“Hey dad! It’s Friday! Pitch your work and your tent!” On the third Friday in October every year, dads are encouraged to pitch a tent and setup camp in their front yards, plan activities and meals with their families and neighbors and create memorable, fun, safe moments with their children!

Dads in the Hood is a grassroots community-based fatherhood initiative created by John F. Bourke in 1994 with a mission of raising community awareness of the role of fatherhood in creating a healthy, vital, compassionate world!

Celebrating 25 Years of Plano’s Dads in the Hood

Join us on Oct. 18-19, 2019 for a weekend of family fun in the hood!

The City of Plano has always been focused on bringing families and communities together. Next October 18, 2019 Dads in the Hood NEW Team Lead, John Costa, and the Dads in the Hood Leadership Team, will welcome our Mayor to Glen Meadows Park to officially declare the 3rd Friday in October Dads in the Hood Day. This event is free to all registrants.


Where? Kickoff Event at Glen Meadows Park on Park Meadow Lane followed by a family campout in your very own front yard! In the morning return to Glen Meadows Park to enjoy donuts, juice and coffee at 7:00 AM at the gazebo!

When? Our 25th Anniversary kick-off event starts at 5 pm on October 18, 2019 and the fun lasts all night and into the next day!

What’s this day all about? Spending quality time with family and friends. The weekend begins with a neighborhood gathering to celebrate our community, complete with bounce houses, DJ music and even a twilight puppet show, and then continues into the night as each family pitches their tents in their front yards and spends time in the great outdoors with loved ones – from grandparents to cousins.

How do I sign up? Registration is required to take part in the festivities. As a bonus, each registered family will receive free pumpkins to beautify their home!

Don’t let your family miss out on all the fun! Register today!

Name Of Father *
Name Of Father
Yes / No / If so, how many?
Waiver *
As the signatory father or guardian of the Participating child, family and guests, by signing this waiver, I assume full and sole responsibility for the safety, health and well being of all members of my family, friends and guests for the duration of the 2019 Dads in the Hood neighborhood event held on October 18-19, 2019. In signing this waiver I release from any and all liability all sponsors, coordinators, volunteers and founders as individuals or as employees of any company or group, for any inconvenience, injury, illness, or other malady albeit directly or indirectly related to the Dads in the Hood event. In signing this waiver I am indicating that I have read this waiver and understand its content and implications and in so doing assume full responsibility for the well being, health and safety of my family and participants whom I have invited to participate in the Dads in the Hood Campout and associated activities.


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