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Celebrate That Special Man this Father's Day Weekend in McKinney

Posted on June 16, 2018 at 5:52 PM by Beth Shumate

No matter who you decide to celebrate Dad this Father's Day weekend, you can't go wrong with one of the many ideas below.

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Treat the father in your life to a special handmade grill from Local Yocal Farm to Market. They also carry mesquite charcoal and handcrafted grilling tools. (These are the same super-super sturdy grills they use for their Steak 101 Classes.) 

And speaking of Steak 101 classes ... help Dad learn all there is to know about grilling and high-quality beef by treating him to Local Yocal's popular Steak 101 Class. Dad can then go online to schedule when he wants to take the class. (They fill up quickly!) And throw in one of their cool t-shirts; they make a fun thing to include with the vouchers.

Grab a Brew and a Tour

Celebrate Father's Day a day early with a tour and tastings at either of McKinney's two popular craft breweries, Franconia Brewing and TUPPS Brewery. Franconia's tour is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays; cost is $5 which covers the tour and beer samples. TUPPS Brewery offers a tour on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. as well as live music and food trucks. TUPPS is open Sunday too, and as always, is family friendly.

Toss Some Discs
McKinney offers a couple challenging and fun disc golf courses. Head to Academy Sports for a set of new discs, or if you're wanting to try them out before investing a lot, try Play It Again Sports. For beginners, try the Alex Clark Memorial Disc Golf Course at 1986 Park View Ave. adjacent to Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex. Or for more challenging play, head across Central Expressway to the Towne Lake Disc Golf Course. Both offer 18 holes and scenic courses.

Comics and Superheroes Galoretexas monkey business toys and more
Treat your real life superhero with some of the legendary kind, the ones he enjoyed during his childhood and still enjoys today in movies, comics, video games and television. McKinney has a couple perfect spots to grab these kinds of special gifts. For the hardcore comic book fan, the newly-opened Carpe Diem Comics (located across from The Comedy Arena on E. Virginia) has all the old school comic books and toys. And over at Texas Monkey Business (on Louisiana at Chestnut St.), you'll find one of the biggest collections of Funko Pop toys we've ever seen (at left). In addition to all the comic book, movie, and TV-themed toys, you'll also find a huge variety of sports team represented on a wide range of merchandise there, too. And while you're over there, stop in at Frios Gourmet Pops next door and grab a sweet, cold treat for "Pops."

Catch-and-Releasemyers park
Grab a fishing pole and head to one of McKinney's parks that feature lakes or ponds - Towne Lake, Bonnie Wenk, Serenity Park, Katherine B Winniford Park, Falcon Creek Park. A reminder that fishing in McKinney is catch-and-release and a license is required for those over 16. Myers Park (shown at right) just north of the city also has a beautiful little lake complete with picnic area. (There are no grills here and you must carry out anything you brought in.) 

Take a Hike
Enjoy a hike or bike ride in one of McKinney's numerous nature areas. The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary offers miles of nature trails through various habitats. The city's Erwin Park offers seven miles of mountain bike trails, several designated campsites and plenty of open spaces, wooded areas and playgrounds.

Row, Row, Row Your Kayak
Spend some time out on the water as you paddle around with Dad in a kayak. You can make reservations via text or online with Kayak McKinney who lead tours and handle rentals at Twin Groves Park on Lake Lavon, just 15 minutes from downtown McKinney. 

WWI exhibitDad's Got Rhythm
Enjoy live music at a variety of spots downtown over the weekend or over at The Sanctuary Events Center. Or buy Dad some tickets to one of the McKinney Performing Arts Center's upcoming concerts. Or take Dad down to east Virginia to the Comedy Arena to enjoy a stand-up, improv comedy show.

Share Some History
The Collin County History Museum's current exhibit honoring Collin County residents who served our military 100 years ago when World War I started. This interactive exhibit is perfect for young and old to share some interesting hands-on experiences. 

Release Your Inner Artist ... and Dad's, Too!burger plate for dad
Create something memorable and lasting by spending some time with Dad at one of McKinney's fun artsy spots. Walls of Clay in downtown McKinney has a couple cool projects (cute grilling plate pictured at right) for you to create for Dad and he can create something fun, too. (Keep in mind that because of the firing time needed to finish the project, you won't be able to take it home this weekend. But creating something together will be fun and you'll have a memento of it for later.)

fathers day paintings at Painting with a TwistDoes your dad like to fish, go boating or just relax? Take Dad on a painting field trip to Painting with a Twist (at Hardin and Eldorado). Choose the time slot based on which painting you'd like to create or pick up a gift card for Dad so you can go paint there some other evening or weekend. Either way, there will always be a fun project on their calendar that you and your dad and grandfather will have fun doing with you, as they regularly host family projects!

How will you celebrate that special man in your life this Father's Day Weekend?