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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.

Father’s Day in the Workshop on the Water at Independence Seaport Museum

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.

Father’s Day Boutonniere Workshop

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.

Paperweight Workshop at East Falls Glassworks

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.

Special Events

Phillies’ Father’s Appreciation Day

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!

Father’s Day Weekend Fan Fest at Sesame Place

June 16—17

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!

Treat Dad at the Barnes Foundation

June 16–17

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!

Father’s Day at Nest

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

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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.

Father’s Day Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

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.

Father’s Day Camp-Out at Riverbend

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.

Fathers Fish Free at Linvilla Orchards

June 17

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!

Philadelphia Father’s Day Run

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.

FatherFest at American Helicopter Museum 

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!

Father’s Day Beer Swap and Bagels at PlayArts

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.

Father’s Day at Diggerland

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.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Grateful Dead for Kids!

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!

The ‘Daring Dad’ Scavenger Hunt

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.

Special Meals

Breakfast with George Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution

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.

Father’s Day BBQ at the Zoo

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.

Father’s Day Cruises on the Spirit of Philadelphia

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.

Father’s Day BBQ at Penguin Park

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.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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