Sunday, June 19 is Father's Day, sostart planning 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 favorite picks for a memorable Father's Day outing. Please keep in mind that many of these events require advance reservations, and may change at the last minute, so make sure you contact the organizer before you go.
Father Son Luau BBQ
Corte Madera Community Center Friday, June 17, 6:30-–8:30 pm
Have fun at the Father Son Luau at the Corte Madera Community Center, Rooms: Main Hall. The event is for all ages and will feature games, activities, and a BBQ. The cost is $20 per person. Register online here.
Learn How to Pier Fish on Father’s Day Weekend
Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon Saturday, June 18, 10 am–12 pm
Join rangers and a few experienced local anglers on Father's Day weekend to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Don't forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole! Find more info here.
This Sunday is Father's Day, and the weather is fabulous! Pack a picnic and celebrate Dad's day outdoors at one of the many great picnic spots in and around Marin and Sonoma County. Here are some of our favorite places to bring our lunch (or brunch) and dine al fresco. If you want some more ideas for fantastic Father's Day activities and outings, read our article here.
Bear Valley in the Point Reyes National Seashore is home to the park's visitor center as well as a large picnic area complete with tables, restrooms, charcoal grills, and drinking water. Have a leisurely lunch outdoors, and then take a hike—there are a number of different hikes and walks you can do here that are suitable for everyone in the family, including the Earthquake Trail, the Bear Valley Trail, and the trail leading to the Morgan horse ranch. Read more about Bear Valley in our article here.
Marin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike. We think this would be fantastic for a Father's Day BBQ!
Simplicity at this best describes this classic Tuscan dinner. The key is using the freshest, organic ingredient you can find. With only a few basic ingredients this quick and easy dinner will wow your family and friends. Serve with your favorite side salad.
Dad's Playbook gathers together more than 100 inspiring quotes from the all-time great sports coaches. This makes a lot of sense, since dads do the same things that great coaches do: motivate, mentor, discipline, lead, inspire, teach, praise, and love. Tom's book contains bits of wisdom from coaches like John Madden, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson, and many others, and applies them to all aspects of fatherhood. The book also contains a foreword by 49ers hall of fame quarterback (and dad, of course) Steve Young.
For Father's Day, sometimes the best gifts for Dad are those that the kids make and personalize themselves. If Dad's the grilling type, you can have the kids can make him this cute custom BBQ apron. It's easy to put together and Dad will love it!
A plain cotton apron
All of the supplies needed for this apron can be found at a craft store like Michael's. Plan out a design and wording for your apron. I had the kids decorate this one with their handprints first, to remind Dad of how old they were when they made this for him.
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:
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.