Whether you’re looking for a place to brunch or a store to buy the perfect gift for dad, Father’s Day 2016 on the Upper West Side has got what you need to celebrate the old man in your life come June 19. From family-oriented workshops to special exhibitions and movie screenings, this year’s Father’s Day promises to be an action-packed one. Check out the events and activities by reading below. Here’s to all dads out there!
Father’s Day Picture Frames
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will be partaking in the celebrations by hosting a fun activity designed for kids aged 5 and up. During Father’s Day Picture Frames workshop, children will create and design their own picture frames to show appreciation towards dad. A picture frame can hold a memory that can last a lifetime and we can’t think of a better gift to give to dad on his special day. The workshop will be held on June 19 at 10am and 12.15pm.
Father’s Day Story Time
Barnes & Noble (82nd & Broadway), Sat 18 – 11am
The Upper West Side’s Barnes & Noble will be hosting an event for Father’s Day with a story time session dedicated exclusively for dads. On June 18, two books containing stories that honor fathers, grandpas, and caregivers will be read to children and their families. Rebecca Van Slyke’s Dad School deals with the repercussions of an alternate world where dads have to go to school while Helen Foster James’ Grandpa Loves You! cherishes the amazing bond that blossoms between a grandpa and his grandchild as they go on a series of unforgettable journeys together.
New York Historical Society, Jun 19 – 1pm
It’s time for the lively tales of Mo Willems’ books come to life and into the big screen in this event held at the New York Historical Society. Mo’s beloved stories and adorable characters such as Knufflee Bunny, Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie, and the Naked Mole Rat will be making their transition into the cinema during this special screening taking place on Father’s Day. Don’t forget to also check out his special exhibition The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, which presents original art and sketches from the author’s most popular series and other classics such as Leonard the Terrible Monster. Willems is a NY Times best-selling writer and has had the honor to receive six Emmys for his contributions on Sesame Street.
Bestall for the Perfect Gift
Bestall is a men’s clothing store that specializes in selling quality shirts made from cotton fabrics in four different fits. Each of the four fits (classic, custom, contemporary/contour, and slim) offer the right amount of comfort and style for every body size and type. Bestall launched in 2014 after a third generation family of shirt-makers originating from Europe decided to open a store. They know better than anyone what it takes to fabricate and construct a shirt that’s long-lasting and of excellent quality. The customer service is attentive, professional, and will help you or your father select a shirt that he can proudly wear for many years to come.
Sunday in Roosevelt Park with Dad
Take your old man for a walk out in nature as you take in the beautiful green scenery of Roosevelt Park. At this time of year, the park boasts of more than 50 species of daffodils (the national flower of NYC) and tulips, as well as many other types of flowers, trees, and even birds! The park is rated as one of the top five small parks of under 20 acres in NYC and is maintained by the Friends of Roosevelt Park foundation. Back in the 1980’s, a group of Upper West Siders got together to improve the park’s dismal condition and formed the nonprofit with the help of the American Museum of Natural History and NYC’s Parks Department. The park now counts with a great summer internship program called GreenLife in which students can learn all about horticulture.
Brunch at Jacob’s Pickles
Jacob’s Pickles is the place to have a proper brunch on Father’s Day weekend. This cozy restaurant counts with a relaxed ambiance and a fantastic menu full of modern and classic takes on Southern comfort food. Order the biscuits with mushroom gravy, the chicken with pancakes, the grit crusted fried green tomatoes, the fried pickles, or the mouthwatering mushroom mac and cheese with king oyster, shitake, and portabella mushrooms. The portions are hearty and should be paired with one of Jacob’s famous cocktails. Perhaps the most popular one is the BLT which combines a lettuce leaf, a hard boiled egg, and bacon for a drink that’s both spectacularly spicy and refreshingly strong at the same time. This is one of the neighborhood’s hot spots so make sure to arrive early!
Edgar Catasus is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).