It’s that time of year again. Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and there are activities around town that a father and his kids can enjoy together. This year, why not give dad the gift of time with his kids? There are places to visit and things to see that will please dads with many different tastes. While some of these activities can be enjoyed by the whole family, some are better suited for older children to attend with their father.
Shell Grand Prix of Houston
Reliant Park
8400 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400

Date: June 27-29, 2014

The Shell Grand Prix of Houston is a must-attend for dads who are racing fans. At this race, you could see cars reaching top speeds on the 1.7-mile track of 230 miles per hour. This once-a-year IndyCar event takes place at Reliant Park for three days. You can get a three-day pass for grounds admission for only $40. As an outdoor event in Houston’s summer, bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a 20-ounce bottle of water, but you are not allowed to bring in any other outside food or drinks. Check the event’s FAQs for what to bring, what to expect and much more. This event is best for older children, and if you choose to get pit passes, children under 18 are not allowed at all.
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George Observatory
Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762 Road
Needville, TX 77461
(979) 553-5102

Just a short drive out from Houston is where a space-loving dad can get a chance to share the night sky with his kids for Father’s Day. The George Observatory is located inside Brazos Bend State Park. It costs $7 per person older than 12 to get into the park, and the planetarium costs $3 while the telescopes are available for $5 per person. This is one place you don’t want to visit on a weekday because the spectacle of the night sky above Houston can only be enjoyed after dark. Tickets for the telescope go on sale in the gift shop at 5 p.m., and the planetarium shows are Saturdays every half hour from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For dads with daughters who are Girl Scouts, the Observatory is hosting a Girl Scouts-only Rocket Day on June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with different times dedicated to different scout levels. At the event, which costs $20 per person, the kids get to see how to build their own water rockets, and dads can enjoy watching them being launched and the subsequent simulated space flight at the observatory.

Huntsville State Park
Huntsville, TX 77342
(936) 295-5644 

For the dad who loves the outdoors, a trip to a state park is a must for Father’s Day. Huntsville State Park, which is just over an hour north of Houston, has one of the widest range of attractions including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding. Kids 12 and under get into the park for free and older children and adults only have to pay $5 each for admission. To find your way to the camping or fishing sites, use the park map on the web. If dad really enjoys fishing, he and the kids can fish in any Texas state park without having to purchase a fishing license, including Huntsville State Park.

Lone Star Flight Museum
2002 Terminal Drive
Galveston, TX 77554
(409) 740-7722 

The Lone Star Flight Museum, which also serves as the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, in Galveston is the best Father’s Day outing for dads who like planes and anything that soars through the air. The museum focuses on military aircraft, and one of the hallmarks is the flight experience. The flight experiences start at $225 per person and goes up from there, but this is a good gift for an especially important Father’s Day. Children ages 12 to 17 are only permitted to ride on bomber flights if they have a parent with them. All other flights are restricted to ages 18 and up. If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars, you can still enjoy the displays at the museum at a cost of $8 per adult and $5 for seniors and children ages five through 17.

John C. Freeman Weather Museum
5104 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 529-3076 

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum will appeal to dads who tune in to every weather forecast on the news and have The Weather Channel among their favorite TV stations. Admission to the Weather Museum is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors, but you can opt to for a guided tour with a meteorologist for $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and teachers. If you want to make this a Father’s Day activity, visit on the Saturday before because the museum is only open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the newest activities at the museum is a chamber where you can experience hurricane-force winds. This experience is an extra $2, but it also includes information on hurricane safety. Kids can also record a weather broadcast in front of a green screen and take home a copy for $5. These are just a few of the things dad and the kids can see at the Weather Museum.

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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at