Gifts are great for pampering your dad, but spending quality time with him is what will really put a smile on his face. Don’t forget to laugh at his corny jokes, too.

Every dad enjoys something different, so we’ve come up with a few fun ideas on what to do for Father’s Day in Kuala Lumpur. If he’s an outdoors type of man, you’ll want to treat him to a thrilling helicopter ride, which will give sweeping views of beautiful rainforests and mountains. Not big on heights? Treat your old man to a lavish meal, whether it’s some juicy steaks or a decadent buffet brunch.

Show your dad some love with these activities to do around town on Father’s Day, which falls on 18 June.

(Featured image: Beast)

Steak night

Dad is in for a real treat at Beast, where you’ll be spoiled for choice by a variety of high quality Australian steaks, lobsters and seafood. The real show-stealer here is the monstrous Tomahawk steak (a rarity in KL), which is aesthetically impressive with its giant bone handle, and a thick chunk of juicy ribeye. If dad is up for a cigar and tipple, head over to Tate, a whiskey den right next door.

Beast, Lot G-01 Ground Floor, The Intermark, 348, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2163 5732

Helicopter adventures

Go sightseeing and experience an adrenaline rush with dad on a helicopter tour. A variety of tours are available depending on his preferences. For nature lovers, you can choose to fly over KL’s lush rainforests, or 6,000 feet over the valleys and mountains to Genting Highlands. If you’re tight for time, you can opt for a six-minute tour that takes you around the iconic landmarks of the city centre.

Tennis lessons

There’s no better bonding experience than learning a new skill together. Sign up for tennis lessons with dad at Mandarin Oriental, where you’ll both be trained by world-renowned Peter Burwash International (PBI) coaches. Read our review for what to expect, and some tips to enjoy your experience.

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2179 8733.

Jazz night

If your dad is a music buff, he’ll be thrilled about a good ol’ fashioned jazz night. Spend the evening before Father’s Day at Alexis Bistro, where Malaysian singer Talitha Tan will belt out some sultry jazz, R&B and soul classics.

Alexis Bistro, Lot 10 & 11, Great Eastern Mall, 303 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, + 603 4260 2288

Brunch buffet

The more, the merrier — celebrate Father’s Day with friends and the whole family at Serena Brasserie, where there’s something to suit everyone’s tastebuds. The highlight to try is the coffee-glazed prime ribs that are roasted to perfection. Plus, fathers who are dressed in a superhero-themed outfit can eat for half the price. Time to break out that Superman shirt! The buffet is priced at RM150 nett per adult and RM75 per child.

Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, +603 2782 6000