Does your dad like to relax or go on adventures? Is he competitive or pretty laid back? Whatever the case, Father’s Day activities come in so many different flavors to suit the man of the house. For some, Father’s Day is the day we celebrate by relaxing and giving Dad his own meal (and ours) to cook on the barbecue. For others, it’s an epic day of fun, going from place to place and doing his favorite activities – or maybe even something brand-new – with the ones he loves. Consider these fun Father’s Day activities to arrive at a memorable and truly enjoyable day for Dad and the whole family.
Cheap, Free, and Fun Father’s Day Activities and Events
The only thing better than an awesome day of Father’s Day activities is finding great deals and freebies for Dad. Not all events listed here are considered discounted but some sounded like so much fun that it would be worth it either way. As you plan your Father’s Day weekend fun, look into this indoor and outdoor Father’s Day events and attractions for kids, adults, or the whole family.
Keep reading to find all the fun Father’s Day activities, or Skip Right to the Dads Play Free Section!
Indoor Father’s Day Activities
As if a rainy Mother’s Day wasn’t enough, right now it’s expected to rain again for Father’s Day, too. In case it does, here are a bunch of indoor Father’s Day activities to make your day memorable.
1. Choose Kid-Focused Fun.
An indoor fun zone with things to bounce on, climb on, slide down, and play with can be fun for hours for your little ones. Some places even let parents in on the fun, or provide alternate sources of entertainment or refreshment as well. For Father’s Day this year, consider the Super Duper Father’s Day Event at Chatter Splatter.
Super Duper Father’s Day Event at Chatter Splatter
1030 Conshohocken Rd, Conshohocken, PA
Kids will go wild for this fun Father’s Day event at Chatter Splatter, featuring “The Spider Hero and Wonder Hero” from Pretty Princess Jersey / Pretty Princess Philly. Balloon twisting and face painting activities also up the ante for fun on Father’s Day. Tickets usually sell out at this place so be sure to book early.
- Adult ticket: $5
- First child: $20
- Siblings: $15 each
- Kids under 6 months: Free
2. Build Something!
Head to your nearest LEGO Land location to dive right into the creation process. Enjoy the current theme or get lost in the spirit of building and designing with LEGO blocks. Alternatively, you can hit up your nearest Crayola Experience, AR Workshop, or another similar clever or crafty activity for Father’s Day.
LEGO® CITY: Report for Duty!
Plymouth Meeting Mall, Unit #1055, 500 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Give a nod to emergency responders as you build your police badge, take a helicopter on a zipline test flight, film an adventure scene and more. You may also enjoy the character meet and greets at the LEGO City Report for Duty events.
- Admission is $5 cheaper when purchased online.
- $24.95+ per person
- Under age 2: Free
3. Paint Your Heart Out!
Even the most rudimentary artists can have a blast painting in an instructor-led environment. The Paint and Sip experience stretches far beyond ladies’ night out and creates the perfect family fun time even for parents with little ones. (Up to you if you still BYOB or not.) Check with your local painting studio to ensure the ages of your kids fit into their guidelines.
Painting with a Twist
Painting with a Twist (Reading, PA)
4370 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA
10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., or 6:30 p.m., ages 14 and up
Paint as a family on quality canvases to create a lovely accent for your home. The crafty dad or the painting enthusiast will enjoy this relaxing style of Father’s Day activities. Choose the Cosmic Unicorn for a Family Day activity, Horsetail Falls, or Moonshine designs.
- $25 – $45 per seat
4. Unleash Your Green Thumb.
Head to a gardening workshop or terrarium building event to craft delicate, handmade gardens. Let your creativity shine through and treat Dad to an environmentally friendly festivity he’s sure to remember fondly.
Riverview Gardens & Gifts
3049 Pricetown Rd, Temple, PA
Work with Dad on creating your own miniature gardens. This Father’s Day event includes choice of terrarium, plants, and accessories. The cost is purely for materials.
- Pricing Varies based on Options
- The event requires a $10 deposit to hold your spot and it will go toward your finished cost.
5. Catch a Flick with Dad.
Take your dad to the movies for a throwback kind of excursion. This is one of those Father’s Day activities that you can throw together at the last minute at just about any movie theater near you, or you can plan ahead with something like the Rocky Movie Marathon. Besides, whose dad didn’t love the Rocky movies?! (By the way, check out our comprehensive Summer Movie Guide with all the cheap and free movies we could find in our area!)
Host your own movie night at home with the family for a relaxing day or seek out some of the current theater offerings.
Dad’s a Champ: Rocky & Creed Father’s Day Marathon
The Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge St, Phoenixville, PA
Treat Dad to a movie or a movie marathon at The Colonial Theatre with the classic Rocky and Creed flicks. Featured films include Rocky at 1 p.m. (John G. Avildsen. US. 1976. PG. 2 hours 2 minutes. 4K Digital Restoration.), Rocky IV at 3:15 p.m. (Sylvester Stallone. US. 1985. PG. 1 hour 31 minutes. 35mm Projection.), and Creed at 5 p.m. (Ryan Coogler. US. 2015. PG-13. 2 hours 13 minutes. Digital Projection.)
- Individual Film Tickets
- Adults: $10
- Seniors & Students: $8
- Members & Children under 13: $6
- Member passes accepted for individual films.
- Ticket prices do not include a $1.00 Processing Fee. Members, students, and children do not pay fees.
- Marathon Tickets
- Adults: $25
- Seniors & Students: $20
- Members & Children under 13: $15
- Marathon ticket prices do not include a $2.00 per ticket Processing Fee. Members, students, and children do not pay fees.
6. Enjoy Father’s Day Activities for Adults.
If all of the children are now grownups, seeking out a few Father’s Day activities for adults can be the way to go. Head to your favorite watering hole for a flight of beer or a wine tasting. Also look for alcohol-themed or BYOB workshops and Father’s Day events.
Grand Opening at Sly Fox Wyomissing
Sly Fox Wyomissing
820 Knitting Mills Drive, Wyomissing, PA
The new Wyomissing Taphouse opens for business on Father’s Day. Dad and the crew can enjoy uncommon bar foods like Sly Fox Beer Pizza at this cool new hangout in the West Reading area.
If your schedule better allows for a Father’s Day Saturday excursion, fear not. The local area has so much to offer this entire Father’s Day weekend. Adult children can check out the Father’s Day Whiskey Cocktail Workshop at Boardroom Spirits Distillery in Lansdale (575 West 3rd Street, Lansdale, PA). It’s $43 to craft cocktails together with your pops with a fun mixology session that has you mixing up three different signature cocktails – Sazerac, Derby Mule, Rob Roy, using Northbound rye, bourbon, and our very own Boardroom Spirits single malt whiskey. Attendees can also get 35% off Northbound Bourbon and Rye whiskey purchases after the workshop.
Father’s Day Bourbon & BBQ at Eight Oaks
Dad might also enjoy a little trip to New Tripoli’s Eight Oaks Craft Distillers for the Father’s Day Bourbon & BBQ at Eight Oaks. The day’s festivities include food by Trè Locally Sourced, plus Bourbon cocktail specials, Sunday Bloody Mary Bar, and yard games.
7. Scope out the Sales and you might even Find a Bonus Father’s Day event.
Hitting up the yard sales and flea markets can be fun on the Father’s Day weekend. You can also try the mall, the outlets, and traditional shopping locations. You might even find a neat Father’s Day event in the process, such as the Train Show at Jake’s Flea Market.
Train Show at Jake’s Flea Market
Jake’s Flea Market
1380 Route 100, Barto, PA
Starting at 8 a.m., check out this indoor train show event at Jake’s Treasure Barn. Admission is free and this could be a fun stop on your Father’s Day weekend of fun, especially for train enthusiasts.
8. Hang out under the Big Top – the Circus is Coming to Town!
Take in the thrills and spectacles of the circles in a show the whole family can enjoy. Find a local circus near you, such as the Big Apple Circus or Lewis & Clark Circus, both happening in our area on and around Father’s Day.
Lewis & Clark Circus – Boyertown, PA
417 S Madison St, Boyertown, PA
Father’s Day activities don’t get much better than the circus! Visit the Lewis & Clark Circus in Boyertown, PA on June 16 at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. for 90 minutes of fun at the big top. Buy your tickets online for a better deal!
- Adult (online) – $12
- Adult (at the door) – $15
- Child (online) – $5
- Child (at the door) – $10
- SPECIAL ONLINE FAMILY PASS DEAL – 2 adults and 4 children for ONLY $25!
Big Apple Circus
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA
Father’s Day marks the last day for the Big Apple Circus in Oaks, PA. The Big Apple Circus’ One-Ring Wonders take place from 4 – 6 p.m. and features exciting acts like the amazing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, and the award-winning aerial duo Desire of Flight. Circusgoers can also see horizontal juggling for the first time in America!
- Tickets range from $15 – $35
Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Did you pick out a Father’s Day gift yet? We’ve seen giant yard games for sale at TJ Maxx – a wonderful and fun gift idea for dad. You can also find these jumbo yard games on Amazon with free one or two day shipping for Prime. Some of our favorite giant yard games are below, but you can find just about anything if you put your mind to it. Our friends even have a homemade giant jenga set with jello shot compartments!
|A Giant Jenga Set
for the Yard makes
a great Father’s Day
Giant Connect 4
So many fun
|The tailgater Dad
is sure to love
this Wicked Big
Flip Cup Set!
|Another great hit
for Dads who love
to party hard!
Other favorite Father’s Day gifts include:
- JBL Speaker
- Gifts of experiences going places
- Family photo or portrait of the kids / pets
- Handmade books with thoughts and artwork from the kids
- Amazon Echo Alexa (limited time deal at posting!)
Outdoor Father’s Day Activities
The weather almost always dictates people’s plans. It’s getting a bit old having all this rain, but hopefully clear skies will hold for Sunday. Here are some fun outdoor Father’s Day activities to consider scheduling with Dad.
9. Get Picking!
Head to some of the local Pick-Your-Own farms to make memories and harvest enough fruit to make some yummy treats, as well. Strawberry season is still kicking, so get ready for a little strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry pancakes, smoothies, and more.
Tabora Farm & Orchard
1104 Upper Stump Rd, Chalfont, PA
If your family loves strawberries, this is one Father’s Day activity you don’t want to miss. The Tabora Strawberry Festival features strawberry picking, strawberry-themed crafts, scrumptious strawberry baked goods and deli offerings, wagon rides, and live acoustic guitar music. Bring the whole family for fresh air and memorable fun.
- Strawberry Picking Sundays 10 – 4 p.m. @ $2.60 per pound
10. Find or Create a Dad Scavenger Hunt.
If you’re giving Dad a special gift, consider hiding it with clues to lead him to the prize. You can also seek out a local Dad scavenger hunt event like the one at the Norristown Farm Park, which is free with great prizes!
The ‘Daring Dad’ Scavenger Hunt
Norristown Farm Park
2500 Upper Farm Road,
East Norriton, PA
From 2 – 3 p.m., Dad can rise to the challenge of an exhilarating nature scavenger hunt. Clues will lead him to finding the items and solving nature trivia. All Dads will get prizes and the first dad back with all the needed items is the winner. Families can help! The event is rain or shine. (Attendees must enter the park at Barley Sheaf Dr. & W. Germantown Pike. (502 Germantown Pike [an office building] is on the corner.) Proceed into the park, go past the park office, and meet in parking lot #2.)
- It’s FREE!
- Call the park at 610-270-0215between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. to pre-register (by Thursday at noon).
11. Go Camping!
Get up close and personal with the Great Outdoors with your family or friends. A little fresh air and a healthy dose of Mother Nature can be just what the doctor ordered for a Father’s Day weekend camping trip. (I’ve heard the best investment for a weekend of camping is an inflatable camping air mattress that doesn’t require electric.)
2019 Father’s Day Weekend at the Campground
Boulder Woods Campground
1050 Camp Skymount Rd, Green Lane, PA
June 14 – June 16
Boulder Woods Campground celebrates dads with its full schedule of Father’s Day activities for the weekend. Participate in the Rain Gutter Regatta where you make your own sailboat at the closed pavilion and race with prizes for the winners. (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) Next, try to catch the longest fish at the Father’s Day Fishing Contest (catch and release) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Boulder Woods Lake on Saturday, June 15. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Then, check out “A Night at the Horse Race Weekend” at the pool pavilion where you can place your bets in a fun game of horse racing. Spend the weekend camping with Dad for a truly memorable Father’s Day gift of experience.
*You must be a camper or guest of a camper to participate in the activities with the exception of breakfast, which is served between 8 – 11 a.m. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, toast, bacon, sausage patties, cream chip beef, hash brown patties, Sticky buns, orange juice, apple juice and coffee.
- Check out the RV and tent camping rates and visitor fees at the Boulder Woods website.
- Adults: $7
- Children: $4
- Children 3 and under: Free
* Please call to reserve for larger groups.
12. Soak up the sun and some Father’s Day Live Music.
You can find plenty of options if you search the local bars, restaurants, and parks. Narrow down your live music search by focusing on a music style or genre.
Live Steel Drum Music Sundays at Doc’s Irish Pub
Doc’s Irish Pub
1080 E Philadelphia Ave, Gilbertsville, PA
Soak up the sun and the tropical tunes of steel drum music by Raymond Charles starting at 4 p.m. at Doc’s Irish Pub in Gilbertsville. Match the relaxing music up with some refreshing drinks and you can order off the all-new outdoor menu.
Beatles Tribute with Shady Groove at Union Jack’s
Union Jack’s Inn on the Manatawny
546 Manatawny Rd, Boyertown, PA
Live music venues offer great Father’s Day activities, particularly when it’s some of Dad’s favorite music. If your dad or husband likes The Beatles, consider The Beatles Tribute at Union Jack’s on the Manatawny for Father’s Day fun, kicking off at 6 p.m.
Concerts Under the Stars: WXPN Welcomes The National Reserve & Sara Borges
175 W Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA
This free open-air concert series makes it easy to relax with Dad. Enjoy live music by The National Reserve with special guest Sarah Borges. Dad may be pleased to discover the beer garden that opens at 5 p.m., one hour before the music kicks off at 6 p.m. The open-air concert event is rain or shine at Township Building Park and will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.
Summer Concert Series – OK Otter
2nd Ave, Royersford, PA
Family-friendly tunes in the park can be one of the most enjoyable, low-key Father’s Day activities. The summer concert series at Victory Park in Royersford features OK Otter and takes place from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
13. Rev your Engines or Admire the Hotrods at the Father’s Day Car Shows.
Support Dad as he brings his favorite set of wheels to the local Father’s Day car show. Or, you can simply go as a spectator to enjoy the sights and sounds.
Father’s Day Car Show and Book Sale
Oley Valley Community Library
26 Jefferson Street, Oley, PA
The library’s Father’s Day fundraiser lets you fill a bag of books for just $5. The parking donation benefits the Oley Fire Company.
- $5 to fill a bag of books
Eastwood Father’s Day Cruise In
Eastwood Company Pottstown Store
263 Shoemaker Rd, Pottstown, PA 19464
Enjoy one of our area’s memorable Father’s Day events when you check out all the hotrods or show off your own. Visit the Cruise In event between 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Skippack Continental Car Show, Motorcycle Competition & Ribfest
Skippack Pike, Skippack, PA
Take in the beauty and thrills of American-made cars from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Father’s Day at the Skippack Continental Car Show, Motorcycle Competition, and Ribfest. Also, while you’re in Skippack Village, browse the wares of crafters and vendors, and enjoy some food and beer, tunes by a DJ, prizes and more.
33rd Annual Pretzel City Car Show & Father’s Day Rod Run
26 Jefferson St, Oley, PA
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dad can bring his car to show off or you can attend just for the fun of it. The Car Show and Rod Run features a Chinese Auction, Raffles, Door Prizes, Flea Market, Bingo, 50/50, DJ, and more. Find out more info on the event’s Facebook page.
Dads Play Free
One of the most exciting finds for Father’s Day is the Dads Play Free category of activities. Here’s a list of the free things you can do on Father’s Day this year.
14. Dads Jump Free at Urban Air.
70 Buckwalter Rd.
Just like Moms on Mother’s Day, Dads jump for Free at Urban Air in Royersford. This is one of those Father’s Day activities for the books. Bring your dad for some action-packed activity and adventure with the kids. The warrior course and battle beam give kids (or moms/wives) the chance to battle with Dad for bragging rights. For a quick glimpse of what our experience was like earlier this year, check out our Urban Air Replay post.
- Dads Jump Free!
15. Dads Enjoy Free Axe Throwing.
Celebrate Dad with one of the most adrenaline-infused Father’s Day activities around—axe throwing! Dads throw for free at Splitting Edge Axe Throwing on Father’s Day. It’s a BYOB / Food place, so pack up your favorite snacks and beverages for a day of fun and memories. They offer five different time slots for your Father’s Day fun: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. Find out more on their Facebook page.
- Dads Throw Free
- Combo Tickets for 2 Adults start at $39.99
- Add up to 3 Kids (10-18 years) for $10 each
16. Dads Golf for Free at Waltz Golf Farm (and Maybe Get Free Donuts!).
While supplies last, dads get free donuts at Waltz Golf Farm on Father’s Day. Dads can also make their best attempt with two tries at sinking a 15 foot putt on the practice green. If it goes in, Dad spins the wheel for serious prizes including free golf at Waltz Golf and Turtle Creek Golf Course! Best of all, fathers get their miniature golf admission for free at Waltz Golf Farm with a paying child on Father’s Day. Few things are as satisfying as a mini golf challenge with Dad on Father’s Day, or anytime, really.
- Dads Golf for Free with paying child! And Free Donuts while supplies last!
17. Dad Joins the Nerf Battle for Free at 422 SportsPlex!
Send Dad and the kids over to The 422 SportsPlex for an epic Nerf Battle on Father’s Day. Dads battle it out for free and kids are $18. Dads with kids age 6-9 go at 2 p.m. and dads with kids age 10-13 go at 3 p.m. This place has been awesome already with the All-Girls Sports Day and plenty of Open House events where kids get to try the sports for free before signing up. A Father’s Day Nerf Battle is high on our list!
18. Dads Bowl Free at Jay Lanes.
Dads get to bowl for free with one paying child on Sunday at Jay Lanes in Douglassville, PA. Father’s Day activities like bowling inspire a little bit of competitive fun and lifelong memories.
- Dads Bowl Free with one paying child.
19. Dads Can Check out some Museums with Free Admission.
Check the different museums for good deals for Dad on Father’s Day.
Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia, PA)
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA
Dads or “your favorite adult” can get into the Academy of Natural Sciences museum for free on Father’s Day! Dad and the family will love seeing the towering dinos, live animal shows, tropical butterflies, and more.
- Bring your favorite Adult for Free.
- Children 2 and under are also free and count toward this promotion.
The Hershey Story (Hershey, PA)
63 W Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA
Dads get in for free on Father’s Day at the Hershey Story museum for the museum experience and special exhibit. Enjoy a trip down Hershey’s memory lane, learning about the history of the company and Milton Hershey’s rise to fame.
- Dads get in free!
- Pricing on website for everyone else.
20. Take Dad Fishing!
(He can go fishing for free at Linvilla Orchards with a paying child. And while you’re there, see what they have going for pick-your-own!) But, you’ll find plenty of fantastic fishing holes all over Pennsylvania and beyond. We love Hickory Park, since it’s a great place to have a picnic and play on the playground, too.
Linvilla Orchards (Media, PA)
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA
Fathers fish for free with paid child fishing admission at the Orchard Lake.
- Dads fish for free with paying child!
21. Take Dad for a spin on the boardwalk rides.
Is his favorite the roller coasters, the swings, or the teacups? Take Dad for a weekend of fun and hit the beach while you’re at it.
Morey’s Piers, Wildwood Boardwalk
Dads always ride for free on Morey’s Piers on Father’s Day. We happened upon it by accident last year, but it’s an amazingly generous offering! (Especially since we were there with my husband and his two brothers AND my dad!) If you’re going to be down the shore, make it a point to hit the boardwalk to experience the thrills and make memories that last forever. You really can’t beat Morey’s Piers. (Be sure to get a slice of Mack’s Pizza while you’re down there!)
- Dads Ride Free at Morey’s Piers on the Wildwood Boardwalk!
22. Take Dad to Dig for Free!
A trip to Diggerland can be great fun for the whole family. You might also switch it up and take Dad to see Monster Trucks if not.
Dads Dig Free on Father’s Day at Diggerland
100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, NJ
Dads get into Diggerland free on Father’s Day with a paying child. The offer is only good on Sunday, June 16.
- Dads get into Diggerland FREE.
23. Get Dad to Show off his Crafty Side at Crayola.
Crayola Experience in Easton is offering Dads free admission to color, paint, sculpt, and more. Some of our favorite stations here are the Be A Star coloring pages photo book, Drip Art, the Melt Down, and Modeling Madness. Dads get free admission to Crayola Experience with a paying guest. We have a season’s pass so it’s always a good time for me and the girls, so I’m not sure that the free deal would apply to us, but for everyone else it would be a pretty sweet BOGO offer!
- Dad gets in FREE with a paying general admission guest!
A Few More Father’s Day Ideas…
24. Treat Dad to one of the great Father’s Day Meal Deals.
Get him a nice, juicy steak or take him out for some fondue and a brew. As always, you can also barbecue for him or with him and enjoy relaxing in the backyard. Lots of fun foodie events going on for Dad this weekend! You can find the Father’s Day Meal Deals and dining experiences for 2019 in this recent post.
25. Take a trip to the nearby Lehigh Valley.
Whatever you decide to do for Father’s Day, remember to take a moment to thank the other special men in your life as well. Fathers, grandfathers, (great grandfathers!), stepfathers, and fathers-in-law all deserve to feel special on Father’s Day and always.
Do you know of other fun Father’s Day activities happening in our area? Be sure to share them in our comments below!