Father’s Day is coming up fast; do you know what you’re doing? Forget about getting Dad yet another tie or set of cuff links – beat the heat with a pool party instead!
On Saturday, June 16, beijingkids is hosting a Family/Father’s Day Pool Party at The Westin Beijing Chaoyang from 10am to 2.30pm.
This popular annual event has it all:
- Beach balls, super soakers, pool floats, swimming rings, and water wings
- Pool games and contests for dads and kids to enjoy together
- A lunch buffet at Seasonal Tastes
- A craft station for making Father’s Day cards
- A personalized gift for each dad
- A framed family photo for each family
- Supervised kiddie pools for younger children
- A goodie bag for each child to take away
- And more!
To get into the spirit, we trolled the Internet to find ideas for men’s swimming outfits:
Before the mid-19th century, most men hit the water in nothing but their skivvies – or often, in just their birthday suit. By the 1870s, a bathing suit prototype started to appear: shorts and a waistcoat made from a durable material (pictured above).
At the turn of the century, people all of a sudden started getting offended by the suggestion of male genitalia. As a result, the Bathing Suit Regulations of 1917 decreed that swimming costumes for men had to include a skirt worn over trunks.
By the 1930s, convertible swimsuits with removable tops allowed manly men everywhere to show off their chests. The downside was, beachgoers across the country were arrested for public indecency.
In the ‘60s, swim trunks a la Don Draper were a popular choice – not too modest, not too skimpy. For an even more retro touch, find one with a flannel or Hawaiian print (scarf and mustache optional).
Surfer culture came back with a vengeance in the 1990s (you might even say it resurfaced), bringing with it knee-length shorts to prevent the board wax from pulling off leg hair. Ouch!
In anticipation of the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics, competitive dads should take a page from superstars Michael Phelps (left) and Michael Cavic, and slap on a skintight LZR Racer suit.
No matter what you decide to wear, be sure to check back for the Midweek Giveaway on Wednesday, June 6 for your chance to win tickets to the pool party! One lucky family will get free admission to the event.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday, June 12. See you there!
RMB 280 for adults (RMB 230 for beijingkids Club members), RMB 170 for ages 3-12 (RMB 130 for beijingkids Club members), RMB 50 for kids under 3. 10am-2.30pm. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (5820 7700 ext 866, email@example.com) 金茂北京威斯汀大饭店，朝阳区东三环北路7号
Photo credits (in order of appearance): Judy Zhou, The Tings I See, The Bespoken For, The Knitting Lady, Etsy, Dan Queiroz (Flickr), marcopako (Flickr)