Out of fresh ideas for what to do or buy for Father’s Day this year? We have suggestions that we hope will inspire some quality time with dad or turn out to be just the very thing he didn’t know he needed.
10 Ideas for a Memorable Father’s Day
- There’s always the American Classic – baseball and barbeque. On Father’s Day, the Houston Astros play the Cincinnati Reds at 1:10 p.m. with tickets starting at only $6 apiece. Before the game, take Dad to Jackson Street BBQ at 209 Jack Street by Minute Maid Park for some authentic down-home Texas BBQ with all the sides and fixin’s.
- The framed photograph – with a twist. Take an old photograph of your father, perhaps his mother or father, or grandfather and have it restored like new for him to treasure all over again. Innovative Images will restore your treasured photographs based on an old image, as long as it’s in focus. They also create reproductions to look like heirloom studio portraits on linen texture, mounted, and ready for display. Innovative Images, 11211 Richmond Ave. B101, Houston 77082.
- Take Dad for a bike ride on a tandem bike along Buffalo Bayou. Bike Barn Bayou Rentals at 105 Sabine St, Houston 77007, rents out bikes by the hour, half-day, and full day. Ride your bike along the many Bayou trails, and take Dad for a casual brunch at The Kitchen at Dunlavy at 3422 Allen Parkway. Accessible right from the bike trail, you can park your bike, walk on up to the open air deck, and feast with other riders, walkers, and weekend revelers within the tree-house inspired ambience!
- Schedule a saltwater fishing charter. No need to grab the reels as everything is provided by the charter captain; just stock the cooler and head down to Galveston! Get Hooked Charters at 715 N Holiday Drive in Galveston offer charters starting at just $400. Choices include in-shore bay-jetty trips, deep sea fishing, close offshore shark trips, and blue water deep sea fishing. Call (409) 698-7112 for more information.
- Maybe your father is more the type to open a gift than adventure out on Father’s Day. Stag Provisions in River Oaks at 2614 Westheimer near Kirby has a treasure trove of items he’ll love and actually use. From handsome walnut catch trays to coffee table books on David Bowie and Bob Dylan, Stag has something for any Dad. Add to his outdoor “casual dinner” summer wear with a button-down Jack Spade blocked plaid shirt. Or, perhaps he could use a mounted Starr “Open Bottle Here” bottle opener, swim trunks, Converse sneakers, or Filson travel pack. Whatever he could use, this is a great place for quality finds.
- Another twist on the picture frame idea is to take items representing Dad’s hobby, items from a collection, memorabilia, or his work accomplishments to Bradley’s Art & Frame in Spring Branch at 1306 Blalock, Houston 77055. Bradley’s can beautifully arrange, mount, present, and frame any collection of items you can bring to them. See what you can come up with and give Dad a truly unique, personal, and meaningful gift for him always to have.
- How about taking Dad to lunch or dinner – a meal you cook together? Well Done Cooking Classes in the Heights at 2811 Airline Drive features the “Father’s Day Food Men Love!” cooking class from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Father’s Day. This is a great social group cooking class, and it’s BYOB to boot; they even have their own great wines and beers for sale in case you forget yours. On the menu are spare ribs and brisket sandwiches, along with fresh guacamole and chips for starters and chocolate brownies for dessert. Grab that special man and go have a super fun and indulgent afternoon!
- Take Dad on a great adventure through America’s wild, untamed National Parks at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Wortham Giant Screen Theater. Playing at 11:00 a.m. on Father’s Day, this giant screen amazing adventure is made even more spectacular being a 3D film. Enjoy this experience of viewing America’s wild beauty like no other – the ultimate, virtual off-road wonderland!
- Does your father enjoy books? Just outside the loop at 7405 Westview Drive in Spring Branch, Dan and Ann Becker opened a used and rare bookstore in this house in 1993 with corridors throughout containing books stacked high, floor to ceiling. There are plenty of couches and chairs, and coffee to partake any time of day. You are certain to find a copy of one of your father’s treasured books, perhaps even an original childhood favorite of his. Don’t know what to search for? Enjoy the old art of browsing up and down the voluminous stacks, and you’re sure to come away with a very special gift for your Dad.
- Last but not least, give your dad a call and go visit him with these two special time-honored items: a baseball and an old ball glove. You might need to bring two gloves, but ask your dad to come outside for a game of catch. We promise, there is hardly anything more special to your father than spending time with you, and catching up over a game of catch not only can flood you both with your childhood and his early-fatherhood memories, but it’s a time between just the two of you that no fancy equipment, expensive meal, or wrapped present can possibly beat.