Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Happy Fathers Day; June 17-18

As kids, my siblings and I always (always) gave my dad a new tie for Father's Day. I have to hand it to him: He acted just thrilled about it every time. Now that I have a family of my own, we're less about gift-giving and more about finding activities to do together on Father's Day. Here are some plans we're considering: Heading to the harbor to watch the tall ships come into town, picking lots and lots of sweet strawberries, cheering on students and their wind-powered creations at a design contest, or having a dance party or scavenger hunt at a music festival. 

And what dad wouldn't love a little bluegrass bbq or learning a new way to make him laugh? From all of us at Mommy Poppins, Happy Father's Day to all of the awesome dads out there!

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

All Weekend 

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Sturbridge
With an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this classic tale provides a theatrical celebration of pure Americana for the whole family to enjoy.

Beyond the 4th Wall is a Cambridge non-profit that brings the magic of theater and performances to families throughout Cambridge and the surrounding area. 
 
 See Curious George & the Man in the Yellow Hat during "Meet and Greet" opportunities throughout the day at Edaville.
 
Set to a myriad of musical styles including country-western, calypso, bubble-gum pop, and rock ‘n’ roll, this family-friendly production is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do,” and “Close Every Door.”
 
Wicked - Boston
Wicked is the story of two magically inclined women, one blonde, and one green of skin - and their coming-of-age as the forces of good and 'wicked'.

Saturday


The public is welcome to tour the tall ships this weekend. Photo courtesy of Sail Training International.

Parade of Sail - Boston Harbor
The Grand Parade of Sail launches a five day nautical-themed celebration featuring educational, cultural, interactive, and re-enactment events and activities as well as daily free public boarding of some classic tall ships. Read more about Sail Boston in our detailed guide to the event.
 
In addition to strawberry picking, there are also fun and educational wildlife activities throughout the day.
 
Activities include visits to the farm's acres of strawberry picking, farm-fresh strawberries and strawberry products, hayrides, strawberry shortcake, inflatables, and a giant jumping pillow.
 
Cheer on students in a design challenge that includes high school students from across the country designing and building a wind-powered device capable of hovering three stories in the air—carrying rubber ducks as payload.
 
Dance like it’s 1699 at this fun and engaging introduction to the dance and music of the time of André Campra.

Sunday

Bring a picnic blanket and load up the kids for a summer afternoon on the farm that includes food, lawn games, a visit with the farm animals, and live music.
 
Come ready to laugh and play while learning in a supportive and fun environment using the same skills that improv comedians use.
 

Enjoy some bonding time together at the zoo. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Williams/Franklin Park Zoo

Celebrate Fathers Day at the Zoo - Dorchester
Franklin Park and Stone Zoos have free admission for all fathers throughout the day. 
 
At this annual festival you can pick-your-own strawberries, get your face painted, play on a bouncy house or super slide, ride a cow train, or plant your own strawberry plant. 
 
Join staff and volunteers for a biological inventory of the plants, amphibians, insects, trees, and more that make their home at Fresh Pond.
 
Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers interact through sound, sight and touch, and enjoy live music at the Children's Museum.
 
Top photo: Spend Father's Day watching the tall ships come in at Sail Boston. Photo courtesy of Sail Training International.