Father’s Day 2014 is Sunday, June 15. Here are some ways to get out of the house and celebrate Dad with these activities and events in and around Elkhart County.
Take him golfing
Is your dad a fan of hitting the links? Try Black Squirrel Golf Club in Goshen, a 72-par public course with 18 holes. The first tee time is 7 a.m., and there’s no designated closing time. An employee said guests should make sure to bring their own clubs as there are a limited number of rental clubs on hand. Fees are $21 for 18 holes and $10.50 for 9 holes. There’s also a fully-stocked pro shop and a menu offering steaks, burgers, bratwurst and beverages including beer, according to the club’s website.
See a musical
The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres in Nappanee will feature “Footloose the Musical” at 2 p.m. Father’s Day. “Footloose the Musical” tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town that, as a result of a local minister’s efforts, has banned rock music and dancing. The stage production is based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon. After the show, eat a Thresher dinner at Amish Acres Restaurant. As a Father’s Day special, dads eat free with a family of four or more.
Go to the zoo
Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend will feature local Father’s Day messages from families to their dads on exhibits this Sunday. For $25, zookeepers offered to write messages for fathers on exhibit windows on a first-come, first-serve basis. See the greetings – not to mention more than 400 animals – with an $8.50 ticket price for adults and $6.50 for children ages three to 14. The zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with last admission sold at 4:30 p.m., at 500 S. Greenlawn Ave. in South Bend.
Bike the Pumpkinvine Trail
Ride along the Pumpkinvine Trail, a bike path that runs from Goshen to Middlebury and Shipshewana, and also connects to both the Maple City Greenway and MapleHeart Trail for more than 25 miles of path. Abshire Park in Goshen provides easy access to the opening of the trail, but Oak Ridge Park, Ox Bow Park and Krider Garden are also connected. Make sure to bring helmets; while most of the path is paved, some stretches run along county roads. A map of the trail network is available online.
Watch a little baseball
Catch an afternoon baseball game and watch the South Bend Silver Hawks play against the West Michigan Whitecaps at 2 p.m. in Coveleski Regional Stadium, 501 W. South St., South Bend. Tickets are $9 for field, $11 for dugout box and $60 for autographs seats. Family and Swoop Day will began at 1:15 p.m. with pre-game catch on the field; after the game, people will have the opportunity to go on the field and get autographs from the players. Call 574-235-9988 for tickets.
Head to the sand
Want lakeside access for a day at the beach? Both Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Mich. and Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer, Mich. are right along Lake Michigan and just over an hour away. Warren Dunes has three miles of beach and six miles of hiking trails, with a 260-foot dune. Silver Beach offers wide beach access for swimming, sand volleyball, a playground and public access to South Pier. The cost is $9 per day per vehicle for Warren Dunes and $8 per vehicle for out-of-state residents at Silver Beach. While you’re in Berrien County (Silver Beach territory), also check out Lemon Creek Winery’s 30th annual Father’s Day Festival, held from 12 to 6 p.m.
Fire up the grill
For a classic Sunday meal, try simple outdoor recipes like beer-can chicken, spicy shrimp skewers or grilled fruits and veggies from Flavor 574.
Catch a movie matinee
Cool off in a dark theater with an afternoon movie. Art House in Goshen will show “Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary about a nanny whose unknown photographs discovered after her death made her posthumously famous as one of the best street photographers, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 regular admission and $6 for students and seniors. Carmike Encore Park in Elkhart and Linway Cinema in Goshen are both screening “Maleficent,” Disney’s untold story of Sleeping Beauty’s evil villain and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” among others. See their websites for show times and prices.
Float down the river
Does Dad enjoy the aquatic life? Paddle the St. Joseph River in a canoe or kayak from Lazy Dayz Canoe & Kayak Rental, 10 Apollo St. in Bristol. Lazy Dayz offers multiple river trips; the most popular is a three-hour, 8-mile float from Mottville, Mich. down to Bristol. Prices are $36 for a canoe (two adults and two kids younger than 12 years old), $8 for an additional person, $28 for a kayak and $36 for a tandem kayak. Fees include paddles, lifejackets and transportation to and from the river. Trips begin at 8 a.m., with the last run at 1 p.m. Customers must be off the water by 6 p.m. Call 574-295-5055 to make a reservation.
What do you like to do with Dad on Father’s Day?