By Jessi Soporito
Father’s Day is coming up soon on June 17, and now is the perfect time to start planning a weekend of fun with Dad. Thankfully, Southern California is packed with activities to help you celebrate just how wonderful your dad is. Whether your dad is sporty, outdoorsy or a music aficionado, there is something for every dad in SoCal.
Dodgers With Dad
On Father’s Day, the Los Angeles Dodgers are facing their rival, the San Francisco Giants, at home. The Boys in Blue will be giving away a Father’s Day Money Clip to the first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance. Get there early to secure your clip and catch some batting practice. Ticket prices range from $37 to $500+.
Take a Tour
The Anaheim Angels are playing in Oakland on June 17, but you and Dad can play catch in the outfield, hit in the batting cages, and even check out the behind-the-scenes workings of the stadium. Tickets are $75 for adults and $20 for kids (6-12).
Visit a Museum
For the auto-enthusiast, Dad is sure to love the Petersen Automotive Museum. Located in Miracle Mile, the museum features over 100 cars, like the Batmobile and the Back to the Future DeLorean, to a Maserati Levante. Tickets are $15 on Father’s Day.
Check Out a Car Show
Those more interested in car shows can check out the Balboa Car Show in Newport Beach. Running every Sunday until 2020, the show includes a free raffle, a Best in Show award, classic rock music and even free donuts, if you arrive early enough. The event is free and no registration is necessary.
Cool off this Father’s Day by renting a boat from Seaforth Boat Rentals in San Diego. Their powerboat rental fleet is 16′ to 56′ and sailboats are 16′ to 54′. Jet skis, kayaks, paddle boards and fishing boats are also available to rent. All experience levels are welcome.
Time Whale Spent With Dad
Head up to the Channel Islands and participate in a whale watching excursion. Get the chance to see Humpback and Blue whales in their natural habitat while also taking a short cruise along the shoreline of the Channel Islands. Tickets range from $55-$68 depending on age, and Father’s Day is the first outing of the season, which runs through September 15.
Take Dad down to Joshua Tree National Park located just east of Palm Springs. Spend the day touring the Keys Ranch or make the vacation a camping trip as the park is a Designated International Dark Sky Park, so you can clearly see the stars at night.
Santa Monica Mountains
The Santa Monica mountains stretch from Malibu to to downtown L.A., protecting over 150,000 acres. Some iconic hikes in these mountains include the Corral Canyon Loop to Malibu and Escondido Falls — a waterfall stretching over 150 feet.
Concerts in the Park
Jam Out With Dad
Relax with Dad after a fun day by enjoying a lively concert in the park. Check out Another Journey — a Journey tribute band — in Coronado. Fortunate Son — a John Fogerty & Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band will also be performing in Woodland Hills.