7 Father’s Day Fitness Events Around Philadelphia

It's called multi-tasking: You can celebrate dad while breaking a sweat, thanks to these seven local events.

Core Fitness boot camp at the Art Museum | Photograph by Bailey King

We’ve reached that special time of year when stores start highlighting items like bottle openers, neckties, and grills to remind you that Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Now, no one’s saying to forget those traditional gifts entirely, but if you’re looking for something fun to do with your dad (as opposed to something fun to buy for him) then read on.

Whether it’s hiking in the park, racing in roller skates, or rolling out your mats for some downward dog, these seven activities offer some awesome ways to spend time with the dads in your life — because isn’t time together the best gift of all?

Bring-Your-Own-Dad Boot Camp

WhereThe Philadelphia Art Museum; 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Fairmount
What: If your family just can’t wait to start celebrating Father’s Day, or if picking only one event is too much of a struggle, join CoreFitness in celebrating Father’s Day one day early. On Saturday, June 16th, head to the bottom of the Art Museum steps at 9 a.m. for an epic BYOD (the D is for dad) boot camp workout that’s guaranteed to bring you and dad closer than ever (people that sweat together stay together, right?). Admission is $20, but dads can come for free! Sign up here.

Father’s Day 5K

Where: Paine’s Park; MLK Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Art Museum area
What: Get an early start on your Father’s Day with the Philadelphia Father’s Day Run. This 5K, which starts at 8:30 a.m., raises awareness and money for the fight against prostate cancer (a portion of the proceeds will go to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Prostate Cancer Programs). Extra bonus: While this race has no official dress code, a prize will be given to the runner wearing the best tie — so come dressed to impress! It’s $30 to register ($15 for children under 10); sign up here.

Rolling Thunder Skating

Where: Rolling Thunder Skating Center; 7017 Roosevelt Boulevard, Mayfair
What: Rolling Thunder Skating Center’s Father’s Day special is perfect for the dads out there who are always telling you to “just roll with it.” This Father’s Day, from 1 to 9 p.m., Rolling Thunder is inviting dads to strap on a pair of skates and roll for free. For the rest of the family, admission is $7.50 per person (with a $4 skate rental fee). No need to pre-register.

Hot Yoga

Where: Yoga Habit; 1640 Fairmount Ave, Fairmount
What: Is your dad in serious need of some relaxation? Well, he’s in luck! This Father’s Day, Yoga Habit is letting dad’s practice for free! Bring your dad to any (or all!) of the three hot yoga classes offered on Sunday, and he won’t have to pay a penny. Just make sure to come a little bit early (or call in advance) to guarantee that he’ll have a spot.

Indoor Cycling

Where: CycleBar; 500 W Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
What: What’s better than a 45-minute body-blasting cycling class at CycleBar? One that lets dads cycle for free! And to make a good thing great, this Father’s Day special will be offering complementary post-workout refreshments. Sign up for the 9:30 a.m. class here.

Father’s Day Hike

Where: Kettle Run East Trailhead of the Black Run Preserve; Kettle Run Road at Braddock Mill Road, Evesham Township
What: Did your dad ever tell you to “take a hike?” Well, this Sunday at 2 p.m., the Black Run Preserve is giving you a chance to turn the tables. In honor of Father’s Day, the Black Run Preserve will be hosting a relaxed three-mile nature hike. This guided walk through the woods is free, but sign up here to reserve your spot.

Family Bike Ride

Where: Washington Crossing Historic Park1112 River Road, Washington Crossing
What: Spend Father’s Day in the great outdoors with Washington Crossing Historic Park’s Father’s Day Family Bike Ride. Starting at the visitor’s center at 10 a.m., this eight-mile ride along the Delaware Canal Towpath will bring you up to the Soldier’s Graves and back, making sure to pause at various points along the way so that you and your family can really appreciate the park’s beauty. Come ready to have a good time, and don’t forget your bike!

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