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Weekends in June are filled with purpose-this one we honor Dad and #familytime on Father’s Day Weekend in Connecticut!

Father’s Day, as we celebrate it today, was conceptualized by Ms. Sonora Smart Dodd, a loving daughter from Spokane. It so happened that Sonora attended a Mother’s Day Sermon in 1909 and she was struck with the noble idea that society must observe a day to honor the important contribution made by father in the raising of children. Encouraged by the love of her father, William Smart, a civil war veteran who single-handedly raised her along with her five siblings after the death of her mother, Sonora worked hard to make her concept a reality. The noble idea of celebrating Father’s Day soon spread across the nation – it was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. Finally, in 1972 President Nixon established Father’s Day as a permanent national day of observance on the third Sunday of June.

Friday, 6/15

Goshen Stampede starts today with a lot of action including rodeos and demolition derbys, three-day music festival, truck, pulls, fireworks, petting zoo, great food, vendors and much more family fun events through Sunday.

Saturday, 6/16

Vintage Motorcar Festival at Klingberg Family Centers in New Britain annual fundraiser is a family-friendly event with activities for children and great food. Vintage music and oldies, entertainment, with Fred Astaire dancers, too.

Make a daytrip to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island . . . try the new Soaring Eagle Zip Ride!
Strawberry Festivals in Canton, Cheshire, East Hampton *FREE Admission*  Read more about Strawberries Picking in CT

Sunday, 6/17 FATHER’S DAY

Airplane exploration at New England Air Museum during Father’s Day Open Cockpit!

FREE Admission for Dad at Connecticut Trolley Museum with a behind-the-scenes tour or the Science Center.

Branford Road Race and Celebration at the Stony Creek Brewery is some dad’s annual favorite.

Take Dad on a special one hour Daytime Cruise 1/2 price on the beautiful lower Connecticut River aboard RiverQuest: 11:00 a.m., 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30 p.m.

Head to a local ballpark for fun together outdoors!

Hartford Yard Goats are home for a series with the Mets affiliate Binghamton Rumble Ponies with a Father’s Day Celebration including Post-Game Child-Parent Catch on the Field, Post-Game Kids Run the Bases and promotions: Baseball Cap Giveaway for the first 1,500 males 18 and older.

Connecticut Tigers also host fun in the sun at Dodd Stadium in Norwich! All kids are encouraged to bring their glove for Have a Catch in the outfield after the game and invited down to the field to take a lap around the bases and get a coupon for a free ice cream cone at Ben & Jerry’s inside Mohegan Sun! It’s all courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s!

It’s Rose Weekend at beautiful, peaceful Elizabeth Park, Hartford and there’s room for a catch, too.

More activities for Connecticut kids and families featured on our Event Calendar which is updated daily!

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