Weekend with Dad

Need ideas for how to celebrate Father’s Day with the ol’ man? Here are some weekend activities in Northern Virginia that might appeal: 

SATURDAY

Father’s Day Golf Tournament
Burke Lake Golf Course   8 am-Noon
Teams of two compete in an 18-hole scramble format in three divisions. Divisions include father/junior age 7-12; father/junior age13-17; father/adult partner. Compete in closest to the pin contests. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in all three divisions. Tournament is limited to first 48 teams. Registration begins two weeks prior to event. The rain date is June 21. The cost is $55 per team. To register, call 703-323-1641.

Happy Father’s Day!
Herndon Fortnightly Library   11 am FREE
Stories, activities and a craft. Register by calling 703-437-8855. Ages 2-5 with adult.

 

SUNDAY

Meet the Father of Our Country
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, Alexandria   8 am-5 pm
Admission to the George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill is free with estate admission for all fathers, and all fathers receive a special gift (while supplies last). A costume-character George Washington hosts guests for questions and photographs, plus special performances throughout the day. Call 703-780-2000.

Father’s Day Picnic in a Boat 
Riverbend Park, Great Falls    9:30-11 am
Bring along a picnic for dad to have Father’s Day brunch in a boat. A naturalist in a separate boat will lead the group to appropriate anchoring spots and answer questions about the river’s history and abundant wildlife. Previous experience rowing not required. Boats and PDFs provided. (All ages, one person in the boat must be 16 years or older). Reservations and advanced payment required. Canceled if inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three people per boat. Cost is $20 per boat 703-759-9018. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

Antique Car Show
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly     10am-3:30pm
More than 400 antique and classic cars fill the grounds. Buy the car of your dreams at the Car Corral or search for the perfect accessory in the Flea Market with more than 100 vendors. Treat Dad to a delicious lunch and get your toes tapping to a variety of music reminiscent of the heyday of these classic automobiles. Tour of the first floor of the 1794 house is included.  Cost is $9 for adults, $6 for children. Call 703.437.1794.

Father’s Day Fish-a-Rama
Great Country Farms, Bluemont  11 am-4 pm
Treat Dad to a fun-filled day of catch and release fishing for catfish, bass, and blue gill from our stocked fishing ponds. Prizes are on the line for the largest fish caught between 11am-3pm and the most fish caught during the power hour from 1pm-2pm. Your day will be filled with memories to last a lifetime. Master Carver Jim Gretzinger will be helping children make soap carvings. Pick up a picnic lunch from our Roosteraunte featuring kettle corn, our own kickin’ chicken, classic coleslaw, freshly baked cookies, and icy cold drinks. Register in the Country Store when you arrive. Cane fishing poles are available for rental on a first-come first-served basis. Admission to the farm $5 per person; kids under age 2 are free. Call 540-554-2073.

Father’s Day Cruise 
Lake Accotink Park, Springfield   Starts at noon
Cruise the shoreline while listening to an interpretive history of the park, lake and surrounding area. Refreshments served on board. Boarding fee: $4 for dads, $7 for other adults, $4 for children, babies on laps free. Reservations and advance payment required. Cruise cancelled in case of rain or gusty winds. Refunds issued only if cruise is canceled. Cruises leave the doc at noon, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm. Call 703-569-0285.

Father’s Day Celebration
Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls    Noon-4 pm
Treat dad to a free wood carving lesson with the Northern Virginia Carvers; nominal charge for wood blanks. And fathers accompanied by their children can also take free tours of the mill and miller’s house. Hand-crank ice cream and then taste a sample for $1 a cup. Call 703-759-2771

Introduction to Fly Tying 
Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, Alexandria   12:30-1:30 pm
If woolly buggers and hare’s nymphs pique your interest, you may want to try your hand at the intricate art of fly tying. For 16 years and up. Equipment and materials provided. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. Cost is $10. Call 703-768-2525  

Father’s Day Special
Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington      12:30pm-2pm; 3:30pm-5pm
Father’s Day public skates are offered on Sunday for only $5 – including free skate rental. Call 571-224-0555.

 Father’s Day Tour
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum,  Alexandria    1-5 pm   
Celebrate with your favorite father at the place where the Father of our Country ate, drank, and influenced history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is pleased to offer free tours on Father’s Day for all visiting fathers!  Cost $4 for all other adults and $2 for children ages 11-17; kids younger than 11 are free with an accompanying adult. Call 703-838-4242.

Father’s Day Tour
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Alexandria  1-5 pm  
Treat your father to a special tour of the Apothecary, which first opened in 1792! See the outstanding collection of herbs and botanicals, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. The Apothecary is pleased to offer free tours on Father’s Day for all visiting fathers! Cost $4 for all other adults and $2 for children ages 11-17; kids younger than 11 are free with an accompanying adult. Call 703-838-3852.

Father’s Day Open House
Friendship Firehouse Museum, Alexandria   1-4 pm FREE
Friendship Firehouse is offering special tours for fathers on Father’s Day. On this important day, Friendship Firehouse will make every father an honorary chief of the Friendship Fire Company Bucket Brigade. Every dad, with his children, will receive a certificate, get to ring the fire bell, and have his picture taken with the Friendship fire engine.  Call 703-838-3891.

Father’s Day Tour
Lee-Fendall House Museum, Alexandria   1-4 pm
In honor of Father’s Day, the Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden offer frees tours to fathers and grandfathers accompanied by their children. The last tour is at 3 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students (11-17). Children under 11 are admitted at no charge. Call 703-548-1789.

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