8 Last Minute Things To Do With Your Dad This Father’s Day

Skip out on buying pops another "best dad ever" mug and take him out for an experience he'll remember forever!

Sunday, June 17th, is right around the corner! And let’s be honest about your last minute gift ideas – your dad doesn’t need any more shirts, shaving kits, or tools. Instead of gifting him with more clutter for Mom to clean up, why not take Pops out for a day he’ll brag about to his pals for the next decade.

We’ve curated a list of things to do this Father’s Day that every dad out there would enjoy.

If he enjoys the outdoors…

Embark on a timeless camping trip. Located in the Angeles National Forest at an altitude of 6,300 feet, Buckhorn Campground is known for keeping campers cool which is especially convenient as the weather starts to heat up. RVs are welcome on the campgrounds as long as they’re under 18 feet and the rate per night is $12. The campgrounds contain about 38 sites so be sure to plan accordingly; Buckhorn is first-come, first-served. Learn more here.

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If he’s a “cool dad”…

Plan a day for shredding waves in Malibu. If your dad has any experience hanging ten, then take him to the Malibu Surf Shack where you can rent everything from a wetsuit to a paddle board. The local surf shop even offers lessons and private two-hour tours along the beautiful coastline of Malibu and mountain range of Santa Monica. Gift certificates and monthly memberships are available for purchase as well. Learn more here.

If he is a carnivore…

Hop aboard a unique Father’s Day lunch experience. Enjoy the Fillmore & Western Railway, a two-and-a-half hour vintage train ride through the countryside of Heritage Valley. Take advantage of sitting back and relaxing in an authentic dining car while also feasting on an assortment of BBQ lunch options. There are two rides on Father’s day, each departing at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Learn more here.

If he has the best dad-jokes…

Spark content-inspiration by watching a comedy show. Share laughs together at Groundlings on Melrose Place, a famous improvisation and sketch comedy theatre that has been entertaining LA audiences for over 40 years. Every Sunday, Sundays of Thunder perform sketches in a hilarious show filled with brimming new talent from the Groundlings School. They even offer intro classes that could help the ol’man with his stand up. Learn more here.

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If he’s a sports guy…

Relive the days of playing catch in the backyard. The Los Angeles Dodger’s face the San Fransico Giants in a home game on Sunday. The first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance will receive a Father’s Day money clip. Fans are invited to stick around afterwards for a postgame catch with a Dodger on the field! Learn more here.

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If he’s a kid at heart…

Blow off some steam on the race tracks. Considering traffic in the city, the chances of your dad getting to put the pedal to the medal are very slim. Head over to Speedzone to tend to his need for speed with a 100-horsepower NHRA dragster, and then carhop to the Grand Prix, a track modeled after the Formula 1 and Indy Car racing circuits. After a few victory laps take a break by playing mini golf, arcade games, or bowling. One of the best parts… $4 dollar a happy hour at the bar. Learn more here.

If he loves movies…

Enjoy a classic film under the stars. What better way to preview an iconic film than to have the city as its backdrop? Starting as the sun sets and the stars begin to sparkle, Rooftop Cinema Club will be screening Back To The Future Part II (1989), promoting an unforgettable experience. Dad will love the comfy deck chairs with plenty of leg room, plus everyone gets a pair of state of the art headphones to truly be apart of the cinematic moments while not getting disturbed by the outside world. Learn more here.

If he’s artsy-fartsy…

Get creative and take him for a walk. Pasadena will be hosting it’s annual Chalk Festival which started back in 1993 when a summer intern at the Light Bringer Project came back from a street painting festival in Paris. In 2010, The PCF was officially named the largest street painting festival by Guinness world record, welcoming more than 600 artists using over 25,000 sticks of chalk and more than 100,000 visitors in one weekend. Submissions to enter are still open! Learn more here.

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