By Gwyneth K. Shaw
We’re all ready to celebrate fathers of all kinds this Sunday, June 19. But unlike the brunch-and-flowers vibe of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day begs for something that’s more aligned with summer fun. Of course, there’s always the option of buying him a big steak and standing back to let him grill it. If you’d like to get out, though, here are five fun options.
1. Sweat--Get up early and run for a great cause: the 14th Annual Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health Father’s Day Gary Papa 10K run is a local tradition. Not quite ready for 6.2 miles? There’s a 5K run and walk and a 1-mile fun walk, too, and the walking events allow strollers. Register here.
June 19, registration begins at 6:30 am; 10K starts at 7:30; 5K at 8; walk at 8:30.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art
2. Roar–The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering fathers free admission on their special day. Just bring one paying child, and let the little one show you around! This is a terrific spot to bond with kids, since it hits many of the small-fry interests, including dinosaurs, live animals, and exploratory play. For a full schedule of events, visit the museum’s website.
June 19, 10 am — 5 pm
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
3. Cheer–Take dad to the ballpark! The Phillies play the Arizona Diamondbacks in an afternoon matchup on Father’s Appreciation Day. Dad can drink a beer, soak up the sun, and (hopefully) celebrate a victory. And all men older than 15 get a sweet Phillies-themed Hawaiian shirt! Buy tickets here.
June 19, 1:35 pm
Citizens Bank Park
4. Chill–Dilworth Park is kicking off summer with a five-day barbecue, and Father’s Day is the big finale. There’s music, lawn games, beer, cocktails, and food, and on Father’s Day, dads can get a Big Ginger cocktail for only $5, including a souvenir cup.
June 19, music from noon to 6 pm; lawn games set up all day.
West side of City Hall
5. Play–Celebrate dads at the Please Touch Museum’s block party, where you can build your own obstacle course, make a last-minute card, and enjoy a meet-and-greet with Pete the Cat. It’s free with admission, and member fathers get a free backpack, water bottle, and ice cream sandwich.
June 19, noon — 4 pm (Pete the Cat will be there from noon — 2 pm)
Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic