Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Father's Day Fun in Indy
Ideas for spending time with Dad on his special day

by Andi Wilson

June 01, 2012

Not many people know the name, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd. After reading this article, many may thank her. At age 27, Dodd sat in church listening to a sermon that celebrated mothers. Dodd felt her widowed father of six (as well as other fathers), deserved the same celebration as mothers. Dodd bravely questioned her pastor about it after the sermon. Although her request took some time, Father’s Day was eventually made a national event by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924, 15 years after Dodd first fostered the idea.

Nowadays, Father’s Day is a popular holiday that is celebrated all over the world. Indianapolis and its surrounding cities make sure they stay on top of the events surrounding this special day so others can also celebrate their fathers.

If your father is a connoisseur of classic cars, he is sure to enjoy the Father’s Day 2012 Car Show. Just travel west of 37 to Forest Park in Noblesville for the car show where they will display a collection of beautiful cars built before 1988. In addition to listening to the oldies and watching the awards show, many guests will receive door prizes. Younger family members can enjoy the playground, swimming pool, antique train museum and miniature golf. Entry forms for the show can be found on their website. Proceeds from the car show go to the Elysian Foundation.

Those who prefer a little relaxation while catching a ride to the festivities can ride the Dad’s Day Train that provides connections to free parking spaces in downtown Noblesville. Visit the Indiana Transportation Museum website for more information.

Father’s Day just is not a special day for dad without adding appetizing cuisine. Sullivan’s Steakhouse, located on the north side of Indianapolis, has you covered. Their Father’s Day Special runs between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm for only $34 (per person). The offer includes a three-course, brunch-style menu with choice of soup or salad, an entrée and a side dish.

The Indianapolis Yacht Club in McCordsville is also giving Dad the day and grilling for him. The club is providing meals for members and guests by grilling out between the hours of 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.

Our fathers are not only protectors, comforters and advisors… they are also our heroes. Attend the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel Grand Ballroom on Sunday, June 17 for the “Who’s Your Hero” Father’s Day Scholarship and Awards Celebration. The mission of the scholarship is to recognize and honor the men who exemplify a commitment to their family, public service and social responsibility. Tickets are available online at the “Who’s Your Hero” Scholarship website.

The 2012 Indiana Dad’s Expo, which is a celebration of males who take care of children, is being held on June 16, 2012 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Located at Martin University, the event is intended to help men learn how to be more effective fathers and learn valuable fathering tips while networking with other dads. Workshops are available including fun-filled play areas with arts and crafts. Childcare is provided, as well as a bounce house and other activities for the kids. Visit the Indiana Dad’s Expo website to register.

Dodd may not have had all these events in mind. Still, if she were here today, chances are she would enjoy sharing her day with her father at anyone of these events as a way of showing him how much he was appreciated.