Dear Diary,

In our family, we have a tradition of celebrating fathers at a Father’s Day brunch.  My sister hosts the event at her house and does most of the cooking as I am the takeout queen in our family.  This year, I am required to bring a covered dish–not drinks, desserts or paper products as I have done in the past.  Not sure what I will whip up, but I do know after the kitchen is cleaned and the food is packed up, we’ll probably take the kids out and about.   Here are five fun places to make Father’s Day the most memorable yet.  Plus, some of the ideas are great suggestions to burn the calories from waffles, shrimp and grits and bacon! Here are five fun places to celebrate Father’s Day.

1. Get the Royal Treatment

Since dads are kings for the day, why not give them the royal treatment? At Art of Shaving, fathers can get the ultimate indulgence and receive a royal shave by an expertly trained barber. If the $65 fee isn’t in the budget, you can create a spa in your home with a hot towel, razor, shaving cream and face balm.

2. Go Wild

Zoos across the country, including here in Pittsburgh, are offering free admission to fathers this Sunday.  Gather the whole herd and enjoy a safari celebration. You can make it an educational activity by teaching your little ones about all the furry fathers you see.

3. Take a Ride

Zoos aren’t the only attractions offering freebies for father’s. Many amusement parks, like the Land of Make Believe in New Jersey, are waiving admissions as well. You can take dad on the ride of the summer, scream at the top of your lungs while on a roller coaster and eat cotton candy until your stomachaches.

4. Go Golfing

Grab the golf clubs and head out onto the greens, especially if the father in your life plays putt-putt in his backyard. Expand his horizons to play with the pros. If the children are too small to swing, check out a miniature golf course or check out Top Golf locations in Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Washington, D.C.

5. Get Fired up

Take dad and his artistic offspring to a ceramic studio to celebrate the day. The kids can make a big impression by making gifts using their hand and footprints. Don’t forget to snap a shot, print the picture and put in the frame your little ones paint.

Hey DFTM Fam–Where are you celebrating Father’s Day this year? 

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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