Tread dad right

Make Father's Day fun on any budget with these gift ideas and activities

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  • | 8:00 p.m. June 9, 2010
Photo by: Monique Valdes - A mother and a daughter work on a gift for dad on Sunday at Painted by Hue in Waterford Lakes. There are lots of ideas for Father's day gifts listed below.
Photo by: Monique Valdes - A mother and a daughter work on a gift for dad on Sunday at Painted by Hue in Waterford Lakes. There are lots of ideas for Father's day gifts listed below.
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No need to resort to the typical tie and greeting card. This year make Father’s Day exclusive to your dad’s favorites while sticking to your budget. From motorcycle lessons to a steak dinner, there’s something going on in your area that is sure to show Dad how much you care. Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, is right around the corner so here are some ideas to help get you started.

Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club

How often does dad get to enjoy an old-fashioned haircut and straight razor shave? With locations in Winter Park, Baldwin Park and Altamonte Springs, Kennedy’s All-American Barber club can give your dad just that. A haircut includes a hot towel, shampoo, conditioning treatment and scalp or shoulder mini-massage. He will be offered a cool beverage, a collection of grooming products, a shoeshine and can even pick out his own music.

”Membership is a great gift idea for dad so he can look good all year-round,” said employee Jorge Moreno.

Book an appointment by calling 800-31-SHAVE or for more information, visit

Hard Knocks

If dad wants something extreme this Father’s Day, then Hard Knocks, an indoor combat simulation arena, has the perfect day planned for him. On Monday, June 21 from 2-8 p.m., dads can enjoy free admission with one child admission purchase. A special Father’s Day combat mission will be offered.

“Our Father’s Day promotion is very popular because it’s good, clean fun with an edge,” said owner Joe Wheeler. “Instead of watching an action movie with your son, you can pretend to be in one.”

Hard Knocks is located at 5707 Dot Com Court Ste. 1025, Oviedo. For more information, visit

Leu Gardens

If you’re looking for an inexpensive time with dad this Father’s Day then Harry P. Leu Gardens has something just for you. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., will be offering dads free admission on Father’s Day, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leu Gardens features scenic walkways through Southern style gardens. “This is a great way to give dads a break from their own lawn care as they come see ours,” said Tracy Micciche, the Leu Gardens marketing and event coordinator. General admission is $7 for adults and $2 for children.

Harley Davidson

Has dad always wanted to ride a Harley or is he already a motorcycle pro? East Orlando Harley Davidson, 11898 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, is a great gift certificate idea. Dads can buy Harley merchandise, rent a Harley for a day, or even purchase a lesson.

Tanja Nazzal, who works in the merchandise department at Harley Davidson, recommends buying dad a gift card for the amount of a class. “A lot of men love Harley’s and have never had the chance to learn to ride,” she said.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

There is no better way to let dad know you appreciate him than with a three-course steak dinner. On Father’s Day, June 20, Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Winter Park Village will be opening early to start serving up a special $39.95 three-course special.

“Dad can choose his own entrée with a salad, side-dish, and dessert,” General Manager David O’Bannon said.

Doors are open from 2-10 p.m. Make a reservation by calling 407-622-2444 or make one online at

Painted by Hue

Create something dad will keep forever at Painted by Hue, an art entertainment studio in Waterford Lakes that offers pottery painting, clay, glass and T-shirt painting for kids and adults. Moms and kids can come in to get a head start on a creative Father’s Day gift with special deals on dad-geared pottery.

“Our most popular ideas for dads are BBQ platters, beer steins, coffee mugs, picture frames and business card holders,” said business owner Gisela Rogero.

They are also offering Father’s Day painting on Saturday, June 20 from noon to 6 p.m. Dads will receive 10 percent off. Visit

Little Fish Huge Pond

Little Fish Big Pond, “a crazy little urban pub”, will be dishing up some unique activities on Father’s Day. There will be father-son or father-daughter karaoke, a ‘flip-flop’ competition where dads will dress as their kid and kids their dad, and the owner, Moire Wisdom, will be brewing what she calls some “specialty dad beers.”

“This is a fun thing to do to bridge the gap,” Wisdom said. “It’s a chance to wear your father’s shoes —literally.” Little Fish Huge Pond is located in downtown Sanford at 309 E. First Street.