Celebrate Dad: Main Line and Philly Father’s Day Events
Celebrate Dad (or you!) around town with special events and more.
Father’s Day is coming up on June 17, and whether you want to celebrate the dads in your life or enjoy some quality time with your kids, there are so many ways to celebrate. From barbecue to baseball and everything in between, here are some special events around town to make your day memorable.
Crafty Events to Get Ready
Father’s Day Workshops at Sue’s Art Class
June 10, 1:30—3:45 pm
2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia
Sue’s Art Class has a workshop going with a couple options for unique gifts. On the fun, quirky end, make a “massage tee” for dad—bring in one of his shirts and turn it into a track for toy cars (the “massage” comes in when he wears it and lays down later). Or, you can create a driftwood mobile or craft Dad’s name with found shore objects like shells, rocks, and sea glass.
June 16, 1 — 5 pm
211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
Build a toolbox with traditional woodworking tools. Guided sessions will take place every hour. $20 fee includes one tool kit to build your toolbox and admits one child to the museum. This workshop is recommended for kids age 6 and up.
June 16, 1:30 — 3 pm
Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
This class is open to adults, as well as kids in eighth grade and up. Martha Keen, Wyck’s Horticulturist and Landscape Manager, will teach students the history of boutonnieres and how to make them. Participants will leave with two finished pieces of their own making. All materials and supplies will be provided, but bring a pair of pruners and a hot glue gun if you own them.
June 17, 3:30—6:30 pm
3510 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia
This class will go over the steps to craft your very own paperweight. East Falls Glassworks will provide all of the materials, equipment, and instructors that will help you through the process. For ages 13 and up, all skill levels welcome. Pre-registration is required.
June 10, 1:35 pm
Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia
Watch the Phillies take on the Brewers. Come early for a pre-game tribute dedicated to all dads. All men age 15 and over will get a free retro John Kruk batting practice pullover! Plus, the team from Main Line Parent and Philly Family will be there (we’ll be tailgating before the game too), so come say hello if you see us!
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Meet the Philadelphia 76ers mascot, Franklin on Saturday, and Phillies alum Dickie Noles and the Phillies Ballgirls on Sunday! There will be specials all weekend, and your favorite Sesame Street characters will be dressed up in sports gear!
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Celebrate Father’s Day at the Barnes with a tour of their special exhibit “Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema” for you and your dad. Book online under the promo, or mention “Treat Dad” over the phone or on-site, and Dad gets in free!
June 16, 10 am—noon
1301 Locust St., Philadelphia
Come for a morning of open play, crafts and live music with Miss Devin. Kids can make a card for Dad and bring home some special surprises for Father’s Day! The event is free for Nest members, $20 for non-members (includes day pass to the Playspace).
Father’s Day Storytime at Barnes and Noble
June 16, 11 am
1991 Sproul Road, Broomall
1805 Walnut St., Philadelphia
Come for a special Father’s Day storytime featuring Jo Witek’s With My Daddy: A Book of Love and Family, a book celebrating all that is great about dads. Activities will follow.
June 16, noon—2 pm
701 Arch St., Philadelphia
The museum will host interactive workshops for ages 5 and up. From noon—1 pm, there’s a “Dad Comic Drawing Workshop.” Then at 1 pm, stick around for a percussion music workshop and performance with Clayton Carothers. Admission is free for the first 250 visitors.
June 16, 6 pm—June 17, 9 am
Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne
Bring your own tent and sleeping bags, and Riverbend staff will help you set up your tent, build the campfire, provide the food, and lead a night time program. This is a great event for beginner and experienced campers alike, and is sure to be a memorable evening. Cost is $100 per family (member discounts apply), and you must register in advance.
137 W. Knowlton Road, Media
Dads fish free with paid child’s admission. Plus, you can stay to pick your own strawberries, with a hayride to the picking fields!
June 17, 8:30 am (registration starts at 7 am)
Paine’s Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
This 5K run/walk raises awareness and funds to beat prostate cancer. Wear your best tie or bowtie to honor dads on Father’s Day—there will be a prize for the best tie! There’s a special run for kids, too.
June 17, 10 am–3 pm
1220 American Blvd., West Chester
This event features helicopters and birds of prey, as well as live entertainment, food trucks, and a beer garden. For an additional cost, treat Dad to an amazing helicopter ride!
June 17, 10 am—noon
1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia
Bring a six-pack of your favorite beers to trade, swap, and chat about in PlayArts’ “dad lounge” in the back. There will also be complimentary bagels. The event is free; drop-in rates apply for the playspace.
June 17, 10 am—6 pm
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, New Jersey
Bond with Dad as you drive, ride, and operate real machinery. Give Dad a 1-on-1 unrestricted heavy machinery experience at Diggerland XL, for an extra 15 percent off with online code ILOVEDAD. You can also get $5 off admission for adult (over 42”) tickets online with code DADSAVE5 on Father’s Day.
June 17, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (doors 30 minutes before showtime)
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock! This Father’s Day concert features the music of the Grateful Dead, and was so popular that they added a second showtime!
June 17, 2 pm
Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, East Norriton
Bring Dad to the park for a challenging nature scavenger hunt. He’ll have to follow a series of clues to find the items or answer questions (families are welcome to help him in the quest), and win prizes. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.
June 16, 10 am and 11 am
101 S. Third St., Philadelphia
Celebrate Father’s Day at the museum with General George Washington. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet in the elegant Liberty Hall, where Washington will meet and greet guests while they dine.
June 17; seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia
Choose from three available seating times and enjoy a delicious unlimited barbecue buffet in the zoo’s private pavilion. During your meal, get up-close with some of the animals and learn about their paternal instincts and behavior from the zoo’s education staff.
June 17, 1 pm and 6 pm
401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
Come for lunch or dinner and celebrate Father’s Day with a two-hour cruise with amazing skyline views, live entertainment, and a buffet meal.
June 17, 6–8 pm
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey
Treat Dad to a truly unique Father’s Day experience – enjoy a BBQ outside, in Adventure Aquarium’s all new Penguin Park with a buffet, DJ dance party, new nautical-themed soft play area for kids, the largest colony of African penguins ever at Adventure Aquarium, and more.
Photographs by Laura Swartz.