Sunday June 19th is Father’s Day. An occasion when children all over the UK (often with a little help from Mum) dote on Dad.
Dad’s up and down the UK will be hoping for weekend heaven, in between the stresses of being ‘head’ of the family (yes, we know it’s Mum really). It could be a monster a fry-up, being allowed to sit and watch whatever sport is on TV for the whole of Sunday afternoon (along with beer and continual conveyor of snacks) or the mother of all barbecues – in the garden with the kids.
But if you’re after something a bit more thrilling for the big fella and rest of the family than just chilling at home, then here’s our pick of exciting things to do with Dad…
Some Dad’s like to relax and do nothing, others like to get stuck in to the experience of a lifetime with the family. If the fella in your household prefers an ‘awesome experience’ to an afternoon of ‘sit around and chill’, these activities might float his boat… quite literally in one case…
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
It’s a well known fact that most Dad’s like vehicles. Planes, Trains and Automobiles are fascinating for fathers – perhaps it is a a hereditary thing, handed down from generation to generation. Time spent tinkering under bonnets with the unmistakable musty smell of oily engines. For Dad’s that love motors, the London Transport Museum is a great family friendly day out. Charting the development of our great capital alongside the transport that makes it tick, the exhibits cover all the overground and underground technology used by Londoners to get around. From Horse drawn buses to the world’s first underground (including a Padded Cell Carriage) – right up to London Future’s – looking at how transport might evolve in the future (surely the self-driving car will feature in that).
If the old man likes his power a little more hands on, then why not try some indoor karting. TeamSport have an indoor karting centre at Tower Bridge and their Family Madness events are worth a look (even if there’s limited availability on Father’s day itself)
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is one of London’s most popular Museums. And whilst War isn’t a nice subject in itself, it is a huge part of our history and has been the driving force behind some of the human race’s most innovative creations. The Imperial War Museum honours the history of those fallen and doesn’t wince away from the horrors of war, but it also celebrates British heritage and the development of battlefield technology from the First World War to the present day.
There are some famous and recognisable exhibits in the atrium (the IWM was refurbished in 2014) including a Spitfire, Messerschmitt Doodlebug V1 (effectively the world’s first guided missile) and the really rather terrifying v2, the v1’s younger brother. Also on display are a host of tanks, canon, a Polaris missile (once the lynchpin of the UK’s nuclear deterrent) and a Harrier Jump Jet. Visit the Imperial War Museum’s website to find out entry details and more.
The Thames RIB Experience
No, it’s not an American themed barbecue restaurant marinading and flame grilling part of an animal’s torso into a tasty dinner, it’s an exhilarating boat ride – and as it is down old father Thames, that makes it even more appropriate for Father’s Day. These Rigid Inflatable Boats (that’s where the RIB comes from) have 740 horse power V8 engines. Yes, you read that right. 740 horses. That’s more than many supercars.
You can get rides of differing duration – those who are a bit apprehensive might prefer the entry level 20 minute rides that depart the Millennium Pier and 02. The thrill seekers will like the 50minute jaunt to Canary Wharf, whilst the adrenaline junkies, for whom no amount of high-powered action is enough – will undoubtedly want to plump for the 75 minute high octane dash to the Thames barrier and back. All bookable online at the Thames RIB Experience.
Whether you choose one of these fantastic Father’s Day adventures – or choose to go for it with the barbecue – we hope the whole family have a wonderful day.