7 Fun Things to do With Dad This Father’s Day

By: Denile Doyle

Show dad some love and appreciation this Father’s Day. Here are seven cool ways you can spend time with your old man this weekend. #worldsbestdad

1. Rock climbing

Test dad’s climbing skills, and yours too, at a rock climbing gym where vertical adventure awaits. Dad can try basic rock climbing or, if he’s really adventurous, take a stab at bouldering without the harness and rope. Many facilities also offer climbing for kids and teenagers, so you can make it a family event. Popular facilities in the NYC area include Steep Rock Bouldering, The Cliffs at LIC and The Cliffs at Dumbo.

2. Bowling

The entire family can celebrate with dad at the bowling alley. Kids and adults alike love this classic indoor pastime and it’s a fun setting to celebrate dad. Make sure you order some beer and wings so dad can really feel the love. For dad’s special day, check out the city’s coolest bowling lounges such as BOWLMOR, Frames Bowling Lounge or Lucky Strike.

3. A day at the beach

Pack a cooler and sunscreen and take dad for a day of fun in the sun at one of several NYC beaches. Dad can lie in the sun all day and work on his dad bod and later you can talk him into a game of beach volleyball. Many New York beaches boast handball, basketball and even tennis courts. Head to Rockaway Beach or Long Beach in Queens, Jones Beach in Long Island, Coney Island in Brooklyn, or Jacob Riis Beach in Queens, and dad will feel like he’s left the city for a scenic small-town backdrop. Visit Time Out for a full guide of the best NYC beaches.

4. A taste of New York

With so many food options in the city, we’re grateful for markets like Smorgasburg and the new Time Out Market where all amazing food unites. At these markets, dad can nosh on treats from hundreds of local eateries. He’ll discover new spins on his favorite foods and new foods that he won’t know how he ever lived without. It’s his day, so let him eat and drink whatever he likes, but don’t be surprised if it’s a few hours before he’s bored or full.

5. Hudson Yards

Take dad to the creative, fantasy city that is Hudson Yards. This West Side destination offers spectacular city views and so much more. Fun dads will love Snark Park, with its imaginative exhibitions and playful, immersive concepts that are uniquely fun. You and dad can check out the newest addition to the High Line, take in the stunning city views, and try some inventive food at any of the fine and casual dining options. Grab some candy at Dylan’s Candy Bar and check out a creative show at The Shed, called the new arts center for the 21st Century. See the lineup here. MUJI Hudson Yards is offering a free Father’s Day file box workshop on Saturday June 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. that’s perfect for younger kids. Kids can decorate a PP file box for a special handmade gift that dad will love.

6. Central Park Adventures

Head to Central Park with dad on Saturday June 15, for Adventures NYC, a NYC Parks celebration of fun outdoor sports and activities that only comes once a year. The event features a dozen activities including rock climbing, zip lining, archery, rod and reel skills, stand-up paddleboarding and parkour. Whether it’s just you and dad or the whole family, it will be a terrific time for some outdoor fun with dad.

7. Scavenger hunt anyone?

If you think you and your dad would kill it on the “The Amazing Race,” then you’ll definitely make the cut at the Father's Day Scavenger Hunt in Midtown. It’s not “The Amazing Race,” but the winning team scores a $100 cash prize, which is a step up from a fake medal. Like any scavenger hunt, you’ll need to complete physical and mental challenges obstacle-course style to get clues about where to go next. Nothing says Happy Father’s Day like cold hard cash … and bragging rights. So, grab pops and crush the competition. The hunt begins Sunday June 16 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are just $25 and you can get them here.

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