Best Activities To Celebrate Father’s Day In Sacramento

June 6, 2014 5:00 AM

One day per year is set aside for special recognition of dads, and this year that date is Sunday, June 15. Dads teach us about life, show us how to have fun, make us feel safe and loved and motivate us to become good people. And being a great dad does not require paternity; loving, supportive and inspiring father figures come in many forms. These Sacramento celebrations are the perfect way to thank him for all of the things he does.
Superheroes 5K Run/Walk
Capitol Mall between 8th and 9th St.
Sacramento, CA 95812
(916) 568-3237 ext. 203

Date: June 15, 2014

Dad may wear blue jeans or business suits rather than a cape, but he is a hero to his kids. Show him just how super he is at this themed run, walk or jog event featuring refreshments, a concert, awards and a costume contest. Superheroes 5K is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Center for Fathers and Families. Come in costume as a favorite crusader or as a superhero of your own creation. Kids can get inspired even before Father’s Day with contests and games on the charity’s Facebook page. On race day, dads can join kids of all ages for special races through and around Capitol Park. Jogging strollers are allowed, so everyone in the family can join in.

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Cupcake Ball            
Sacramento Children’s Museum
2701 Prospect Park
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 638-7225

Date: June 14, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Cupcake Ball, now in its third year, is one of the Sacramento Children’s Museum’s most popular events. Dad will get special time with his best girl or girls, who are encouraged to attend the dance dressed in princess attire. Some dads dress up too, such as one tuxedoed father who escorted his three-year-old princess to a previous ball in a limousine. A DJ will spin kid-friendly dance music, the girls get a princess halo at the door and daddies and daughters can get their photo taken with the Cupcake Princess as well. Tickets sell out quickly, so contact the museum as soon as possible.

Father’s Day Train Trip, BBQ & Western Show
Sacramento River Train
400 N. Harbor Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA 95605
(800) 866-1690

Date: June 15, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Take the kids and travel back to the Old West in this day of excitement in honor of dad. A buffet barbecue lunch will keep the family fueled up, and personal tours of the locomotive cab are available when the train is not moving. The three-hour train ride includes great views of the Sacramento River, but the action really heats up during the mid-ride faux gunfight and train robbery staged by the Missouri Bandits. Legendary figures from the Old West will be part of the highly entertaining show; book in advance to ensure your spots at the event.

Sacramento River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs
Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 376-4676

Date: June 15, 2014

Take dad out to the old ballgame for a memorable day of fun in his honor. A barbecue is available pre-game at 11:30 a.m. and limited tickets are available for the food so book early before it sells out. Whether or not you opt for the barbecue, the game against the Cubs promises to be an exciting and dad-centric event. You can even have a personal message posted on the huge matrix board in left field; call (916) 371-4487 at least 48 hours in advance to submit a request.

A King & His Princess
AT&T Auditorium
2700 Watt Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 208-7638

Date: June 14, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This father and daughter dance is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit Center for Fathers and Families. Even if dad is not a dance pro, there will be plenty of fun on this Saturday evening before Father’s Day. Family-style games, a princess fashion show and entertainment are part of the excitement, including the hilarious hula-hoop contest between the dads. The event, including appetizers, is only $15 total for one dad and one daughter; additional girls are only $5 each.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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