Time for Dear Old Dad

Here are some of our favorite things to do with dad this Father’s Day, June 18th.

Pasadena Chalk Festival: 

This Father’s Day Weekend tradition turns 25 this year and is pulling out all the stops. The sidewalks near the Paseo Colorado will be transformed into art by some of the world’s best chalk artists, including a “Chalk of Fame,” featuring movie posters and scenes recreated in chalk, a classic car show and an area where kids can make Father’s Day cards. Free. Around the Paseo Colorado Sat. June 17th and Sun. June 18th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 280 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Information: pasadenachalkfestival.com

Father’s Day at the Petersen:

For Father’s Day, the Petersen will offer some rare opportunities to enjoy their collection of classic cars. You’ll be able to get a family photo in one of the Petersen’s vintage cars and some vehicles will have their hoods up so you can examine their engines. Meanwhile, in the Discovery Center, kids will be able to create a #1 Dad trophy. Dad will particularly enjoy that you’ll save money with a special Father’s Day discount: Buy one adult ticket and get one child ticket free. Free with museum admission. Petersen Automotive Museum, Fri. June 10th, 11 a.m. 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Info: petersen.org

Autry Family Sunday:

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Autry with a guided tour of the museum and gold panning. This Father’s Day will be extra special as it’s opening day of the Autry’s new partially interactive exhibition on the history of toys and games in the West, Play! Free with museum admission. The Autry National Center of the American West, Sun. June 19th, Brunch: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Western Music Association Showcase: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4700 Western Heritage Way. Info: theautry.org

Andell Family Sundays: Follow The Rainbow 

Spend Father’s Day with the family creating and looking at art. First you’ll take a guided tour of colorful art in LACMA’s permanent collection in the exhibit An Irruption of the Rainbow: Color in 20th-Century Art. Then, the whole family will make art inspired by the exhibit. While you’re there, show the kids the moving cars of Chris Burden’s Metropolis II and perhaps even hold a picnic on the luscious Hancock Park grass. Free with LACMA general admission. LACMA, Sun. June 18th, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 857-6010, lacma.org

Drams For Dads:

How does your dad feel about horse racing, whiskey or brunch? If he likes all three, then you should take him to Santa Anita for Father’s Day. You’ll enjoy a tasty Father’s Day brunch buffet with professional racing handicappers. In addition to the complimentary drink you’ll receive upon arrival, you can participate in a whiskey tasting session hosted by Woodford Reserve with a commemorative glass you can take home. 21 or older only. Tickets $95. Santa Anita Park, Sun. June 18th, gates open at 11 a.m. brunch and first post are at 1 p.m. 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Info: santaanita.com

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