Father’s Day will look different this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate while social distancing. If you want to treat dad to a meal, make your outdoor dining reservations early or try one of these creative ways to celebrate your number one guy.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Guided Hike
June 20 and 21, 11 am, 1 and 3 pm
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, Short Hills
Get outside for some fresh air with a guided hike through the arboretum’s woods. Your guide will tell your group about the forest and answer any questions. Groups are limited to 10 people. Registration required.
Family Style Whitewater Rafting
June 20-21, times vary
Jim Thorpe, PA
$64.99/adult, $49.99/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, 9-10:30 pm or June 21, 3-4:30pm
Break out the paint brushes for this Father’s Day Painting Party led by an expert artist. This class is designed for father/child teams, but anyone can join. The finished product will be two paintings that form one picture when put together. Must provide your own supplies.
12th Annual FUCE 5K Family Fun Run/Walk
Father’s Day kicks off the 12th Annual FUCE 5K Family Fun Run/Walk. This event benefits the Fuccile Foundation, which supports families in need in the Metuchen area. The proceeds for this year’s event will be given to six families the foundation is sponsoring. After registering, you’ll have until June 30 to finish the 5K. Visit the website for more information or to register.
Sunday, June 21
Dads Climb Free at Absecon Lighthouse
June 21, 11 am-4 pm
Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City
Free for dads, $10/adults, $6/ ages 4-12
The Absecon Lighthouse is reopening just in time for dad 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 at Bellview Winery
June 21, noon-5 pm
Bellview Winery, Landisville
Bellview Winery’s lawn will be open for outdoor dining on Father’s Day. Wipeout Eats! and Top Shelf Mobile Cuisine will have mac n’ cheese fries, blooming onions, bacon on a stick and more. Bottles and growlers can be purchased (flights and tastings will not be available). Sound of the Island will perform on steel drums, too. Reservations are first-come, first-serve and weather permitting.
Fit Father’s Day Celebration
June 21, 9-11am
Get moving with the 7th 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 21, 2-4 pm
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.
Virtual Cooking Experience
June 21, 10 am-12:30 pm
Cook up a Father’s Day brunch with the Virtual Father’s Day Cooking Experience taught by Chef Joy Parham. This class helps fathers and their young chefs learn how to make a few brunch favorites like French toast, parfaits and omelettes. Check-in begins at 10 am and class starts at 10:30am. Registration required. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Virtual Father’s Day Car Show
June 21, 9 am-3:30 pm
Car shows are a Father’s Day tradition—and this year is no different! Downtown Boise will virtually host its annual car show. Check out a mix of classic and electric cars while you listen to a DJ. Your family can vote for their favorite car, and the top car will receive a People’s Choice award.
Virtual Mixology Class
June 21, 6:30-7:30 pm
Treat dad to a Virtual Mixology Class hosted by Liquid Lab NYC. He’ll learn how to make three modern and classic drinks that use whiskey as a base (recipes can be adapted for any base spirit of choice). There will also be whiskey themed trivia while he enjoys his creation. For more information email info@LiquidLabNYC.com or visit them on social media @LiquidLabNYC.
What are your plans for Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!