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Monday, February 19, 2018

10 ways to celebrate Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 19. What are you doing to celebrate the special guy in your life? We’ve pulled together a roundup of activities and events to honor the fathers, grandfathers, uncles and all of the men we lean on and turn to in our life. Here are 10 ways to celebrate Father’s Day.

Children's Museum of Phoenix, Father's Day, Phoenix, dads

Exercise some Pedal Power for Father’s Day. Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Play at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Dads and grandfathers enjoy free admission on Father’s Day. Spend time exercising some Pedal Power, creating in the Art Studio, building in Blockmania, shopping at the Market or exploring in the Schuff-Perini Climber. Littlest family members will enjoy special Baby Zones or the Place for Threes and Younger. 9am to 4pm Sunday, June 19. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix.  602-253-0501 or

Enjoy a slam dunk with the Mercury. Catch the Dallas Wings and the 2014 WNBA championship Phoenix Mercury at a basketball game. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18. $19-$264. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.

Aim for some strikes. Food and bowling promise to create a great night of recreation and yummy eats. Dad will enjoy two free games of bowling or a $10 game card with the purchase of an entree at the Red Embers Bar and Grill. 10am to midnight Sunday, June 19. Uptown Alley, 13525 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise. 623-975-7529 or

Make memories at the i.d.e.a. Museum. Kids ages 4 to 9 can celebrate Superhero Dad’s and Grandfather’s Day with a special craft and snack. Explore the museum together after craft time and enjoy various exhibits — including the latest, out-of-this-world “Sci-Fi: Fantasy to Reality.” 10-11:30am Saturday, June 18. $18 ($10 members). 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. 480-644-4332 or

As You Wish, Arizona, Father's Day, free

Paint with Pops on Father’s Day. Photo courtesy of As You Wish.

Paint with Pops. On Father’s Day, all As You Wish locations are waiving regular studio fees for dads. Who will come up with a masterpiece? It’s a fantastic way to bond while exploring your inner artist. 11am to 6pm. As You Wish Studios, several locations Valleywide.

Explore downtown Scottsdale on electric bikes. Hop on a Pedego cruiser electric bike and explore parts of the city. The bonus? Dads get one free rental hour on the bike. Pedego Scottsdale, 6945 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale. 480-994-4447 or

Celebrate with a whiskey sampling at Drams for Dads. Fathers can taste Glenmorangie whiskeys and learn about taste differences in each. If dads bring in an old tie, they will receive free and exclusive customized Scotch glass, cigar and cigar cutter. 6-10pm Friday-Saturday, June 17-18. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. 480-624-1000 or

Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park, Arizona, Fathers Day

The Gold Village Green at The Wigwam. Photo courtesy of The Wigwam.

Relax at a resort. Dads can enjoy an entire weekend full of specially priced fare (half-off dad’s meal at Litchfield’s and Red’s Bar & Grill), golf specials, pool parties and more at the historic Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park. Stop in for a celebratory meal or stay through the weekend. 300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park 623-935-3811 or

Keep it low key with lunch. What dad can resist a cold beer and a cheeseburger? Dads enjoy a free entree at  all Valley locations of Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers. 11am to close on Father’s Day. All Valley locations.

Treat Dad to pizza. Who can say no to pizza? Accompany Dad to dinner and splurge on the signature pizza pie — sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, red bell peppers and mozzarella — for 25 percent off the regular price. Dads are eligible for free craft beer or a glass of wine with the purchase of an entree. 11am to 9pm. Il Capo Pizzeria, 7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-951-0077 or

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Rudri Bhatt Patel

Rudri Bhatt Patel, of Phoenix, is a writer, editor, former attorney and the mother of Nandini (11).

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