With Father’s Day quickly approaching, I’m sure many of you are asking yourselves what you can do to make this day one your Dad will never forget. If your dad is anything like mine, he is incredibly difficult to shop for. He somehow has everything and will never admit to needing something new. So instead of pressing Dad for gift ideas, I have always celebrated Father’s Day by spending quality time with my favorite man. Here are some unique outing ideas that your Dad will love, no matter what his interests may be…
THE FOOD-LOVING FAJA:
TOWN Restaurant’s ‘Meat Man’ Father’s Day Special
TOWN is a new restaurant that opened in the Nation’s Capital last June and has received many accolades from foodies throughout the city. Located at 296 Elgin Street, this restaurant promises great food and a warm atmosphere. For Father’s Day, TOWN is offering 5 ‘Meat Man’ courses, which they have paired with 5 different beers. There are only 30 seats available for this special event, which promises to mix good food, drinks and company.
Price: $95/person www.townlovesyou.com
For those of you who can’t necessarily foot the bill for a big meal out, fear not. Instead of heading out, plan to stay in and let Dad show off his fine grilling skills. Pick up a couple of steaks (I go for moderately priced Top Sirloin, which cooks nicely on the barbecue) and all the fixings: baked potato, broccoli, salad, and any of Dad’s other faves. Take your time cooking together and sit down for a nice, relaxed evening.
Price: approx. $25 for 2
If you feel like getting Dad a gift to match, look for grilling accessories. There are spices, basters, spatulas and more. They range in price from $5 – $20/each www.canadiantire.com
THE ESPN PAPA:
A Golf Town Treat
If your Dad is a golf enthusiast, take him out to your local Golf Town and let him explore the aisles, which are filled with the newest and best golf clubs and accessories. These stores are more than a retail outlet, they provide a fun experience for pros and rookies alike. Sign Dad up for a lesson to help him improve his game, or have him try out his dream club on their virtual simulator.
Price: Free to visit, lessons and products vary www.golftown.com
A Home-Run Hang Out
If your Dad is a baseball enthusiast and you’ll be in the Nation’s Capital for Father’s Day, why not spend the day at the old ball game. Conveniently, the Ottawa Fat Cats are scheduled to take on the Burlington Twins this Father’s Day. Spend an exciting day outdoors, taking in the game, the fresh air and enjoying the refreshments (ahem, ice cold beer) that the stadium has to offer.
THE ACTION-FLICK FATHER:
This weekend marks the opening of the superhero film, based on the DC Comics character, Green Lantern. Help Dad feel like a kid again as he is thrust into the world of make-believe, just like he did when he was reading comics under the covers after bed time. Besides, Dad gets an action-packed adventure and you get to stare at Ryan Reynolds for 2 hours. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me!
Price: approx. $50 for tickets and concessions for 2 www.greenlanternmovie.com
THE DRIVING DAD:
Father’s Day Antique Car Show
Held at the Billings Estate National Historic Site located at 2100 Cabot Street, a variety of old-fashioned cars will be on display from 11am-4pm, which are sure to please any car enthusiast. Spend the afternoon admiring these antique beauties, while taking in live music and enjoying an outdoor barbecue. Finally, have your picture taken with the Billings’ 1959 Cadillac for a nice souvenir!
Price: $10 for 2 www.ottawa.ca/residents/heritage/museums/billings/events/index_en.html
The Ottawa Ferrari Festival
As part of the 36th Annual Italian Week, the Ferrari Festival takes place Father’s Day Weekend in the Nation’s Capital. A variety of events will be taking place all weekend on Corso Italia, better known as Preston Street, culminating In the Charity Ferrari Dream Ride on Father’s Day. Get Dad’s blood pumping as he gets to take a ride in the famous sports car! A Father’s Day Luncheon is also being thrown afterwards at Villa Marconi, where the Ferrari’s will be on display.
Price: $50-$75 for a Dream Ride, $25/person for lunch www.ottawaferrarifestival.com
Happy Father’s Day Dad(s), from all your little nuts!