Father’s Day is upon us and instead of gifting ties or patronizing crowded restaurants, make a unique memory with your padre. Here are three things to do this weekend with the fly father in your life.
For the history buff
Dads interested in mechanics or planes won’t want to miss the Denton Air Show from 11am–4pm Saturday. Check out vintage planes, watch awesome aerobatics and take a ride on a helicopter at the Denton Enterprise Airport. Can’t get enough? Show up bright and early for breakfast with the pilots. Kids 6 and younger get in free and adult admission is $10 but you can snag tickets discounted to $6 online before June 13.
The great outdoorsman
Maybe your big guy is more of the outdoors type. Swing by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for free fly fishing Sunday. The folks from outdoor outfitters Backwoods will be casting fly rods on the reflecting pool and letting patrons have a try from 11am–1pm. How many dads can say they’ve been fishing at the Modern? If lunch plans are still up in the air, consider trying out the Father’s Day specials at Café Modern. The hearty steak benedict sounds like a real dad pleaser.
For the thrill-seeker
Papas with a penchant for thrills — but maybe not the risky kind — will love to go skydiving indoors. Yes, skydiving. Experience floating in the air without a parachute or an airplane at iFly Dallas where the indoor flight chamber’s 350-horsepower fans generate winds of up to 200 mph. Newbies are welcomed with open arms as fully certified trainers are ready to show you the basics. Convinced? Book your time slot online. The individual package is $59.95 and gets you two one-minute flight sessions, $129.95 includes four flights shared by two people and a DVD of the session or the family package at $269.95 gets sessions for up to five people.There’s a viewing area around the glass chamber, so the whole family can watch you fly!
Meet fictional and real-life heroes at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History during Action Hero Saturday. Dress up the kids in their superhero costumes for half off admission or swing by Innovation Studios at 11am to make a cape. Other freebies for kids include comic books, posters and have a chance to win other giveaways at the event.
Get there early to come face-to-face with everyday heroes. Fort Worth firefighters will be on the scene with their fire truck to meet with your curious kiddos starting at 9am.
Don’t miss the live stunts by everyone’s favorite professor, Indiana Jones at 11am and 3pm. Stick around to hear the stunt actors speak on their experiences in the field.
Round out the whole experience by going on a treasure hunt in the Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology exhibit. Purchasing admission to the exhibit includes general admission and all of Saturday’s fun.
If science fiction is more your speed, never fear. Members from Star Wars enthusiast group 501st Legion will be in complete regalia at the event and these guys know their stuff. Trekkies aren’t left out either; Star Trek super fans from Fleet 31 will be in attendance in authentic Starship uniforms.
Doughnut miss these freebies! (Image courtesy: Krispy Kreme)
Even if you’re dreading the long day ahead we’re sure you’ll perk up when we tell you June 6 is the 77th National Doughnut Day! This American celebration started in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army “Doughnut Dollies” who doled out the scrumptious, sugary treats to soldiers serving in France during the first World War. These days, doughnuts are a common on-the-run breakfast item for bustling parents, a quick soccer practice snack choice or also known as dinner when the PTA meeting runs late. In honor of the mouth-watering merriment, the following establishments are offering free doughnuts and more.
The enchanting local doughnuttery, Hypnotic Donuts is going all-out and is giving away shirts, hats, gift cards and doughnuts. They will also showcase their “Dallas Donut Day” proclamation from the office of Dallas mayor, Mike Rawlings.
Glazed Doughnuts and Café
Sweeten your day with one of Glazed Doughnuts’ European-inspired, artisan baked doughnuts. The café is advertising one free doughnut per customer at their Arlington or Grand Prairie locations. Maybe taking an “Éclair de Bacon” for the road isn’t a bad idea either.
Glazed Donut Works
Deep Ellum doughnut shop Glazed Donut Works, known for designer creations such as “Raspberry Chambord” and “Meyer Lemon Poppyseed” is joining in on the jelly-filled fun. Visit Glazed Donut’s pink bus on the corner of Mockingbird and Greenville between 8 and 10 am. The first 500 people to drop a donation into The Salvation Army red kettle on site get a free sour cream cake doughnut.
If you’re looking for a no-strings-attached confection, Krispy Kreme is offering one free doughnut of any variety – even filled doughnuts – with no purchase necessary.
Do you go nuts for Shipley Do-Nuts? Shipley is very generously giving out one free doughnut and one free small coffee for each customer between 5 am and 12 pm. A portion of their sales will benefit The Salvation Army.
Get a free doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts when you buy your morning coffee. You get your pick of the powder-sugared pack with the purchase of any beverage.
Amid the constant “go-go-go” of our lives, what with constantly buzzing smartphones, long grocery lines and seemingly endless traffic on I-635, it’s easy for dad to forget to carve out time with junior.
California-based clothing company fodada is striving to change that. This Father’s Day, fodada is urging fathers and their kiddos to participate in the “Dad and Me” campaign by promising to spend more quality time together by making a written commitment. Dad and child sign fodada’s commitment letter and agree to spend three, one-hour blocks of time together every month doing something silly, educational and outdoors.
fodada hopes to prove that dad’s involvement is valuable and says, “The Dad and Me campaign is a way for dads to promote and celebrate their role set up their children for a lifetime of healthy development —something psychologists, sociologist and even the White House deem vital.” Dads and their littles can send a selfie to email@example.com while holding up their signed letter and fodada will send dad a free t-shirt.
If you like free, you’ll love this deal. Visit the giveaway tab on our DallasChild Magazine, FortWorthChild Magazine or NorthTexasChild Magazine Facebook pages for the chance to win a $50 fodada online shopping spree. There are lots of great designs for dad, fokiddo and fomama too! Contest ends June 14 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced June 15 at 9 a.m. via our Facebook and Twitter accounts so be sure to follow us.
Coppell dad and retired Fire Captain Greg Lawler is working hard to make major changes in the fire-safety system.
Lawler recognized a flaw in the standard escape plan when his daughter Olivia failed to open her bedroom window during a fire drill at their home. She was 6-years-old at the time. As she struggled, he told her, “Do whatever it takes to get out because I love you!”
Lawler felt the need to find a solution for his family as well as others, so he created a product called Life Lift, a handle that makes it easier to escape a fire by exiting through a window. The handle uses larger muscles to apply more force and leverage.
He also hopes to raise awareness on the difficulties of exiting windows during a house fire through his program called the Hand2Live Challenge. The program asks families to make sure everyone can open all of the windows in their home.
The name was created to commemorate the night when Olivia couldn’t open her window during their fire drill. When he saw she was experiencing trouble, he asked his other daughter Hannah to give a “Hand to Liv” (Olivia).
He says many fire victims are found 4-5 ft. from the front door and may have passed a window in an attempt to escape. Lawler hopes to educate other communities on this issue by getting information and products like Life Lift into firehouses across the country.
To make this possible, Hand2Live has begun crowdsourcing in order to fund demonstration kits. Their mission is to distribute these kits to the two largest fire departments in every state. Funding will also go toward finding a more affordable way to manufacture the handles.
To make a donation visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-hand2live-challenge
Join the University of North Texas in June for a two-day camp that delivers a trifecta of summer fun. If you want to give your kiddo a headstart on college, enrich their interest in science and provide a fun opportunity for bonding time with grandparents, check out Grandparents University.
On June 19 and 20, children ages 7–12 and their grandparents (or other parental figures) will learn about the stars, discover the science in veterinary medicine, build robots and more. After a day of captivating science activities, participants have the option to join others in the evening for poolside amusement or experimenting with science toys like a leaf blower hovercraft. For the full college experience, campers can choose to stay on campus overnight in a residence hall.
Registration costs start at $417 and hurry — the deadline to register is June 3. For more information call 940/565-3481 or visit call.unt.edu/GU. Get a feel for the camp and watch this video from the 2013 Grandparents University below: