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Quaranteam MVP: Celebrate Father’s Day in Philly (and from Home) with Our Picks!

We see you, we love you, and we couldn't hope for better quaranteam members!

Father’s Day is coming up on June 21, and to all dads going through the last few months working from home with kids and trying to hold it together: we see you, we love you, and we couldn’t hope for better quaranteam members! So, whether you want to toast the dads in your life or enjoy some quality time with your kids, there are so many ways to celebrate in Philly.


While the Yellow phase of coronavirus re-opening means we get to dine outdoors now, the forecast isn’t looking too promising this weekend (otherwise you’d probably find us at socially distanced Parks on Tap). Luckily, there are plenty of takeout, curbside pickup, and fun surprises and things to do. Read on for our picks, and Happy Father’s Day!

Unique Gifts

Open House

107 S. 13th St.


Open House is always our go-to for unique gifts. Now, they have made up little themed gift boxes, including several themed Father’s Day collections and a Gritty one! The store is open again, so you can come shop for yourself, or just select curbside pickup when you order online. Open House also ships anywhere in the country.

AR Workshop

2012 Frankford Ave.


Enjoy crafting together as a family, or just get a kit to have some creative time alone.  Kits include all materials including stencils, wood, a PrimARy Paint Essentials Kit, brushes and instructions.


Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo.

T-Shirts That Give Back

When you buy a $25 We Are Philly t-shirt, $10 will be used to purchase a care package of food from Giordano Garden Groceries, to be given to a Philadelphian in need. Meanwhile, buy a Leave Philly Alone t-shirt, and $10 will be donated to a local business of your choice. It’s a fun and easy way to directly support your favorite Philly small businesses impacted by the shutdown. Finally, if you’re missing family trips to the Philadelphia Zoo, a new limited edition t-shirt and hoodie line called the Spring Back Apparel Collection supports the vital operations of the Zoo while it’s closed due to the pandemic, and features Philly-centric designs with an animal twist!

Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


For $30, EPZ is offering a special ZooBrew package that includes two single-day member tickets, a ZooBrew growler, and a free growler fill. ZooBrew does not open until Phase 2 of EPZ’s reopening plan, but you can arrange for contactless pickup of the gift for Father’s Day. Another unique gift from EPZ is a one-of-a-kind painting by a jaguar!  The zoo’s jaguars actually make these 8×10 inch original canvas paintings using non-toxic paint (and with a little help from their keepers), and each one is unique. Shipping is a flat rate of $7, or you can pick up your painting at the zoo.

Kith + Kin’s DIY Craft Kits from Nimble Craft

3060 W. Jefferson St.


Get crafty with Dad! Kits include supplies to make a yoyo and a banner, plus a can of ginger beer with cocktail recipes! Kits are $30, and 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Institute for the Development of African American Youth’s Young Father’s United program. Pick-up is available on Friday, June 19th from 9—11 am at Kith + Kin (or local delivery is available on same day).


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Meals, Treats, and More

Brunch and Cocktails from Hawthorne’s Beer Café

738 S. 11th St.


Hawthorne’s has one of our favorite brunches in the city, and you can order all-day breakfast favorites like Hot Potato Mess and Fried Chicken & Waffles for delivery! If you opt for pickup instead of delivery, you can also add on DIY Mimosa Kits, 32-ounce Bloody Mary jars, craft cocktails, and of course their incredible selection of beer by the growler, six-pack, four-pack, or even individual can.

Father’s Day Kit from Thirsty Dice

17th and Fairmount


Pre-order online for pickup on June 20. Steak Burgers and Wagyu Beef Burgers are available with add-ons like Free Will Mango Wheat Beer and a Horseshoes Set for a complete day of outdoor fun! For even more food kits, treats, and of course games, check out their entire shopping section!

Laser Wolf Ready-to-Grill Dinner at Home

1301 N. Howard Street


Indulge in Ready-To-Grill Lamb Chops, Amba-Harissa Chicken, and Date-Glazed Salmon alongside fresh pita, hummus, and salatim. They also offer a vegan grilling menu that features eggplant, veggie kebabs, and more. Both menus also come with blueberry hazelnut crumble for dessert. While you’re at it, add on some cocktails to-go by the bottle! Order online, and pickup on Saturday, June 20.


1322 Chestnut St.


Literally just all the meat! Get a rack of ribs, an entire smoked chicken, wings, and even bratwurst from sister restaurant BRU. Oh, and salad, I guess? You can also pick up drinks and beer, including Bloody Mary kits, Blume’s fun little juice pouches, and an alcoholic “freeze pop!”

Devon Seafood Grill

225 S. 18th St.


If you can get a reservation—and the weather cooperates—Devon is serving a special Father’s Day prix fixe menu, but it is also available for takeout if you prefer to stay home. Also available from Devon: meal kits including Devon seasoning, Yukon mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, fresh Devon biscuits with whipped honey butter, two slices of carrot cake, and your choice of protein (seafood, fish, or various cuts of steak). Call to pre-order yours by noon on Saturday, June 20—pickup Saturday or Sunday.


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Morgan’s Pier

221 S. Columbus Blvd.


Morgan’s Pier, with its gorgeous views of the Delaware River Waterfront, is open for outdoor dining by reservation only! If you can’t snag a reservation, or the weather just looks iffy, you can also get takeout including their extensive beer selection, cocktails (including frozen ones like the Rocket Pop), and tasty food for kids and adults.

Oui Pastries

160 N. Third St.


Oui Pastries is offering a special Father’s Day menu where you can build your own picnic basket by mixing and matching items like Hotdog Croissants, Root Beer Brownies, Brotherly Love Snack Mix, and pastries.

Philadelphia Distilling

25 E. Allen Street


Place your order online and select pickup for contactless liquor and cocktail kits! We love Bluecoat Gin, and you can select kits like Elderflower Spritz, Moscow Mule, and more. Then, pickup Monday through Saturday between noon and 8 pm—stay in your car and give them your ID and order number, then drive home with your goodies. They also ship for a flat $10 fee, and do $15 same-day delivery within certain Philadelphia zip codes.

DiBruno Brothers

1730 Chestnut St.; 834 Chestnut St.; 930 S. Ninth St.


Place your order between 10 am—5 pm, seven days a week for curbside pickup in Philly and the Main Line. If you live in delivery range of the Rittenhouse location, you can get it delivered. You can find prepared meals, gourmet groceries, baked goods, special Father’s Day gift baskets and treats. The collections include a soft pretzel gift set, the Beer and Bourbon Collection, and the “Wurst Gift Ever” which they describe as a “bundle of meaty joy,” so how can you go wrong? At the Rittenhouse and Franklin (both on Chestnut Street) locations, you can even add wine and beer to your curbside order. Of course, if you don’t know exactly what you want, the stores are still open, so you can browse around and pick everything out yourself.

Art in the Age

116 N. Third St.


Stock your home bar with bar tools, mixers, bitters, and glassware. Add on unique spirits like Thai Chili Gin, Ginger Vodka, and personal favorite Shane Confectionery’s Cacao Nib Whiskey—or keep it more classic with a nice giftworthy bourbon. Email for curbside pickup, or get shipping within Pennsylvania only.


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Evil Genius Beer Company

1727 Front Street


Evil Genius Beer Company offers curbside pickup from The Lab, as well as same-day delivery within Philly (if you order by 4 pm). Call ahead at 215-425-6820 or order online. Cans, bottles, crowlers, and growlers are available. This includes the quarantine-themed Oh The Places You Won’t Go! (the Dr. Seuss-inspired character is even wearing a mask!) and the new Pride-themed strawberry blonde ale called #LoveisLove, which benefits the Trevor Project and the Okra Project. You can also order Evil Genius hard seltzers and a selection of ciders.

Shane Confectionery

110 Market St.


Opt for curbside pickup or delivery, and sweeten Dad’s day with some of the best chocolate in town. If you’re at a loss for what to get, they even have a little Wrapped Father’s Day Chocolate Bar Assortment.


Barnes Foundation Art Installation: ‘From the Root to the Fruit: Portraits of Black Fathers and Their Children’

June 20 and 21, 8 pm

20th and the Parkway


In honor of Father’s Day, the Barnes is partnering with We Embrace Fatherhood, a coalition of West Philadelphia fathers, activists, and artists; the Mantua Civic Association; and PC Radio Live to present this free outdoor installation projected onto the Barnes Foundation’s exterior walls at 20th and the Parkway. Photographer Ken McFarlane’s ongoing documentary project celebrates Black fatherhood while counteracting the false narrative of the absentee Black father. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing while you view the art!

Father’s Day Cooking Workshop: Ballpark Buffet

June 19, 5 pm


Learn to make chicken tenders, pretzel bites, and more. Pre-register online.

Baking Workshop: Father’s Day Special Cake Pops

June 20, 4 pm


In this virtual baking class, get hands-on instruction in making classic round cake pops, and “dress” them up with fondant to make them fit for Dad! Make the cake dough, master the cake ‘crumbling’ stage, melt chocolate, dip the pops, and let the fun begin! Pre-register online.

Philadelphia Father’s Day 5K Virtual Run/Walk

June 21


Register as an individual or team and pick a course of your choice—anywhere, anytime. Join on Facebook to share your results and photos, while supporting those fighting prostate cancer. The net proceeds will benefit the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Prostate Cancer Programs to support screening, education, and research to reduce the burden of prostate cancer in patients and their families.

Free Father’s Day Virtual Yoga Class

June 21, 10—11 am


From partner poses to games and fitness challenges, start your Father’s Day off with this free, high-energy yoga party on Facebook Live.



Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer