Father's Day is coming up this weekend and it's a good chance for children to show dad how much he is appreciated. Here are some ideas for things to do for Father's Day that dads will enjoy, and children too.
Things to make
Here is a really great round up of Fathers;s Day Crafts from the excellent blog Red Ted Art in case you are feeling crafty in advance of the day and want to make something special.
Things to buy
We really like the humorous gifts from Twisted Twee like this ace bag pictured above and the twin pint and half pint t-shirts shown at the top of this post.
Not On The High Street has cool things too for the sophisticated dad.
Don't forget Chisel and Mouse who we recently featured and who make cool handmade models of football stadiums and London landmarks.
Some dads might also appreciate some pampering so a voucher for Geo F Trumper old school men's barber and pampering place might fit the bill. Still time to order vouchers online.
Heritage Motor Museum, Warwickshire is just over an hour and a half from North London but a fun day out for car loving dads.
RAF Museum is closer to home and a firm favourite of North London children and dads. There's loads to see here even for those who aren't fascinated by planes and a children's interactive area that's fun to explore although could use a little updating.
National Army Museum is really interesting for adults and also has an excellent and new children's play area. Book tickets in advance for the play zone. For Father's Day they have a Fighting Fit Father's Day Event - Are you fighting fit? Explore the ways in which the Army has kept itself in trim historically, as well as the contribution the British Army has made to sports, including its Olympic achievements. No tickets required. Free. Sounds good fun.
Imperial War Museum is a really interesting day out for parents of both genders. This weekend they have family activities on called Build The Truce at 11am and 2pm. Free and suitable for all ages.
Stadiums Tour and Olympics Tours are another good thing to do. Details of olympic tours here. Tours of The Emirates and a visit to the museum can be booked and taken any time so you can decide to do this last minute. Details here. There are also still tickets available for the Spurs tours this weekend or you can buy gift vouchers too. Details here. For details of other team tours, see this useful site.
A visit to the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre is also really enjoyable for all the family. For £49.99 dad can try out the olympic course himself and they also sell gift vouchers. We've done this and we all had great fun watching the rafts and seeing this really fantastic course. There is a good viewing platform where you can eat a picnic and wait for a wet dad to return.
British Design 1948-2012 Exhibition at the V&A is something else that lots of dads might be interested in.
If dad like meat, take him along to Hawksmoor, Goodman or one of the other great steak restaurants. Local favourite of ours is The Rotisserie in Whetstone. We'd love to hear other recommendations.
For burgers, Hache in Camden is good as is Byron with branches in Camden, Covent Garden, Islington, Wardour Street and many more.Byron is very family friendly and provides crayons and paper for little people as well as a good kids menu.
If your children are older and don't mind queueing and loud music, try Meat Liquor for a really great burger.
If you are a restaurant doing a Father's Day special or you know somewhere that is, get in touch and we'll feature it here.
Hope you have a great day!
Posted by By North London Mums Tuesday, 12 June 2012