Los Angeles fathers are honored in the middle of June just like every other dad in the nation.

But our pops are privy to arguably the best places to celebrate with their kids, whether that be in the nation’s largest municipal park or by partaking of an activity on the edge of the Pacific.

Following are five fine ideas for spending Father’s Day 2014 as a family living and luxuriating in the Southland.

Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Legendary Griffith Park not only offers a great venue for celebrating Father’s Day with your kids, but the nation’s largest municipal park has enough on tap to keep you and yours busy every day of the summer and then some. Among the top attractions are a fast and furious driving range, tennis courts, the Los Angeles Zoo and bike rentals to be used on the many bike paths. If you just want some one-on-one time, pack a picnic and head to this verdant outpost to talk and dine in the great outdoors, a Southern California specialty.

Malibu Pier
23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-8031

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by spending the bulk of it fishing for all kinds of catches – up to and including yellowtail, whitefish, sheepshead and barracuda. These are just a few kinds of fish frequently brought in by both expert and novice anglers who throw their lines not far from Malibu Pier. Also on tap at this iconic spot standing on stilts over the Pacific are beach rentals like boogie board and other water-bound gear, a gnarly surf museum and some great grub for while you’re on the run on this special day when dads are honored.

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100

Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach beckons dads and their kids for a chance to mingle with penguins and to explore the ocean deep to discover the abundant — and treasured — sea life the Aquarium of the Pacific has to offer. Behind-the-scenes tours are available and worthwhile if only to feed some of the inhabitants of this highly praised aquarium where up-close encounters with all kinds of sea life are not only possible but probable.

Jewel City Bowl
135 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205
(812) 243-1188

Bowling is a bonding experience even when your dad gets a gutter ball once in a while. But when his kids command a strike, high fives are shared all around. Glendale’s Jewel City Bowl is a great place for this kind of activity, especially for celebrating Father’s Day in an intimate venue where 24 lanes serve all who want to roll with the day in this very special way.

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