though I do not like celebrating obligatory holidays, I do want to celebrate my husband’s amazing contribution to our family as Daddy.

So I went in search of free Father’s Day lunch because I’m cheap that way.

What says we love you better than a free meal, right?  At least that’s what I think.
But you know what I found?  Nothing!  Nada!  Zip! Zilch! I was outta luck.

However, I did find some unique activities that you could enjoy with Daddy and your whole family.  I will put them in order of price as in $0, $, and $$.

I hope this helps you to be able to plan for a fun celebration for the Daddy, Grandpa, or Uncle in your life.


Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Saturday, June 14-Sunday, June 15, 2014

It doesn’t cost anything to get in.  Enjoy the park, the free music, the family art projects.  Go check out the Father’s Day Car Show at the Merriem Street Bridge area.  See NASCAR Driver Kasey Kahne’s #5 car (he is one of my top 2 drivers…didn’t know I was a NASCAR fan, did you!).  Now, if you want eat there, you will be spending money on the food vendors.  And they look really good!


Pa and Ma Day 
The Landing
Sunday, June 15, 2014
$3-$5 One parent admitted free with each child’s admission

Play checkers, visit the dressmaker, play baseball, listen to a fiddler, watch a fashion show.  It’s going to be a lot of fun with Pa and Ma at The Landing.

Father’s Day Weekend  at Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014
$6-$9  Fathers are free with child’s admission

Travel back in time to the 1800’s to help out with Mr. Kelley’s farm.  Build feed boxes, take care of the livestock, repair fences, tend the garden, and bake some treats in the oven.  Yum!



Osceola St. Croix Valley Father’s Day Brunch Train
Sunday, June 15, 2014  11:00 am


Osceola St. Croix Valley Father’s Day Dinne r Train
Sunday, June 15, 2014 3:00 pm

Enjoy riding in vintage train cars while enjoying a meal with your favorite dad.  This is what one review on Trip Advisor said,

We did the dinner train for Father’s Day, and it was a real treat. The food was good, the ride was comfortable, and the service was very friendly. I would do it again, but probably the brunch train the next time–just for the variety. Well worth the trip!


Jonathan Padelford Cruise Father’s Day Brunch 
Sunday, June 15, 2014  11:00 am

Cruise down the Mississippi River with your family while enjoying a delicious meal.  Beautiful scenery of the Great River National Park and fine dining make this an event that is quickly booked, so make your reservation today.

Afton Hudson Cruise Line Father’s Day Champagne Brunch
Sunday, June 15, 2013  12:00-2:00 pm

Float your way down the beautiful St. Croix River as your indulge in a tasty brunch.  Adults as they enter will receive a complimentary glass of champagne (really, doesn’t that come with the price of your ticket?) and everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy foods like these:  Assorted Fresh Fruits
Vegetable Crudite with Ranch Dip 
House Made Pasta Salads
Caesar Salad 
Scrambled Eggs with Cheese
Herbed Roasted Potatoes
Keilabasa & Sausage Links
Hot Vegetable Medley
Apple Filled Pancakes 
Tortilla Crusted Tilipia – Herb Baked Chicken – Beef Marsala
Rolls & Butter
Pies & Cakes – Muffins & Pastries
Orange Juice for kids
Coffee for adults

These are just a few of the different opportunities you can enjoy with the dads in your life. If you are interested in a mobile dinner experience, make your reservations as soon as possible.

As for my family, we will not be taking part in any of these.  We are going to camping!



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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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