9 Father's Day Ideas in Decatur, IL

9 Father's Day Ideas in Decatur, IL

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The third Sunday of June marks Father’s Day, and in 2019, it falls on June 16. If you’re looking for something fun to do for Father’s Day this year, you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve sifted through all of the local events here in Decatur, IL, and we’ve put together a Father’s Day idea guide. Get ready to make memories!

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: 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 16, 2019.

Options at the Hickory Point AMC include Men In Black International (PG13), The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG) and Dark Phoenix (PG13).

If you can wait a couple days, Toy Story 4 (G) officially opens on June 21.

The Avon is another great local Decatur theatre, but they do not have June 16 movies listed on their website yet. You can check back at

Father’s Day Idea #3: Visit a Farmer’s Market

In Decatur, IL, there are 3 (count 'em!) local farmer’s markets that you can visit, including:

  • Central Park (Downtown Decatur)
  • WeGrow (corner of Fairview Ave and Wood St.)
  • Saturday Market (Richland Community College, 1 College Park)

If you’re looking for fresh, locally grown produce, you have lots of options, and it’s a fun mid-day event you can go to with your father.

In Central Park (Downtown Decatur), you can visit Illinois’ oldest farmers market dating back to the late 1800s! You can buy baked goods, fresh produce, jams, and jellies. This event takes place on Saturdays from 8am-12pm, so take your dad on June 15!

WeGrow Farmers Market is every Thursday in June and July, so celebrate Father’s Day a few days early by attending on Thursday, June 13! There will be produce, food and craft vendors, live music, and more. The event lasts from 4:30-6:30pm.

Richland students and local farmers sell their baked goods, cheese, candy and fudge, fresh fruits, and locally grown vegetables outside Bistro Five Thirty Seven at Richland Community College. Be sure to visit on Saturday, June 15 from 8am-12pm!

Father’s Day Idea #4: Enjoy the Decatur Muni Band

In our popular article 22 Fun Facts About Decatur, IL, we talked a bit about the history of the Decatur Municipal Band, which was formed in 1857.

If you enjoy listening to local music and keeping a historical tradition alive, take your father to  Fairview Park Main Pavilion at 6pm on Father’s Day. The band is comprised of area adults, college, and high school musicians. The band is directed by Jim Culbertson (and has been since 1979!).

The June 16th event is completely free, and it’s a great way to be a part of and support our community!

Father’s Day Idea #5: Take Dad to Sunday Brunch

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, and a Sunday Brunch is a great choice.

Benny’s Grill offers a Sunday brunch buffet from 10am-2pm. Be sure to call ahead to make a reservation at 217-875-7706. Bizou is also another popular Sunday brunch choice with hours from 11am-2pm. Finally, Fireside Grille inside of the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel is open on Sunday from 6am-2pm.

If you want something a little more casual, Donnie’s Homespun Pizza is open on Sunday from 11am-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 (6am-9pm) or Perkins (open 24 hours).

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

If you were hoping to celebrate Father’s Day at the Decatur Club, they won’t be hosting a Father’s Day brunch this year, though they did say you can plan each year for Easter, Mother’s Day, and Thanksgiving brunches.

Note: Benny's Grill was closed by the Macon County Health Department in November 2018 and March 2019. After several days in each instance, the restaurant paid a fine and re-opened. This may impact your decision to go there for brunch, but they are still open for business on Father's Day.

Father’s Day Idea #6: Enjoy the Burr Oak String Band

If your dad likes a nice, relaxing evening, you might enjoy the Burr Oak String Band at the Rock Springs Nature Center West Lawn.

On Father’s Day from 7-8pm, you can bring a lawn chair and a picnic and listen to the crowd-pleasing mix of instrumentals and heart-felt harmonies. The band plays old-time, raggy blues, bluegrass, and folk.

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

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

The following churches in Decatur, IL will be celebrating Father’s Day on Sunday:

  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (1 Bachrach Ct)

St. Paul’s is continuing their current sermon series – Change the World 2020 – but will be doing a special Father’s Day video during offering time. They’ll also be gifting every man with bacon on a stick! What’s not to like?

  • GT Church (500 S 27th St)

GT Church says they’ll be honoring Father’s Day just as they did for Mother’s Day. More details about the service will be posted to their Facebook page as Father’s Day approaches.

  • Renaissance (456 N Water St)

Beginning on June 16, Renaissance is starting a new series called “That One Thing,” which will be 4 weeks and 4 speakers. Each year, they do this series where they invite guest speakers to the stage. You can watch a short video on their Facebook which explains more about the series as well as the guests.

  • Heartland Community Church (3253 N Brush College Rd)

Heartland Community Church is hosting a Bags & Brats event on Friday, June 14 at 6pm. This is part of their Kingdom Men initiative. Additionally, on Saturday, June 15, there is a Men’s Prayer at 8am. You can sign up for either of these special Father’s Day events here. On Sunday, there will be church services at 9am and 10:45am.

  • Decatur First Church of the Nazarene (1177 W Hickory Point Rd)

Decatur First Church of the Nazarene is doing a race car blessing on Father’s Day, because there is a large population of drivers in this particular church. This is for any driver in Macon County. They will be serving popcorn to everyone and setting up golfing stations in their foyer.

  • First Christian Church (3350 N MacArthur Rd)

First Christian Church will have church services on Sunday at 9:15am and 11am. For more updates about Father’s Day services, you can stay tuned on their Facebook page.

  • Life Foursquare (2954 W Ash Ave)

Life Foursquare Church has an 8am traditional service, a 10am contemporary service, and a 6pm evening service. Details about Father’s Day services can be monitored on their What’s Happening web page and their Facebook page.

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

Father’s Day Idea #8: Mini Golf

Get out and enjoy the June sun with a round of mini golf at Overlook Adventure Park (2501 E Nelson Park Rd).

Mini golf is open for business on Sunday from 12-10pm. While they don’t have any special events happening on Father’s Day, they will have all the usual fun and games. That’s 9 holes which are ADA Accessible, batting cages, Mister Softee ice cream, and more.

Mini golf prices are free for ages 3 and under, $6 for ages 4-12, $7 for ages 13-64, and $6.50 for seniors 65+.

Father’s Day Idea #9: Get Dad a Flower Basket

Finally, while a bouquet of flowers may not seem like a typical Father's Day gift, many florists here in Decatur have put together special Dad-approved flower baskets.

Wethington’s Fresh Flowers & Gifts on Oakland Ave has a special “Out of the Woods” Flower Basket ($55) and even a Mixed Fruit Basket ($50).

Zips Flowers By the Gates on Prairie Ave is offering a “Stunning Succulent Garden” ($100.95), “Beautiful in Blue” ($60.95), or even a “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Basket ($70.95).

Finally, Hourans Florists on West Pershing have a Classy Succulent Garden ($99.95-$119.95), a Delicious Snacks Basket ($69.95-$89.95), and a Flavorful Favorites Basket ($64.95-$84.95)

Even if Dad may not want a flower basket, their baskets full of treats and snacks are sure to make the cut.

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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