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Things to Do: Father's Day
Whether their kids are in diapers or getting doctorates, dads love spending quality time with their broods on Father’s Day. This year, bypass the tired ties, gift cards and barbecue accoutrements and give Dad what he really wants – time doing what he loves with the people he loves. Here are some ideas for dads of every stripe, from sluggers to swillers.
Sporty Dad: The Cages Training Facility
Sure, you can take Dad out to the ballgame with Diamondbacks tickets, but why not get him in the game with some time in a batting cage? The whole family can cheer him on as he works on his swing and does his best Justin Upton impersonation. Bring your dad in on Father’s Day and get $5 off 30 minutes or more of cage time or $5 off a monthly membership.
: 2511 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, (602) 923-0607,
Adrenaline Junkie Dad: Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
If pops always puts the pedal to the medal, give him the gift of going full-throttle on a professional racetrack – in his own ride or in a Corvette, Camaro, Formula Mazda race car or Chevy Tahoe law enforcement vehicle. Courses start at $299, but he’ll remember this speedy splurge for the rest of his life.
: 20000 S. Maricopa Rd. Gate #3, Chandler, 1-800-842-7223,
Music Lover Dad: Van Halen with Kool & the Gang at US Airways Center
You and your daddy-o might not be able to shred like Eddie Van Halen and his wunderkind son Wolfgang, but you can share the bond of rock while listening to the 80s institution’s greatest hits. Get the “Celebration” started with a dose of disco courtesy of special guests Kool & The Gang (June 16).
: 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (602) 379-7800,
Pampered Dad: V’s Barbershop
Give your favorite metrosexual a dash of natty nostalgia with an old-fashioned, hot-lather, straight-razor shave and a shoe shine at this shrine to manliness. Bring in your father, son or grandfather and get $1 off each haircut. Packages start at $17.
: Locations throughout the Valley,
History Buff Dad: Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
Get Dad tickets to the gun show – a real one, not the kind with bicep-flexing – for free at this historical 1800s village. Pa can take a trolley ride, watch a blacksmith at work, tour a log cabin and sidestep the gallows while soaking up living history.
: 3901 W. Pioneer Rd., Phoenix, (623) 465-1052,
Foodie Dad: Beckett’s Table
Have a Father’s Day food fest with fancified versions of old favorites, from chicken ‘n’ dumplings with saffron cream to beef bourguignon shepherd’s pie and dad-friendly specials like gussied-up barbecue dishes. All fathers who dine here on their holiday will receive a free draught beer and a voucher for 50 percent off an entree on their next visit.
: 3713 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, (602) 954-1701,
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