Is it time to plan for Father’s Day already? We made it through Mother’s Day, and now we are staring directly at Father’s Day. FFTC knows that with the Stay Safe orders not everything is back to normal. And it’s hard to make plans.
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:
Father’s Day Cooking Activity Kit for Pick Up
What do Dads Really Want For Father’s Day.
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.”
Looking for Father’s Day Gifts?
CELEBRATE WITH DAD
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.
“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.
More ideas from around the internet
More Family Fun Ideas:
Minnesota Children’s Museum | St Paul Crayola Experience | Mall of America The Works Museum | Bloomington Ski Otter’s Water Ski Show | White Bear Lake Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis Putter Around Downtown | White Bear Lake Crystal Airport Open House Bunker Beach Water Park | Coon Rapids ROAD TRIP! Harkin Store | New Ulm Father’s Day Festivities | Fourpost in Mall of America Snapology | Minneapolis Minneapolis Music in the Parks | Lake Harriet Band Shell
FATHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY
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
Free admission for dads on Father’s Day w/ purchase of one child’s admission ticket.
Dads & Grandpas receive FREE admission this weekend.
Little Goose Lake is located at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and County Road F in White Bear Lake.
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. (6/14/19-6/16/19)
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.)
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.)
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!
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.)
Hang out and relax with the awesome dads in your life with Art of Shaving Demos, Wisconsin cheese sampling, curated Father’s Day gifts and Artisanal soda tasting. (June 14 6pm-9pm; Tickets $5 on eventbrite.)
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.)
Bands play Sunday, June 16 (Father’s Day!) at 2 & 5:30pm. Bring a picnic to the Band Shell at Lake Harriet and let the kids have at the adjacent playground. CANCELLED FOR 2020.
Minnesota Children’s Museum | St Paul
Crayola Experience | Mall of America
The Works Museum | Bloomington
Ski Otter’s Water Ski Show | White Bear Lake
Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis
Putter Around Downtown | White Bear Lake
Crystal Airport Open House
Bunker Beach Water Park | Coon Rapids
ROAD TRIP! Harkin Store | New Ulm
Father’s Day Festivities | Fourpost in Mall of America
Snapology | Minneapolis
Minneapolis Music in the Parks | Lake Harriet Band Shell