Seattle Father’s Day Ideas and Activities

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Crate and Barrel’s mini-burger press: great for making sliders!

Given that dads are, well, guys, it’s probably easier to shop for them than moms. That said, it never hurts to have a few ideas for Father’s Day gifts.

For the urban grill jockeys, a new gas grill could be just the thing. Barbecue expert Steven Raichlen, author of the new “Planet Barbecue!”, suggests that, in whatever price range, you look for the grill with the best construction. Aim for heavy-gauge steel shell; cast-iron or stainless-steel-bar grate; a minimum of three burners for best heat control; and at least 12,500 to 15,000 BTUs per burner. Raichlen personally loves using the Weber Summit grills, because they have great performance.

Of course, you have to get some accessories to go with the grill. For the dads who like to leave a mark, consider the Barbecue Branding Iron from Fireworks that you can personalize. If the dad in your life has a charcoal grill and would like to go a little green, you might throw in a FlameDisk, which is a new charcoal alternative. It’s made of solidified ethanol, which FlameDisk describes as being a renewable biofuel.

For the artistic dad, you might consider signing him up for a summer class at Cornish College of the Arts. If he’s interested in comics or graphic novel, local artist Ellen Forney is teaching a session on how to appreciate and create a graphic novel. If he’s into “underground” art, take advantage of Underneath: A Puget Sound Art Dredging class taught by The Stranger’s art critic Jen Graves.

For the golf enthusiast, there’s nothing better than a day at Chambers Bay, which is a true links course. No carts are allowed, but you can hire a caddy to accompany Dad. There’s also a special Father’s Day brunch. Chambers Bay is the host of the 2010 Amateur U.S. Open and the 2015 U.S. Open, too.

The cyclist dad may enjoy a class at the Marymoor Velodrome. The velodrome is the only one in Washington and is operated by the Marymoor Velodrome Association, which offers youth and adult classes, and hosts races. You might throw in a gift card to Gregg’s Cycle.

For the DIY Dad, there are two new books out for building everything from zip lines to your own slip ‘n slide.

For the musical dad, we have our picks for favorite Dad songs to upload to his iPod or burn to a CD.

For the dads who just want to hang out with the family, check out the Washington Brewers Festival at Saint Edward State Park. There will be nearly 200 beers on tap for dad to sample, live music, games, a kids’ playground, as well as a rootbeer garden. The Museum of Flight is celebrating Father’s Day with special activities, including a family workshop for making the Wible plane with candy and a LEGO display. Pick up your free tickets for the museum at Bartell Drug, which is sponsoring the Father’s Day festivities. Of course, there’s the Fremont Fair on June 19 and 20, where there will be plenty of music, activities and the famous Solstice Parade.

— Hsiao-Ching Chou

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