2011 Father’s Day Activities in Minneapolis

What are you planning to do to show dear old dad how much you appreciate him on Father’s Day this year? Rather than running to the mall and picking up another tie, the best present of all would be the gift of your time. And if you live in the Twin Cities, there will be plenty of things to do together the weekend of June 18 and 19, 2011. The Twin Cities is one of the most family friendly cities in the country. Here are some ideas for you:

* Stone Arch Festival of the Arts

Whether you’re new to the area or have lived in the Twin Cities for a long time, an event worth checking out is the 17th annual Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, a Father’s Day weekend tradition in the Riverfront District of Minneapolis. More than 250 artists and many theater and musical performers will be at this year’s show. So will dozens of local food vendors.

There will be plenty of activities young children and their dads can do together, including the opportunity to build a bird feeder and create portraits made from seeds. The car show featuring classics, restored cars and imports is always a favorite for the older kids.

Hours on both Saturday, June 18 and Sunday June 19, 2011, are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Last year’s attendance was estimated at more than 80,000 people over the two-day festival. More information can be found at http://stonearchfestival.com.

* Three River’s Parks

If crowds aren’t dad’s thing, but he still enjoys spending time outdoors, an activity at one of the Three River’s Parks may be a good alternative. You can take dad to Bryant Lake Regional Park on Saturday, June 18, 2011, between 9 a.m. – Noon for a flat-water kayaking trip.

Dads who want to share their love of golf with kids between the ages of 6 and 17 may want to sign their youngsters up for the free Tee Putting Championship on Saturday, June 18, 2011, between 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center. The Center is located at 11000 Bass Lake Road in Plymouth. Events will include, putting, chipping, pitching and driving. Events are set up so everyone has a chance at a gold, silver or bronze ribbon. More information can be found at http://www.threeriversparks.org.

* Take Dad to a Twis Game

If dad is a baseball fan, you may already have tickets for the Twins’ series against the San Diego Padres. The teams are scheduled to play Friday, June 17, at 7:10 p.m., Saturday, June 18, at 6:10 p.m., and Sunday, June 19, 2011, at 1:10 p.m. Tickets are still available for all three games. Log on to http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com or TicketMaster.com for tickets.

No matter what you end up doing, no day of fun with dad would be complete without some fine dining. Many restaurants will be offering Father’s Day specials this year. Call ahead for details.