With Father’s Day on Sunday, you should be thinking about what to do with Dad for the holiday, something different than just dinner at a restaurant. There are numerous activities to do with Dad this Father’s Day and beyond. With Houston’s diversity, you can find an activity that your fathers is sure to love, no matter what his interests are.
Houston Astros At Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
Things are different this year at Minute Maid Park. With the shift from the National to the American league, the Houston Astros are now playing some of the most popular teams in baseball, like the Yankees and Red Sox, on a regular basis. If you take Dad to see a game, be sure to take advantage of some of the special pre-game activities, which are worth it even though they usually cost extra. Tours of the ballpark and close-up batting practice viewing are available for most games one hour before the gates open to the general public. It costs $45 per person to view batting practice and $15 per person for a tour. These activities will get you behind-the-scenes to experience Minute Maid Park like never before. For a game schedule click here.
Related: A Guide to Minute Maid Park
Comedy Sportz Houston
901 Town & Country Blvd.
Houston, TX 77024
If your Dad likes to laugh, take him to an improv comedy venue where the laughs come twice every Friday and Saturday night. Comedy Sportz has two shows on Fridays and Saturdays. The 8 p.m. show is a family-friendly event, free of off-color jokes and profanity. This early show is rated G to PG, and costs $18 per person. There is also a second show each night for adults only that costs $12 per person. These second shows have more adult humor and only those over 18 are allowed to attend. For Father’s Day, take Dad to Comedy Sportz and get him a ticket for free when you, as his child, accompany him. This free ticket for dads is only for the 8 p.m. show, but you can take Dad any weekend for a great laugh.
Miller Outdoor Theater
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
If you want to take in the Houston Symphony with Dad and find yourself short on cash, go to Miller Outdoor Theater’s ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights. These take place the last two Fridays and Saturdays in June and, like everything at Miller Outdoor Theater, are free to attend, even for the ticketed seating area. The Houston Symphony performances start at 8:30 p.m.. Pick up the tickets for the seating area between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day of the show, but you can eschew ticketed seating and bring your blanket to lay out anywhere on the hill.
Memorial Park Golf Course
1001 W. Memorial Loop Drive
Houston, TX 77007
Take Dad on a round of golf at Houston’s best public golf course, Memorial Golf Course. Located just minutes from downtown in Memorial Park, this golf course is visited 60,000 times each year. This course boasts 18 holes of golf, a driving range, a golf museum and putting and chipping greens. There are even golf lessons available. Prices vary depending on the time of year and time of day. For a fee schedule, click here.
George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762 Road
Richmond, Texas 77469
Get in touch with your natural survival instincts with classes in basic outdoors skills that were used in the 19th century at the George Ranch. Tanning hides and fire building are just a couple of the activities you can enjoy at the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. classes. These classes will only be held on Father’s Day and there are only slots for 30 people at each time, but if you miss the Father’s Day survival sessions, the George Ranch still has activities daily at the same times. A schedule of the topics for the classes is available on the George Ranch’s website. These family friendly activities are great for Dads who love history and want their kids to enjoy it as well.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.