Make Dad Feel Special this Father’s Day with Local Food Options (Order Soon!)+ Visits to Reopened Favorites

Father's Day
Father's Day

Celebrating Dad with Local Food and Recently Opened Attractions

Although 2020 is clearly not panning out as expected, our options for celebrating dads this year are growing as more businesses reopen their doors. We can now dine-in at select restaurants and our local takeout options continue to expand.

Gift shops, parks and zoos have also resumed operations, albeit with some restrictions. This good news means additional gift options and places for families to visit on Father’s Day.

We’ve rounded up locally-owned shops and restaurants offering snacks, gift baskets and desserts to celebrate dads on this special day. All of these gifts likely will sell out- be sure to order early.

If you’re not in the market for presents, we have outdoor attractions too. Whether it’s visiting animals, taking a hike or seeing a movie under the stars, we’ve listed lots of fun places to go outside and make memories.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21 this year- we wish your family an amazing day of DAD.


Locally-owned shops and restaurants have put together gift baskets, desserts and carryout meals for Father’s Day. From cookies and cakes to crackers and ribs, there is no shortage of options to shop in Kalamazoo for dads this year.

Snacks & Gift Baskets

Hipster Chipster Cookie Company / Presidential Brewing Co / Kelvin & Co Urban BBQ Gift Bundle

This local collaboration brings together the best of three local brands with 1 dozen cookies, 2 beer crowlers or 4 craft soda crowlers, barbecue sauce and dry rub.

Delivery is available ($5 fee) or pickup at Presidential (Portage) or Kelvin & Co (Kalamazoo).  Place orders by June 16.

Father's Day Gift

Pop City Popcorn | 346 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 | 269-382-5770

Free delivery to Kalamazoo/Portage on Father’s Day gift bags with dark chocolate covered cherry caramel corn, cheddar popcorn, mustard and tart cherry jam. Shipping and store pickup are also available.

Father's Day Gift

The Cheese Lady | 7035 W Q Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009 | 269-353-3050

A Father’s Day gift box from The Cheese Lady includes three cheeses, sliced salami, chili & fig spread and crackers. Call during business hours to order.

Complete Meals to Go

Barretts SmokeHouse | 9942 Oakland Dr, Portage MI 49024 | 269-323-3700

Order a grill package or prime rib dinner from Barretts by June 18 for pickup on Father’s Day (June 21). Both meals include meat, sides and Yoder’s chocolate cake.

Chau Haus Schnitzel Station | 7000 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 | 269-353-6620

This restaurant offers a variety of traditional Polish and German dishes. For Father’s Day, they are offering three dinner specials: (1) Rouladen, (2) Single Schnitzel Dinner, or (3) Open Face Chicken Sandwich with Gravy. All meals come with two sides and dessert. Lunch specials are also available, including a sandwich, side and drink.

Full City Cafe | 7878 Oakland Dr, Portage, MI 49024 | 269-492-7515

Father’s Day dinners for 2 will be available for carryout; order on their website starting June 17. Meals: (1) Boursin Stuffed Burger Kit, (2) Mustard Baked Salmon, (3) Kansas City Dry Ribs and (4) Breakfast Kits.

Old Burdick’s | 100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49007 | 269-343-0032

Call to order this meal from Old Burdick’s that includes ribs, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and coleslaw. Available to feed 2 or 4.

Cakes, Cookies & Other Treats

BittyCakes | South Haven, MI

Located in South Haven, this cupcake shop’s Father’s Day Menu includes cookies, cupcakes and cakes. Place orders by June 15.

Father's Day Gifts

Menchie’s | 1700 S Drake Rd, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-459-6377

Menchie’s is offering customized, Father’s Day-themed frozen yogurt cakes in a variety of flavors.

Paradise Cafe | 6794 S Westnedge Ave, Suite F, Portage, MI | 269-443-2251

If Dad is a cheesecake fan, Paradise Cafe is taking orders for Father’s Day. Order by June 18 through messaging their Facebook site.

Father's Day Gifts

Scooters Malt Shoppe | 8399 36th St S, Scotts, MI 49088 | 269-626-8860

Scooters is selling ice cream cakes for Father’s Day in a variety of flavors, themes, and toppings. Order by June 17.

Important Message: Area businesses are working to implement procedures based on the new safety guidelines. For each of the attractions and events we mention, we include a link to the business website. Please use this link to confirm the details, hours of operation and any requirements guests must follow before visiting. Thank You!


Places to Visit Animals

Take Dad to the zoo! Area zoos and sanctuaries have reopened for families to visit; be sure to check their websites for new restrictions or ticket policies.

Many require facemasks for indoor spaces or when feeding animals.

Binder Park Zoo | 7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49014 | 269-979-1351

Head to Battle Creek to feed the giraffes, visit the lions and say hi to Raj the snow leopard at Binder Park Zoo. Dads and Grandfathers have half-price admission on Father’s Day.

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park | 8313 Pratt Lake SE Alto, MI 49302 | 616-868-6711

See the camels and feed the giraffes at Boulder Ridge Animal Park for half price on Father’s Day.

Camels Zoo Kalamazoo

Critchlow Animal Sanctuary | 1698 M 66, Athens, Michigan 49011 | 269-729-4802

See Godzilla, the 11-foot alligator at this reptile rescue. Critchlow is home to hundreds of animals including alligators, crocodiles, tree frogs and tortoises.

John Ball Zoo | 1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-336-4300

Visit the many animals at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, including ones in brick form! These visiting life-size brick sculptures are just one of many new features to see at the zoo this summer. Be sure to order tickets online (no on-site ticket sales currently).

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary | 12685 East C Ave, Augusta, MI 49012 | 269-671-2510

Enjoy a scenic walk through the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, where you can visit waterfowl (geese, ducks, swans) and rescued birds of prey. Please note: they are not currently offering corn buckets to feed the birds.

Other Outdoor Activities & Locations

Need more options to spend time with Dad? Try these other recently opened outdoor favorites to experience nature, pick up some local food or drive go-karts.

Go for a hike at one of these lesser-known local spots.

Try a park that you’ve never visited before.

Grab some ice cream with your family.

Visit the Portage Farmers Market.

Go fruit-picking at a local farm.

Fruit Picking Kalamazoo

Ride the go-karts and bumper boats at Craig’s Cruisers in Grand Rapids.

Try a new, locally-owned restaurant from Kalamazoo Menu.

Go to a drive-in movie.