7 Father's Day Ideas in Decatur, IL

7 Father's Day Ideas in Decatur, IL

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Last year, most of the typical Father’s Day events were shut down because of the pandemic. This year, we can finally celebrate Father’s Day like normal!  

Here are some ideas for Father’s Day in 2021 if you live in the Decatur, IL area.

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Father’s Day Idea #1: Head to the Zoo for $1

Every year, Scovill Zoo does a “Dads’ Day Dollar Deal” – say that 5 times fast! – where the whole family gets to see the animals for $1 per person. Normally, tickets are $6.95 for adults and $4.95 for children, so this is quite the deal!

This Father’s Day discount event lasts from 9:30am through 5pm, and there are plenty of animals to look at! The zoo has everything from zebras to flamingos to tarantulas.

Scovill Zoo also has an Endangered Species Carousel, a 1-mile train ride, and a big playground that has a rock wall, music station, and lots of slides.

You can visit this Decatur zoo at 71 S. Country Club Rd.

Father’s Day Idea #2: Enjoy Free Mini Golf

Overlook Adventure Park is hosting a Father’s Day Special on June 20, 2021, from 12pm-9pm. All dads get one free activity with a paid adult.

Activities at Overlook Adventure Park, located at 2501 E. Nelson Park Rd Decatur, IL 62521 include:

  • Mini golf
  • Batting cages
  • Ropes course

Plus, you can’t miss the Mister Softee shop for some ice cream!

Father’s Day Idea #3: Go to Buzzing Bees with the Kids

Rock Springs Nature Center is holding a fun event for preschoolers on June 20, 2021 at 2pm called “Preschool Peppers: Buzzing Bees.” Your young ones will discover why bees buzz as the presenters talk about bees and make bee headbands to take home.

It’s a fun activity for the whole family, whether you’re a young dad or you want to take your grandkids for a fun afternoon.

You can register online here:

Father’s Day Idea #4: Visit the Bloomington Farmer’s Market

Pick up some fresh produce and enjoy the morning at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market! It’s held in downtown Bloomington from 7:30am-12pm.

This producer-only market offers a wide selection of farm products, including fruit and veggies, cheeses, meats, eggs, flowers, plants, and herbs.  

If you can’t make it Father’s Day weekend, the market is open from May through October!

Father’s Day Idea #5: Have a Meal With Dad

If you’re not sure what to get dad for Father’s Day, a meal certainly won’t hurt! There are plenty of wonderful restaurants to go to on Father’s Day!

Benny’s Grill offers a Sunday brunch buffet from 10am-2pm. Be sure to call ahead to make a reservation at 217-875-7706. Downtown Café is open on Sundays from 8am-2pm and offers a great breakfast/brunch!

If you want something a little more casual, Donnie’s Homespun Pizza is open on Sunday from 4pm-9pm. Donnie’s is located near the Millikin University campus, and they serve fresh pizzas, sandwiches, pita wraps, calzones, craft beers, and more.

And of course, you could always go to a chain restaurant such as Cracker Barrel (7am-9pm) or Perkins (open 24 hours).

Diamond’s Family Restaurant is also a popular Sunday joint, and they’re open from 6am-9pm.

Father’s Day Idea #6: Go to the Movies

Whether the kids are toddlers or teens, there are lots of great new movies to choose from that will be airing in Decatur, IL on June 20, 2021.

The Avon is a great local Decatur theatre, and as of this writing, the upcoming movies include A Quiet Place Part 2 (PG-13) and Cruella (PG-13). You can check showtimes and available movies at!

Father’s Day Idea #7: Take Dad to Church

A great way to celebrate Father’s Day is to take dad to church.

Decatur, IL has a ton of great churches if you aren’t already affiliated with one, including:

  • GT Church (500 S 27th St)
  • Renaissance (456 N Water St)
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (1 Bachrach Ct)
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church (2727 N Union St)
  • Heartland Community Church (3253 N Brush College Rd)
  • Decatur First Church of the Nazarene (1177 W Hickory Point Rd)
  • First Christian Church (3350 N MacArthur Rd)
  • Life Foursquare (2954 W Ash Ave)
  • Northwest Christian Church (1306 N Stanley Ave)
  • First United Methodist Church of Decatur (201 W North St)
  • Antioch Christian Church (5409 E, US-36)
  • Crusaders Church of Decatur (3245 N MacArthur Rd)
  • First Presbyterian Church (204 W Prairie Ave)
  • New Day Community Church (4191 Greenswitch Rd)

Taking your dad to church for Father’s Day is a great, special way to honor him and your heavenly Father.


What are your plans for Father’s Day? Let us know what events and ideas we missed in the comments section below!

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