10 South Sound things to do with Dad this Father's day weekend

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 3:00 PM by Calista Klein

Are you looking for something to do with dad, stepfather, or grandpa this Father's Day weekend?
There are a ton of events happening around Tacoma and the South Puget Sound, here are my top 10 picks for things to do with the father figure in your life. For more weekend inspiration, check out our online events calendar, where you'll find gardening workshops, live music, and more. If you're a local organization and have an upcoming event, submit it to the calendar!
 


 Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain historic ships

  1. Festival of Sail Tacoma
    Thursday, June 15th - Sunday, June 18th
    Thea Foss Waterway, Tacoma
    Times:  Thursday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Cost: Single-Day Festival Only Pass $9; Single-Day On Board Tour Pass $12; Multi-Day On Board Tour Pass $20; Day Sail $95; Fast Pass $60; Parade of Sail Day Sail $150 

    The tall ships return to Tacoma... and this time the world's largest rubber duck is in tow. Step on board historic tall ships (think Pirates of the Carribbean style), snap a selfie with Mama Duck, explore the Foss Waterway Seaport with your family, and enjoy all of the maritime festivities happening down on Dock Street this weekend.


    Gridiron Glory Display
  2. Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football Hall of Fame
    Friday, June 16th - Sunday, June 18th
    Washington State History Museum, Tacoma
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Cost: $12 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students/Military, Free for Children aged 5 years and under

    Do you have a football fan in the family? Don't miss this exhibit about Pro Football's Hall of Fame. From the history of professional football, to the science behind the sport, Gridiron Glory showcases football artifacts, rare photos, and one-of-a-kind documents center in displays dedicated to America's most popular sport. You can also compare the size of your bicep to a professional football player.


    Half Price Dad's Day
  3.  Half-price Dad's Day at Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium 
    Sunday, June 18th
    Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium, Tacoma
    Time:  9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Cost:  Adults (ages 13-64) $17.95, Seniors (ages 65+) $16.95, Youths (ages 5-12) $13.95, Tots (3 & 4) $9.95, Children ages 2 and under FREE

    Enjoy family time with an outing to the Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium - and dad's get half-off admission! Polar bears, sharks, octopus, elephants, clouded leopards... discover new animals and spend time celebrating dad at the only combined zoo and aquarium in the northwest.


    Food Truck
  4.  Food Truck Feast
    Saturday, June 17th
    Sehmel Homestead Park, Gig Harbor
    Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Cost: Free

    Local beverages, tasty food trucks, and live music. Bring dads, friends, and families to the park and sample food truck fare in a festive atmosphere. Bonuses: this is the only food truck event in the greater Gig Harbor area, AND it's free!


    LeMay – America's Car Museum
  5. Father's Day Weekend BBQ at LeMay
    Saturday, June 17th - Sunday, June 18th
    LeMay - America's Car Museum, Tacoma
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Cost: $15 per adult, $13 per child

    Ranging from collector vehicles to the sleekest supercars, America's Car Museum makes a fitting fathers day destination if the dad in your life is a revhead. Combined with a special BBQ catered by Pacific Grill, you'll be hard pressed to find a more scenic or delicious barbecue spot. 


    Go Skate Tacoma 2017
  6. 5th Annual Go Skate Tacoma
    Saturday, June 17th
    Tollefson Plaza, Tacoma
    Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Cost: Free

    A family-friendly, free, city-wide celebration of skateboarding! Dads and kiddos can bond in the learn to skate zone (helmets and boards provided), watch other skaters perform tricks, and enjoy time together at this day-long community event in downtown Tacoma.


    Tacoma Narrows Bridge
  7. Bring your Dad to Harbor History Museum Day
    Sunday, June 18th
    Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor
    Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Cost: Free

    Do your kids know the story of Galloping Gertie? Does Dad? Find out for free, at the Harbor History Museum this Sunday. Families will also get to enjoy hands-on exploration while learning about the South Puget Sound's maritime history.


    Maritime Gig Festival
  8. Meeker Days Arts and Music Festival
    Friday, June 16th - Sunday, June 18th
    Pioneer Park and Pavilion, Puyallup
    Times: Friday 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Cost: Free

    Originally celebrated in 1939 as a small arts and crafts festival, this weekend long event has grown to become Pierce County's largest street festival, whose heart is in the Pioneer Park and Pavilion. Listen to live music and entertainment (including a kid-friendly stage), browse vendors, play on inflatable rides, and spend fathers day weekend in a festive atmosphere.


    Guided Kayak Tour
  9. Father's Day Family Paddle
    Sunday, June 18th
    Nisqually River Delta, Pierce County
    Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Cost:  $40/person on Family Trips (Ages 7+)

    Treat dad to a special paddle trip in the South Sound. The Nisqually River Delta is beautiful and complex, and allows families to relax while taking in the scenery. One of the best parts? No kayaking experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided, making this a fun and accessible Father's Day outing.


    Swimjitsu 2017
  10. Swimjitsu in Fife
    Saturday, June 17th
    Fife Aquatics Center, Fife
    Time: 9:00 AM - 6:15 PM
    Cost: $25 per person online registration, $30 per person onsite registration

    Has your child (or father?) ever dreamed of being a ninja? How about an aquatic ninja? Swimjitsu is a fun, challenging ninja-themed aquatic event, where each competitor will try to complete the ultimate aquatic obstacle course and gain the rank of Grand Master Swimja.
     
Author: Calista Klein

As the Visitor Experience Coordinator for Travel Tacoma + Pierce County, Calista loves being on the front lines of visitor service. When not at the office, she's outdoors hiking, running, camping, or climbing, tasting dishes at new Pierce County restaurants, sampling local craft beer, or curling up with a cup of tea and a good Netflix show.

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