Dads Day

in Excelsior, MN


Dads Day is a day of outdoor recreation on the shores of Lake Minnetonka to build camaraderie and connection between parents of children with heart disease.  There is an option to stay overnight and extend the fun to Sunday.

Any dad of a heart child in 12th grade or younger is eligible to attend Dads Day, even if you or your child have never attended an Odayin program in the past.  Camp Odayin welcomes transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming parents to attend Dads Day or the Moms Retreat


The cost to attend Dads Day is $25 per person, or whatever a family chooses to pay. Payment options within the registration start at $0 per person to ensure that cost is not a barrier to joining us. Families who choose to pay more than $25 receive a tax receipt for their additional contribution.

In 2023, Dads Day occurred on August 5th. The next date for this annual event will be released in early 2024. Please contact if you have any questions or to be added to our heart family email list to receive future applications and opportunities to gather.


Camp Odayin covered costs for both days including accommodations and tee times for those who opted to stay overnight and/or played golf on Sunday morning.

Saturday, August 5th – 9:30am-5:30pm

  • Cornhole tournament
  • Discussion with pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Bradford Chu
  • Optional free time activities: kayaking, trolley ride, grilling class, biking
  • Private chartered dinner cruise on Lake Minnetonka

Sunday, August 6th – option to extend the fun!

  • Accommodations provided on Saturday night 
  • Play a morning round of golf

Travel Support

If it would be beneficial to your family, we offer transportation support by reimbursing up to $200 of your travel costs to attend.  Contact the Camp Odayin office at for details on the travel cost reimbursement process.


View photos from Dads Day 2023

"At Camp Odayin… “For the first time in my life, I was able to have not only one, but many conversations with other parents who actually could relate to our situation. Not only relate, they completely understood. Our conversations were not filled with pity and ‘oh how sad…’ or ‘that must be so difficult’ comments. I was able to talk to another dad about our children’s heart issues and concerns like we were talking about our kids playing sports on the same team. I can’t express to you how much that helps."

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  • 3503 High Point Drive North
  • Suite 250
  • Oakdale, MN 55128