As always, there’s plenty going on in the Peoria, Illinois area to keep you busy, but just in case any of you out there don’t know, Sunday is Father’s Day (you’re welcome to everyone who just went running to the card store). So this weekend, I am highlighting a few places and events your dad will enjoy. A present is always nice, but what every dad really wants is to spend some time with his children and loved ones. So, here are a few ideas to keep the family busy this weekend.
Spirit of Peoria Moonlight Cruise: On Friday night, the famous Peoria paddle boat is offering their “Moonlight Cruise” from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This cruise is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Peoria skyline by light of the moon. A ticket for this cruise gets you live entertainment for the evening and a cash bar will be available as well. Although this may not be the typical father-and-son bonding event, it is perfect for a mother, wife or girlfriend trying to give a special thanks to their significant other. So go ahead, buy your ticket for the cruise and surprise a father with a special date and a couple hours away from the kids. If you need a better look at the Spirit, check out the recent Kaci’s Places to Play video where she climbs aboard the boat for an interview with the captain.
Steamboat Days Festival: The 42nd annual Steamboat Days Festival is back on the Peoria Riverfront this weekend. From Thursday to Saturday, there will be carnival rides, food, entertainment, live music and a family-friendly atmosphere. This festival is the perfect place for a family to spend some time together while enjoying the nice weather. If dad likes live music, head over to the CEFCU Center Stage. If he’s an adrenaline junkie, the carnival rides are sure to force out a couple of screams. Even if your dad just enjoys spending some time with the family, the festival is perfect!
NSA State Championships: If your dad is a big sports fan, then heading out to EastSide Centre might be your best option this weekend. Starting on Friday, 53 fast pitch softball teams in five divisions will face off for the state championship. Each champion moves on to play in the National Softball Association’s Class A World Series. Admission for the weekend is free to the public and gives you an opportunity to enjoy some sports action with your dad.
Father’s Day at the Zoo: On Sunday, all fathers will receive FREE admission to the Peoria Zoo when they bring their family. The current displays at the zoo include Africa, Asia and Australia, showing off animals including rhinos, lions, giraffes, tigers, emus and black swans. For an extra special experience, be sure to check the schedule for a guided zoo tour. Each of these tours includes a 45-minute class on the topic of your choice, along with an hour and a half tour through the entire zoo. The tour only costs $7 per child and that includes zoo admission! Do something different for Father’s Day and take him to the zoo!
Father’s Day Cookout at Wildlife Prairie Park: On Sunday, the park will be offering a Father’s Day cookout to everyone in attendance. This cookout runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features brats, burgers, dogs, corn on the cob and more. This would be a great place to take your dad for some outdoor activities with the family. So come check out the animals, mountain biking trails and five fishing lakes and give your dad a Father’s Day to remember. For a deeper look, take a peek at the recent Kaci’s Places to Play video where she takes a trip through the park.
Concert at the Vineyard – Biscuits and Gravy Band: Take your dad back to his glory days where he rocked long hair, ripped jeans and thought he was some sort of rock n’ roll star. On Saturday, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting Biscuits and Gravy Band, who is known for their impeccable covers of 70’s and 80’s classic rock. Bring your lawn chairs or reserve deck seating for $5 per person. Now, I’m not saying your dad is going to turn into Jimmy Page or Freddie Mercury, but let him take a trip back onto that rock n’ roll train. What better Father’s Day gift could you give him?
However you decide to spend your weekend, make sure to take a couple minutes out of your day to thank your fathers and father-like figures for everything they’ve done for you!
As always, stay busy Peoria and keep it here for news on everything “Playing in Peoria!”
Written By: Andrew Ketterer
This post is part of a weekly series that is designed to promote a weekly schedule of Peoria Area Convention and Visitor Bureau Member businesses and events.