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10 Father-Daughter Date Ideas Around The U.S.
If you're willing to think outside the box, tons of father-daughter activities can serve up a dual dose of girl-glee and dad-delight to your bonding time, no matter your locale or lifestyle.
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If you're an Outdoorsy Dad, pack a picnic and head to your local zoo or botanical garden. Just north of downtown Atlanta is the picturesque Atlanta Botanical Garden. Chase butterflies, learn about the environment, and, when your tummy starts growling, unpack lunch at nearby Piedmont Park. In the winter, the park is home to an ice skating rink, which makes it a great place to visit year round.
For the Geek Dads, take a trip to Las Vegas' Pinball Hall of Fame. This nonprofit establishment is dedicated to all things pinball. About 250 machines are on hand, and at one or two quarters a game, this is an epically cheap date.
If you're a proud Nerd Dad, try hitting up a science or history museum like Chicago's Field Museum, which is home to Sue. She's 67 million years old, 42 feet long and the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered. You can spend hours exploring the exhibits and not even scratch the surface. This is a father-daughter activity you can revisit month after month, since there is so much to experience.
Are you a Punk Dad? Then a music festival is the perfect place for some father-daughter time. Austin Kiddie Limits at the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival is for kids of all ages. As dad is rocking out, daughters can check out the painting booths, hip-hop workshops, pottery classes and rock-star hair and makeup stations. As an added bonus, kids under 10 are free with a parent.
How about a trip to a skate park for all you Hipster Dads? Venice Skate Park, in picturesque Venice Beach, Calif., has been named one of the Top 25 skate parks in the United States. You can watch the pros work their magic, take a class or just freestyle with your favorite girl.
Athletic Dads can show off their muscles with a trip to a rock-climbing gym. Everyday Athlete in Brooklyn, N.Y., loves to get kids climbing as soon as they're interested, with programs starting as young as 3 years old. It has the tallest bouldering wall in Brooklyn, at 17.5 feet, and offers lots of family programs.
Goofy Dads will have a blast with their girls at one of the many trampoline parks popping up across the country. In dozens of cities, you can hit Sky Zone, an indoor park where you can bounce to your heart's content or play organized games like dodgeball.
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Playful Dads must visit the National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y. Step onto Sesame Street, journey Down a Sunny Dirt Road with the Berenstain Bears and follow the Yellow Brick Road into Reading Adventureland—a life-size pop-up book. Explore three centuries of American games and puzzles in Game Time. And check out one of the best toy collections in the world.
If you consider yourself a Foodie Dad, then how about a cooking lesson with your daughter? The Junior League of San Diego's Kids in the Kitchen program offers Saturday classes designed to show kids how fun healthy eating can be through cooking demonstrations and gardening activities. If you're feeling especially adventurous, visit a food truck on your way home from your cooking class.
Feeling tense from all this activity? Don't worry, we've got one last tip for the Stressed Dads out there: daddy-daughter yoga. Portland's Yoga Shala offers classes for yogis ages 4 and up and employs the Yoga Calm program, blending traditional yoga poses with social skills games, mindfulness activities and counseling techniques. Warning, the Zen atmosphere may be interrupted by girlish giggling at downward-dog dad.