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What to Do with Dad? Pittsburgh Full of Father’s Day Fun

Jun 01, 2017 02:24PM ● By Hilary Daninhirsch

Todd Schneider with son, Owen

Ask anyone, including retailers and those in the restaurant business, and they will tell you that Mother’s Day far exceeds Father’s Day in terms of dollars spent and attention given. Maybe dads don’t receive the same kind of elaborate gifts that moms often receive on their special day, but with Father’s Day occurring in the middle of June, dads do have opportunities to spend quality time with their kids.

Many families like to take advantage of the outdoors and fortunately, there is no shortage of summer activities to do with dear old dad in Pittsburgh.

Herb Cohen of Fox Chapel likes to share a Pirates’ game with his dad on Father’s Day.

“There’s nothing he enjoys more than spending time with family; a Buc’s win doesn’t hurt either,” said Cohen. For his own celebration, Cohen, who is father of Esther, 10, said, “A Father’s Day gift to me is some extra time for mountain biking in Hartwood or North Park.”

Zack Hull of Hampton gets the royal treatment with a ‘Daddy Day.’ His wife and two daughters, Bella, 3, and Gracie, 1, make sure that his day is filled with all of his favorite things, including coffee from Convive in McCandless, a cupcake from Gigi’s, a pizza from Driftwood Oven food truck, and a picnic at Point State Park. “It’s relaxing, yummy, and full of adventure with our family—exactly what the day should be,” he said.

Ian Halper’s daughter treats him to lunch or dinner at a place of his choice. “Also, we try to do a minor event or activity; several years ago we went to the Carnegie Natural History Museum and we’ve also taken in a Pirates’ game,” said the Mars resident. They might also spend the entire day at the pool with a picnic lunch.

Heather Schneider of Shaler said that her three children, Sarah, 13, Owen, 12, and Claire, 10, like to take her husband Todd to visit his family. Schneider said that they might also go to Highland Park and play in the sand volleyball courts.

The Avigad family also enjoys the outdoors. “My husband’s favorite thing to do on Father’s Day is to go hiking with his family,” said Elinor Avigad of Franklin Park, whose three daughters range in age from 13 to 18. “We have enjoyed walks in both Moraine State Park and Ohiopyle State Park, but his favorite spot on Father’s Day is McConnells Mill State Park. Our tradition is to pack a picnic lunch, have a good strenuous hike and go out for ice cream afterwards.”

Andrew Exler of Fox Chapel likes to take his father, Mark, golfing, generally at Fox Chapel Golf Club for Father’s Day. “When I was growing up as a camper and served on staff at Emma Kaufmann Camp (in Morgantown, WV), the first day of the summer always fell on Father’s Day,” explained Exler. “Once I was done with camp, I was able to start enjoying the entire day with him, so we golf and usually go to dinner with our entire family. It’s always a great opportunity to spend time with him, especially since golf is his favorite hobby.”

Tiffany and Michael Walker of McCandless, along with their kids, Seys, 13, and Carys, 10, like to spend time in the city, trying new restaurants or going to festivals. Swimming or water sports are also a favorite activity, and one year they rented a pontoon boat through Boat Pittsburgh and took a ride down the river. “I absolutely love summer and water. I always tell Mike that we should switch: moms get June and dads can have May,” joked Tiffany Walker.

Daphne Aglietti of McCandless, who along with her husband Bob are parents to Chloe, 13, Sophie, 11, and Lucas, 8 usually celebrate Father's Day (weather permitting) in the city. “We've had a picnic at the fountain, walked the River Walk and picked somewhere fun to have lunch, taken a ride on the incline, and gone to a Pirates’ game,” said Aglietti. “We love spending time in the city as a family, and Father's Day is such a perfect day to do it!”

Another popular Pittsburgh destination for Father’s Day includes Kennywood Park. In fact, this year, Kennywood will host Comicon on June 18 for all of the comic-loving fathers out there.

And dads of all ages will enjoy the Father’s Day Car Cruise at Hartwood Acres in the afternoon, followed by a free concert starring Johnny Angel and the Halos. If a little classical music would better fit the bill, pack a picnic breakfast and head down to the Bach, Beethoven and Brunch Classical Music Series at Mellon Park for some live music in a beautiful setting. The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium also offers free admission for dads when they are accompanied by a child.