Top Activities To Do With Dad In Philadelphia

June 11, 2013 7:00 AM

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Father’s Day is right around the corner. Prove to your paternal unit what an awesome dad he is by celebrating his big day in a big way. This Father’s Day, leave the neckties and the pajamas behind. Instead of the same-old, same-old, treat yourself and Pops to one of these top activities in and around Philadelphia.
Daddy Daughter Dance 5
Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex, Hall G
1101 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
(610) 579-3237

Date: June 15, 2013

Whether it be your father, grandfather, stepdad, uncle, older brother or coach, daughters ages 16 months to 60 may spend an enchanted evening with the man they consider dad at the Daddy Daughter Dance 5. Daddy University, along with Radio One and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will host an elegant affair filled with music, dancing and a sit-down dinner for you and the special adult male in your life. Prizes and complimentary keepsake photos of dad and daughter are available. Lifetime memories are sure to be created at this formal attire event.

Father’s Day Themed Weekend
Little Red Barn Campground
367 Old Bethlehem Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
(215) 536-3357

Date: June 14-16, 2013

For dads who’d rather don jeans and a T-shirt than wear a suit and tie, a weekend camping adventure is just the ticket. Cruise in with a tent in your trunk or rent an on-site trailer for a weekend of fabulous Father’s Day fiestas. The campground has the whole weekend covered, starting with a Father’s Day breakfast. Youngsters create a special craft for pops, then hop aboard a wagon for an old-fashioned, daddy-munchkin hayride. Enjoy a family movie together with free popcorn for the paternal unit. The campground provides a recreation room, volleyball area, basketball court and horseshoe pits, and East Branch Creek is nearby for splash-worthy boating and fishing fun.

Related: Ask A Philadelphia Guide: Packing List For Your Next Campout

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals
Citizens Bank Park
1 Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 463-1000

Date: June 17-19, 2013

If your dad is a Philly sports fanatic, attending a Philadelphia Phillies game together at Citizens Bank Park is a no-brainer. Treat dad to a cold brewski and a stadium hot dog as you cheer the home team towards victory. Your favorite ball players will contend against Beltway baseball;s Washington Nationals the day after Father;s Day. Slip on your Phillies jerseys and root for the oldest pro sports team in Philadelphia.

Poco Loco Paintball
134 Kurtz Road
Schwenksville, PA 
(610) 630-4793

After a long week at work, your dad could probably use a stress-relieving activity. Unload his cares by unloading paintball guns with reckless abandon at Poco Loco Paintball, a behemoth of paintball complexes near the City of Brotherly Love. With loads of playing fields — including a castle, military installation and frontier fort — this premier park has plenty of tubes, towers and ramparts for epic battles. Equipment rentals are available and a picnic pavilion is on site. So pack up some potato salad, chicken wings and energy drinks, and make a day out of it.

Related: Top Paintball Arenas Around Philadelphia

Dutch Springs
4733 Hanoverville Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
(610) 759-2270

Date: April through October, 2013

Barbecuing spare ribs or putt-putting on hilly greens can’t compare to scuba diving! Surprise your old man with an unforgettable underwater journey at Dutch Springs, one of the largest freshwater scuba diving places in the nation. The 50-acre lake reaches depths of 100 feet and is flooded with sunken treasures, including a school bus, Cessna airplane, helicopter, boats and trucks. Aquatic life makes its presence known, too, in the form of koi, zebra mussels, largemouth bass and bluegill. Tanks, weights and air and nitrox fills are available on site; you bring the wetsuits. For the less adventurous, Dutch Springs also has kayaks, paddleboats, a water trampoline, inflatable water slides, a ropes course, rock-climbing wall and camping.

Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at

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