A Father's Day gift guide and activities


The third Sunday of the month of June is around that corner, and that means one thing: we get to celebrate the father figures in our lives!

Fathers have imparted the greatest and wisest words onto you and you still use that advice as your everyday mantras. They may make you cringe with all the dad jokes they tell, but secretly you love them and you tell them to your kids who also cringe and think you're so uncool. They have cheered you on the loudest and have been your biggest fan since day one.

We know that life gets in the way, between the kids, school and work it can all get too much. That's why you may have forgotten to get dad that great gift you had planned in your head that you swore you'd get because you forgot about Father's Day last year.

What do you get a man who has loved you unconditionally your entire life? We may be able to help you out.

Also read: Here's how you celebrated dad this past Father's Day



702 Day of the Dads

Where: Waterfall City

Time: 10am–4pm

Bookings: Ticketpro

Price: R150 for adults and R70 for kids under 12

Spend this Father's Day with the entire family at Waterfall City. Enjoy live music, artisan food and motor and bike shows. Create new memories with dad that you will treasure forever. 

Beer Tasting

Where: SAB World of Beer

Time: 8am-6pm

Bookings: 011 836 4900

Price: R650 for a family of 4

Activities for the day include: beer cocktail upon arrival, beer tour and/or beer tasting, pub lunches, haircut and pamper session, car wash/valet. The guests will receive a complimentary beer glass and a complimentary Sunday newspaper. While the adults are beer-tasting there will be three different movies for children. Dads will also be able to enjoy a BMW exhibition on the premises. There are prizes to be won as well if you enter the raffle draw when you arrive.

Father's Day Cruise

Where: Stonehaven on Vaal

Time: from 12pm

Bookings: 016 982 2951/2

Price: R80 per adult and R70 per child

Enjoy a relaxing 50-minute cruise on the Vaal River aboard a luxury cruiser. Cruises run from 12pm and cruise every hour on the hour.

Also read: 5 gift ideas for Father's Day

Father's Day at Sylvia's Market


Where: Sylvia's Market

Time: 10am–4pm

Spend the day as a family at the Sylvia's Market in Observatory, Johannesburg. There's be lots of stalls with food, crafts and music. It's a great excuse to spend Sunday outdoors. 

Magaliesberg Canopy Tour 

Where: Eastgate Mall gate 4

Time: 9am–5pm

Bookings: 011 492 1740

Price: R525

For the adventurous dad, take an eco-friendly tour of one of the most beautiful gorges of the second oldest mountain range in the world. The experience lasts for 2.5 hours and begins with a safety briefing where you will also be kitted out withe safety gear. The tours includes transport to and from the location and refreshments. 

Vinyl Record Fair

Where: West Rand Vinyl

Time: 16 June-17 June

For the music-loving dads, the West Rand Vinyl store at The Glen Shopping Centre will hosting a vinyl record day. You dad will get the opportunity to find old records he listened to as a child and relive his youth all over again.

Whiskey tasting

Where: The Rock Diner Design Quarter

: R400

: 011 465 5011

If your dad is a fan of whiskey, why not treat him to a day of whiskey tasting? He will get to taste and sample six different whiskeys, and if he's hungry, he can peruse the menu for something tasty and filling. All proceeds from the day will be donated to NAHYSOSA Bursary Fund. Book your spot now, as places are limited. 

Also read: David Beckham's dad diaries will melt your heart

Zen Father's Day

Where: Zen Hot Yoga World

Time: 07h45 – 09h15

Bookings: 079 541 7209

Price: Free

If your dad is a yogi, he'll love this one. The 90 minute Bikram class will take place on Saturday, 16 June at the Zen Hot Yoga World studio at Hobart Grove Shopping Centre.

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Father's Day at uShaka

Where: uShaka Marine World

Time: all day

Price: Dads enter for free

Dads enter free this Father's Day at uShaka when accompanied by a paying child or adult! This offer valid for, Sea World, Wet n’ Wild, uShaka Kids World, & Dangerous Creatures. 

Father's Day Steam Train


Where: Umgeni Steam Railway

Time: 08h30 – 16h00

Bookings: bookings can be made on the website

Price: R240 for adults and R170 for children

The train departs and returns from Stokers Arms in Kloof and stops at Inchanga where the Inchanga conservancy organise a Craft Market, picnic area with food stalls. There is also a refreshments bar on the train, however, passengers must note that there are no card facilities on the train and therefore should carry cash if they wish to buy anything will on board. 

Also read: WATCH: 5 mason jar Father’s Day gift ideas

Inchanga Station Craft Market

Where: Inchanga Train Station

Time: 08h00 – 15h00

Enjoy a day at the Inchanga Station Craft Market with the family. There will be a variety of food stalls, crafts and live music. The children will be able to play the jungle gyms and ride ponies. You can either take the Umgeni Steam Train or drive to the market. 

Wild Abseiling

Where: Oribi Gorge Hotel

Time: 08h30 – 16h30

Bookings: 082 566 7424

Price: R650 for the wild swing

Allow dad to experience one of the world’s highest commercial abseils. If you jump on the Wild Swing your dad will get to learn the ropes on the Wild Abseil for free! This is one experience you don't want to miss out on. 

Western Cape


Where: Cape Town Comedy Club

Time: 08h30

Bookings: Computicket

Price: R60

Why not treat your dad to some local comedy? The Father's Day show will be hosted by Rob van Vuuren and will feature skits by Lungelo Ndlovu, Irshaad Mohamed with the main act by Melt Sieberhagen. It's a fun way to end the day and a great pick-me-up before the start of the work week. 

Father's Day Gems


Where: Scratch Patch, Simon's Town

Time: 09h00 - 17h30

Bookings: 021 786 2020 for more information

Price: R17 - R95 depending on the size of the bag you purchase

Spend the day pick gems with family. There's a wide variety of gems to scratch for. More people are starting to believe that gemstones have 'powers' – and being surrounded by so many beautiful polished gemstones certainly does have a calming effect on many people – and especially children! 

Also read: Celebrate dad, obaba, pappa on Father's Day

Franschoek Motor Museum

Where: Franshoek Motor Museum

Time: 10h00 - 15h00

Bookings: book online

Price: Fathers free, adults R80

Take part in driving demos from their world-class collection and view a selection of early Grand Prix cars and super cars. Limited slots available, booking essential. If your dad is mad about cars, he'll love this trip. 

V&A Motor Show

Where: Silo District

Time: 10h00 - 15h00

Bookings: 021 408 7791

Price: Free

Dad's will be able to live out their fantasies of sitting behind the wheel of luxury cars such as Porsches, McLarens and Aston Martins. They'll also be able to race on the Killarney race track. 


For online-shopper dad

Avoid the crowded shopping malls by buying your dad a gift online. 

For nerdy dad

Also read: Printable: Star Wars Father's Day cards for geeky dads

The foodie dad

Smelling good, dad

Flowers and hampers for dad

How will you be spoiling your dad this Father's Day? Send your ideas and pictures to chatback@parent24.com and we may publish your comments. 

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