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Fun runs, mini golf, burgers & buffets
What would your dad like to do this Father's Day? Perhaps go out for a buffet breakfast, have a pub lunch, race you at go-karting, play mini golf, or just spend the day on the couch? If you have an energetic dad, he may prefer to race in a fun run, go watch a local sports game or maybe enjoy a family game of cricket down at The Cotter? There also may be older dads and grandfathers with grown-up children who will happily sit down for a formal lunch at a winery, followed by some wine tasting and relaxing in good company. Would any of those ideas appeal to the father-figure in your life?
Whatever you decide to do this Father's Day, Canberra has plenty of options to choose from - however picking just one may be the problem! Here are 10 to get you started...
Father's Day Whisky Inspired Afternoon Tea at Hotel Kurrajong. Image: Hotel Kurrajong website
1/ Hotel Kurrajong historical hotel in Barton will be hosting a Father's Day Whisky Inspired Afternoon Tea, for $55 per adults, $48 for 13-17 year olds, $35 for 6-12 year olds and 5 years and under are free. If the Dad in your life enjoys a good quality whisky, this will be a Father's Day to remember. See here for details.
2/ Poacher's Pantry, in the Canberra Wine District, will be having a Father's Day Lunch in their Smokehouse restaurant. Enjoy a four-course lunch with smoked meats and fresh produce, paired with Wily Trout wines or local craft beers. See here for details.
3/ Yarralumla Play Station is an outdoor mini golf location at Weston Park, on Lake Burley Griffin. As well two mini golf courses there is also a miniature train ride for the kids and across the road there is a playground and picnic area. This Father's Day they are offering a Father's Day Golf and Burger Deal for $20, which includes 18 holes of golf. See the Yarralumla Play Station Facebook for details (bookings required). For pricing for the rest of the family, see here.
4/ Star Buffet at the Burns Club in Kambah will be having a Father's Day Buffet with all the trimmings for $35 per adult and children are priced at 2.5 x their age. This popular buffet restaurant doesn't require any bookings, however see the website for session times. See here for details.
5/ Pod Food is a modern Australian restaurant in Pialligo, near Canberra Airport. This Father's Day they will be hosting both a Father's Day breakfast ($50 per person) and lunch ($110 per person), with fresh, seasonal produce and treats just for Dad. Sit outside in the leafy setting, on the verandah or inside the restored 1930's cottage. See here for details.
6/ The Conservatory Restaurant at the National Arboretum will be hosting a Father's Day 2 course lunch for $39 per person. The children's menu is $25 for 2 courses. As you sit and look over the views of the city, enjoy a "Chargrilled beef rib, Ingelara dutch cream mash potatoes, winter vegetable ragů" or perhaps "Chicken fillet in pistachio and sesame crumb" or "Pumpkin, goats cheese sage filled ravioli". There are also 3 dessert options, with "Chocolate salted caramel tart, candied almonds and rum cream" sounding particularly delicious for Dad! See here for details.
7/ The District gastro pub in Crace are taking bookings for Father's Day lunch and there will also be live music from 1pm. This award-winning venue will have a menu that is sure to appeal to Dads of all ages. See The District Facebook for details.
8/ Marble and Grain is a gastropub and restaurant in Braddon, just minutes from the CBD. This year they will be hosting a Father's Day Feast for $70 per person, which includes a delicious share menu with pork belly, lamb shoulder and salmon, as well as a range of delicious desserts - including Bombe Alaska! See here for details and menu. EVENTS...
9/ The Canberra Times Fun Run will be held on Father's Day so the whole family can get involved and run together! There will be Father's Day competitions held on the day with prizes for "Fastest Father & Child Team", "Fastest Grandfather, Father & Child Team", "First Pram Across The Line" and "Fancy Dress" (see here for details). You can also dedicate a song to Dad so it can be heard over the loud speaker when he runs. See here for the course(s) to run and how to register.
Image: Original photos from Canberra Times Fun Run website
10/ Towers of Tomorrow is a LEGO exhibition and interactive play area at the National Museum of Australia. If you have kids and a Dad who love to play with LEGO, then book into a play session and also marvel at the 20 amazing skyscraper models on display. Costs apply. See here for details.