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What could say "I love you Dad" better than a trip to Alton?
Mom? Mom is easy. She likes spending time with you. She likes brunch. She would love that new Coach bag ... but she's way too selfless to buy it for herself. On Mother's Day, you can be the hero.
Father's Day is another story. Dad is not easy. Dad's hobbies mostly involve television, not that we're stereotyping or anything. And if Dad needs something, he buys it for himself (or tasks Mom with it). What the heck could Dad possibly want?
If you're feeling morally obligated to spend time with the man whose sperm sparked your life, but you're not sure just what to do with him, we've got the list for you. Here are five things to do with dad this weekend that won't break the bank and won't bore you to tears — and isn't that the best you can hope on any Father's Day?
1. The Great Rivers Festival
Sat., June 18, 12-7 p.m.
This Father’s Day, bring Dad down to the Mississippi River. The third annual Great Rivers Festival will be at the National Great Rivers Museum (Melvin Price Locks and Dam, #1 Lock and Dam Way, East Alton, Illinois) beginning at noon Saturday. You can look forward to live music from Whiskey Drive, local food and drink vendors, local art vendors, and more. There will be live bird shows from the TreeHouse Wildlife Center and an appearance by Serengeti Steve: The Reptile Experience. Other attractions include archery, catch-and-release trout fishing, birdhouse building, sand and chalk art, and lessons on how to catch and prepare Asian carp. Tasty. Best of all? The whole thing is free.
2. Father's Day Brunch at Cedar Lake Cellars
Sun., June 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cedar Lake Cellars (11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City), a winery and event center, host its annual Father’s Day brunch on Sunday. Musical entertainment by Double D, a blues duet, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Brunch includes a wide variety of food featuring Jack Daniel’s barbecue chicken, lime and chili butter grilled corn on the cob, Cedar Lake country ribs, Southern fried catfish, a breakfast station, vegetarian display, and bakery items. Brunch is $24.95 per adult, $13.95 for children 12 and under, and free for children three and under.
3. Father's Day Car Show
Sun., June 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
636-798-2288 x-24; www.winecountrygardens.net/
Wine Country Gardens (2711 S. Hwy 94, Defiance) celebrates Father’s Day with a free car show. Celebrate dad sitting on a patio with a beautiful view of the Missouri River Valley, cars staged on grass in front of you and a glass of wine, beer or cocktail in your hand. The aptly named band Garden Party will play from 1 to 4 p.m. More than 150 European & American cars valued at more than $3 million will be shown on site including Porsche, Mercedes, and many more; proceeds benefit Ride On St. Louis – Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.
4. Bluesy Beer Garden
Sun., June 19, 12-4 p.m.
Take Dad to the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge (13653 Lodge Boulevard, Grafton, Illinois) for a Bluesy Beer Garden featuring live blues music, slow-cooked BBQ pork steak sandwiches and Schlafly beer. There is no admission fee and no reservations are needed but seating is limited so you're advised to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets just in case.
5. Circus Flora
Sat. and Sun., June 18 and 19, 1 and 5:30 p.m.
For its 30th anniversary shows, Circus Flora is celebrating Dad's favorite sport: Baseball. The tumbling St. Louis Arches, the high-wire-walking Flying Wallendas and those daring young men on the flying trapeze are a stand-up triple, but the air-conditioned tent is like stealing home. Circus Flora: Pastime is performed 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday (June 2 through July 3) at the Circus Flora Big Top (3511 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.circusflora.org). Tickets are $10 to $48.
Dad's not into circuses, or beer gardens, or car shows? What about just taking him to lunch at the Weber Grill
? Big hunks of meat and stylish little kettle grills all over the place — what could say "I love you, Dad" more effectively?
See also: 30 Crazy Awesome Photos from Circus Flora