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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 4:16 pm | Updated: 2:48 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Stuck on how to let Dad know you care this Father's Day without breaking the bank? Our roundup of fun activities makes the most of the weekend and your wallet, with more choices weighing in on the low-budget end of the scale. The idea: Take the focus off store-bought gifts by spending time with Pop, and do it without taxing your budget. And don't worry about looking cheap; dear old Dad's probably been drilling "money doesn't grow on trees" into your head since you first asked for an allowance.


Cruise in for classic cars

What: Queen Creek eatery and coffee house Rhino Caffe is opening its parking lot for local car clubs to wheel in and pop their hoods. Dads can browse a mix of classic cars, hot rods, custom sand-buggies, motorcycles and vehicles from the sheriff's and fire departments, A disc jockey will play a mix of tunes and the restaurant will host prize giveaways.

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Rhino Caffe, 22721 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite 107, Queen Creek

Cost: Car show is free, but dinner will cost you

Information: (480) 987-2140 or

See the sun come up

What: Catch a rare sunrise viewing inside the artist-created skyspace at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Designed to enhance awareness and capture the magic of the sky in moments of dramatic flux, it's the perfect place to watch the sun come up this weekend, when the summer solstice happens. No food, drink or photography allowed.

When: 4:45 a.m. Saturday; sunrise is at 5:19 a.m.

Where: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St.

Cost: Free, but reservations are required

Information: (480) 874-4612 or

Hunt for scorpions

What: Take a walk through the desert at night, searching for scorpions with the help of a park ranger, who will impart interesting and useful information about the creepy buggers. Just be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and bring a flashlight - one with a black light is best.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa

Cost: $6 per vehicle


Watch two manly competitions

What: Watch 10 guys choke down four burgers and a pound of fries in a burger-eating contest, then order your own basket of dude food and watch the U.S. battle the U.K. in the season finale episode of "The Ultimate Fighter."

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Big Daddy's Smokehouse, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 101, Phoenix (Ahwatukee Foothills)

Cost: Food and drink specials are $1-$10. $20 gets you into the contest, if there's space available.

Information: (480) 704-1418 or

Hang with skateboarders

What: Ooh and aah at cool tricks and grimace at wipeouts during "Turning up the Heat," a skateboarding competition that has kid, teen and adult skaterboarders competing in three categories.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Pecos Park skate plaza, 17010 S. 48th St., Phoenix (Ahwatukee Foothills)

Cost: Free to watch

Information: (602) 534-5298

Sing along with a Song Sung Blue

What: No band tries harder to replicate the vocals and glitter of Neil Diamond than AZ Diamond, a tribute band that gets it right down to the cheesy shirts. Even without Neil's signature coir-mat chest hair, vocalist Eddie Kij - aka Eddie Diamond - leaves audiences feeling so good, so good, so good.

When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lone Butte Casino, 1077 S. Kyrene Road, Gila River Indian Community near Chandler

Cost: Free



Have a blast

What: Blast everything in sight with a paintball gun, then dig into specially priced $2 combos of hot dogs, fries and a soft drink before heading back to the 16,000-square-foot indoor field for more splotch warfare.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Baller's Arena, 140 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa

Cost: $40 per person for entry, equipment rentals and 500 paintballs; combo plates are $2 apiece

Information: (480) 668-7868 or

Drink for a cause

What: Sample beers within the old-fashioned, gentlemanly confines of a horse-racing track. Two dozen breweries - including locals Four Peaks, SanTan and Papago and out-of-staters Stone, Odell and Full Sail - will bring their best for the Draft Magazine Craft Beer Festival. Call ahead for a reservation; the fest is limited to 500 beer fans.

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix

Cost: $60 per person; proceeds benefit Eight, Arizona's Public Broadcasting Service TV station

Information: (602) 496-2877 or


Rev your engine

What: Enroll in Father's Day RPM, a four-hour, high-performance driving course that has participants lapping this racing school's 1.6-mile track, reacting in real time to accident simulators and maneuvering ProKarts - the compact, low-to-the-ground rockets that pro race-car drivers start out driving.

When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday

Where: Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, 2000 S. Maricopa Road, Gila River Indian Community near Chandler

Cost: $375, which includes the course and a $375 credit you can apply to a future multiday course

Information: (800) 842-7223 or

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