2018 Father’s Day Guide


Wondering what to do with your family for Father’s Day this year?

Sonoma County Kids has some great ideas for you!


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Broadway Under the Stars – “Stairway to Paradise” (June 15, June 16)

Father’s Day 24th Annual “Show & Shine” Car Show (June 17)

Country Summer Music Festival (June 15 to June 17)

Hallberg Butterfly Garden (June 17)


Solar and Star Parties At The Robert Ferguson Observatory (June 16 Solar 11am,Star Party 8pm)

Father’s Day Fishing Tournament (June 16)

Northern California Pirate Festival 2018 (June 16 and June 17)

Open Cockpit at the Pacific Coast Air Museum (June 16 and June 17)

Father’s Day at Charles M. Schulz Museum (June 16 )

Treat Dad to a fun Angel Island adventure on Father’s Day (June 17)

Sandcastle Build (June 17)


Also, just bring a blanket, some snacks a have a family picnic in any of the beautiful Rivers, Lakes, Beaches Sonoma County has to offer. Check out our list of Summer Water Play Places in Northern California and pick your spot. Or spend the day at one of the Water Parks, if you want a little more action.




  • Gift cards are always a great gift. I recently purchased a gift card for a session of haircut and a hot shave from Boulevard Barbers in Petaluma. A little way to pamper Dad. They only accept cash and you can buy the gift certificate anytime in the store. They also sell great products.



Cute T-shirts are always fun to give too.

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Looking for a homemade gift idea for Dad?


Check out our easy HAND-DECORATED APRON idea. Fun for kids to make, fun for Dads to wear!

Or our  Fun Kids Photo Bookmarks.


Do you know the History of Father’s Day in the United States?


The world owes thanks to Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, from Spokane, Washington, for the creation of Father’s Day.
The idea of a Father’s Day celebration originated in Sonora’s mind when she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Sonora wondered why we honored mothers and not fathers. Sonora felt strongly for fathers because of the affection she received from her own father, Mr. William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. Sonora’s mother died during childbirth when she was just 16. Mr. Smart raised the newborn and five other children with love and care.
Inspired by Ms Anna Jarvis’s struggle to promote Mother’s Day, Ms Dodd began a rigorous campaign to celebrate Father’s Day in the U.S. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) supported Sonora’s cause. As a result, Spokane celebrated its first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Though there was initial hesitation the idea gained gradual popularity all over US and Father’s Day came to be celebrated in cities across the country.
President Woodrow Wilson approved the Father’s Day idea in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge also supported the idea of a national Father’s Day in 1924 to “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.” After a struggle of over four decades, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in 1966. Then in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. Sonora Smart Dodd was honored for her contribution at the World’s Fair in Spokane in 1974. Mrs. Dodd died in 1978 at age 96.


Happy Father’s Day to all our wonderful Dads and GrandDads out there!


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