Twin Cities Father’s Day Events & Activities

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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 17-19, 2022  Back to the 50’s Weekend |  State Fairgrounds |
$10 Ticket/day

Based on previous years experiences, we expect many of these events to be announced by sometime in May 2022:

Minnesota Children’s Museum | St Paul
Father’s Day is always on MCM’s Free Third Sunday – make it a Father’s Day tradition.  9am-8pm. (Free Third Sundays are currently on break)

Stone Arch Bridge Festival | West River Parkway, Minneapolis | FREE 
While in the area, arm yourself with 10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

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.

Father’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise | St. Croix River Cruises, Afton | $13-$39/ticket | 11:30 am boarding, 12 pm-2 pm Cruise

Ski Otter’s Water Ski Show | White Bear Lake | FREE |6 pm
Little Goose Lake is located at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and County Road F in White Bear Lake.

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.

SandVenture Aquatic Park | Shakopee
Enjoy a  Father’s Day Discount with free admission Dad & Mom. Others $5-$7/pp (11am-7pm.)

Q. Cumbers Father’s Day Brunch | Edina
Father’s Day Brunch 10am-4pm.  Make Reservations Here.  Then hit nearby Centennial Lakes Park.

Twin City Model Railroad Museum | St. Paul
Dads get in free. Use promo code DADSFREE when pre-purchasing tickets on EventBrite.

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.

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.

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.)

James J. Hill House | St Paul
Take a Father’s Day Weekend Tour exploring James J. Hill’s life as the father of 10 children. Last tour starts at 3:30pm. (6/15/19, 10am-5pm, $6-$10/pp.)

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.)

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.

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“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.

Gifts for Father's Day

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.

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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.

More ideas from around the internet

Twin Cities Guide to Beaches, Pools and Water Parks

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:

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.


What do you really want for Father's Day? Let us know in the comments so we can share!
We polled some of our favorite Minnesota dads to see how they would like to celebrate this year. Our very own Christo Peters: A cold drink, a steak, and a hammock nap. (Husband to our Joy Peters and dad to four terrific FFTC team kids, Christo dreams of a day when he can peacefully nap in a hammock.) 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.”
Family Fun With Dad
Our "Fun With Dad" Writer - Todd Miltenberger and Family

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5 thoughts on “Twin Cities Father’s Day Events & Activities”

  1. Hi this event says the link for the sandVenture Aquatic Park offer is not found & the date is for 2019 that you have: 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.)

  2. Sorry, in referance to my previous comment, it appears the offer for 2019 Father’s/Mother’s special for the SandVenture Park is June 16 – Father/Mother’s Day Special: Free admission for parents with paid admission for child

  3. Father’s Day Festivities at Fourpost in Mall of America
    Hang out and relax with the awesome dads in your life just in time for Father’s Day!
    June 14 6-9 pm
    Tickets $5 on eventbrite

    At Fourpost, we’re bringing you the best Father’s Day festivities, including:
    The Art of Shaving demos where experts will teach you how to get the perfect shave with their renowned grooming products
    Real Wisconsin cheese samplings from Cheese Brothers
    Father’s Day gift ideas from our curated collection of men’s brands, including Faherty, Blind Barber, Fulton & Roark, and many more
    Artisanal soda tasting from North Star Craft Soda
    Fun puzzles and prizes
    10% shopping discount for you or Dad!

    So stop on by for a night of relaxation with your favorite dad.

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