Save That New Tie for Another Holiday
Father’s Day may not get the same hype as Mother’s Day, but it is just as important. Dads deserve an acknowledgement of their special role in our lives, but looking for a gift for Father’s Day can prove challenging.
This year pass on the tie and coffee mug and try something different. If you pay attention to the particular interests of the fathers in your life, you can nail this year’s gift by honing in on what he really likes to do. An “experience gift” will make him feel special, and West Michigan is full of great ideas for Dad’s day.
Gift Experience Ideas for Every Kind of Dad
What kind of dad do you have? We’ve broken down our ideas by interests so you can just scroll to the type of dad you have and have the perfect idea at the ready!
Is Dad a baseball fan? Whitecaps Baseball is hosting a BBQ June 17 at the General RV Campground down the right field line beyond the Whitecaps bullpen. Cost is $27 per person and features chicken, hot dogs, burgers, bratwursts, side dishes, drinks and dessert. There will be seating accommodating to families and groups. BBQ time is 1:30 – 3:00 PM with the Whitecaps baseball game versus the Dayton Dragons beginning at 2 PM.
If Dad likes zip lining and obstacle courses, check out this exciting aerial adventure park. Boasting over 70 obstacles and with three different levels of difficulty, your family is sure to find something fun for everyone. Little ones can even enjoy their very own Junior Park course. Tickets are $20 each for the Junior Park and start at $25 for the regular park (price depends on time of day) for approximately two hours of climbing.
Spend the afternoon in the Children’s Garden or one of the other attractions this park has to offer. There is a special Father’s Day event the day before Father’s Day ( June 16) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Activities will include going on a naturalist walk, creating a Father’s Day craft using unique natural materials, and listening to stories that celebrate fathers. Included with the price of regular admission
Located along the lakeshore between Muskegon and Ludington, is a 2,000-acre sand mountain that separates Lake Michigan from Silver Lake. Dune rides and tours as well as hiking, sandboarding, and beaches are available through Silver Lake State Park.
Shrek the Musical is finishing up its run June 17, so you may be able to catch this production if you reserve tickets now. Recommended for children ages 8 and up. If you aren’t able to see this production, treat Dad to season tickets for GRCT’s incredible 2018-19 season.
Bringing the kids along for the experience gift isn’t a requirement. Many great ideas for Dad are probably not so fun, or not practical, with kids around.
There are several options for cooking lessons and even a gardening class that Dad might enjoy. Either alone, as a couple, or as a family, learning or sharpening a skill can be a fun treat.
The Grand Rapids area has several different themed “Escape Room” concept facilities. If Dad enjoys solving puzzles, cracking codes, and finding clues, treat him to this. Whether you go with a group or not, you will be given one hour to “escape.” Prices, themes, and rules vary per facility, but generally tickets run from $20-$30 per person. Most places require participants to be 16 and up, though some allow kids as young as 12.
Take Dad on a guided tour of the downtown brewing facility, with beer tastings included. Founders is also offering classes on site that may be interesting to Dad as well. Ages 21 and up.
There are also many area public tours where you can get out and either walk or ride (in a 15-passenger van) to visit three to four breweries. Beer samples are included at every stop. Ages 21 and up.
If Dad is a little daring and would like a physical challenge, sign him up for kiteboarding lessons. Two days of lessons, and he should be ready to progress on his own.
Is Dad a fisherman? Obviously West Michigan is a great place to fish and spend time in the open water. Available fishing boats to charter are aplenty. Pick a port and go!
All the Other Dads
Still find yourself stumped on what to do for Father’s Day, and you don’t want to do a lot of planning ahead? Give Dad a great Father’s Day experience gift by spending the day at one of these family-friendly places. He will love sharing the experience with some of his favorite people.