Friday, June 18, 2010

Oh Father!

It's Father's Day! Why not show the Dads in your life you love them by having some fun this Father's Day! After all it is Father- Family- Friendly- Friday! Let's have some Fun!

1. Our little blue friend is still hanging out at the Strasburg Railroad and it's not to late to catch a glimpse and a ride. Visit the The Strasburg Railroad and take advantage of the last couple days of the Day Out with Thomas. Take a 22 minute ride with the little blue engine and have your picture taken with Sir Topham hat. You can't go wrong by visiting the Strasburg Railroad. I'm not sure it's the look on my kid's face as the train pulls into the station, but we all have a great and memorable time. If you are looking for ways to save money. Watch as Thomas pulls into the station and then board Strasburg's own steam engine. It's almost half the cost and double the time for the ride. Since it's a nice ride there, take advantage of your day and walk across the street to The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. The museum houses over 100 locomotives and rail cars! A train enthusiast's dream!

2. We had something for the train enthusiast, so how about the car enthusiast? Men love their cars.The Fairmount Fire Department holds the 20th anniversary of their annual Under The Lights Car Show. Take the family out to view the hundreds of antique cars, Street Rods, Street machines and much more. As you walk the streets, enjoy refreshments from local vendors and live music from DJ Larry Weasel. The cars will be lining the streets of Main Street in Lansdale, Pa. Show starts at 7:00pm. Have fun and support the local fire department in their annual fundraiser.

3. Celebrate Father's Day be creating memories that last at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. Take in the fun by experiencing their six interactive exhibit zones, including our favorites, Wonderland and Flight Fantasy. Even better, on Sunday June 20th admission for Dad is FREE!

4. If you're not crafty raise those scissors! Mine are up, but no fear, Lakeshore is here!! Now this is a great idea and really cute. If you are still looking for a gift your child can make for dad, take them over to the Lakeshore Learning Store on Saturday June 19th, from 11:00am to 3:00pm and have them show their love for dad by creating this Father's Day Notebook Holder! A nice touch for the home or office.

5. After your child presents dad with the FREE gift they made over at Lakeshore, stop on over to your closest TCBY and dessert is on them! TCBY is celebrating their 3rd Annual Free cup or cone for Dad on Father's day! It's gonna be hot so enjoy this nice cold treat! Just make sure to call your local store before stopping by to confirm their participation in this event.

Even though we all like to shop, when it comes down to it, Father's Day isn't all about gifts. Why not show the Fathers in your life that you love and appreciate them by spending the day with them and creating memories. In a 2004 article on, Eleven activities to do with kids on Father's Day, Armin Brott, shares a list of 11 activities you can do with the fathers and children in your life to create some memories and laughs.

My favorite were, "Make a movie of the day. If you don't have a movie camera, take a few rolls of regular film, get them developed at a one-hour photo place, and make a scrapbook".

"Do something important in the community. Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Help Habitat for Humanity build a house. Or, if the kids are older, do some work for a cause they support".

And "Write the kids a thank-you card -- not for the gifts, but just for being. After all, you wouldn't be a father without them". So True.

And probably my husband's favorite, so exactly what we'll be doing on Father's Day, that is, after his weekly Sunday softball game, "Do absolutely nothing. Spend a completely unstructured day with the kids doing exactly what they want to do. Ignore the distractions of the phone, email, bills, work, and errands, and focus completely on them. Top off the day with an ice-cream sundae".

Maybe he's got a point, after all the best days are the lazy ,unstructured days where you let the stress free, no pressure day take you were it goes.

My 5 year old son made a Father' Day gift for my husband at school today. It was a paper frame with a picture of his father that he had drawn and on the back was the cutest little poem.

Daddy, I love You
For all that you do.
I'll kiss you and hug you
'Cause you love me too.
You feed me and need me
To teach you to play,
So smile 'cause I love you
On this Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Father's out there!

Happy Father's Day to my husband and my father. I can't explain how much I love you and how much you mean to me. I cannot imagine my life without you both. I love you.

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