It’s so close to summer, but the weather vehemently disagrees. It’s mid bordering on late June, but that doesn’t mean summer is here. But it’s still Father’s Day weekend, so there are likely to be summer-type activities going on even if the weather is not playing along. 

This Sunday is Father’s Day, which will probably include some combination of the final round of the US Open, at least one BBQ, maybe some baseball, frisbee golf, or basketball since the weather is supposed to clean up by then. So what are you going to do on Saturday? 

We have some ideas for family fun for all ages, but with the weather forecast this weekend very spring-like and rain being projected, you will likely be spending most of your time not wandering around in summer attire. 

Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center –

Three hours of mini-golf, go-carts, bumper boats, laser tag, and more for the low price of $39.95 per adult and 29.95 for anyone shorter than 44″ – that’s a bargain even Golf N Stuff cannot touch. They’re open from 10 am to 11 pm, so you can spend most of the day there – if you can handle it. 

Tualatin Island Greens – 

If you’re in the mood for golf but not the miniature variety, this place has everything you need. A practice course, a driving range, and lessons if needed. They even have mini-golf if you want to work on your short game exclusively. They are open from 9 am to 9 pm, and the small bucket of balls is only $8, the large being $13 for more than double the balls for less than double the price. 

Oregon Zoo – 

The Zoo has made some improvements during the last few summers, and while tickets reserved online are still a requirement, the Zoo is pretty much back to regular operations not seen since before Covid-19 sprang into our lives. Adult tickets are $24, and children are $19 each. The Zoo is open from 9 am to 6:30 pm on Saturdays, with the last entry at 5 pm. The carousel and train are back up and running regularly, adding to the already excellent and memorable experience. Many indoor settings that have been closed occasionally due to health concerns are now open, and the animals are excited to see their new friends. 

Oregon Aquarium – 

The Aquarium has been open for most of the last two years, but there have been some exhibits closed for health concerns from time to time. Not a problem these days, as all but the turkey vultures and sea bird aviary, are open. Tickets for adults are just $24.95, and kids are $19.95 for ages 13-17 and $14.95 for kids 3-12. The Aquarium is open 10 am to 6 pm daily, and while online tickets are no longer required, they are strongly encouraged to ensure you and your party get in. The sea tunnels are worth the trip, and the special exhibits are a lot of fun. If you need more to do in Newport, the Rogue Brewery and Ripley’s Museum are just around the corner.  

Multnomah Falls – 

If you don’t mind a little rain next to the waterfall, by all means, head over to the Falls this weekend. The trails are open to the public from 9 am to 6 pm with a new wrinkle this year -permits are required to be purchased in advance from May 24th through September 5th. That’s peak hiking season, even if the summer weather hasn’t arrived yet, and the parking lot is definitely not large enough to handle all visitors that want to head over on a whim. It’s only $2 per vehicle, so they are not asking much. If you can’t get a reservation this weekend, Hood River isn’t that much farther and has plenty of scenic views, lots of hills to get your steps in, and a lot of breweries to relax after a lot of wandering. Who knows, maybe this is the weekend you finally give kite surfing a try. 

99W Drive-In – 

To cap off your Saturday, why not watch a movie outdoors, possibly in the rain? Nothing can help recreate the childhood wonder of watching Jurassic Park on the big screen quite like watching Jurassic World Dominion on the big screen. And the rain and all the cars might make you wonder if a something-something-sounds-made-up a-saurus rex is going to stumble into the parking lot and incite terror amongst the viewers. You just never know what’s on the bingo card next these days. The movie starts at 9:15 pm, and you’re strongly encouraged to show up at least an hour early to ensure you get a spot. And if you can stay up late enough, you can see Back To The Future also. Not a bad way to end a Saturday if you ask me. Make sure to bring caffeine or buy some at the snack bar because the drive home around 1 am might be tricky in the rain and dark for a pair of tired eyes. Adult tickets are $10, ages 6-11 are $5, and kids five and younger get in free. Not bad for a new movie and an old favorite, even if you have to watch with the wipers on.