Take Him Out to the Ballgame
Given that the Cardinals are well on their way to drawing three million fans to Busch Stadium yet again this season, it's probably not a big secret that a day at the ballpark is a popular pastime for St. Louis dads ... and moms and kids. But not every Father's Day coincides with a home game, yet alone one that pits the Redbirds against their cross-state rival Kansas City Royals. Kids 15 and under will receive a collectible pennant profiling new manager Mike Matheny. The game is at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. Order tickets.
Life is a Circus
Life for modern dads often resembles a circus. Why not treat him to the real thing by taking him to a performance of Circus Flora, St. Louis' classic European-style one-ring circus. Featuring clowns, aerialists, acrobats and a range of trained animals, the circus comes to town on May 31 and offers daily performances through June 24. Weekend tickets range from $19 to $44. On the Friday and Saturday of Father's Day weekend, performances take place at 2 and 7 p.m. On Father's Day itself, performances will take place at 1 and 5:30 p.m. Order tickets.
As noted in a recent Sprout story, there are plenty of great family movies coming out this summer. Treat Dad to a night at the movies. If you're looking for something beyond the usual summer blockbuster fare, check out an eye-popping flick in the wrap-around domed OMNIMAX Theater at the Saint Louis Science Center. Father's Day weekend will feature screenings of Space Junk, To The Arctic and Rocky Mountain Express. Read more about the OMNIMAX and its summer lineup.
Take a Hike or Ride a Bike
Father's Day offers a great opportunity to get outside and break a sweat as a family. Hiking and biking are both excellent activities to enjoy with Dad. Consider a trip south to Belleview, Mo., where parents and kids alike can climb and leap from one giant granite boulder to the next at Elephant Rocks State Park. Or load up the bike racks and head out for a day of cycling on the Katy Trail. Prefer to stay closer home on Father's Day? No problem. The number of nearby hiking and biking trails in the area is practically limitless.
A great way to show your father how much you care is to spend some time exploring shared interests with him. Consider signing up Dad and the kids for a class together. The Continuing Education Department of St. Louis Community College offers a broad range of interesting classes for learners of all ages, on subjects ranging from swing dancing to native tree identification.
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