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(credit: Olesia Bilkei/shutterstock)


Playing golf or going dirt biking with your dad on Father’s Day are definitely classic bonding experiences, but why not try something different when June 19 rolls around. All kinds of activities to be remembered are on tap in the City of Angels, so consider the following handful that may or may not be on your bucket list as far as sharing an experience with dear old dad is concerned. 

(Credit: Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)

(Credit: Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)


Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
www.hollywoodbowl.com

How about spending a night under the stars listening to beautiful music with the first man you ever loved? For sure, an evening out at the legendary Hollywood Bowl is going to be a night to remember, made even more so by more than one special occasion. June 18 marks the official seasonal opening of this iconic Los Angeles forum, with Ziggy Marley playing. The Grammy-winner will be playing his own hits as well as those of his father.

(credit: Watts Towers Art Center)

(credit: Watts Towers Art Center)


Watts Towers
1765 E 107th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90002
(213) 847-4646
www.wattstowers.us

If you’re looking to get a grip on a Los Angeles landmark with your dad that is both impressive and off-beat, choose to visit Watts Towers. The name of this TK artistic oddity contains some 17 steel girder and mesh sculptures decorated with everything, from ceramic pieces to glass bottles to sea shells. The artist, Simon Rodia, created these amazing structures between the years 1921 and 1954, ultimately coming up with works that are shockingly tall, amazingly complex, and so admired that the City of Los Angeles deemed his Watts Towers a National Historic Landmark.

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(credit: Blind Barber)


The Blind Barber
10797 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 841-6679
www.blindbarber.com

Although you and your dad are able to share grooming experiences like shaves and hair cuts at this feisty Culver City establishment, the real fun is found in the secret speakeasy located in The Blind Barber’s back room. It is there that drinks are aplenty, with inventive cocktails bearing names like the Moscow Mule (made with Green Mark vodka and ginger beer) and the Jack Daniels’ based Smoke & Dagger and where you be inclined to throw back a few while munching on such tempting treats as truffle popcorn and sweet chili chicken tacos, all  while enjoying an entertaining environment that will make memories of this annual get together for years to come. 

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(credit: Christian Dionne/Wikipedia)


Pantages Theater
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-1170
www.hollywoodpantages.com

Since this showplace opened in Hollywood in 1930, every evening has been a memorable event at the stunning Pantages Theater. Enjoying a Father’s Day celebration here is no exception. What started out as an elaborate movie house has grown into arguably the premiere place in this part of Los Angeles to enjoy live stage productions, many of which hail directly from Broadway. On Father’s Day, get tickets to see the award winning “The Book of Mormon.” There will be two showings to choose from on Father’s Day, including at 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

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(credit: Bertha C./Yelp)


Shatto 39 Lanes
3255 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 385-9475
www.shatto39lanes.com

If you want to go old school with your dad on his special day, book a lane at Shatto 39 so you and your family can throw down for the chance to strike out in this classic bowling alley situated in Koreatown. The atmosphere is just right for such a fun shared activity, with more than two dozen lanes sharing a huge space with a thriving canteen and down low drinks bar should you need to replenish before starting game two. Also on the premise are other activities to pass the time with dear old dad, up to and including Foosball and billiards. Games on!

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Freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist and always travels with her pillow. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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