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Sunday, June 14, 2009

What to do for Father's Day in the Bay Area?

Trying to figure out what to do for Father’s Day in the Bay Area? Here are a few ideas:

(If you're looking for San Francisco Bay Area Father's Day 2010 ideas, click here)

1. Arrrghh…Take Dad to the Northern California Pirate Festival in Vallejo. It’s free, and has tons of entertainment for kids and adults.

2. What dad wouldn’t want to see a live performance of Alice in Wonderland? Especially if his little girl wants to take him. The Evergreen Valley Performing Arts Center is staging this family-friendly with 100 ballet dancers, with shows at 3 and 7 p.m in San Jose.

3. If you like dance, get tickets for the Ethnic Dance Festival in San Francisco. Father’s Day shows are at 2:00 at the Palace of Fine Arts.

4. If Dad likes music, head to the 3rd Annual King of the County BBQ Challenge & Music Festival in Martinez Marina Waterfront Park from 11am-6pm.

5. Go to a national park for free, like Yosemite! Father’s Day weekend is one of three free weekends for more than 100 national parks, including a handful in California.

6. Take Dad out to the ballgame. The SF Giants play the Texas Rangers at 1:05 in San Francisco. It’s Strike Out Cancer day at the ballgame, sponsored by Genentech. The first 15,000 fans get a Giants’ necktie. There’s an odd promotion for Genentech/cancer prevention.

7. Go to Great America – at kids’ prices! Every Sunday in June, Great America lets in all guests at kids’ prices: $35.99 each. Plus there’s a chili cook-off and car show. Get your tickets online for the discounted price.

8. Go biking at the SF Zoo! Join a morning bike-about, followed by continental breakfast. $25 for members ($30 for nomembers), plus $7 per kid riding on a parent's bike. 8:30-11 a.m. RSVP needed.

9. Top it off with frozen yogurt. TCBY is offering dads a free cone or cup of frozen yogurt on Father’s Day.

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