To many of us, “daddy” means more than just a male figure who biologically fathered or for some of us, adopted us. He is the epitome of a cape-less superhero, the McGyver to our damsel-in-distress moments (or young knights), our designated cockroach and spider smacker, the gentle trainer who taught us to ride a bicycle, and the person who’d kissed our boo-boos and nightmares away when we were still children.
This Father’s Day, there is every reason to celebrate the man whom we called Dad and to make your plans and ideas slightly more special and different from previous years, here’s a list of curated activities for you to consider to do with your #1 guy!
To that Durian-Freak Dad
I don’t know about you, but I sure have one at home! My dad is one who’d seek (smell?) out his durian fix on a regular basis. Some days he’ll surprise all of us with a full gunny sack of those creamy gold nuggets, and we might just need to call in sick the next day because one of us would fall sick from overdosing, but hey, I’m not complaining!
Surprise your dad with a trip to an all-you-can-eat-buffet kind of durian orchard. If your dad is as crazy about durian as my dad is, I’d imagine seeing a big little kid prancing gleefully in the orchard, learning about the fruit trees, the ways the king of fruit is grown and harvested, and of course, sampling a variety of this amazing fruit at the end of the trip! A quick search online and we found a few orchards that came highly recommended so be sure to check them out: Jimmy’s Durian Orchard (Bentong Hills), Raub Durian Orchard (that comes with a fish pond, bee farm, and a bird’s nest farm!), 1Malaysia Musang King Durian Orchard Farm (Karak, Bentong), Bao Sheng Durian Farm (Penang), etc.
(Aww, I think I’ve got my winning gift here!)
To that Adrenaline-Junkie Dad
This may be a hit among the young dads, but hey, what do I know right? If like you, your dad is one who seeks out thrill and excitement in crazy sports and activities, then we have just the thing for you guys. Make a day trip out to KL Tower (Menara KL) and hit its F1 Simulator Zone, yup, you heard me right, this one’s for the F1 race car driver wannabes! The simulators are both audibly and visually equipped for a real-life experience. Also, 3D Theatres are so passé, just saying, because at KL Tower, you get to experience 6D where theatre-goers wear 3D glasses, then sit and watch a roller-coaster film while your seat simulate the fast-moving exhilarating scenes!
Before you leave, why not have dad’s breath taken away (in a good way!) with KL’s amazing view? Nope, I’m not talking about the view from behind the safety of tempered glass windows, rather from the Open Deck! This is where you get the real deal where literally nothing comes between you and the KL view. There is an age-limit to visit the Open Deck for safety reasons if you are considering to bring young kids along, be sure to check in on the website for more info and best deals.
To that Nostalgic Dad
I’m sure you are used to going on movie dates with your BAE and friends, this Father’s Day, make Dad your sweetheart of the day and bring him out to the cinema, you know, with popcorn, soda, hotdogs, the whole works! While going to just any cinema for Hollywood’s (or Bollywood, Kolliwood, even Hong Kong or Korean’s) latest offerings are all great, but I’ll let you in on a little well-kept secret. Transport Dad back to the days where black & white movies rocked the world at The Majestic Hotel’s screening room. Relax in the cozy cinema’s leather reclining chairs and watch a movie from the 30s. Talk about relaxation, huh!
If time permits, there are actually a whole lot of R&R things to be done at the hotel – a relaxing spa, cigar and card rooms, as well as an array of restaurants and bars to bring daddy to. Or better yet, check Dad (and Mom) into a one night stay to fully experience the hotel and its facilities! Book your hotel stay at The Majestic Hotel now.
Before the day ends, inject a little excitement into your father/child date by bringing him to a dance class at Lindy KL where Dad gets to relive his glory days by grooving to the steps of swing dancing, blues, and lindy hop!
To that Nature-Loving Dad
For a slower-pace, zen-like experience, why not consider attending a terrarium-making workshop with daddy dearest? Ohsum Mossum conducts terrarium-making workshops and participants will be provided with the materials and guidance on how to create a moss terrarium.
Now, if both you and your dad are able to commit your time in the long term, then do consider adopting a small plot of land with the TTDI Edible Project, a community-owned project supported by residents in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail and its neighbouring areas. You will plan, plant, and grow your adopted plot of land to maturity. How special it will be when by next Father’s Day, both you and Dad can arrange for a special day out to harvest the fruits of your labour (There, I’ve got you covered for next year’s Daddy’s Day too!)? I think it’s really meaningful to have that (green) link connecting you both, perhaps this little tradition is something that you can pass down to your grand/children too!
At the end of the day, whether your dad is a health-freak, a foodie, or even a couch potato who enjoys dai chow (Chinese restaurants) take-outs and surfing sports channel, the best gift we can ever give them is our time and attention. So this Father’s Day, make time for that man whom we looked up to as a hero when we were a kid. Ageing and graying are part of a life cycle, but a superhero dad is forever, and don’t ever be shy to let him know that!
Here’s a very Happy Father’s Day, to the young and the young-at-heart daddies out there!