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23 things to do for Father’s Day in the Tampa Bay area

Give Dad the gift of time and do something with him this Father’s Day.
Ky'lee Waters stands on a chair while dancing with her grandfather, Antinori Waters, while Jazmyn Thames and her father, Jermaine, take a twirl during a 2014 father-daughter dance at Ragan Park Community Center in Tampa.
Ky'lee Waters stands on a chair while dancing with her grandfather, Antinori Waters, while Jazmyn Thames and her father, Jermaine, take a twirl during a 2014 father-daughter dance at Ragan Park Community Center in Tampa. [ Times (2014) ]
Published Jun. 10

From free admission to area attractions to auto shows and sporting events, there are a lot of things for Dad to do on Father’s Day. The following is a list of events happening in the Tampa Bay area this week.

Father Daughter Dance: Fathers and daughters can dance the night away together. $30. 3-6 p.m. June 12. Closer to Our Dreams, 433 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow: In the play, a woman asks her deadbeat father to rough up her ex-boyfriend for sleeping with her sister. The 95-minute production contains sexy and intense language. $20-$40. 7:30 p.m. June 16-18, 3 p.m. June 19. USF Theatre Centre, 3837 USF Holly Drive, Tampa. 813-556-8737.

Father’s Day Weekend: For $5, Dad can see vintage cars from 1770 to 1982. Museum historians will be on hand to provide information on a variety of different kinds of vehicles. $5 for Dad, $8-$12 others. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 17-18, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 19. Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd., Pinellas Park. 727-579-8226.

Dad can tour the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum in Pinellas Park for $5.
Dad can tour the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum in Pinellas Park for $5. [ Mark Guss ]

Responsible Fatherhood Bootcamp: This two-day event is designed to help families bond and provide men with tools to become better fathers. June 17 is simply a party for fathers and their children with food, music and activities. June 18 is a day of coaching for fathers only. There will be panel discussions on career opportunities and basic self-improvement. Free. 6-9 p.m. June 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18. Pearlena’s/The REC, 9309 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-559-9545.

Father’s Day Fishing Tournament: Children can join their father for a catfish catch-and-release tournament with DJ dancing and a food truck on site. Meet at Shelter 6. Free (registration required). 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18. Carrollwood Village Park, 4680 W Village Drive, Tampa. 813-210-4382.

Father’s Day Farmers Market: Foodie fathers will want to go to the market for fresh produce, fruit and pickled veggies. Free. 9 a.m.-noon June 18. 4117 W Oklahoma Ave., Tampa.

Father’s Day Ice Cream Party: Pets can give their human fathers and themselves the gift of ice cream. There will also be free nail trims for dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a K-9 demonstration. No cover. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18. Pet Supplies Plus, 1123 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-800-9622.

Father’s Day Crafting for Kids: Children 12 and younger can decorate a SPIKRAK bag to give to their father for Father’s Day. Go to ikea.com to register and become an Ikea Family member. Free (registration required). Noon-4 p.m. June 18. Ikea, 1103 N 22nd St., Tampa. 888-888-4532.

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Father’s Day Barbecue: Celebrate Father’s Day with free hamburgers, hot dogs and more at the Morningside Recreation pool. Free (reservations required). 1-4 p.m. June 18. Morningside Recreation Complex, 2400 Harn Blvd., Clearwater. 727-507-4065.

Father’s Day Punch and Lunch: You and Dad can learn how to defend yourselves with some basic martial arts skills. Free (registration required). 2-4 p.m. June 18. Krav Maga Martial Arts, 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Lutz. 813-948-4844.

Father-Daughter Dance: Dads and their daughters can enjoy music, dancing, a spaghetti dinner and a photo booth. $25. 4-7 p.m. June 18. EvoLove Event Center, 4575 Pet Lane, Lutz. 813-703-2110.

Father’s Day Dance and Dinner: Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and male family friends are invited to take the special young lady in their lives out for a night of dinner and dancing. Semiformal to business attire required. $100-$140. 6 p.m. June 18. Manhattan Casino, 642 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-824-7221.

Daddy/Daughter Dance: Fathers and daughters of all ages are invited to an evening of dancing, activities, professional pictures with Lab puppies and horses, a photo booth, finger food, cupcakes and refreshments. $25-$35. 7-9:30 p.m. June 18. Barrington Hill Farm, 16117 Lake Iola Road, Dade City. 727-643-6128.

Father’s Day Gratitude Circle: Families enjoy food, drinks and music as children express their appreciation to their fathers under the night sky. Free (donations appreciated). 7:30-10 p.m. June 18. Event Venue, 915 E Ida St., Tampa. 813-585-4852.

Father’s Day in the Gardens: All dads receive free admission to the gardens. Free (all others regular price). 8 a.m.-6 p.m. June 19. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408.

Father’s Day at the Sanctuary: Dads get into the sanctuary for free with one paid adult admission. $15, $10 ages 11 and younger. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 19. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. 727-943-5897.

Dad gets BOGO entry at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary with one paid adult admission.
Dad gets BOGO entry at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary with one paid adult admission. [ SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY ]

Father’s Day at the James Museum: Dads get free admission to the museum with the purchase of any other ticket. Free (all others regular price). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 19. The James Museum, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-892-4200.

Father’s Day Auto Show: If Dad is a motorhead, take him to this all-day car show and celebration with Red Bull Girls, Red Bull samples, DJ dancing, $15 bottomless “Dadmosas (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), $10 burger and Bud Light specials and a guest speaker from the Wounded Warrior Project (3:30 p.m.). No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-3 a.m. June 19. MacDinton’s Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-251-8999.

Father’s Day Gift: Take Dad out for an early Father’s Day meal. The first 100 fathers get a free multipurpose tool. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m. June 19. Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St. N, Clearwater. 727-572-9464.

Father’s Day Classic Car Show: Munch on food from the Wings and Things food truck and sip on fresh brews as you check out more than 40 classic cars. No cover (food/drink additional). 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 19. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-495-6002.

If dad enjoys art, take him to Practically Pikasso to make a ceramic piece.
If dad enjoys art, take him to Practically Pikasso to make a ceramic piece. [ Courtesy of Kodi Thompson ]

Fathers Day Art Project: Children of all ages can spend a fun day doing ceramics with Dad. Walk-ins welcome, but reservations are strongly recommended. Fee is based on the piece you choose. Noon-6 p.m. June 19. Practically Pikasso, 1912 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-5204.

Father’s Day Baseball: A fathers versus non-fathers baseball game. Some equipment will be provided, but bring your own if you have it. Free. 2-4 p.m. June 19. Northwest Youth Baseball, 5801 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-345-1902.

Father’s Day Cornhole Tournament: Fathers can pair up with a child for a cornhole tournament. Limit 32 father-child pairs. $10. 4-7 p.m. June 19. The Barn, 3460 Starkey Blvd., New Port Richey.

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