Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, and with that special day right around the corner, it’s time to plan a fun activity for the family. Whether dad is active, enjoys comedy, wants to go fishing, or prefers indulging in a whiskey-and-cheese tasting, we’ve got some great suggestions to make it a day to remember.
Father’s Day at Kymer’s Camping Resort
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, Check here for the schedule of activities which includes fun and games with dad at the pool, a scavenger hunt and a reptile show.
Frank Thomas Memorial Fluke Tournament
Captains Cove Marina, Highlands
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Take Dad out for a day of fishing along the marina.
19th Century Base Ball Game
Historic Allaire Village, Wall Township
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Take Dad out to the ballgame for 1864 Base Ball (two words), as the Monmouth Furnace takes on the New York Mutuals on the field. Games will feature the rules, uniforms, equipment and customs of 1864.
Six Flags Slam Fest
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
1:30 – 8 p.m.
Wrestling is a great way for Dad to relive his childhood! Watch a jam-packed lineup up Northeast Wrestling performers, and even treat Dad to a meet-and-greet with his favorite star.
Craft Beer Fest
North Bridge Street between High Street and Main Street, Downtown Somerville
To prepare for a day with the kids on Sunday, Dad may enjoy a cold one on Saturday as Tapastre and Project PUB bring back the annual summer beer festival featuring a lineup of craft beers, meads, ciders, seltzers and sangria. There will be live music all day from the JJ Lynch Band and The Big Fuss. Enjoy empanadas, artisan ice cream, woodfired pizza, fresh made-to-order donuts and more. Try your hand at life-sized games of beer pong, Connect 4 and corn hole.
New Jersey Beer & Food Festival
Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg
3 – 7 p.m.
Fathers who have older children can enjoy mouth-watering BBQ paired with tastings of over 200 beers and specialty brews. Take flight with hot air balloon rides, dance to live music and have a blast with lawn games. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.
Von Thun Farm
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bring Dad to the farm this weekend to play! Pick some berries, grab some lunch and make great memories. Fathers are admitted free all weekend (not valid at the South Brunswick location).
Family Style Whitewater Rafting
Jim Thorpe, PA
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. 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.
Winery Weekend Music Series
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Noon – 5 p.m.
Grab a glass of one of Terhune’s award-winning wines, sit back, relax and enjoy live music from local artists each week. Styles range from Jazz and Blues to Folk and Rock. Music is from 1 -4 p.m.
FUCE 5K Family Fun Run/Walk
Father’s Day kicks off the 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.
Father’s Day Fishing Derby
What do you do when Dad has gone fishing? You go with him! Join the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services for its annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby. Registration starts at 8 a.m. followed by fishing at 8:30 a.m. at Boyd Pond, on Independence Boulevard, off Route 130 south. Bring a fishing pole, bait and chairs. Donate a box of pasta or a can of tomato sauce for a chance to win a prize. Registration required.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Take Dad to iPlay America in Freehold on Father’s Day for food and fun fit for a king. Enjoy something to eat at Game Time Bar and Grill.
Father’s Day at Casino Pier
Casino Pier, Seaside Heights
Noon – 3 p.m.
Celebrate dads at Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark on their special day! Dads ride free with their full price-paying child (under 16 years old) on the same ride, or dads can enter the waterpark free with under 48″ full price paid child admission.
Father’s Day Luau at Bellview Winery
Bellview Winery, Landisville
Noon – 5 p.m.
On the vineyard lawn all afternoon there will be Throwhouse Axe Throwing, if Dad is competitive, along with fresh cigars from Black Horse Cigar Shop, if Dad wants to relax. 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.
Father’s Day Train Rides
Whippany Railway Museum, Whippany
1 – 4 p.m.
All aboard! Treat Dad to an unforgettable experience on one of Morris County’s historic railroads.
Father’s Day Comedy at Stress Factory
3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickle Dad’s funny bone at one of two awesome comedy shows at Stress Factory. Sunday Nights Live presents Meet the Browns, starring Horace Brown, Cocoa Brown and friends Talent, Tommy Too Smooth and DJ Jess. The show is for ages 16 and over.
Father’s Day Family Woodland Hike
New Jersey Botanical Gardens, Ringwood
1- 3 p.m.
Dads can enjoy quality time with their children during this easy, child-friendly hike in the New Jersey Botanical Garden’s woodlands, where you’ll learn a bit about the plants and animals around you in a hike designed to fit the group.
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. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Father’s Day Gourmet Chocolate Bar Making Workshop
June 18, 2-3pm
Get together with your dad, grandparent, parent, sibling or friends for a fun Father’s Day-themed Gourmet Chocolate Bar Making Workshop. In this online workshop, the instructor will show participants how to make their own chocolate bar in their own kitchen. The DIY Kit will include all the ingredients, plus a list of fresh ingredients to pick up and add to the chocolate bar during class.
Father’s Day Beer, Whiskey & Cheese
June 19, 3-4 p.m.
Welcome to the virtual classrooms of Murray’s Cheese Education Department! Celebrate Dad (or yourself) in style during a class that features six cheeses perfect for whiskey sippin’. Learn how beers and whiskey styles can match cheeses, and explore their pairing potential.
For more great options on how to entertain Dad this year, see our Things to Do compilation.
And when Dad works up an appetite from all this Father’s Day family fun, take him to one of our favorite spots for a special meal!