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Father's Day

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend so we’ve put together some ideas on how you can celebrate with your dad in Columbia: 

For the Competitive Dad

Strawn Park Course map

Is your dad always trying to win? Let him show off his skills this weekend (we won’t tell you to let him win but it IS his day). Hit opens in a new windowLazer Lanes for bowling and laser tag or opens in a new windowMidway Golf Complex for mini golf and go-karts. Another option is disc golf: Columbia is home to  opens in a new windowHarmony Bends, a course designed by renowned disc golf course designer, John Houck. This course is sure to get the competition going, but easy on the trash talk – it’s a special occasion.

Gift: Pick something out at opens in a new windowRally House that represents dad’s favorite team or gift him with some opens in a new windowlocally-brewed beer. (It works in this category because then he can brag to his friends about how his daughter/son is the best. Win-win.)

For the Art-Loving Dad

Art Landish Gallery

For the art-lover, schedule a time at opens in a new windowPaint the Canvas to create your own masterpiece together. Even the least creative person can follow along with the instructor! If your dad is more into performing arts, catch “ opens in a new windowDirty Rotten Scoundrels” this weekend at Columbia Entertainment Company.

Gift: Take dad to one of our many fantastic opens in a new windowart galleries and let him pick out a piece of art to own.

For the Foodie Dad

Coffee cups with popcorn spilling onto a table.

Father’s Day weekend is timed perfectly for foodies this year. Design your own ‘culinary tour’ downtown to take advantage of opens in a new windowRestaurant Week (June 12-18). You can also check out the opens in a new windowSavory Summer Kickoff on Saturday at Bur Oak Brewing, which will include food samples from 30+ local chefs, live music, and drinks.

Gift: Buy dad a pair of SEC Beer Fest opens in a new windowpasses or order gourmet popcorn and a cute ‘Pop’ mug from Gopo (pictured).

For the Outdoorsy Dad

Rock Bridge State Park

Of course, Columbia offers tons of options for opens in a new windowoutdoor activities. You and dad can go hiking, fishing, bird-watching, or rent a canoe/kayak at opens in a new windowFinger Lakes State Park.

Gift: Pick up something for dad to use in the great outdoors at opens in a new windowAlpine Shop (spend $150 on dad and get $25 back for yourself) or opens in a new windowBass Pro – we’re a fan of this opens in a new windowfolding hammock and opens in a new windowBug-A-Salt Salt Gun, both currently available at the Columbia location.


If none of the above ideas are your thing, you can always go with the tried-and-true dinner and a movie:

Grab a bite to eat:

Salad Bowl

Where to go to get the best:

What to see:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The team unravels the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy. (PG-13)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. (PG-13)

Baywatch – Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. (R)

All Eyez On Me – The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. (R)

Cars 3 – To get back in the game, Lightning McQueen will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. (G)

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Father’s Day is right around the corner! Struggling to think of something fun to do with dad? We’ve put together a list of fun things to do right here in Columbia to help you out!

Fishing:

Grab your fishing poles and some snacks, and head outside to enjoy some quality time with your dad!

Don’t forget your fishing license! Find more information on fishing in city parks on Parks and Rec’s website.

Columbia Star Dinner Train:

For Father’s Day, dads ride half price! Eat lunch while enjoying the scenery pass by. Train departs at 1:00 PM. Find more information about the diner train here.

Golf:

Treat dad to a round of golf at one of these Columbia courses:

Bowling and more:

Hit the bowling alley or play a game of laser tag!

  • AMF Town & Country Lanes, 1508 N. Providence, 573-442-4729  – Open noon-midnight Sat-Sun
  • Lazer Lanes, 3412 Grindstone Pkwy., 573-447-6021 – Sat: 10 AM-Midnight, Sun: Noon-10 PM

WingStock and carnival:

For the biker dad! Check out Harley Davidson, 5704 Freedom Dr., on Saturday for a full-size carnival and the annual WingStock event, including a wing contest, live music, beer garden, and more!

Movies:

Choose from one of these “guy-friendly” movies in theaters now:

  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • 22 Jump Street

Goodrich Forum 8, 1209 Forum Katy Pkwy.

Regal Stadium 14, 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr.

Hiking/Biking:

Explore these parks and trails, and maybe even pack a picnic basket for lunch!

Father’s Day Brunch:

The restaurants below feature a Sunday brunch or breakfast buffet, perfect for Father’s Day!

We hope you have a very happy Father’s Day!

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Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, so this Father’s Day, get him something uniquely Columbia! From time spent together to something to bolster one of his many hobbies, we have plenty of ideas that can all be picked up right here in CoMo. Get shopping and make this the best Father’s Day ever!

Get in on the Action!

Sometimes a gift doesn’t have to be wrapped up to be the best choice. In Columbia, there are plenty of experiences to be had with Dad.

Hit the Links: Play a round with Dad at one of Columbia’s picturesque courses.

Play with Paint: On Father’s Day weekend, head out to Boster Castle for a full day of paintball! opens in a new windowBattle Creek Paintball offers open play on the weekends, and the opens in a new windowFantasy Fair will also be taking place on the grounds on Father’s Day weekend. The Future, past and even other dimensions converge and collide at Boster Castle for the Fantasy Fair! It’s all about family, food and fun!

An Active Afternoon: What do batting cages, mini-golf and go-kart racing have in common? You can find them all at opens in a new windowPerche Creek Golf Center. A day of fun awaits at this facility where moving from one activity to another is easy! You can also take a break in their pro shop and hit a bucket of balls at their driving range.

A Classical Outing: Like music? Like classical music? Even if you think it’s not your thing, take Dad to the opens in a new windowHot Summer Nights concert, ‘Bluff Your Way into Classical Music’ at the Missouri Theatre. It’s a casual event for those who would go to concerts if the pieces weren’t so darn long. The Missouri Symphony Orchestra performs the best classics reduced to five minutes each. For the multi-tasker there will be a sports trivia quiz during the concert.

A Uniquely Columbia Gift!

If an afternoon in the sun isn’t your dad’s idea of fun, wrap up a fun present from one of these great Columbia spots.

The Outdoorsy Type: Be it hiking, biking, golfing, snow-shoeing or any other activity, the outdoorsy type is easy to shop for in Columbia.

The Tiger Fan: For the guy that bleeds black and gold, Tiger fans should have no problem getting stocked up with goodies. opens in a new windowUniversity Bookstore seems to have every Tiger item known to man and opens in a new windowTiger Spirit has been a mainstay in downtown Columbia for years.

The Classic Guy: Sure a tie seems cliché but sometimes Dad needs a tie! For ties, dress shirts and more check out opens in a new windowBingham’s downtown to dress your dad in the finest duds. For the wine fan, check out opens in a new windowTop Ten Wines. This local favorite is home to experts who will help you pick out a special mix just for Dad.

Near or far, these are just a few ideas to show your dad how much you care. And how much you love Columbia!

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