Eight Completely Untypical Experiences to Surprise Dad With This Father’s Day
While the typical dad can never have enough ties, golf balls, or pairs of socks, why not surprise your dad this Father’s Day with a totally unexpected experience he didn’t know was missing in his life?
Here are eight completely untypical experiences that are sure to surprise your dad and bring you closer to “favourite child status.”
The Ultimate Relaxation Experience from the Miraj Hammam Spa By Caudalie
Although most dads may not want to admit it, a relaxing day at the spa is exactly what they need to de-stress and unwind, especially after a long workweek. Treat the special man in your life with the gift he didn’t know he needed when he feels like a whole new man after a treatment at the pristine Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie in the Shangri-La Hotel. For Father’s Day, the spa offers an assortment of packages, along with individual treatments.
An Afternoon Sip Session at Spirit of York
Go above and beyond gifting dad with a bottle of booze you grabbed last-minute and hit the Distillery District’s Spirit of York distillery for some premium quality small-batch vodka and gin and no shortage of photo ops thanks to the area’s historic backdrops. At the Spirit of York, you and your leading man can enjoy on-site tastings, quality cocktails, and curated takeaways.
A Father’s Day Boat Cruise with Mariposa Cruises
Treat dad like a captain for the day and hop onboard a Mariposa Cruise. With the option of either a brunch or a dinner cruise, in addition to unmatched views of the city skyline (because you can always use an updated family photo), guests will be treated to memorable culinary offerings by new executive chef Andrew Capone, formerly of The Drake and Thuet, coupled with a selection of beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. The Dinner Cruise will feature a DJ spinning into the evening.
A Tex-Mex Feast at Taco Fest Toronto
If your dad has a thing for tacos, it just so happens that a festival celebrating all things taco will take place on Father’s Day. For a taco overload, head to Ontario Place for Taco Fest Toronto, where you’ll find some of Toronto’s most celebrated chefs and no shortage of tacos of all varieties, guacamole worth posting about, churros, tequila, and hot sauce. Added perks include live music – including an authentic mariachi band.
Eye Candy at the Yorkville Exotic Car Show
If your dad has a soft spot for some seriously photogenic automobiles, hit the Yorkville Exotic Car Show this Father’s Day. The event closes Bloor St. in Yorkville for an afternoon of getting up close and personal with an assortment of beautiful cars from manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Acura and others.
Ribs and Rides at the Beaches Rib Fest
Treat your dad to the ultimate Sunday Funday with a day at the beach that is complete with a visit to a rib fest that cuts no corners. At The Beaches Rib Fest, you can expect ribs of all varieties in addition to all kinds of tasty treats (from blooming onions to Jolly Rancher slushies), an assortment of craft beer, a midway, live music, and shopping.
A Dose of Art at The Luminato Festival
Luminato Festival, Toronto’s widespread multi-arts festival takes over the city for the month of June. If your dad has an appreciation for all things right brain-dominant, treat him to some quality immersive theatre, live music, or illusion as you decide between a variety of programming options for this coming Sunday.
A Larger-than-Life Gaming Session VRPlayin
Relive the days when dad used to join in the video game fun – but on a whole new level – at College St.’s VRPlayin, a premium technology virtual reality arcade. Book one of the spot’s 18 private stations for a post-Father’s Day brunch video game session, complete with a VR experience catalogue that’s jam-packed with experiences for every type of dad – from the sports-lovers to the adventure quest-seekers.
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Erin is a Toronto-based writer, actor and queen of the side hustle. When she’s not writing the day away in a face mask, she’s taking in the city’s vibrant arts scene, doing a red carpet interview or brunching with her leading ladies. Follow me: @erinnicoledavis