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Father’s Day fun: 11 ways to celebrate Dad in and around Seattle

There are hundreds of ways to show your love for pops. Here are just a few.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than spending time with your very special guy! Whether it be treating him to a home cooked meal, surprising him with heartfelt cards, or simply taking a walk together, there are hundreds of way to show your love for pops. If you’re looking to get out and about, here are 11 options for a fun Father’s Day in and around Seattle.

Burgers, cakes, and salmon bakes

Father’s Day Camp Out Adventure

If you haven’t experienced FrogLegs Cooking School, this is the perfect excuse to! The interactive culinary school gives both kids and adults the opportunity to engage in hands-on cooking and baking, in a dynamic (and super sweet) setting. FrogLegs celebrates dad with Camp Out “cookout.” Make deluxe burgers with homemade buns, curly fries & malted milkshakes. (You’ll even get to make your own pickles in a mason jar to bring home). Finish things off with ooey gooey s’more cookies. This is an adult & child class.

Burgers with dad for Father’s Day

Make burgers with dad

Father’s Day Cake Decorating

Bake with dad in mind, and whip up some decadent chocolate cupcakes, plus decorate a two-layered chocolate cake in camp-out style. Use candy rocks, a graham cracker tent, red hot chocolate flames, chocolate and pretzel trees and more to create a deliciously cool camp cake. All treats will be taken home to share with dad.


Decorate camp-themed cake for dad

Saturday June 19 & Sunday June 20. Class ages and times very; check website for info. FrogLegs creates classes with social distancing in mind, and requires proper hand washing and masks at all times. Upon arrival, temperatures will be taken. FrogLegs Cooking School; 2643 University  Village Lane, Seattle

Donuts with daddy

Tea & Tiaras Princess Party Parlor is hosting a fun Father’s Day event! Treat dad to donuts and coffee (or juice!), make a craft together, and have your portrait taken by a photographer. Saturday, Jun 19, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $30 (one adult one child) $10 extra child. Tea & Tiaras Princess Party Parlor; 1809 99th Street East, Tacoma

Father’s Day salmon bake lunch

Come celebrate dad while supporting Native American artists and vendors at the Father’s Day Salmon Bake lunch at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. Feast on alder cooked salmon, roasted red potatoes, salad, corn on the bob, fry bread, and a berry dessert. Saturday June 19 & Sunday June 20, 2021 Doors open at 10 a.m. Lunch is $25 per person, and is served from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Shopping from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center; 4705 W Marginal Way, Seattle

Hot rods & steam trains

Dream Builder’s Fathers Day Car Show

Indulge dad’s love for all things auto and take him to the Dream Builder’s Car Show. This annual event features lean, mean machines and has become a perfect date with dads of all kinds, plus it benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County. Check out classic cars, low riders, street rods, sports cars and more. Cars will line SW 152nd Street in Downtown Burien from 4th Ave SW to 10th Ave SW. Sunday June 20, 2021. Evergreen speedway; 14405  179th Ave SE, Monroe

Father’s Day car show at evergreen speedway

Photo courtesy of Dream Builder’s Car Show

Hot Rods and Hot Dogs!

Nothing goes better with hot rods than hot dogs! Bring dad to New Horizon Christian Center’s BBQ and classic car show. Bring a lawn chair and stay awhile — the food is cheap, the cars are cool, and Jazzy’s Cookie Truck will be there! Burgers $3.00, hot dogs $2.00, complimentary drinks with food purchase. BBQ starts at 12:45. Sunday June 20, 2021; New Horizon Christian Center; 5600 Valley Ave E., Fife

Father’s Day steam train ride 

Let dad blow off some steam and have some family fun with a steam train ride through the beautiful upper Snoqualmie Valley. The steam train excursion includes the gorgeous vista view from the top of Snoqualmie Falls looking down into the Snoqualmie river valley below. Step back in time as you board historic coaches at either the historic Snoqualmie Depot or the North Bend depot. The 1899 Northern Pacific steam locomotive 924 will pull these trains as a special treat just for dad! Don’t wait to get your tickets as these trains sell out fast. Ticket prices: Adult $30.00, Child (ages 2-12) $15.00, Senior (62+) $25.00Masks are required for ages 5+ Saturday June 19 & Sunday June 20. Northwest Railway Museum; 38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie

Northwest Railway Museum steam train ride

On the water

Classic Weekend at Bell Harbor Marina

Come see the yachts! The Bell Harbor Marina Classic Weekend is back for Father’s Day. Ooh and ahh over classic motor yachts — many of them pre-World War II. Masks required on the docks and in common areas. No more than 50 people at a time on the docks. Saturday June 19 & Sunday June 20; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bell Harbor Marina; 2203 Alaskan Way, Seattle

Gone Fishin’ 

Take dad fishing at Gold Creek Trout Farm, a family-owned U-fish pond in Woodinville. Perfect for first-timers, Gold Creek’s two ponds are stocked with trout, making for easy catches and tons of fun.

Fishing with kids

Big catch! (Photo: Allison Holm)

Other “on the water” Father’s Day ideas: Pea Pod Sailing at the Center For Wooden Boats, and check out 11 options for boat rentals and tours in and around Seattle. 


Father’s Day at Emerald Downs

Emerald Downs honors two occasions on Sunday, June 20th:  Fathers Day, and the track’s 25th anniversary. Come watch the horses race, grab lunch, and spend quality time with dad. There’s a special ceremony at 2 p.m.; first race is at 2:30 p.m. Face coverings are required for entrance. Vaccinated area on track level, masks not required with proof of vaccination. Sunday June 20, 2021. Emerald Downs; 2300 Ron Crockett Dr, Auburn

Emerald Downs

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Another option for your animal-loving dad: take him to the Woodland Park Zoo to get up close and personal with dinosaurs.


Hops for pop

Liège waffles Father’s Day pop-up

Treat dad to beer and waffles at Lantern Brewing Co. The Waffly Good Waffles food truck will be parked from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The locally-made Belgian Pearl Sugar Waffles are to die for, and go great with a pint. Sunday June 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lantern Brewing Co., 938 N 95th St, Seattle


(Courtesy of Waffly Good Waffles)

Whatever you do for Father’s Day, enjoy it with the people you love most.

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About the Author

Allison Holm

Allison has enjoyed writing for various publications and companies over the years, and is currently the Things To Do Editor for Seattle’s Child. She loves farmers markets, coffee shops, used bookstores, and spending as much time as she can in her absolute favorite place: the San Juan Islands.