Father’s Day in Philly: 20 Things To Do with Dad on Father's Day 2022

Dads get a discount on their special day at Wilmington & Western Railroad. Photo courtesy of the railroad
Dads get a discount on their special day at Wilmington & Western Railroad. Photo courtesy of the railroad

Whether the dad or father figure in your life is a sports fan, outdoor enthusiast, or just wants to kick back, Philly has Father's Day activities that are sure to please. This year, Father's Day falls on Juneteenth, which means even more to celebrate and tons of festivities to show dad a great day. And don't forget to wake him up on Father's Day with one of these Father's Day Crafts and Gifts That Kids Can Make and keep him laughing all day with some corny dad jokes!

For more seasonal fun that dads will love, check out our Summer Activity Guide or search for events on Father's Day in your neighborhood on our events calendar

Things To Do with Dad on Father's Day 2022: Brooklyn Bowl
Spend your Father's Day rocking out as a family to the music of Bob Marley at Brooklyn Bowl. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl

Things To Do on Father's Day in Philadelphia

1. Bob Marley for Kids Concert — Northern Liberties

Spend Father's Day jammin' to the music of Bob Marley at Brooklyn Bowl. This interactive, family-friendly show includes games, stories, and rock-and-roll.

2. Parks on Tap — Fairmount

The Water Works beer garden is open for a brew alongside riverfront views. Want more of a restaurant vibe? Pick from one of our top family-friendly restaurants where kids can play

3. Frankford Hall Meets PlayArts — Fishtown

Your favorite Fishtown beer garden, Frankford Hall, steps up its kid-friendly status starting on Father's Day, with PlayArts offering free programs for kids while you treat dad to a cold one.  

4. Distillery Tour — Various Locations

Check out the Philly Distillery Trail, which lists a handful of distilleries located right in Philly and the surrounding areas. Red Brick Craft Distillery on Martha St. offers tours and tastings on Saturdays and is known for its single malt whiskey made from barley that has been harvested and malted to perfection.

5. Artsy Block Party — Fairmount

Hit the Parkway for the Barnes Foundation's epic block party, featuring visual art displays, family-friendly art making, live performances, food trucks, and even a—yet another!—beer garden.

6. Celebrate Juneteenth — Various Locations

Father's Day and Juneteenth collide in the best of ways this year, and Philly is here for it. Visit the African American Museum's Block Party in Franklin Square, or head to Malcolm X Park for the Juneteenth Parade and Festival.

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Things To Do with Dad on Father's Day 2022: Harry Potter Exhibit
A fantastic new photo opportunity awaits Harry Potter: The Exhibition guests! Photo courtesy of the museum

7. Harry Potter Exhibit — Logan Square

Visit the world of wizardry at the Franklin Institute to view props, costumes, and magical installations. Traveling with a portkey, mixing a potion, and throwing a quaffle are sure to entertain Harry Potter-loving dads. 

8. Axe Throwing — Various Locations

Bury the Hatchet has several locations throughout Philly and the suburbs, and the Philly location now offers beer on tap. You can also head to Old City and check out Kick Axe Throwing, where you can enjoy food and drinks in a lounge that could pass as a lumberjack's living room. Be sure to make reservations, and don't forget to sport your flannel. Kids must be 8 & up to throw at Kick Axe and 10 & up to accompany dad to Bury the Hatchet.

9. Family Frolic at the Flower Show— Center City

Who says flowers are just for Mother's Day? Head to The Philadelphia Flower Show, which concludes on Father's Day with a big Family Frolic event in the Kid's Cocoon play area.

10. Dinner Cruise — Penn's Landing

Take dad out on the Delaware for a 2.5 hour dinner cruise, complete with a buffet, entertainment, and gorgeous views. Kids 2 and under are free.

11. Free Admission for Dad to the Academy of Natural Sciences — Center City

Celebrate Father's Day for free while exploring dinosaurs, dioramas, the children’s discovery center, and more.

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Things To Do with Dad on Father's Day 2022: Fun Run!
Head to Subaru Park for a Father's Day Run for all the generations. Photo courtesy of the event

Things To Do on Father's Day in the Suburbs

12. Blippi the Musical — Glenside

Take dad to the theater to see Blippi take his energetic, silly self from the little screen to the live stage at the Keswick.

13.Father's Day Run — Chester

Work up a sweat for a cause on the Saturday of Father's Day weekend. Head to Subaru Park and bike, run, or walk to raise awareness for prostate and colon cancer. Pre-registration and walk-in registration are both available. 

14. Hike — Various Locations

Take advantage of the weather on the final days of spring. Strap the kids on your backs for an exploration of a PA state park, or pack the stroller for a more leisurely trek. Kids can also bike or walk at these kid-friendly locations, or dad can escape for a solo stroll.     

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Things To Do with Dad on Father's Day 2022: Go Camping
Set up shop on the beautiful grounds at Ocean View Resort. Photo courtesy of Ocean View Resort

15. Camp — Various Locations

Head to a family-friendly campground for a weekend of relaxation. Rent a cabin in advance or pitch a tent and revel in the great outdoors. For a more structured camping experience, check out Riverbend Environmental Center's Family Camp-out from June 18−June 19. 

16. Fish — Various Locations

Take your rod and reel to your favorite local fishing spot. Fish for trout at Pennypack Park, or head to Linvilla Orchards in Media, where no license is required and dads fish for free on Father's Day. For a more competitive experience, register for the annual Kid's Father's Day Fishing Derby at Peace Valley Park (note that only kids ages 5−15 can fish). 

17. Paintball — Various Locations

Check out Crusader Paintball in Fairless Hills (Bucks County) and Poco Loco Paintball in Schwenksville (Montgomery County) for dads who love gear, rough terrain, and getting messy. Kids must be 8 & up to play at Crusader Paintball and 10 & up to play at Poco Loco Paintball.

18. Train Ride — Wilmington

Take a ride on the Wilmington & Western Railroad track; dads are admitted at half-fare on their special day. This 90-minute ride passes historic mills and beautiful scenery. Pack a picnic lunch, as the train stops for a 30-minute lunch break. 

19. Music at the Zoo — Norristown

On Father's Day and every weekend this summer, Elmwood Park Zoo features live entertainment on the Zoo Revue stage. Concerts take place across from the Zoo Brew Beer Garden, where dad can grab a drink and relax with his own little animals.

20. Father's Day Festival at Harbaugh's Village — Mullica Hill, NJ

BBQ lovers, come on down. From 12pm−10pm, dads and their crew can enjoy a BBQ buffet in the barn. This New Jersey venue features local vendors, children's and turf games, and live music. 

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