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Father's Day: Make It A Day Dad Never Forgets

by on June 18, 2015 1:40 PM

Whether it's a weekend trip or a day event, knock this year's Father's Day out of the park by spending time with your old man.

If your dad is a baseball fan there's no better way to celebrate than taking in a game.

"I usually go to a Phillies game with my dad," says Jeff Carnuccio, a 21 year old from Collegeville, Pennsylvania. "If there was an away game during Father's Day, we would go to the next home game."

If you can't go to any of the major league games, Happy Valley has a minor league team, The State College Spikes. The team will be honoring all dads during its game on Sunday against the Williamsport Crosscutters.

You can get there early and have a catch with your dad on the field from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Does your dad grab life by the steering wheel? Then the 27th Annual Bellefonte Cruise is something your father will probably enjoy.

The event takes place every Father's Day and is a weekend full of entertainment, free prizes and a car and motorcycle show featuring dozens of vintage machines.

"Besides Arts Fest, this is the biggest thing that happens around this area," says Pat McCool, chairman of the Bellefonte Cruise. "It originally started as something for older men who enjoy cars but it's turned into something that everyone in the family enjoys."

The Bellefonte Cruise kicks off on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when Big Al and the Loozers, an oldies band, take center stage.

If your dad's had a long week at work, relaxing poolside could be a splashing good time.

The Centre Region Parks and Recreation (CRPR) is hosting "Dollar Days at the Pool" all weekend long.

Admission to Park Forest and Welch Pools is just a buck for each person.

"Our hope is to allow an opportunity for families to get out and come to the pool at reduced admission and enjoy themselves," says Todd Roth, aquatics supervisor at CRPR. "We want the families to have a fun time and we're really emphasizing the family aspect of that with the dollar days."

Maybe dad would enjoy going back to nature. Grab your camping gear and visit one of many campgrounds around the State College area.

Whether it's hiking, fishing or camping, spending a day outdoors is always a good way to get closer to your dad. Just ask 23-year-old Shane Wood.

"When I was little I used to go fishing with my dad," says Wood. "We would be there all day just fishing and talking about life."

Campgrounds such as Nittany Springs, Penn-Roosevelt State Park, Greenwood Furnace State Park and Seven Mountains Campground are some spots you can enjoy with your dad.

We're all hoping the weather is bright and sunny this Father's Day but if Mother Nature has different plans you can still have a fun day.

Is bowling right up dad's alley? Get the family involved in a little competitive match and see who's the best bowler in the family. Check out Northland Bowl for deals and specials.

If your dad is a beer loving son of a gun, raise your glass and take him out for a cold one.  Mad Mex is giving away free growlers -- jugs that hold half a gallon of beer. You have to pay the cost of filling the growler up with dad's favorite brew.

Abhar Shah is an intern with A senior broadcast journalism major at Penn State University Shah is part of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Abhar is also involved with THON and the Penn State Cricket team.
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