Father’s Day, Pacific Northwest Style

Sunday, June 17th, is quickly approaching. What are you going to get Dad for Father’s Day? I can tell you one thing, the man has enough ties! Instead of giving him the time tarnished stand-byes — ties, new BBQ tools, golf balls — Dad might really enjoy something that reflects his interests and is distinctly Pacific Northwest.

Experiences

If Dad’s favorite tv shows are any of the Star Trek series and/or Big Bang Theory, he would love to attend one of the evenings left in the Science Luminaries Series which still have available tickets. Space is Friday night on June 22nd, and will occur at the Space Gallery at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Featured guests for Space include astronauts Dr. Bonnie Dunbar and Dr. George ‘Pinky’ Nelson, plus Mr. Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada Corporation. On Friday, June 29th, Gaming will at Benaroya Recital Hall. Attendees will be treated to a performance by Seattle Symphony of songs from The Matrix. Featured guests will include “inventors and developers of the most popular and successful computer games.”

If spending time in the great outdoors is something your father really loves, take him on a 3 hour guided canoe tour through the Mercer Slough. Tours are every Saturday and Sunday May to September, 8:45 am to 12:00 pm. Equipment is provided, and each tour begins with a basic safety talk before heading out in the canoes. If you and Dad aren’t tired after canoeing, you could spend some time exploring the trails around the Mercer Slough Nature Park — in July and August, blueberries are available to pick at the Blueberry Farm in the park.

“For those about to rock, we salute you!” Does that sounds more like your Dad? He might really enjoy spending the day with you at EMP, touring the museum and seeing the AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels special exhibit. If flannel shirts and listening to “The Man Who Sold the World,” fits Dad’s musical stylings better, EMP is also currently showing the exhibit, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses.

Noshing

Microbrew connoisseurs are as plentiful as coffee aficionados in these parts. Tap House Grill has 160 brews on tap (the largest selection of draft beers in the NW!), a location in both Seattle and Bellevue, plus a menu of NW-inspired entrees that range from steak to sushi. And, they offer gift cards! Or you could help Dad work his way through the local breweries listed in the Northwest Beer Guide (pppsssttt: Two Beers Brewery is hosting Food Truck Fridays throughout the summer months).

Best pizza in Seattle? Well, that’s a difficult question to answer– it depends on what Dad likes. Would he enjoy a cool, Neapolitan experience culminating with a pie baked in a woodfired pizza oven, brought to Seattle from Naples, Italy? Then Via Tribunali is the place to take Pops. Maybe your Dad likes to try new things, even when it comes to pizza. Bring home a pie from Zaw (there’s a Zaw storefront on Mercer Island!), pop it in the oven to cook while you decide if you want to watch a movie or play a board game while you chow down on some de-lious pizza! And you know you can’t go wrong with taking the family to Pagliacci — they offer pizzas from traditional to daring, and with locations around Seattle and the Eastside you won’t be too far from one. If you’re in the Tacoma area, Cloverleaf Pizza is amazing!

Space Needle Is 50 Years Old

Is Dad a Space Needle fan? To celebrate Father’s Day and the 50th Anniversary, take him up to the observation deck to marvel at the 360 degree view.

There’s also some kitschy items out there for Space Needle fans. LEGO has an architectural kit of the Space Needle available for purchase. Pick one up and spend the afternoon putting it together with him. Or does your father participate in Red, White and Dead every year? If his passion for anything zombie matches his interest in the Space Needle, Archie McPhee has the perfect gift for Dad: Moonlight Zombie Oil Painting. A zombie portrait with the Space Needle in the background is quite the find!

No matter what you plan for Dad on Father’s Day, the gift of your time is what he’ll appreciate most. With all the wonderful things to do throughout the Seattle Metro area, the biggest hurdle will be making a choice of what to go out and do with Dad. Happy Father’s Day to all the terrific Dads out there. Enjoy!!!

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