Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Celebrate Father's Day
Local outings for you and your family

by Kerry Kirk

June 01, 2011

Father’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about how we are going to play tribute to the special men in our lives. Whether your father would like some time to sit back and relax, or feels like venturing the city for all it has to offer, Indianapolis has many activities available for families to honor their fathers this Father’s Day, June 19.

Slamology Automotive and Music Festival

If your dad has a love for automobiles, the Slamology Automotive and Music Festival is the place to be this Father’s Day. The Slamology Festival is a car stereo competition and car show with top local musical acts and more at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

“There’s a lot going on, and we have a kids area,” said Brandy Patrick, who’s with marketing for which puts on the festival. “There is a class in the car show, a special entrance class, where anyone with custom wagons or dads who’ve worked on kids power wheels can enter them in the show.”

In addition, the popular show “My Classic Car” will be filming an episode at the festival. The festival runs June 18 and 19. Spectator gate hours on June 18 are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spectator admission is $10 per person for one day or $15 for both days. Ages 10 and under are free.

Brad Paisley H20 Tour with Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann

If your dad is a country fan, surprise him with some tickets to the Brad Paisley H20 II World Tour with Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann concert. The concert is on Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville. Ticket prices range from $30 to $80.

The Indianapolis Star

If you really want to show the community how much you love your dad, visit where you can “Honor your Father this Father’s Day”. You can post a photo along with a tribute to your father that will be featured on their Web site. Select submissions will be published in the Indianapolis Star. This tribute is free of charge.

Flag Day Display at the President Benjamin Harrison Home

If your dad is a history buff, spend the day at the President Benjamin Harrison Home where a special display of flags will be shown.

“One of the reasons we do the flag display is that Harrison is actually the president who made a declaration to fly the flag over schools and government buildings,” said Jennifer Capps, carrier at Harrison. “He was very patriotic and served in the civil war.”

“The flags on display are official flags during President Benjamin Harrison’s time-period,” Capps said. “If fathers are interested in history and presidential and United States history, it’s a wonderful place to visit on Father’s Day,” Capps said. “With the flags and Indianapolis ties, there’s something for every father.”

The exhibit runs from June 14 to July 14, and the price to attend is included in the museum admission. On Sunday, June 19, the exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students.

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Get creative with your dad outdoors this Father’s Day. Every Sunday, the IMA hosts a free event, “Art in the Park”, where visitors work with an artist on creating their own works of art that are inspired by the art on display at the IMA. This is the perfect place to spend the day outside with friends and family. The event runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and all ages welcome.

Indiana Transportation Museum

The museum, located at Forest Park in Noblesville, is open May 7 through Oct. 29. Take your dad there on Father’s Day, open Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rachel Jackson, communications coordinator for the ITM, said the museum will be running their "Dad's Day Train" to and from downtown Noblesville on Father's day, as there will be a lot going on.

"There is the Central Indiana Vintage Vehicle car show happening in Forest Park and a Strawberry Festival hosted by St. Michael's Episcopal Church on the courthouse square. Also, the Lions Club should be serving food in Forest Park, " she said. "ITM's trains and equipment are big and strong just like Dad, visiting the open-air museum is a fun way to see and learn about the machines that built America."

Adult admission is $3, children ages 2 - 12 are $2, and ages under 2 are free.

NCAA Hall of Champions

The NCAA Hall of Champions will give your dad an inside look at college sports and bring him down memory lane at this high energy facility. Currently, the Patriot League Conference Exhibit is featured at the NCAA Hall of Champions. This inspiring exhibit showcases the Patriot League, whose schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious in the nation, like Army and Navy.

The exhibit will be on display from May 30 through Aug. 25. Its hours are Tues. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $5 and youth admission is $3.

These are some great ideas of things you can do with your families on your father's special day. So, whether dad is in the mood to venture the city, or stay at home for some relaxation, let’s remember to celebrate our fathers. Happy Father’s Day!