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Mother’s Day was just last month and now Father’s Day is right around the corner. Can sons and daughters take a break? Summer’s almost here! Well, since moms had their time, it’s only considerate that fathers get theirs as well before vacations start.

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The ultimate in dads: Jim’s Dad from American Pie

Speaking personally, Father’s Day is usually spent going out to eat breakfast or lunch with my dad– never dinner. I can only assume many people do the same and are left without plans for the evening with their fathers. So, if you’re having trouble thinking of ideas on what to do with dad before or after eating whichever meal, consider these suggestions and take him out for a day in the city. Whether you’re the teenage child, the middle-aged father, or the grandfather, these weekend events are sure to strengthen father-kid relationships with priceless memories and laughs.

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Cars at the Shops

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Is he into cars? The Shops at Park Lane are having a Classic Car Show on June 18th presented by Morning Maniacs. This show is free to the public and will feature 50 cars made before 1975 while The Rumble Kings perform some Rock ‘n’ Roll tunes. You can also enter to be in the show by filling out the application but hurry! Only 50 cars are allowed to gain entry. Top-five entries get cash prizes; first prize winner gets $300.

Dinner in the Dark

The Blind Cafe’s mission and intent is to shed light on “inspiring positive social change events nationwide, all held in complete darkness and facilitated by legally blind keynote speakers and facilitators.” It’s darkening the doors of the Atlantis Business Center June 16 through 18 in Carrollton. The two-hour live music, vegan + wine dinner and open-hearted conversation experience in total darkness could be a real eye-opener for you and your dad. Tickets are sliding scale with average of $85 each; the Valentine’s Day dinners in Dallas sold out quickly, FYI. 

Let’s Play Gaming Expo

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It can be fun to bond with dad by playing video games. That’s why taking him to the Let’s Play Expo in Plano is a great way to spend Father’s Day weekend together. Go back more than 30 years into the past with arcade cabinets and retro games, which are free to play after the $15 admission fee. There will be tournaments for Minecraft and Super Smash Bros that gamers can enter — not just talking to your children, dads.

From the Pixar movie “Inside Out”

If that father-figure in your life cherishes his misspent  youth as an arcade rat, he might love the Tetris World Championship Qualifier tournament, for a chance to relive the joy of simpler gaming in simpler times.

Artistic Fathers

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There are three art festivals occurring during Father’s Day weekend, so pick the one closest to you and bring dad along to see art, watch live musical performances and eat from the variety of food trucks that will be present. In the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher is having its monthly ‘Til Midnight party June 17th, bringing music, art, food and movies together once again to provide a free, fun-filled night for art lovers. Perfect way to start Father’s Day weekend by walking around the district with dad. On Saturday June 18th, Fort Worth will host two free events: the third annual pARTy on Crockett and Kimbell Fest: France presented by the Kimbell Art Museum. Both being within walking distance of each other makes it easier for you to spend the day with dad exploring the arts district of Fort Worth.

Drinking with Dad

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Go share a beer or two with your parents–if you’re old enough–at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth on June 19th. It’s the only day dads can bring the ties they want to get rid of and trade them in for a free Texas pint. While you both enjoy the memories, your dad will recollect whether it brought him good luck or bad luck; either way, he’ll be happy that it eventually got him some free beer. See, drinking really can bring the family together!

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Amusing Dad

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Ok, so it’s not always easy to bring your parent to adult-only events when you have younger siblings, but Wet Zone Waterpark in Rowlett is making it easier on his wallet–and yours–by letting dads in FREE on Father’s Day after purchasing one child’s admission ticket. Six Flags, on the other side of Dallas, is also having a special deal for Season and Membership Passholders during Father’s Day weekend. From June 16th to the 19th, people with Season or Membership passes can bring a friend for FREE on one of those days only. On whichever part of Dallas you’re around, head over to either theme park and celebrate Father’s Day with the whole family.

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Hopefully these ideas are able to generate enough enthusiasm to take your father out on the city. So before you make your eating reservations, make time to catch these events and enjoy spending time together. Remember, material gifts aren’t what matter–it’s the time well spent with the man that gave life to you. Happy Father’s Day!

Calvin & Hobbes c. Bill Watterson, from dadgab.com

Remember to check with the venues before heading out with your family – tickets, reservations and closures are something to plan for just in case.

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