How will you be celebrating Dad? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make his day extra special
What’s Happening On Father’s Day
June 18-20, 2021 Back to the 50’s Weekend | State Fairgrounds |
June 19, 2021: KidX Father’s Day Event | Northtown Mall | Make Dad A Gift. Drop by Burlington Court between 2pm and 4pm to make a card and color a can sleeve for Dad! Free for kids 12 and under, while supplies last.
June 19-20, 2021 True Confessions – Gangster Walk | Celeste of St. Paul Hotel, St. Paul | Various Starting Times | Starting at $25
June 19-20, 2021 Stone Arch Bridge Festival | New Location: West River Parkway, Minneapolis | FREE
While in the area, arm yourself with 10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.
June 20, 2021 Father’s Day Festivities | The Mustard Seed, Chaska | FREE |
11 am-3 pm
Festivities include Hasse Farms Family Petting Zoo, Borealis Bowls Food Truck, Sumo Egg Rolls Food Truck, and some fun family activities.
June 20, 2021 Father’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise | St. Croix River Cruises, Afton | $13-$39/ticket | 11:30 am boarding, 12 pm-2 pm Cruise
June 20, 2021 Ski Otter’s Water Ski Show | White Bear Lake | FREE |
Little Goose Lake is located at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and County Road F in White Bear Lake.
June 20, 2021 Minneapolis Music in the Parks | Lake Harriet Band Shell, Minneapolis | FREE
Bands at 2 & 5:30pm. Bring a picnic to the Band Shell at Lake Harriet and let the kids have at the adjacent playground.
June 20, 2021 SandVenture Aquatic Park | Shakopee
Enjoy a Father’s Day Discount with free admission Dad & Mom. Others $5-$7/pp (11am-7pm.)
June 20, 2021 Bunker Beach Water Park | Coon Rapids
Half-Priced Admission (not valid on twilight admission). Regular admission is $14-$16/day, so this will bring it down to $7-$8. There is also a $6 vehicle fee to enter the park. Learn more here.
June 20, 2021 Title Frontier Cabin Construction | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington | FREE | 1-4 pm
Drop in with dad (and mom!) to the historic Pond House to build a 4’ log cabin! You’ll assemble the pre-cut, notched timbers to create a mini frontier home.
We polled some of our favorite Minnesota dads to see how they would like to celebrate this year.
Our very own Christo Peters: “A beer, a steak, and a nap.” (Husband to our Joy Peters and dad to four terrific FFTC team kids!)
KTIS Radio Host Andy Youso: “A great Father’s day gift would be letting me just choose the movie we all watch for once! I don’t know if I can handle watching Frozen on Disney+ one more time!”
Local Video Producer, Music Teacher, and Communications Director Luke Olson: “A great fathers day would include:
- Yummy breakfast, bacon required
- Time together as a family
- Going for a walk, maybe include a picnic time
- Playing a board game
- Flying kites
- Reading a chapter book together
- Building something (Lego, K’nex, puzzle)
- Instead of ordering out dinner like normal, making something fun and new together
- Instead of getting a gift, choosing an organization that is helping those most affected by the pandemic and donating.”
“Love You To Pieces” Picture Frame
Build a square with popsicle sticks and glue. Around the square glue puzzle pieces to cover the popsicle sticks. Cut out a nice label and write “Love You to Pieces”. Glue it on the bottom of the frame.
Cut out large letters for D-A-D. Approximately 4 inches wide by 6 inches high. Ask each child why he/she loves dad and write on strips of paper. Glue all pieces to a large piece of poster board. Add a string on the back to hang it on the wall.
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Camping – This is the preferred way to celebrate for the Dads in our lives. State Forest campgrounds are first-come-first-serve, so they often have last minute openings.
Take a Hike at various parks around the Twin Cities. Trails are usually open from sunrise to sunset. Some of our favorite trails include:
- Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis
- Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis
- Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield
- Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul
Fishing – If you are not sure where to fish, star here: The Best Fishing Holes in the Twin Cities written by one of our own FFTC dads.
Disc Golf – One of our favorite dads, wrote Fun With Dad: Disc Golf in the Twin Cities.
Archery – Christo is also excited about learning Archery with his kids this summer.
Cancelled in 2020:
FATHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY
Minnesota Children’s Museum | St Paul
Father’s Day is always on MCM’s Free Third Sunday – make it a Father’s Day tradition. 6/16/19, 9am-8pm.
FATHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR DAD
Crayola Experience | Mall of America
Free admission for dads on Father’s Day w/ purchase of one child’s admission ticket.
The Works Museum | Bloomington
Dads & Grandpas receive FREE admission this weekend.
Putter Around Downtown | White Bear Lake
Celebrate Father‘s Day weekend with a fun free mini golf course in downtown White Bear Lake. Play for fun or go for the best score, and win prizes donated by local businesses. All ages welcome. (Saturday, June 15th, 10am – 3pm. Free for Kids 12 and under.)
Crystal Airport Open House
Check out the aircraft and displays, enjoy a pancake breakfast ($7/pp) or splurge on plane and helicopter rides ($40/pp). (6/16/19, 8am-4pm, FREE admission.)
Bunker Beach Water Park | Coon Rapids
Receive half-off admission on Father’s Day only, 6/17/19 (reg $12-$15/pp). Find more Twin Cities pools & waterparks to choose from if the weather agrees!
ROAD TRIP! Harkin Store | New Ulm
Father’s Day with Crafts lets you visit with artist Dan Cochran who will discuss and display his leatherwork. Then learn about what hobbies were popular among men in the 19th century. (6/9/19, 1-4pm, $4-$6/pp.)
Snapology | Minneapolis
Father’s Day Robotics Workshop: Build, program, and interact with the robotic builds, add sounds and sensors, make them move and have a ton of fun. (6/15/19, 1-3pm, $20/father-child team.)