This may be Bronxmama, but we’ve got the dads covered too. If you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate the father in your life this weekend, we’ve got some ways to enjoy the weekend right here in the Bronx.
Aloha Nights at NYBG
Surprise dad with a trip to Hawaii- or the closest thing to it- with Aloha Night on Saturday at the New York Botanical Garden. Celebrate the rich cultural artistry of the Hawaiian Islands and enjoy an after-hours viewing of Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i in the Art Gallery and the Conservatory. Enjoy the evening with interactive hula lessons that blend storytelling with rhythm and motion, illuminated installations by contemporary Hawaiian-Chinese sculptor Mark Chai, live music, lei-making demonstrations, and refreshments. www.nybg.org
Bats! Brats! Beer!
Saturday afternoon, head to Bartow Pell Mansion Museum for some baseball, brats, and beer! 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. Beer, brats, and hot dogs available for purchase. www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org
Boogie Down Storytime at Mottley Kitchen
Join Boogie Down Books for a special Father’s Day edition of Boogie Down Storytime on Saturday at 10am at Mottley Kitchen for Furqan’s First Flat Top, Robert Liu-Trujillo’s bilingual picture book about a father-son trip to the barbershop. They will also be featuring Boogie Down Books favorite Alma and How She Got Her Name (Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre), Juana Martinez-Neal’s recent picture book about a little girl who asks her dad to tell her how she got her very long name. Both books are available at their pop-up shop. www.boogiedownbooks.com/saturday-storytime
Brew at the Zoo
On Friday, kick off Father’s Day weekend by grabbing a sitter and heading to Brew at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo- with over 100 varieties of wine and beer to sample along with food from numerous food trucks. www.bronxzoo.com/brew
Domino Tournament at The Bronx Public
Kick off the weekend early by registering dad and a friend for a fun Domino Tournament at The Bronx Public on Wednesday. There will be music and complimentary food and beverages to go with the fun. Teams can register at www.thebronxpublic.com.
Fair at the Square
If you’re looking for a fun festival to hit up, look no further than the 10th Annual Fair at the Square in Westchester Square. This 4 block festival will feature a special performance from Tito Nieves, food, fun, and more. www.bronxmama.com
Father’s Day Portraits at the Bronx Documentary Center
As part of the Bronx Documentary Center’s ongoing holiday portrait series, they will holding Father’s Day Portraits at two different Bronx locations this year on Father’s Day. Join the BDC at either and receive a free print per family!
Claremont Neighborhood Center
489 E 169th St, Bronx, NY 10456
10AM – 12PM
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
Photo: NY Daily News
Saturday, celebrate the Bronx waterways with the 15th annual Hunts Point Fish Parade and Summer Festival. The parade begins at Hunts Point Riverside Park and culminates at Barretto Point Park at the block-long Hunts Point Summer Festival, featuring a main stage, live entertainment, info and activities by local groups. www.thepoint.org
Row the Bronx River or Indian Lake
On Saturday, pack a picnic or fill the cooler with some food to grill and head to Hunts Point Riverside Park where there will be free community rowing from 1-6pm. Jump in a canoe and explore the Bronx River aboard student-built wooden row boats, accompanied by staff who will teach your crew about the local waterways. www.rockingtheboat.org
Or, head to Crotona Park for an afternoon of canoeing on the lake where Urban Park Rangers invite those 8 and up to learn basic canoeing skills. www.facebook.com
You usually can’t go wrong with baseball when it comes to dad- so grab some Pinstripe passes and head to see the Yankees play the Rays Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Pinstripe Passes start at $15 and are standing room only, but with a beer included- who can beat that? www.mlb.com/yankees
For more ideas to celebrate dad, check out our full calendar.