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Published July 14th 2018
Don't get your Dad a tie - do something exciting with him
Once again, the time has come to honour and spoil our fathers! Every year we do this, and I often used to find it difficult to work out how to spoil my father. Where can we take him to celebrate this unique day!
This year, Father's Day is on Sunday 2nd September, so not long to go. Instead of buying the normal bottle of wine, a boring tie, or a pair of socks, get something that Dad will not forget!
This is a list for those Dads who like to go out and enjoy! No matter what he likes, there is a variety of suggestions on this list. So this list will hopefully give you some idea of the things that are on around Perth where you could take your precious Dad.
- BELL TOWER If you haven't been up our famous Bell Tower yet, this would be a great gift for Father's Day. The Bell Tower is the only place in the world where bell-ringers can share their cultural heritage with visitors in an open way. Times for the ringing of these bells on a Sunday are 12 noon – 1 pm.
You could also participate in an interactive demonstration on the art of chiming a bell. To learn about this and other bell ringing, you can book in here.
- FATHER'S DAY FAMILY NIGHT This event will be held on 29th August from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm at Bunnings Harrisdale, Wright Road. It is hosted by Monster Trucks, and Shattered Silence will be out on display for the Bunnings Father's Day family night. This is before Father's Day, however, it should be a great day out not just for your Dad, but also for the whole family.
Does your Dad enjoy watching racing cars? Now you could book him in for his own drive in a V8 Supercar. Dad could drive like the pros at Barbagallo's in Perth. What a fabulous present this would be, and one I am sure your Dad would not forget in a hurry!
You could buy him the 3 lap pressie of 3 laps around Barbagallo Raceway - wow! Costs start at $199 and you can read more about them here.
- TEN PIN BOWLING Ten pin bowling can be great fun. Why not challenge your Dad to a match on Father's Day this year? In several locations, you can go to Morley, Cannington, Joondalup, Warwick, or Melville.
For a very different gift, why not have a professional photo taken of Dad and the family. Bookings are now open, and you could give Dad a treasured memory. Call La Photo Impressions, Lisa, on 0434 128 629 to make your booking.
- ROLLER SKATING
If you Dad is the athletic type, you could go roller skating with him. When Rolloways opened in 1985 in Cannington, all they had was roller skating. Nowadays they also have Arcade Games, a Birthday Party Room and a cafe.
Dads will be able to skate FREE for a session on Father's Day, so you only need to book in for the rest of the family.
- THE SIMULATION CENTRE
There are heaps of things you can do at this centre. Many of it you may think is for children, however, if your Dad is not quite game enough to do the real thing, this could be a great present for him!
With things such as golf simulator, gamer's den, virtual reality, racing car simulator, sports simulator, and 9-D cinema, your Dad could love any or all of these!
If your Dad enjoys the odd beer or two, he might find it interesting to look over a boutique brewery.
Little Creatures is just one such brewery in Perth and is situated at 40 Mews Road, Fremantle. They make all sorts of beer and ales, and this is a fascinating tour. Tours run daily at 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.
Perhaps Dad is interested to learn about all things brewing along with the Little Creatures story? Brewery Tours are with one of their resident hop heads. Here you will learn about all the great ingredients that are used and the brewing process, along with a guided tasting of all of their beers and ciders.
- MINI GOLF
Mini golf is always fun and something that everyone in the family can join in, perhaps against your Dad! Caladenia Mini Golf in Gingin is just one the places you can do this. Gingin is a nice short drive north of Perth, and it is an 18 hole course.
It is situated at 108 Caladenia Rd, Gingin West, Off Cowalla Road, and there is heaps more to do in Gingin. More information can be seen here.
Other mini golf courses are at Wanneroo, Canning Vale, The Swan Valley, Bullsbrook, Murdoch Pines, Mandurah, Wembley Golf Course, The Vines, Wangara, and Elizabeth Quays.
Why not take your Dad to Mandurah for the day! You could even go by train as the service is fast and frequent. Take him on a dolphin cruise, or the Peel Zoo, across the Pinjarra swinging bridge, or take a picnic along to have on the relaxing foreshore.
You could always take Dad to lunch on the Rockingham Foreshore. This is a lovely place to relax, eat good food and spend the day with the family. But you will need to book as early as possible, as these cafes are booked out on Father's Day.
The Rockingham Visitor Centre has an online eating out guide that enables you to search for restaurants and cafes in the Rockingham region. Check this out here.