8 ideas for a Father’s Day outing in and around Penang

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Father’s Day is happening this Sunday, 19 June 2016. And, if you happen to be in one of the following categories:

  1. You’ve bought gifts over the years and instead of purchasing another item, you’d like to create memories with your Dad but don’t know how;
  2. You’re not sure how to show appreciation to the man who raised you;
  3. You’ve spent all week cracking your skull and there isn’t a mind-blowing idea just yet;

Then, not to worry, we’ve got you covered – and more importantly, we won’t tell on you. Here are some suggestions on the things that you could do with and for your dad this Father’s Day:

Sporty Dad

1. Go-Karting

go kart

If Dad is passionate about cars, take him go-karting. Located at the fourth level of Gurney Paragon, BERG Malaysia is the first Pedal Go-Kart to reach the shores of Malaysia. Watch your dad get glee with excitement as he zips around the track; head in a helmet and heart, soaring with joy. You’d be giving him a gift he didn’t know he wanted, but will most certainly appreciate and remember for a long time.

Address: Level 4, Gurney Paragon Mall, 163-D, Persiaran Gurney, Penang.
Tel: 016-338 3348
Opening hours: 4:00pm – 10:00pm.

2. Golf


If Dad is a budding or an avid golfer, celebrate with him at the putting green. The Penang Golf Club is a familiar name to most who play the sport in Penang. It is an international 18-hole championship golf course – located adjacent to the Equatorial Hotel – a gorgeous green turf with manicured grounds and undulating terrains.

Instructors are available for hire for a series of golf lessons; the both of you will get to pick up tips from a pro and improve your game. If Dad is already into golfing, having a go (if you haven’t) and learning more about it would give the both of you additional shared interests.

Address: Penang Golf Club – No. 2, Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas, 11900, Penang.
Tel: 04-644 2255

Foodie Dad

3. Steak



Entice Dad’s palate with a wagyu steak. If the way to his heart is through his stomach, why don’t you go on a father-child night out and treat him to a chunky, succulent wagyu steak? There are plenty of restaurants with steak on their menu, but we find none comparable to the one at Ferringi Grill. It has a classy ambience, superb wine selection and their siren’s call is the wagyu beef tenderloin; marbled perfection, tender and full-flavoured.

Address: Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa – Batu Feringgi Beach, 11100 George Town, Penang.
Tel: 04-888 8888
Operating hours: 7am – 10:30am, 6:30pm – 10:30pm.

4. Family buffet

Swez Brasserie

If Dad loves a sit-down meal with his family, speak his language of love with a never-ending feast. Dad will be spoilt for choice at the spread of food laid before him and best of all, he gets to enjoy it with his closest and dearest.

The stylish Swez Brasserie – the spacious café is situated within Eastin Hotel – lets Dad eat for free when he is joined by a minimum of three other paying guests. The menu is extensive, boasting of a delightful assortment of international bites meticulously prepared by the hotel’s award-winning team of chefs.

Address: Eastin Hotel – 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Tel: 04-612 1128

Adventurous Dad

5. Camping in the great outdoors

monkey beach

If Dad has a penchant for outdoor adventures, create a camping tradition with him. It is bonding at its simplest and best – Pitching up a tent together, starting a campfire, swapping memories about growing up and gazing at the glowing stars together.

Monkey Beach is one of Penang’s most acclaimed gem; raw, unspoilt and immensely beautiful. You can either hike up all the way to the official campsite or take a boat to the spot. Be sure to pack on necessary camping gear before you leave and when you arrive, spend the rest of the day having quality time with Dad; a testament that it doesn’t cost much to create memories, which will last a lifetime.

Address: Jalan Hassan Abas, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Penang
Tel: 04-575 3689


6. Road-tripping

road trip

Dad is all about road trips, bond with him over a father-child travel outing. Make it a day trip or a weekend getaway and sneak Dad away for some one-on-one quality time with him. Play your favourite music in the car, sing along to it together, share and converse.

These distances will most definitely bring the both of you closer together. From us to you, here are a few interesting places you could visit from Penang: 7 interesting places to visit on a road trip from Penang.

Art and Culture Dad

7. Beethoven’s 4th Symphony

 penang philharmonic

If Dad appreciates classical music, treat him to an evening with Beethoven. Performing Beethoven’s 4, the concert will be conducted by Ciaran McAuley, featuring the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra.

Held within the hallowed auditorium at Dewan Sri Pinang this 18th June 2016 (Saturday), this theatrical experience is a grandiose performance by one of the greatest composers to have walked this earth. Guess who’s gonna be the favourite child after this?

Address: G1, Dewan Sri Pinang – Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200, Penang.
Tel: 04-262 2462
Operating hours: 10.00am – 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)

8. Cookery class

cookery class

If Dad gets a buzz when he picks up a new skill, sign him up for a cooking class. Nestled in a secluded corner at the Tropical Spice Garden, this first-of-its-kind cooking school in Penang is surrounded by lush trees and a small herb garden, overlooking the Andaman Sea.

Under the guidance of experienced and professional chefs, Dad will learn to cook Malaysian favourites such as nasi lemak and assam laksa. Who knows, he may even proceed to take over the reins in the kitchen for a day or two, giving Mum some time-off.

Address: Tropical Spice Garden – Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050, Penang.
Tel: 04-881 1797 / 012-430 7795
Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday

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