Photo: Wave Hill
Celebrate Father’s Day in the Bronx! Still figuring out what to do? From free events to fun ideas, we’ve got you covered. We’ll continue to update this list.
On Friday, Affinity Health Plan on Fordham is celebrating with free haircuts for dad from 2 to 5pm. www.facebook.com
Then from 4 to 7 at the Mall at Bay Plaza, kids can make their dads a cool picture frame in the food court. There will be a DJ spinning some fun dad’s music, with gifts and giveaways. First Come Basis. THE MALL AT BAY PLAZA, www.mallatbayplaza.com
This weekend, using plaster of Paris, create an exact replica of your hand and the hand of one of your family members—(maybe Dad’s!) at Wave Hill for their Family Art Project! Then, build onto your plaster hands with metallic and natural materials like leaves, sticks and stems. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon on Saturday (free with paid admission on Sunday). WAVE HILL HOUSE, 10AM‒1PM www.wavehill.org
Saturday at 5:30, head to 900 Park for their 1st Annual Daddy Daughter dance. Admission includes appetizers, desserts, dancing, photographer, and DJ. 900 PARK, call 718.892.3830 for more info.
Plan a fun outing at Turtle Cove Golf Center in Pelham Bay Park where the kids can join dad for mini golf, hit up the batting cages or golf range, and then grab lunch at their outdoor cafe. TURTLE COVE GOLF CENTER, www.turtlecovegolfcenter.com
Canoe on the Bronx River with Rocking the Boat
Head over to Hunts Point for the 14th Annual Fish Parade on Saturday. The parade starts in Hunts Point Riverside Park and makes it way over to their summer celebration in Barretto Point Park where families can enjoy summer festival activities, music, food, raffles, and games. There will also be prizes awarded for best costume and floats- so let dads do the costume planning for this one.
While you’re there, head back over to Hunts Point Riverside Park for free paddling on the Bronx River. Pack a picnic basket or some hotdogs to throw on the grill and then sign up for a family canoe ride. Life jackets are provided. HUNTS POINT RIVERSIDE PARK, 1-6pm www.rockingtheboat.org
Also on Saturday, from 1-3 bring dad over to Bartow Pell Mansion Museum for Bats! Brats! And Beer! As part of Father’s Day Weekend, BPMM thinks dad deserves a Saturday afternoon ballgame with beer and brats. Come celebrate on the front lawn of the mansion and watch the New York Mutuals play with 1864 rules, balls, bats, and uniforms—but no helmets or gloves! After the game, kids join in the fun for a game of rounders with team members. Refreshments available on-site. Register here. Cost $10 Adults; $5 children; dads Free BARTOW PELL MANSION MUSEUM, www.bpmm.org
Take your photography or art loving dad on a free photo tour with the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Meet on the 103rd street footbridge to Randall’s Island to learn about this year’s FLOW art pieces, discuss some of Randall’s Island’s history, and talk about photographic composition and story-telling. Bring your camera or camera phone (RIPA will also offer a few Polaroid cameras to borrow for the event) and spend the afternoon capturing Island images that you can take home with you. BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS, www.bronxmuseum.org
Stop in at the 9th Annual Fair at the Square in Westchester Square. There will be games, face painting, bounce house, food & drink, and more. Also be sure to stop by the Metro Optics table so dad can take advantage of a free vision screening. WESTCHESTER SQUARE, www.facebook.com
Head over to Rainey Park on Longwood Avenue for their 1st Annual Father’s Day Celebration on Saturday. There will be music, food, activities, and more from 2-6pm. RAINEY PARK, www.facebook.com
Exploration in Pelham Bay Park
For the nature loving dad, hit up the Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park for some tide pool exploration from 11am to 12:30 on Sunday. Children even receive their own ranger badges.
Or head to the New York Botanical Garden to check out over 20 installations from world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly, create nature sculptures, and pot your own herb plant to tend to at home- perfect to season dad’s dinner with later. NYBG, www.nybg.org