Three cheers for dad — the bedtime storyteller, boo boo-kisser, LEGO-builder, sideline-cheerer, and best paper airplane-maker around.
It’s time to honour all those awesome dads out there for everything they do for their kids and families — it’s Father’s Day, this Sunday, June 17th! We’ve gathered a great list of fun events and activities happening around Metro Vancouver this weekend that dad will love. So, after you are done letting dad sleep in and enjoy a yummy home-cooked breakfast, hit the town to celebrate your favourite guy and make some awesome family memories to boot!
The yoyomama team would like to extend an extra big Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in our lives. We love you and couldn’t do what we do without you!
For the dad who loves to explore, take him to one of the many neighbourhoods in Vancouver celebrating Car Free Day. The 13th Annual Car Free Day shuts down the streets to cars and allows foot traffic to take over. There are three distinct parties in three distinct neighbourhoods: Main Street, Denman Street, and block parties all around Kitsilano. Leave the vehicle at home and pop on your walking shoes! With family fun zones, swordplay demos, music, arts & crafts, drum circles, dancing, street hockey and more, dad and the entire family will have a blast! Be sure to check out the schedule of events to decide which location to visit. Car Free Day Vancouver, Saturday, June 16th – Sunday, June 17th, various locations around Vancouver
For the dad who loves to fish, take part in Family Fishing Weekend with great family fishing events in Abbotsford, Coquitlam, North Vancouver and lots of places in between. Visit the BC Family Fishing website to find a fishing derby location close to you. These events are a great way for the entire family to learn to fish, and you don’t even need a fishing license! Residents of Canada can go fishing in most of BC’s lakes and non-tidal streams compliments of the provincial government. You do not need to buy or carry a Freshwater Fishing license for Father’s Day weekend! For full details, visit the fishing rules on the BC Family Fishing website.
For the dad who loves old cars, head to Old Car Sunday at the Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission. In addition to the old cars and motorcycles, there will be delicious food, exciting entertainment, and fun kids activities on-site. Last year they raised over $12,000 for local charities. Old Car Sunday, Sunday, June 17th, 9 am – 4 pm, Fraser River Heritage Park, 7494 Mary Street, Mission, Cost: Admission by donation
For the dad who likes to kick it 1900s-style, a trip to Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel is a must! Enjoy a classic motorcycle display, close shaves at the barbershop, and car films at the Central Park Theatre. Catch a parade of cars before taking a spin on the 1912 Carousel. Burnaby Village Museum, Sunday, June 17th, 11 am – 4:30 pm, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, Cost: Admission – free, Carousel rides – $2.65 each
For the dad who still loves to play with trains, visit Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey where he can view model trains from The Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club and take a train ride, courtesy of Pacific Trackless Trains. There are yummy baked goods, old-fashioned sack races, and even a dad-themed arts and crafts project. Father’s Day Open House, Sunday, June 17th, 11 am – 3 pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey, Cost: Free, rides by cash donation
For the dad who lives for bagpipes, kilts, and haggis, he’ll love spending Saturday at the annual BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival. You’ll find Scottish clan societies to learn about your ancestry, a whisky school with four classes throughout the day, cultural talks on kilt making, and the heavy athletic events. Looking for food? There’s plenty of everything, including Scottish delicacies, like haggis and Irn Bru. Let the kids enjoy the children’s rides and activities including an introduction to “caber tossing”. There will be Celtic dancers, pipe bands, and lots more entertainment too! BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival, Saturday, June 16th, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
For the dad with a green thumb, head to the UBC Botanical Garden for a Bumblebee Parade and Picnic. Bring your curiosity and your lunch out to UBC where you’ll parade the garden and search for flowers and their fuzzy bumblebee companions. Participants will be guided by experts Brian Campbell, UBC Botanical Beeologist in Residence, and Marika van Reeuwyk, from the Environmental Youth Alliance, through a citizen science program. You’ll learn about the diversity of bumblebees in the Lower Mainland, identify plants and bumblebee species, and discover the benefits of pollination services. Bumblebee Parade & Picnic, Sunday, June 17th, 11 am – 1 pm, UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, Cost: Adult $11; Child $7, please pre-register.
For the dad who loves to play catch, spend Father’s Day at Nat Bailey Stadium where the whole family can help warm up the field with a good old-fashioned game of catch! The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club invites families across Metro Vancouver to its annual Father’s Day at the iconic Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium. Admission is free to Vancouver’s most coveted Father’s Day tradition! Get excited about summer at the Nat by sporting the Canadians’ patriotic colours of red and white while enjoying some quality family time. Make sure to bring your own baseballs and gloves! Enter at the first base gate. Annual Father’s Day Catch, Sunday, June 17th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver, Cost: Free
For the dad who likes to pretend he’s “Maverick”, head out to the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley for their Pops and Props event. Dad gets in free with one paid admission. There’s a jet fighter photo booth, flight simulator, paper airplane station, and more. The concession stand will be open, so you can enjoy lunch while hanging out in the hangar. Pops & Props, Sunday, June 17th, 10 am – 4 pm, The Canadian Museum of Flight, Hangar #3, 5333 – 216th Street, Langley, Cost: Adults $10, Youth $7, kids 6 and under are free and so is dad with 1 paid admission!
For the dad who is one with nature, nothing will beat a pancake picnic at the beach! Head to Boundary Bay Regional Park where you can fill up on a pancake breakfast before participating in fun activities. Learn all about animal “fathers” and enjoy some live music. Sunday in the Park, Sunday, June 17th, 9 am – 12 pm, Boundary Bay Regional Park, Centennial Beach, Delta, Cost: Free activities. Breakfast: $6 adult, $3 child.
Looking for more great Father’s Day stuff? We’ve got you covered:
- five fabulous Father’s Day finds
- our favourite local shops for the perfect Father’s Day gift
- Father’s Day crafts dad will love
- check out our Pinterest board full of great father’s day craft and gift ideas
By: Michelle Hughes