MOBILE MADNESS FOOD TRUCK FAIR
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles has scheduled its third annual food truck fair for the day before Father’s Day. A fleet of food will be onsite – as well as Sly Fox beer. Even dessert gets a retro-automotive feel, with ice cream served in a 1977 Mister Softee truck.
BEEF AND BEER ON THE RAILS
Designed to cater to the special men in your life, this journey on the Colebrookdale Railroad is the perfect gift. Locally brewed beverages accompany beef, coleslaw, seasoned potatoes, and dessert in the beauty of a century-old café car. A kid-friendly meal can be purchased, as well as tickets for the deluxe coach (beverage service only) and the first-class parlor (hors d’oeuvres and a keepsake glass).
DARING DAD SCAVENGER HUNT
Norristown Farm Park
Bring dad to Norristown Farm Park for a challenging nature scavenger hunt. He’ll have to follow a series of clues to find the items or answer questions. The first dad back with all the requirements met is the winner. Families are welcome to help dad in the search.
American Helicopter Museum
Car and motorcycle shows, food trucks, helicopter rides, vendors and a beer garden all await dads who spend their big day at the American Helicopter Museum (a bit out-of-county but worth the drive). Be sure to take in the mixed-media sculpture by artist Steve Maloney. It comprises a transformed boneyard U.S. Army Huey helicopter that served as an air ambulance during the Vietnam War.
FATHER'S DAY BBQ AND CAR SHOW
Elmwood Park Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo has a full day of celebration scheduled for area dads and granddads. Not only is the array of animals ready to greet your pop (including at the new Trail of the Jaguar exhibit), the zoo also provides a tasty BBQ, lawn games, entertainment and a car show in the parking lot.
FATHERS & FAMILY IN THE 1700S
Meet “Dr. Thomas Graeme”, patriarch of the family and familial presence responsible for the naming of Graeme Park. The day’s program will explore the role of fathers in the 18th century and their place as head of the family. A brief historical presentation begins at 2 pm.
MOVIE MARATHON: TREKKING WITH DAD
The Colonial Theatre
The Colonial Theatre’s annual Father’s Day movie marathon event boldly goes where it has never gone before: the Star Trek universe. This triple-feature puts three episodes from Roddenberry’s franchise on the big screen: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982); Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986); and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
THINGS TO DO
SPRUCE UP HIS WARDROBE
Montgomery County has the most vibrant retail outlook of any destination on the east coast. Destination Shop Montco can help you outfit him with the perfect look. For example, Thomas Pink (King of Prussia Mall) has an extensive supply of pocket squares, cufflinks, ties and socks of all colors and patterns.
PUTT THROUGH THEMED COURSES
If your dad is more of a putt-through-the-spinning-windmill type of guy, we’ve got plenty of mini-golf courses, too.
Waltz Golf Farm
303 W Ridge Pike, Limerick
Waltz’ Farm Course features a miniature farmhouse that is an exact replica of the owners’ original fieldstone home, which can be seen onsite near the driving range.
71 West High Street, Pottstown
The hot dog menu at Manatawny Green has ten signature varieties and more than 20 toppings – plus it’s right next door to the retro-fun of The Carousel at Pottstown.
Freddy Hill Farms
1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale
There are 36 holes at Freddy Hill, modeled after the terrain of Florida and South Carolina, including plenty of water hazards.
Tee’s Golf Center
707 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken
The impressive granite boulders were incorporated into the waterfall after being unearthed onsite when Tee’s was under construction.
Horsham Family Golf
1020 Easton Road, Horsham
Horsham Family Golf’s multilevel course incorporates the look and feel of the great Gold Rush of the 1840s.
Hill Top Mini Golf
880 Easton Road, Glenside
The obstacles here are based on landmarks from around the world. If dad has never faced a Sphinx in Egypt, he can challenge one at Hill Top.
RAMP UP THE ACTION
Instead of a traditional gift, give dad an adventure. He’ll remember the wind in his hair much more than a bottle of cologne.
POCO LOCO PAINTBALL
134 Kurtz Road
Given your family dynamics, this outing could get interesting: Dad vs. kids; guys in the house vs. girls; Baby Boomers vs. Millennials. Any way you configure it, there’s no dodging the fact that he’ll have a good time at Poco Loco Paintball.
200 Blair Mill Rd #100
A dad who drives the tots to school each day will definitely enjoy something a little less sedate: the tight curves and fast straightaways of a competitive go-kart track.
A Father’s Day dinner shouldn’t involve asking him to man the smoky, hot grill all by himself.