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Really Cool Father/Son things to do

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  • Started 3 years ago by Chris_taylor
  • Latest reply from Mrs.Merkin

  1. Father's Day weekend I am looking for some super cool father/son activity I can do with 15 year old. The women in the house will not be available. So I wanted to get some suggestions of what you deem cool things to do, places to see. I'm willing to venture out a bit if need be from the Portland area.

    We are wimps so camping and fishing are out.

    My son is pretty geeky so techy stuff is fine. But also maybe there's a few hidden treasures he and I can discover thats not been on my radar or I have forgotten about.

    Thanks ahead of time.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:13 PM #
  2. Vitalogy

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    Mt Hood Adventure Park at Ski Bowl.

    http://www.skibowl.com/summer/

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:24 PM #
  3. missing_kskd

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    Take a drive up the gorge, and stop at Vista House.

    Go south, past Molalla, into the hills exploring.

    Look up something on the Internet, and build it.

    Play catch. (this one is endless fun) On the street, over the house, in the park, left hand, you name it!

    Poker, only with cookies, or something fun. Actually, I put real cash on the table, winner takes all on a road trip. Jump in the car, well I had more than one kid, and I drive, they direct and spend, until it's gone, balancing gas, need for food, things to do.

    Get in the car, and let him direct the driving. Lots of fun on that one too. Set a budget, and just go exploring until it's gone, and save a little for treat on the way home.

    Fishing, if you like to fish.

    I know you don't enjoy shooting, but that one is a lot of fun, and educational, and IMHO, necessary, just because knowing something about guns can save a life. One of the most fun trips I did was take BB guns and drive out to places, setup cans filled with water, and just shoot at them. We were out all day, just goofing off.

    Find a river, and have a rock skipping contest, bring good eats. Build a small dam, fire, etc...

    Go to the beach, and play there. Build sand castles, race, build a one match fire, but bring extra matches, so you do actually get a fire, then cook hot dogs and other stuff on it.

    Ride bikes!

    All of those have been fun in the past. I found I had the most fun with both sons and daughters, doing basic things. It's the time that counts more than anything. Some structured autonomy can be fun too, but watch the structure, or it can get messy.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:26 PM #
  4. motozak3

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    Wish I could've been able to do stuff like that with my dad when I was 15.....

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:31 PM #
  5. I don't live in Portland, so some things that I would want to do there might be old hat to you.

    But I have always been fascinated by the aerial tram in Portland, and would love to take a ride in it. I think that would be something fun to do, as well as exploring places downtown and going into buildings where you've never been.

    Other ideas:

    a boat ride
    a scenic aerial tour
    OMSI
    a show or a concert
    explore the local old growth forest
    find a good fiction book that you both would like and take turns reading it to each other
    smoke cigars
    make mind maps
    shoot pool
    make a movie
    buy a frisbe

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:35 PM #
  6. We've been so focused on our daughters high school graduation I really want this to be just him and me time.

    Vita-Done that a few times. Good one but, been there, done that. Not to say I won't do it sometime down the road. I love the Alpine Slide. Though my last experience was a crash and burn the day before we flew to CA for a wedding. I was in serious pain for about 3-4 days.

    Missing-The biking thing is very attractive. Particularly from the east side esplanade on out. Hopefully some of the Willamette water levels will recede soon. Great opportunity to do some simple teaching of basic bike maintenance too. Really want decent weather for that.

    The Tram idea can be combined with the bike ride, that might work. We did OMSI a zillion times when the kids were young so we're kind of OMSI'd out. But sometimes they have a really cool exhibition.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:35 PM #
  7. Mrs.Merkin

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    Oaks Park, or is that too nerdy?

    The new Water Park at Evergreen Aviation Museum? Even just the museum is cool, too!

    The Mt Hood Railroad trip to Parkdale is surprisingly fun! The brunch trip was good, but it's a bit expensive ($65). It's a nice trip with surpringly good food.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:51 PM #
  8. Maybe you could give me a couple of ideas--I'm going up to Portland to bring my 23 year old son home for a few days, but wanted to spend a day doing something in the Portland area with him. Any ideas about some uniquely Portland things to do?

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:52 PM #
  9. jr_tech

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    "maybe there's a few hidden treasures he and I can discover"
    Biking and Geocaching?

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:56 PM #
  10. john72ss

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    maybe a classic car show? or catch the drag races at woodburn? a drag race still makes the hair on the back of my head stand up! as any red blooded american boys! lol!

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 07:10 PM #
  11. Brianl

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    John - I'd go drag racing, but you'd need a calendar to measure the quarter mile time of my VW Bus.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 07:20 PM #
  12. missing_kskd

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    Yeah! Drag races are a lot of fun.

    @moto: So do I.

    We did a few things, but my Dad and I were very, very different. So, I swore when I had my kids, I would do kid stuff, and did. No regrets at all. Happy days.

    What I am learning now is that once you've done some of that stuff, it all still works as adults! And, when they get their kids? More happy days!

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 07:38 PM #
  13. Brianl

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    I hear ya Missing. My father and I were not close, and once I graduated from high school we became estranged. Not a day goes by where I wish that I didn't do it different with him, he's been gone for eight years now and I never did reconnect with him. By far my biggest regret.

    We did enjoy some things together though, namely music. He introduced me to jazz, swing, dixieland, blues ... it was a huge love of his. And it became one of mine. And it was because of him that I have seen all of the lower 48 at one point or another; his idea of a weekend was a car trip.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 08:07 PM #
  14. edselehr

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    Been up to Ape Caves lately? An adventurous "guy-type" thing to do, and makes for a full, satisfying day. And spelunking works in any type of weather.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 08:19 PM #
  15. john72ss

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    John - I'd go drag racing, but you'd need a calendar to measure the quarter mile time of my VW Bus.

    you can still watch brian! lol!

    its a lot of fun to do it though, the last part of my screen name here stands for my car...... a 1972 camaro ss

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 08:26 PM #
  16. john72ss

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    I have seen all of the lower 48 at one point or another

    really brian? thats fantastic, i have only been to four! but i have been to europe once.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 08:28 PM #
  17. skeptical

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    Bike the entire loop starting at the steel bridge bike path down to the sellwood bridge, defy death and cross it, and pedal your way back to the starting point.

    Go to the Seattle Museum of Flight and see the "new" Lockheed Constellation. Its parked next to a 747, a Concorde and an ex-Air Force One.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 08:35 PM #
  18. Good stuff people keep it coming. Not everything works for us but its great to see what others have done.

    I was fortunate to have a dad that was involved with my younger brother and I. Playing catch or pop-up. Going to the park that had a football field and my brother and I putting on our pads and helmets running plays into the end zone. Experienced my first "getting the wind knocked out of me."

    Going to the old Civic Stadium and watching the Beavers play. Got to see Lou Pinnella and few other greats to be in their youth.

    Later in life dad was well versed on the music we all liked which was great. So yeah-I was lucky to have a pop who did stuff with us and just was nice to be around.

    I like hanging with my 15 year old son. He's a great kid with a kind heart and a deep thinker. He's a TAG kid, kind of nerdy and geeky and still trying to figure out how to act in social situations but he'll get there.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 08:44 PM #
  19. john72ss

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    Going to the old Civic Stadium and watching the Beavers play. Got to see Lou Pinnella and few other greats to be in their youth.

    chris, i saw lou play there as well and have a signed beavers program (1966) by him! too bad soccer kicked the beavers out after 107 years in portland! but thats another story!

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 08:54 PM #
  20. I dont know the schedule for this...

    But have you been down to the Old Portland Underground shanghai tunnels yet. ? Under downtown and out to the river ??

    I think they have the tours on Saturday ...spooky and some history there too...kind of paranormal touch to it as well...

    something different and you can have a lunch or dinner out ..and maybe even get some show prep for your radio gig...

    And its a geeky kid thing to do...all about the shanghaid sailors and skullduggery of yesteryear...kind of pirate like..

    y0u can google this < i think to get tour times...maybe somebody in the forum knows..

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 09:00 PM #
  21. Our entire family did that tour a couple of years ago and it was very cool.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 09:30 PM #
  22. Vitalogy

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    Drive up to Johnston Ridge at Mt St Helens on a clear day.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 09:37 PM #
  23. Yeah did that last year. Very cool. Would love to go back but the girls would want to come too.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 10:24 PM #
  24. edselehr

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    Rent a canoe and paddle the Columbia Slough. A perfect two-person activity. Seeing the world from water level is always a kick, especially for kids.

    OR

    Ever take the kids antiquing? Retro is cool now. Cruise down to Sellwood and kick around in the antique shops. He'll be impressed with your knowledge when you explain to him "what this heck is that?"

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 10:55 PM #
  25. skeptical

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    How about a ride in a cigarette boat -- Miami Vice style?

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 10:59 PM #
  26. I'm tucking some of these ideas away for our entire family because they are so good.

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 11:11 PM #
  27. skeptical

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    The cigarette boat idea??!!

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 11:23 PM #
  28. Skybill9

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    "Drive up to Johnston Ridge at Mt St Helens on a clear day."

    You beat me to it! That's exactly what I was going to suggest. It's one of my favorite things to do!

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 11:46 PM #
  29. Skybill9

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    Chris, Missing touched on it and I'd "second" it (no pun intended! (Well, maybe a little!))

    Anyway, take you son shooting.

    Here is a place where you can go safely, get some instruction if you want and they have rental guns.

    http://www.co.clackamas.or.us/sheriff/pstc.jsp

    I know my son liked it when we went shooting when he was younger. He still likes it now and he's almost 23!

    Posted on June 12, 2011 - 11:52 PM #
  30. The gun thing just isn't our kind of family play. I know it can be done safely and under a watchful eye. I never grew up around guns, have never really handled them and don't particularly want too.

    The bike ride is probably the winner this time. Have done lots of the other stuff too but might need to revisit it again.

    The weather forecast is looking good for Saturday so I think outdoors is where we'll be.

    Thanks everyone this was very helpful.

    Posted on June 13, 2011 - 11:24 PM #
  31. RadioBuggie

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    Posted on June 13, 2011 - 11:25 PM #
  32. skeptical

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    Speaking of bikes . . . the NAKED bike ride is coming up very soon!

    Posted on June 14, 2011 - 01:14 AM #
  33. Skybill9

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    Aren't all bikes pretty much naked? I don't recall ever seeing one with clothes on?

    Posted on June 14, 2011 - 02:45 PM #
  34. skeptical

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    I'd buy a gun if skybill rides naked in the naked (people) bike ride.

    Posted on June 14, 2011 - 04:55 PM #
  35. edselehr

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    ...because Skybill riding a bike naked is one of the signs of the apocalypse, and you'll need a gun in the ensuing chaos.

    Posted on June 14, 2011 - 07:17 PM #
  36. Skybill9

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    "if skybill rides naked in the naked (people) bike ride."

    Sorry Skep, it looks like you will remain weaponless.

    That would truly be indecent exposure. I promise NEVER to do such a thing!

    It's also something you really don't even want a mind picture of.

    "...because Skybill riding a bike naked is one of the signs of the apocalypse, and you'll need a gun in the ensuing chaos."

    I don't know about the apocalypse, but he's need a gun to shoot himself because what has been seen can not be unseen!

    Posted on June 14, 2011 - 09:08 PM #
  37. Mrs.Merkin

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    So Chris, what did you two men end up doing? And how was it?

    Posted on June 20, 2011 - 10:08 PM #
  38. Merk-

    Thanks for asking I meant to do a follow up post.

    It started on Friday with me saying goodbye to the women in the house who headed out for a girls retreat to the coast. As you recall the day was gorgeous and so I decided to play hooky from work.

    My son and I first walked up to the bike store to get a small part that was vital so he could ride his bike. What made the walk interesting is my son is going through a fashionista type of time in his life. (I remember mine by thats another horror story) My son chose to wear a cape around his shoulders, placing his stuffed seal on his shoulder being held by the cape. It was quite a sight to see as we walked by people. He was totally cool about it and so was I.

    Well we got our part and walked home. I prepared the bikes and set out on our adventure around 2:45pm. Again my son still wearing his cape and new sunglasses. We headed to downtown and the Esplanade. We reached the east side of the Willamette River near the Steal Bridge and paused to watch a helicopter practice take-offs and landings. Then crossed on the Steel Bridge while a train was crossing which was its own kind of cool.

    Once of the west side of the Esplanade we eventually weaved our way to the Salmon Street Springs. We took a short break and I took pictures. We then headed off over the Hawthorne Bridge and continued west on SE Harrison eventually stopping at the top of a long hill next to an Episcopalian Church with a cool looking sign. Took some more pictures of my son next to the sign. From there we took our longest leg back home.

    We chilled out (and I finished up some work) and then we walked to at my son's favorite Vietnamese Restaurant for dinner. Home by 8pm where we both chilled on our computers in the basement.

    Saturday we ended up going to my church where one of our associate pastors was being thrown a retirement party. We enjoyed some food their as well. Came home and went bowling that evening.

    Sunday after I got home from church we went to Foot Traffic to purchase his cross-country running gear, which was a first for him. He's never been a part of any organized sport so this is one of those growing times in his life. Both physically and socially. See the thread "Quote of the Day" for a bit more expanded moment concerning his first cross-country workout.

    It was a great weekend for both of us. No women to mess up the house with girly stuff and asking what we are thinking (when we aren't thinking of anything). I took lots of pictures and kept texting them to my daughter on the coast which she found irritating after a while. We didn't care.

    I am going to look through this thread again and copy and paste some of the other ideas I've not tried yet and see what I can create in the future.

    My son is really into dad right now and I'm loving it. He's growing into a great kid and young man and I couldn't be prouder.

    Thanks again for asking.

    Posted on June 20, 2011 - 10:29 PM #
  39. Mrs.Merkin

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    Sounds like a great day, and I love the "cape" part! He's growing into one cool guy that will have many great friends!

    Posted on June 23, 2011 - 11:14 PM #

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