Some dads fish. Some dads play golf. Some dads like to light up the BBQ — and some just want to take a nap. A long nap.
We have cultivated a 2020 COVID-kosher list of fun things to do on Father’s Day in and around Champaign-Urbana that can match any dad’s personality. (Keep your fingers crossed that the weather will be nice on June 21.) We’ve put together some of our favorite events in one spot to help dad relax and feel appreciated, as well as providing fun for other members of the family.
Take your Dad Fishing. In most cases, swimming is out this year. (Unless you have your own pool or belong to a private club. Or don’t mind jumping off a boat in the middle of a lake.) Fishing is a lot of fun and great for parents and kids alike. Check out our guide on where to go, and what you will need, to fish in and around Champaign-Urbana. Free Fishing Days are June 19-22 in Illinois this year, so you can skip getting a fishing license to enjoy fishing this weekend only.
Take Your Dad Out for BBQ: Have you seen our Champaign-Urbana area Barbecue Trail? There are plenty of ideas on where to take dad for dinner (or takeout) in case he doesn’t want the role of grill master.
Speaking of food …: If the dad in your life is a carnivore, here’s a tip: Grill him a nice, big, fat, juicy steak. And we know just where to get one: Visit Urbana’s Market at the Square and hit up the folks at Triple S Farms, where the selection is wide and the taste is certifiably YUM. (But get there early; Triple S is very popular, for good reason, and the most popular cuts of meat go fast.)
Take Dad to play foot golf: It might not be as relaxing as a round of golf without the kiddos, but if you want to do something together – head out to Lake of the Woods in Mahomet for nine or 18 holes of foot golf. Foot Golf can be played by children and adults. If you can kick a soccer ball, you can play Foot Golf! Tip: bring your own soccer ball and save a $1.
Wine Down with Pizzazz: Alto Vineyards in Champaign is open and ready to help you finish off Father’s Day weekend in style. From 2-4 p.m., sip some of your favorite beverages while safely socially distancing in the great outdoors. Visit Alto’s Facebook page for more details.
Take Dad out to the Drive-In. Harvest Moon Drive-In offers two movies this weekend (9 p.m. showtimes for each) that might satisfy any dad’s tastes. If he likes musicals, fast cars or beautiful women he might opt for Grease. If he’s a suspense/action junkie, he might prefer Jaws. (“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”) Either way, get your tickets early. Drive-ins are popular destinations right now.
Check out our list of where to eat on Father’s Day