Celebrate Father’s Day in St. Louis
June 18th is Father’s Day! Here’s a list of 41 brunch places … j/k. Dads don’t like brunches. It’s confusing – is it breakfast? Is it lunch? Why do you have to take a clean plate for seconds? And what’s the point of a mimosa – if you’re not going to not really drink before noon, then just not really drink beer. Dads like to do things on their day, and St. Louis generously abides. Here are just 10 ideas:
Countrytime BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. At the Purina Farms in Gray Summit (about a 40-minute drive west from downtown) there’ll be bluegrass bands, a kids’ carnival, cowboy entertainers, wagon rides, and BBQ. Best of all there’ll be canine demonstrations … and for those looking to be a new dad again, adoptable pets! So you can even go home with a Man’s Best Friend. Free, but reservations are strongly encouraged. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dad’s Free at St. Louis Children’s Museum. This is not to imply that they are giving away dads at our treasured Magic House, but that dads get in sans admission. While the award-winning Magic House is especially cool for younger dads with little kids (those under 3 are free too), the newer addition offers a lot for older kids. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Father’s Day Jump. There’s an offer to spend Dad’s Day hitting the bounce houses at Pump It Up in St. Charles! $5 for two hours of jump time, all day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Horseless Carriage Show. Our own Horseless Carriage Club is hosting a special Father’s Day at the Transportation Museum that’s offering free admission for not only dad but the whole family. Need a little more incentive? Well … they’ll be raffling off a Rolls Royce that day, so get out there and enter and you might get to go home in style! 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bike and a Beer. You can pack up the bikes and head to Creve Coeur Lake any Sunday, but dads who like to ride around a beautiful lake with their family will especially want to do it on this Sunday. (And/or hit the lake via rented kayak or paddle boat.) The bonus part is when you end it at the Creve Coeur Lakehouse Bar & Grill, where you can indulge in a bunch of appetizers and some great cold beer on tap.
A Delmar Dad Day. How about spending the day on the U-City Loop? Start with breakfast at the Peacock Diner, then walk the planets on what has been proclaimed one of the 10 greatest streets in America. Then you’re ready to rent some classy shoes and knock over some pins at the Pin-Up Bowl. After that, get a root beer float at Fitz’s and/or a cocktail for dad. Then? How about a “World’s Greatest Dad” tattoo? Have that done at one of the Loop’s two tattoo salons.
Under the Big Top. A lot of local dads like to celebrate Father’s Day at our own Circus Flora. This one-ring circus spends a month here in Midtown, but take the kids to either the 1:00 p.m. show or the 5:00 p.m. presentation this Sunday for the artsy, interesting, and entertaining “Time Flies.” $25–$50.
Lions and Tigers and Bears and Beers and BBQ – Oh My! Treat Dad like a king (of the jungle) and take him to the Zoo for lunch. In the McDonnell Center at River Camp there’s a great lunch featuring pork ribs, honey-lime grilled chicken, white cheddar mac and cheese, and more. Two seating times: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Baseball! Hit the Cardinals v. Baltimore Orioles at 12:30 p.m. … or take it down a notch and head over to Sauget, IL, to a Gateway Grizzlies game for a special Father’s Day that includes a Big Screen Hunt Giveaway! Stick around after the game as they let the kids run the bases. 6 p.m. Seats are a mere $7–$11, or dad-spread out on the lawn for $6.
Dad Does It His Way. At Powell Hall, the St. Louis Symphony presents singing sensation Steve Lippia as he celebrates the life and times of ol’ blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. 3:00 p.m., $25–$75.
— The Father’s Day blog is written by local writer, musician, and St. Louis Dad author Kevin M. Mitchell