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It's Time To Honor Dad

Your dad gives you unconditional love and he's the best friend you'll ever have. It's time to celebrate that special guy in your life! Father's Day takes place on Sunday, June 21.

Play Golf or Mini Golf

Whether Dad is a pro on the golf course or just putt-putts at mini-golf, an afternoon shooting the green is perfect for fathers and kids alike.

Los Robles Greens Golf Course in Thousand Oaks redefines the golf experience – offering golf, amenities, and guest service one expects at an exclusive private country club. www.losroblesgreens.com

Social distancing protocols on the range include:

  • Keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and anyone else.

  • Wear a face covering while in public.

  • No motorized golf carts.

  • No more than 4 golfers are allowed per group.

  • All tee times are booked online.

  • Green fees prepaid online.

  • The driving range will be open.

  • Practice putting and chipping greens, and the pro shop are closed.

  • The restaurant is closed for dine-in but available for take-out food.

Baseball With Dad

America's favorite pastime is a crowd-pleaser but unfortunately, major league baseball is on hold right now. However, you can go to a batting cage and hone Dad's baseball skills!


Strap on that batting glove and head over to BatCade in Burbank. www.batcade.com

All-Stars Athletics is an indoor baseball/softball 13,000 sq. ft. indoor batting cage and training facility in Thousand Oaks. There are five fully automated baseball batting cages along with fastpitch softball and slow-pitch cages. www.allstarsathletics.com

For even more family fun simply play a game of catch in the backyard!

Go Fishing

Casting a line is the perfect way to spend Father's Day. You can find tons of amazing spots for freshwater and saltwater fishing in Los Angeles.

Dockweiler State Park offers a shoreline perfect to catch halibut, croakers, and corbina. There are also annual angling competitions. https://beaches.lacounty.gov/dockweiler-beach

Legg Lake is known as an incredible lake for shore fishing, with grassland areas and fishing docks to choose from. The lake is stocked with catfish during the summer months. You'll also find plenty of ducks and geese. http://parks.lacounty.gov/whittier-narrows-recreation-area

Discover a Piece of The Past

Historic sites are great spots to visit – as well as a way to learn a little something.

Once a rancho of 19th century Los Angeles legend Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin, L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a stunning outdoor paradise. The arboretum features a rose garden, a tropical greenhouse, herb garden, a large lake, aquatic garden, and exotic plant collections. www.arboretum.org

Brand Library and Art Center was once Miradero, the estate of Leslie C. Brand, the founder of Glendale. The grounds include the “East Indian” Brand Mansion, which is now a public library, lawns for lounging, grilling, and playing soccer, stunning views of Glendale, and a Japanese garden.


Make your way up the hiking trail behind the mansion to Brand Family Cemetery where you'll find Leslie C. Brand's resting place, with a Pyramid he built in honor of himself. www.brandlibrary.org


Take a Hike

If he's like most Dads, yours probably loves the outdoors. Find a local hiking trail that the entire family can enjoy.

As of now, all trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, except for Solstice Canyon, have reopened. More than 500 miles of public trails crisscross the Santa Monica Mountains. There are short, flat loops for first-timers and rugged, steep climbs with 360-degree views of the mountain range and the Pacific Ocean.

A few to try: Cheeseboro Canyon Trail to Modelo Trail Loop has you follow a flat old ranch road through valley oak savannah before ascending a ridge for panoramic views of the Simi Hills. The Backbone Trail is Los Angeles's premier long-distance trail. Point Mugu State Park has opened trails including Ray Miller, Sycamore Canyon, and Chumash, as well as Mugu Beach and Sycamore Cove for recreational use.

Enjoy The Ocean

Getting out on the water is the perfect activity to do with your Dad.

One of the best kayaking spots in Southern California is the famous Channel Islands. The Channel Islands Kayak Center located in Ventura features a host of activities, from kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals to guided tours. http://cikayak.com

Of course, stand-up paddle boarding is a fun workout and a unique way to view wildlife. Enjoy some time in the sun at Ventura Harbor Village where Ventura Boat Rentals is open daily. www.venturaboatrentals.com

Boogie boarding is a great way to have fun at the beach. If you love water sports, boogie boarding is perfect. Lay your chest across the top of your boogie board and ride the waves! You can rent a boogie board at Radfish Malibu. www.radfishmalibu.com

Come ride the newest jet skis on the California coast with Ventura Jet Ski Rentals. Once you leave the docks in Ventura Harbor, you'll head out into the open ocean and cruise, often with dolphins or sea lions in tow. This is truly an exhilarating adventure! www.venturajetskirentals.com

Marina Del Rey Boat Rentals offers boat rental options and excursions. You can rent powerboats and sailboats, stand up paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, and the Duffy Electric – perfect for sunset happy hours, brunch on the bay, or afternoon outings. www.marinadelreyboatrentals.com

On the Malibu Jet Ski Tour, a knowledgeable guide takes you along the amazing coastline starting in Marina del Rey, then to Venice beach, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, and finally Malibu before returning to the docks. www.marinadelreyboatrentals.com/rentals/malibu-jet-ski-tour

Marina Del Rey also offers the best parasailing experience! Breathtaking panoramic views of the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach Boardwalk await as you are gently lifted from the boat's flight deck to your chosen altitude. www.marinadelreyparasailing.com

All L.A. County beaches are open for the following: Individual or family ocean activities, such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and body surfing, and individual or family active recreation and exercise like walking, running and using the beach bike path.

On May 29, Ventura's beaches and parks reopened for passive use, such as sitting and sunbathing as long as the public maintains a safe physical distance of six feet and avoids congregating in large groups.

The Great Outdoors

Does Dad like to get out in the wilderness? Camping is the best option! He can set up the tent, stoke the campfire and chow down on s' mores.

You can currently make reservations for camping sites all over California for late summer and fall 2020 at www.reservecalifornia.com. However, these reservations may be subject to change or cancellation due to the ongoing nature of COVID-19.

Andrew Molera and Limekiln state parks are now open for day use. The Tanbark, Tinhouse, and Partington Cove Trails at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are now open as well.

And if Dad wants to sleep under the stars without leaving home, you can set him up in the backyard!

In addition, camping without proper gear can be challenging. Camping gear includes items like a sleeping bag, tent, canteen and water filter, fire starter, first aid kit, pocket knife, navigation tool, and rain jacket. So where can you pick these essentials up?

Cabela's carry the best camping gear, from innovative and durable tents to the most comfortable sleeping gear, helpful camp stoves, and cookware, just-the-right-size packs and bags, field-tested boots, and shoes, and every camping essential. www.cabelas.com

As the unofficial sponsor of summer, REI can get you the right gear to get you camping in no time. www.rei.com/c/camping-and-hiking

REI also allows shoppers to rent camping gear and backpacking kits at www.rei.com/stores/rentals

Our Feathered Friends

Birding is a great way to spend the day.

Check out the Carpinteria Salt Marsh. It's an excellent birding location due to the estuary, wetlands, and upland habitats. Special birds can be found here, including Belding's Savannah Sparrow, Clapper Rail, Green Heron, White-tailed Kite, and California Thrasher. www.carpinteria.ucnrs.org

Emma Wood State Beach/Ventura River Estuary offers picnic tables and hiking trails. Highlights include Snowy and Semipalmated Plovers and Caspian Terns. Walk along the path that leads through the willow forest and across dunes. www.parks.ca.gov/emmawood

Chow Down

Restaurants are finally opening back up both for patio seating and dine-in cuisine. And of course, takeout and delivery are still always an option.

Roy's Woodland Hills is open for limited seating from 2:59 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Roy's Craveable Carryout, Ohana Style Carryout, and Aloha Hour To Go are also all available. Signature dishes are prepared with exacting precision, but there are also new, adventurous dishes and exclusive creations. www.roysrestaurant.com/locations/ca/woodland-hills

Al Italiano is an authentic Italian restaurant serving pasta, seafood, sandwiches, steak, and pizzas. The restaurant features curbside pickup 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. every day and free five-mile delivery for any order over $40. www.alitaliano.com

Sutter's Mill in Simi Valley is currently offering family meals for two, four, or six people available for pick-up and delivery between 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. The restaurant features the finest in steaks, prime rib, and seafood. www.sutters4dining.com

Visit Barton's Steak & Seafood restaurant in Simi Valley, for savory seafood and steak. They offer a wide selection of mouthwatering entrées, including lobster, king crab legs, prime rib, filet mignon, shellfish, and lamb in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. This American cuisine steakhouse is the perfect place for you! Now open for Dine-in: Dinner Hours: 5 – 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday until 10 p.m., closed on Monday. www.bartonssteakandseafood.com

Lure Fish House in Westlake Village is a family-owned restaurant featuring the freshest sustainable seafood. They strive to serve locally caught seafood, organically grown local produce, and wines from local vineyards. Currently, the restaurant is open for takeout and delivery. www.lurefishhouse.com

Happy Father's Day!


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