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10 Things to do for Father's Day in Montreal

shutterstock_543280Father’s Day typically gets less respect than Mother’s Day – in fact, it’s said that early proposals for a Mother’s Day equivalent were met with laughter.

Ha! How could that be? Just because dads aren’t the ones who go through pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding? Just because the vast majority of dads will feign sleep when their child asks questions like, “Dad, how did I get OUT of mom’s tummy?”

Dads have their own areas of expertise, and they deserve to be celebrated in their own special way. Dad’s the one who deciphers Transformers instructions, makes it cool to keep snakes as pets,  has a sense of humour when the kids go haywire, and makes sure there’s always chocolate in the house. Good chocolate.

So, let’s wake him up and get the Father’s Day planning started. Here are some ideas for what to do with dad this weekend.

1. Give the guy a break! Moms, if he sprung you loose on Mother’s Day, send him off somewhere while you take the kids out. With summer weather here, there are tons of parks and other places to go. Better yet, organize an outing with one of your friends.

2. Start your engines: On Saturday, June 19, there is a hot rod car show on the boardwalk in Ste. Anne de Bellevue called Cruisin’ at the Boardwalk. Sounds like a guy thing.

3. To the movies and BEYOND!: Toy Story 3 opens this weekend, so grab some popcorn, sit back and relax with Buzz, Woody and the gang. Shrek Forever After is also still playing. Check Cinema Montreal for local show times.

4. Go for an adrenaline rush:
What about a family trip to La Ronde for a screamingly fast roller-coaster ride? La Ronde is definitely easier with kids about 4 and up, but there is also a special section for younger children. Read a guided tour.

5. Get soaked: Dad gets free admission to St. Sauveur water park on Father’s Day, if he’s with a child age 6 or older. And while he’s there, he can try the Viking Alpine Coaster. Remember to bring your viking hat!

Montagne russe alpine le VIKING from MSSI on Vimeo.

6. Hit the beach: The beach at Parc Jean Drapeau opens this weekend. Relax while the kids play in the sand or on the climbing structures. Read a guided tour.

7. Pretend to be cool at the tam tams:
Relax, no one has to know you’re 37 and from the suburbs! On Sunday morning, take the kids to play at Jeanne Mance park, then head over to listen to drums at around noon (weather permitting).

8. Brunch on St. Denis St.: Yes, parents do have a right to enjoy sidewalk brunch spots on St. Denis St., and the kids can let off some steam before or after the meal at the nearby Thérèse Daviau Park.

9. Does he like to sing the blues? The West Island Blues Festival is on June 18 and 19 at Dollard Civic Centre, 12001 de Salaberry St., in Dollard. More information.

10. Happily ever after: Au Pays des merveilles, a St. Adèle amusement park with fairy-tale-themed rides and water play areas, opens June 16. More information.

What are you planning for Father’s Day?

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