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 in the Twin Cities?
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights
If Dad is a classic car buff, this is the place to be over Father’s Day weekend in the Twin Cities. And even if he’s not, the fairgrounds are a fun place to be, bustling with activities, favorite food vendors and other attractions. $10/ticket.
St. Croix River Cruises, Afton
Treat Dad to a scenic cruise on the St Croix that includes a delicious brunch menu. 11:30am boarding, 12-2 pm cruise. $39/adults, $27/children.
Free admission on Father’s Day weekend
West River Parkway, Minneapolis
There are art vendors to shop, bands to listen to, and kid-friendly activities. MILL CITY MUSEUM is hosting special activities in thier Mill Ruins Courtyard. The festival is free to attend. While in the area, arm yourself with 10 Things for Kids: Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. June 18-19, 2022.
Lake Harriet Band Shell Park, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Bring a picnic to the Band Shell at Lake Harriet (or grab a takeout dinner at Brad and Pickle) and let the kids have at the adjacent playground. Bands at 2 & 5:30pm.
1101 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379
Enjoy a Father’s Day discount with free admission for Dad & Mom with regular paid admission for kids. This is an outdoor waterpark with the twist of a sandy beach border. June 19, 2022, $5-$7/pp, 11am-7pm.
Little Goose Lake, intersection of Hwy. 61 and County Road, White Bear Lake
Here’s a rather unique Father’s Day idea: take Dad to see a water ski show! Bring lawn chairs and a no-fuss picnic dinner. June 19, show at 6pm.
401 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
The rousing John Philip Sousa Memorial Band will play a free concert this weekend in full period costume. The grounds of the Gideon Pond House are perfect for a family hike, too. June 19, 7pm.
5800 Crystal Airport Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55429
Aviaton buffs! Check out the aircraft and displays, kids can bounce in the inflatable house, enjoy a belgian waffle breakfast ($7/pp) or splurge on plane and helicopter rides. June 19, 2022. FREE admission.
Based on previous years experiences, we expect many of these events to be announced by sometime in May 2022:
Twin City Model Railroad Museum | St. Paul
Dads have been treated to free admission in years past.
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.
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.
“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.
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 here and there we found:
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.
We polled some of our favorite Minnesota dads to see how they would like to celebrate this year.
Our very own FFTC Dad 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.”
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