Father's Day
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Father’s Day is Sunday June 20 and with that special day right around the corner, it’s time to plan a fun activity for the family. Whether dad is active, into art, comedy or even escape rooms, we’ve got some great suggestions to make it a day to remember.

Family Style Whitewater Rafting
June 19-20, times vary
Jim Thorpe, PA
$64.99/adult, $54.99/ages 4-12
For thrill-seeking fathers, head to the Pocono Mountains for a whitewater rafting trip down the Leigh River filled with gentle Class I-II rapids. The three to four hour trip covers eight miles and is led by a guide. If you’re looking for some extra excitement, reserve a pirate adventure. Reservations required. Children must be ages 4 or older. No experience needed. Visit Pocono Whitewater online for rules, COVID-19 policies and to make a reservation.

The Grimm Escape Virtual Edition
Bring out the problem solver in dad with this family-friendly virtual escape room. Log on to save the enchanted forest from a witch’s curse. Play with your household or connect with friends and family across the country. A guide will be available to help your group along with hints and make sure the difficulty is just right. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Reserve a spot online.

Virtual Paint Party
June 20, 3-4:30pm
$25/one, $50/for one plus paint kit, $90/for two plus paint kit for two
Break out the paint brushes for this Father’s Day Painting Party led by an expert artist from Italy. This class is designed for father/child teams, but anyone can join. No experience necessary. You can use your own paints or have a paint kit delivered right to your home.

13th Annual FUCE 5K Family Fun Run/Walk
June 20-30
Father’s Day kicks off the 13th Annual FUCE 5K Family Fun Run/Walk. This event benefits the Fuccile Foundation, which supports families in need in the Metuchen area. After registering, you’ll have until June 30 to finish the 5K. Visit the website for more information or to register.

Climb Absecon Lighthouse
June 19 & June 20, 11 am-4 pm 
$10/adults, $6/ ages 4-12
The Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City is a fun challenge for fit dads who want to climb the 228 steps to the top of New Jersey’s tallest beacon. The last climb for the day will leave at 3:30 pm. While there, don’t forget to check out the free Keeper’s House Museum, exhibits and lighthouse grounds. Parking is free and discounts are available to students, seniors and Atlantic City residents. Click here to view a detailed list of prices.

Father’s Day Luau at Bellview Winery
June 20, noon-5 pm
Bellview Winery, Landisville
Bellview Winery located in Landisville is the place to be this Father’s Day! On the vineyard lawn all afternoon they will have Throwhouse Axe Throwing along with Black Horse Cigar Shop with fresh cigars. The food truck of the day, Top Shelf Mobile Cuisine will provide all of dad’s favorites. Chris Farrell Trio will perform while dad enjoys specialty sangria. Reservations are required and can be made on OpenTable.

Fit Father’s Day Celebration
June 20, 10am – noon
Get moving with the 8th Annual Fit Father’s Day Celebration. Hosted by Fit Fathers, this two hour celebration will let dad and the whole family try different physical and wellness activities, like boxing and yoga, in quick, 20-minute classes. The full schedule of events can be found online.

Virtual Comic Book Frame Making Party
June 29, 2-3pm
$25/parent-child team
Kids can craft a comic book picture frame alongside dad at this virtual event hosted by Montclair’s own The Eclectic Chic Boutique. Materials will be provided, so register in advance to receive everything by Father’s Day. The materials can be shipped or picked up curbside for locals.

iPlay America
June 20, 12-9pm
Take dad to iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey on Father’s Day for food and fun fit for a king. Dad will receive a free iRide Plus Band or Powerplay Pass to enjoy with the kids. Enjoy something to eat at Game Time Bar and Grill and Dad will receive a free meal and complimentary beer with the purchase of another meal.

Father’s Day Comedy Matinee at Stress Factory
June 20, 2:30pm
Take dad to an awesome comedy matinee at Stress Factor New Brunswick to celebrate his day. There will also be a live band.  Advance tickets are $40 and the show is for ages 16 and over.

Father’s Day at Kymer’s Camping Resort
June 18-20
Make a fun weekend out of your Father’s Day celebration at this campground in Branchville. Enjoy all the comforts of home in a deluxe cabin and check here for the schedule of activities which includes fun and games with dad at the pool, a scavenger hunt and a reptile show.

Annual Father’s Day Car Show & Country Breakfast
June 20, 8am-12pm
Meet up at the Knights of Columbus in Waterford Works for a dazzling show and some hearty grub. The car show is free, breakfast is $8 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under.
What are your plans for Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!