I have a theory on why Mother’s Day seems to be a bigger deal than Father’s Day each year. It’s so much easier to find Mother’s Day activities and kids make a bigger deal, too. I think this is because Mother’s Day falls during the school year. Teachers have kept the tradition alive and passed it on to future generations. Father’s Day falls at the beginning of summer. There are no school projects. Is it a coincidence that there are less activities that are specifically Father’s Day related? I don’t think so, but we have found plenty of opportunities for family traditions.
How will you be celebrating Dad this Father’s Day? If your plans include time spent together, here are some ideas around town to make his day extra special:
FATHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY
6/16/19: Crystal Airport Open House • 8am-4pm • Details: Check out the aircraft and displays, enjoy a pancake breakfast ($7/pp) or splurge on plane and helicopter rides ($40/pp). FREE admission.
FATHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR DAD
6/16/19: Father’s Day Discount @ SandVenture Aquatic Park, 1101 Adams St, Shakopee • 11am-7 pm • Details: Free admission for dads. (Mom’s get free admission, too. The waterpark wasn’t open on Mother’s Day.)
FATHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID
ROAD TRIP – 6/9/2019: Father’s Day with Crafts @ Harkin Store, New Ulm • 1pm-4pm • Details: 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. $4-$6/pp.
6/15/2019: Father’s Day Robotics Workshop @ Snapology • 1-3pm • Details: Build, program, and interact with the robotic builds, add sounds and sensors, make them move and have a ton of fun. $20/father-child team.
6/15/2019: Father’s Day Weekend Tour @ James J. Hill House • 10am-5pm • Details: Drop in for a themed tour exploring James J. Hill’s life as the father of 10 children. Last tour starts at 3:30pm. $6-$10/pp.
MORE IDEAS ON CELEBRATING WITH DAD
6/14/19-6/16/19: Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Take a stroll across the bridge to seek out the Family Activities Area with birdhouse-building, games, and a family photo opp. While in the area, arm yourself with 10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.
6/16/19: Ski Otter’s Water Ski Show @ White Bear Lake’s Little Goose Lake • 6 pm • Details: Little Goose Lake is located at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and County Road F in White Bear Lake.
Take a Hike @ various parks around the Twin Cities • Trails are usually open from sunrise to sunset • Details: 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
- “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.
- Dad Poster • 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.
- Nuts About Dad• Fill a clean jar with Dad’s favorite nuts. Use this label that reads, “We’re Nuts about you Dad” and paste it on the front with washi tape or glue.
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