Father's Day is tomorrow, June 17, and if the kids still need to give Dad a gift (or even give him another one), this fun and easy "Dad Rocks!" craft might be just the ticket. It's a river rock painted in Dad's likeness with the phrase "Dad Rocks!" written on the back, along with the child's name and the year, and it makes a wonderful keepsake, and even has practical use as a very effective paperweight!
My daughter actually made this craft as a Father's Day gift in kindergarten and was so excited about it she insisted on giving it to my husband a few days early. He was delighted with it, and it has a place of honor at his desk at work.
To make this adorable Father's Day craft, you'll need:
This Sunday is Father's Day, so why not do something special for Dad? There are many fun and exciting events, outings, and activities available for families in Marin and the Bay Area, and here are our ten favorite picks for a memorable Father's Day outing this weekend:
If theater's not Dad's thing, hike up to Mount Tam's West Point Inn for their Sunday pancake breakfast, 9 am–1 pm. It's $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Take Dad on an outing to the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa and learn all about the creator of Peanuts. Fathers get in for free all day on Father's Day!
Camp out with Dad under the stars at the Father Son Camp Over in Corte Madera Town Park. The fun starts at 6:30 pm on Friday, June 15, and lasts until 10 am on Saturday at 10 am. Enjoy games, activities, a BBQ and breakfast. The cost is $25 per person if you're sleeping over, $11 if you're just there for the BBQ and games.
Take Dad to the Tiburon Classic Car Show at Shoreline Park on Saturday. It's free, and you can pack a picnic or grab lunch at one of downtown Tiburon's restaurants.
Scream for Ice Cream! Father’s Day will never be the same at Nicasio Valley Farms! Bring the whole family to the farm on Father’s Day, June 17 from 11 am to 3 pm to make and taste delicious ice creams prepared with Straus organic cream and local fruit and flowers; ice cream makers from Three Twins in San Rafael will show us how. Bring a picnic and stay to meet farm animals and investigate the beauty of newly planted fields. Pre-registration required. Cost is $15 MALT and Slow Food Marin members, $20 non-members, $8 or $12 children, $55 per family of five or more. Nicasio Valley Farms, 1/4 mile north of Nicasio Square. Info: 415-663-1158 or www.malt.org.
Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast will be on Sunday, June 17 from 9am–1pm at the West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais. $7 adults, $6 children. After the pancake breakfast, take dad on one of the many trails to hike on Mt. Tamalpais. For more info on the pancake breakfast, call 415-388-9955 or www.westpointinn.com.
For dads with a streak of daring we’ve found the perfect Father’s Day gift: a ride in a historic airplane over the Sonoma Wine Country! The Vintage Aircraft Company, located a short distance from Marin at Sonoma Valley Airport (also known as the Schellville Aerodrome), offers rides in restored World War II-era PT-17 Stearman biplanes and a World War II SNJ/AT-6 Texan warbird.
Biplane flights include sedate 20-minute tours over the vineyards for $150.00, and a 40-minute jaunt—where you choose the direction: north to the Wine Country, west to the Pacific, or south to San Francisco—for $295.00. For an extra $50.00 add an aerobatic package to dad’s flight, with maneuvers including the barrel roll, the hammerhead, the loop, and the infamous Cuban eight! You can add a second person to any flight for $95.00; the Stearmans have been modified to hold two people in the front cockpit.