Every day is important to let those you love know how impactful and special they are in your life, but you only get one day per year to go all out and make it 100% about dad. This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day, and we all have Sonora Smart Dodd to thank, in part, for popularizing it. The first Father’s Day service is credited to the William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5th, 1908, but it’s Ms. Dodd who began efforts to gain government recognition. Sonora realized the imbalance while listening to a church sermon on Mother’s Day in May 1909. She wanted to celebrate her father and all fathers, so she petitioned the Mayor of Spokane to recognize her dad’s birthday, June 5th, as a local homage. Although the date did not stick, the idea eventually caught on national. In 1966 President Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring father, and in 1972 President Nixon signed it into law as an official, permanent holiday, celebrated in the United States as the third Sunday in June.
Today, Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to acknowledge the contribution that caring fathers and male parenting father figures make to the lives of their children and communities. Globally, dates vary, but many countries also honor the third Sunday in June for observation.
Comparable to Mother’s Day, roses shared on Father’s Day are a symbol of visual recognition. Red roses are traditionally a symbol for the living while white roses honor the memory of the deceased. In America, our first visuals might conjure imagines of golf courses and barbecues, but in our honor of dad, we have compiled a short list of Laugh Out Loud experience in Miami, FL, for the whole family to enjoy.
Rapids Water Park. With over 41 of the biggest, wettest, wildest water slides and attractions in south Florida, Rapid Water Park, celebrating their 40 year anniversary, is a destination the whole family can enjoy. Since opening in 1979, Rapids Water Park has grown from 5 to 25 acres with patrons coming form 9 surrounding counties. The park features 29 water slides; a 25,000 sq. ft. wave pool, quarter mile lazy river and more. Looking for a VIP experience? Splurge on a Big Surf Cabana ($139 Monday through Friday; $169 Saturday, Sunday, and holidays). The ten-by-ten foot private retreat includes seating, a TV, a waiter to keep you out of those concession stand lines, and other amenities. The park is located at 6566 North Military Trail, Riviera Beach, FL.
The Dinner Detective. Nothing says love like making dad a Prime Suspect! Your evening of intrigue begins as soon as you and your party are seated for dinner. Everyone is a suspect, and the killer might even be at your table! As you enjoy a sumptuous meal, the plot will unfold around you. Official looking detectives will help you navigate the night to uncover clues, sort through facts, follow leads, and interrogate guests. Immerse yourself in the drama, and intensive interaction and you could find yourself awarded “Top Sleuth” for solving the crime and win a prize packet worth over a hundred dollars.
Do you have what it takes to uncover the culprit and solve the crime? Test your skills in this hilariously entertaining dinner show for less than dinner and a movie. Based on actual, real-life cold cases and set in the present day, this highly interactive murder mystery dinner is a far cry from the campy cartoon characters you may have experienced elsewhere. By mixing realistic scenarios with a healthy dose of comedy, our Murder Mystery Dinner is sure to be an evening you’ll not soon forget! Now playing in Newport Beachside Resort, 16701 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL.
Homestead Speedway. Feel the need? The need for speed! What dad wouldn’t like racing around the track in blistering speeds, like a kid in their driveway shooting the game winning free-throw for the National Championship? I say none! Miami Exotic Auto Racing provides the opportunity to drive some of the world’s most exotic cars at Homestead Miami Speedway. Take the wheel off a Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari GT, or an Audi R8. All participants will receive one-on-one instruction from professional race car drivers that have more than 20 years experience. The driving experience starts at ONLY $249.
Summer Shorts. No, we’re not suggesting you change your annual neck tie for shorts! America’s Short Play Festival returns with the best brand new 10-minute comedies, dramas, and mini-musicals showcasing the diversity of Miami in a 90-minute, fun-filled theatrical celebration. Are you ready for the next hilarious round of speed dating theatre? Head over to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the performing arts and treat dad to a memorable experience for live theatre. Get your shorts now! It’s the cool thing to do on a hot summer night.
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