Unique Events and Gift ideas for Dads on Father’s Day 2014

fathers-day-gift-ideasMy husband is celebrating his first Father’s Day this year, and I want to make it special and memorable for him. If you are at all like me, then you are having trouble coming up with something different and unique, and not the standard breakfast in bed or round of golf (though those are perfectly acceptable gift ideas!)

While looking for some unique Father’s Day gift and activity ideas, I stumbled upon some great ones that I hadn’t thought of. Some of these would be better for older children, but even if you have a little one like me (3 months old!), you can still strap on a carrier and head to a car show or the zoo for a few hours!

  • Baseball. The LA Dodgers are having a postgame Father’s Day catch and giving out Father’s Day Sports Bags. The Baltimore Orioles are giving out Father’s Day Fedoras and the Houston Astros are giving away Father’s Day Grill Sets. Check your local teams to see if they too are playing a game that day and doing anything special for dads.
  • Races. For a unique activity, look for local Father’s Day 5ks and races. Road Race Runner has a nice search feature to help you find races, from Kid’s Runs, to Fun Runs, to full on Marathons. There are at least five different race events within an hour’s drive from me on Father’s Day.
  • Zoos and Aquariums. Your area zoo or aquarium may have special events or deals for Father’s Day. For example: the San Diego Safari Park is having a Father’s Day Buffet (where dads will receive one complimentary alcoholic beverage) and the Milwaukee County Zoo admits all fathers for free on June 15. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has their annual Father’s Day picnic, and dads get in free the whole weekend at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa.
  • Cars. Head to an auto show. They are happening in abundance on Father’s Day across the country: Road Relics in Austin, LA Roadsters in Pomona… Monroe Washington, Fauquier Virginia, at the Transportation Museum in St. Louis. Usually free, and always fun! When I was a kid, I loved going to car shows because our family tradition was to eat chocolate dipped ice cream cones while we walked around the show.
  • Planes. Check out a local aviation event. Some smaller, local airports like Beach City Airport in Ohioand Columbia Airport in California have Father’s Day “Fly-Ins.” West End Wings in Pennsylvania and the Olympic Flight Museum in Washington are holding Father’s Day Air Shows.
  • Churches. Many churches also have Father’s Day events. Some churches may recognize the fathers during the service and some hold BBQs or Potlucks on Father’s Day. At the Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington Virginia, normally the men cook breakfast on Mother’s Day and the women cook breakfast on Father’s Day!
  • Camping. Kids camp for free at participating Kampgrounds of America (KOA) locations on Father’s Day weekend. At Jellystone Parks, dads get a free souvenir cup and some locations have Father’s Day crafts, activities, and events too! Plus, what dad wouldn’t enjoy a weekend of camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, golfing, and more?!

Hopefully this has helped give you some unique ideas for Father’s Day this year. So what are you waiting for? Get searching!

Laura Ann Russell has a BA in Psychology from Sweet Briar College, is a Marine wife, and mommy to a baby boy born March 2014. She shares her experiences and tips about pregnancy and parenting on her blog Prego to Legos.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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  1. emily rose says:

    i know my husband would love a round of golf best :)

  2. Brittony Faral says:

    I have never been to a zoo, perhaps I will ask my husband if he would like to go for fathers day

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