City Pulse

By Mrinalini Kamath

If you think your father has had more than his fair share of ties, mugs, t-shirts and baseball caps, perhaps it’s time to treat him to a gift that can’t be wrapped.

Meals are usually aces with dads. If The Four Seasons is beyond your budget but you still want to take him somewhere nice, check out the various brunch and dinner Father’s Day deals available on Open Table end link. Visit and find yourself three-course pre-fixed dinners for reasonable prices in all five boroughs.

Maybe what Dad really needs to do is relax, and what better way to help him relax than by booking him a discounted appointment at New York Day Spa. From June 13 – June 26, dad can get a men’s massage, or, if he’s a Brad Pitt-type metrosexual, a men’s facial for 15% off. Better yet, if you book father-daughter spa appointments, you both can get 15% off your respective treatments.

Perhaps things like fancy food, facials and massages aren’t for your pop. If he’s more into sports/rec events, then maybe an afternoon at Harlem Lanes would be more up his alley. Sundays feature a special Family 4 pack: A family of 4 gets to bowl a game for $40, including 1 hour of free shoe rental. Or maybe the whole family can enjoy the patriarch’s favorite game at the: Figment Mini Golf Course on Governor’s Island, which happens to be free. If he’s more of a water sports maven, try visiting the Downtown Boathouseend which offers free kayaking lessons on a first come, first served basis. The Father-Son competitions at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, could be just the thing for competitive pa’s and grandpa’s. For the traditionalist dad who thinks there’s nothing better than a hot dog at a ball game, try taking him to see the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Staten Island Yankees.

If he’s more of a musician-type, he can join the Kool Jazzy Dads at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and listen to jazz while the kids decorate Father’s Day ties. For dads who secretly long to be rock stars, the Father’s Day sing-a-long (complete with free strawberries and cream) at Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park would be unforgettable. Cosmopolitan hoofer-dads can celebrate Father’s Day Bollywood style at the : NYC Bhangra’s free family dance contest, which includes Indian eats.

The interactive Lego Display at the NY Aquarium would be just the thing for the papa looking to let his inner child out to play. Eco-friendly fathers can enjoy the animals at the Audubon Center at Prospect Park and the kids can make him gifts out of recycled materials.

Whatever type of dad you have, this city is bound to have a special experience that he’ll enjoy on his special day.

Originally published June 2011
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