Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

Father's Day is on Sunday, June 21, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate while social distancing.
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By Andrew Small and Theresa Brown

Father’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, June 21, and with the state gradually beginning to open up, there are many fun things that the family can do together to help celebrate dad. From going out to dinner and golfing to drive-in movies or even enjoying cocktails around a campfire, the possibilities are endless. Just because the state’s not fully open yet doesn’t mean dad can’t still enjoy his day.

Buy a Gift Box

Bywater restaurant in Warren is currently selling Father’s Day gift boxes sure to make any dad’s day. Each gift box supports six small businesses in Rhode Island, and ten percent of proceeds benefit a local small nonprofit. The $120 gift box includes items such as bottled cocktails, new release books, fresh flowers or plants, fun things from local artists and musicians and treats from Bywater. Boxes can be ordered online and delivered or picked up at Bywater on Friday, June 19 or Saturday, June 20 from 4-8 p.m. Ordering ends Wednesday night.

Buy Him Kitchen Essentials

Check out Stock Culinary Goods in Providence for a variety of Rhode Island-made cooking tools and appliances, perfect for any dad who loves to cook, barbecue or eat! Stock showcases Rhode Island businesses such as Andiamo Woodworking, Dave’s Coffee, Harvest Kitchen, Narragansett Creamery and Yacht Club Soda.

Go Golfing

Some golf courses are beginning to open back up and even though they have stricter rules and regulations, there is still fun to be had. At Mulligan’s Mini-Golf Course in Cranston, the whole family can enjoy the thirty-six-hole course and maybe even let dad win this time, after all, it is Father’s Day. If mini-golf isn’t your game, Button Hole in Providence is open for business as is the Goddard Park Golf Course in Warwick. Dad can enjoy these nine-hole golf courses with the family, or maybe even hit a few balls on the driving range. Please schedule tee times in advance, as walk-ins are not allowed, and pay attention to the outdoor activities regulations.

Make a Restaurant Reservation

Even though a lot of restaurants are continuing to do takeout or delivery orders only, many restaurants have opened back up to allow people to enjoy a nice sit down meal indoors or outdoors. Treat your dad to a nice dinner at Sarto Restaurant in Providence. Maybe even head on over to Rooftop at Providence G for signature cocktails, wood-fired pizza, a raw bar, salads and more. Whatever you plan to do, be sure to book a reservation well in advance. Here’s a list of spots we recommend for outdoor dining.

Go to a Drive-in Movie

The Rustic Drive-in is now open for the season. Movie theaters may still be closed due to the pandemic, but the Rustic has opened to allow guests to see much-anticipated movies outdoors from their cars. Treat dad to a nice night out while watching some of the newest films to hit the big screen. Read more about the drive-in experience

Enjoy Cocktails To-Go

Nothing says Father’s Day more than enjoying a nice relaxing cocktail with your family, possibly around a campfire in the backyard. Unfortunately, since a lot of bars aren’t open yet, bartenders can still bring the drinks to you for take-home enjoyment. Luckily, Huck’s Filling Station, Massimo, the Eddy Bar and Far West have figured out a way to sell cocktails to-go. Either call or order your cocktail online, pick it up, and you’ll be ready to drink it when you get home. Learn more about cocktails-to-go.

Go Out for Ice Cream

Nothing ends the perfect Father’s Day quite like ice cream. After you’ve gone golfing, ate dinner and enjoyed a cocktail, or maybe headed over to the drive-in, stop by your local ice cream shop and get a treat. Brickley’s Homemade Ice Cream in Narragansett is now open for business as well as Green Line Apothecary in Wakefield and even Dear Hearts in Warwick. Here is a list of places where you can go out for ice cream.


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