OK, kids, take note: There are certain things dads don’t want for Father’s Day — a tie, flowers, live plants or anything that makes household chores easier, such as an electric screwdriver or nifty new shovel.
Dads are generally simple guys with simple needs — like a six-pack of beer and five hours of peace and quiet to watch the final round of the U.S. Open.
But they understand there are those out there that just can’t figure it out, so here are some fool-proof suggestions for Father’s Day gifts that will keep Dad from rolling his eyes or rolling over on the couch and continuing his nap.
Buy Dad tickets to a Rainiers game
If Dad is a baseball fan, you’re first thought might be to buy him tickets to a Mariners game and spend a day at the ol’ ballpark.
Not a bad idea at all if you want to drop about $200 for a family of four, according to the 2013 Major League Cost Index. But that doesn’t include the price of gas or parking. So add about $50, because the cheapest parking close to Safeco Field is $15 to $20, and we all know the price of gas these days. (And don’t forget, the Mariners use “dynamic pricing,” so ticket prices can vary greatly from game to game.)
And consider this: The Mariners are 29-38 as of Friday morning, in third place and 11.5 games behind the division-leading Oakland A’s.
Meanwhile, just down the road apiece are the Tacoma Rainiers and much of their roster is made up of guys who have been demoted by the scuffling Mariners in recent weeks – just ask Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak. They were all in the Opening Day lineup for the Mariners, but now are playing for the first-place Rainiers, who boast the best record in the Pacific Coast League at 41-27.
Let’s be honest, take away Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Kyle Seager and the ageless Raul Ibanez from the Mariners and there’s not a whole lot of difference in these rosters, talent-wise.
But there is a big difference in what you’ll pay to watch them.
Tickets for a Rainiers game top out at $25 with the cheapest being just $7, and there is literally not a bad seat in the house in cozy 9,600-seat Cheney Stadium, which underwent $30 million in renovations in 2011. Parking there is just $5 and it’s much closer to the Harbor than Safeco, so that means you won’t pour through a full tank of gas, either. And if you’re going up and back for a night game, remember that if you went to a Mariner game, about the time you’d be driving past the Cheney Stadium exit on your way home, you’d already be home if you’d gone to the Rainiers game.
While food prices aren’t cheap at Cheney, they are a bit less expensive than Safeco. Here’s the rundown of the prices you’ll find at the Tacoma concession stands.
• Ivar’s 3 piece Fish ‘n Chips — $9.75
• Big cheeseburger — $7.75
• Rainier Dog — $4.50
• Large hot dog — $7.50
• Peanuts — $4
• Cracker Jack — $4
• Popcorn — $5
• Regular soda — $3.75
• Domestic beer — $7
• Premium beers — $8
So if dad asks you to “buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,” just be sure to budget a whopping eight bucks.
But it’s Dad, he’s worth it.
Charter salmon fishing for Dad
Westport has one of the largest charter fishing fleets on the West Coast. Charter fishing trips run regularly from March through October. Fishing trips target halibut, salmon, ling cod, rockfish and albacore tuna. It was fishing that put Westport on the map, and it continues to be extremely popular with both the visitors and the locals.
Here is a list of local charter companies operating out of Westport. Prices generally range from $100 to $150 per day for salmon fishing depending on the day of the week and the charter company.
• Advantage Charters (800) 689-5595
• Buccaneer Charters (360) 268-5176
• Cachalot Charters (360) 268-0323
• Deep Sea Charters (360) 268-9300
• Freedom Sportfishing (360) 268-8158
• Ms. Magoo Sportfishing (360) 648-0548
• Ocean Sportfishing Charters (360) 268-1000
• Tommycod Charters (360) 640-1824
• Washington West Fishing Adventures (360) 789-8391
• Westport Charters (360) 268-9120
• Westport Sport Fishing (360) 268-1080
Links to websites for the above charter companies can be found at westportwa.com.
Take Dad to the movies
If your Dad is your superman or laughs in the face of danger, give him the gift of film.
Ocean Shores Cinemas offers gift cards in any amount at the theater, at 631 Point Brown Ave. NW. You can order with a credit card at (360) 289-2650, manager Cindy Harold said.
Tickets are $8.75 for those aged 12 to 59, $7.50 for military, $7 for ages 4 to 11. Tuesday brings a senior special for those 60 plus: $6.25 for the movie, $2.75 each for soda and popcorn. Matinees are $7. On the bill this weekend is “Man of Steel,” “Epic” and “The Internship.”
If slacker humor is your dad’s thing, Seth Rogen’s new comedy “This is The End” opens in time for Father’s Day at the SouthShore Mall Cinemas, which features 10 screens. Drop by the mall to load a gift card, said Ian Lynch, general manager.
Movie prices are matinee: $6.50 for regular film, $8.50 for 3D film. After 5 p.m., prices go up to $8.50 and $10.50. Matinee prices are available all day to seniors (62 and up), children (2 to 12), students and military with i.d.
Buy dad local beer, liquor
Three local businesses boast locally produced libations and offer gift certificates, tastings and bottles or gift items to buy on site.
Wishkah River Distillery in Aberdeen offers free tours if scheduled in advance. Email email@example.com to make an appointment. Regular tasting room hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
“As long as tours are set up in advance, they can really happen at any time,” master distiller and co-owner Josh Mayr said.
Visitors can taste up to four samples of the distillery’s vodka, gin or whiskey for free in the tasting room.
At Westport Brewing Co., visitors can sometimes watch brewing in action as they sample one of 19 local microbrews, 10 on tap at any one time. They’re planning on brewing up a batch on Father’s Day.
“If they stop by there will be action going on,” Terry Helland said.
A tasting of samples from all 10 taps is $12.50, and hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Westport Brewing beers will also be featured at The Islander’s beer and brats patio event, starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Beers will be $6, with a brat special for $6, a kid’s hot dog meal for $2, and a half-rack of ribs for $14.
Westport Winery in South Aberdeen offers 36 types of wine, with tastings of five for $5. The fee is waived if tasters end up buying a bottle.
The winery will be serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Wishkah River Distillery: (360) 612-4756, 2210 Port Industrial Rd., Aberdeen, www.wishkahriver.com; Westport Brewing Co.: (360) 581-5499, 118 W. Pacific Ave., Westport, westportbrewing.com; Westport Winery: (360) 648-2224, 1 South Arbor Road, Aberdeen, www.westportwinery.org.
Hire Pop a fishing guide
So Dad has a hankering to catch some big fish, but he’s not the greatest angler in the world.
What do you do?
Hire him a local fishing guide for a Father’s Day present.
Professional guides know the local waters and what the fish are biting on and when. Prices generally range from $150 to $250 per day, depending on the guide service.
Here’s a rundown of Harbor fishing guides we found on the internet and in the phone book:
* Mark’s Guide Service (360) 288-2250.
* Fred Eastman (360) 276-4259.
* Waters West Guide Service (253) 389-0359.
* Letty’s Guide Service (360) 276-4779.
* Rainforest Guide Service (360) 288-2432.
* Private Water Adventures (360) 288-0090
* George Rose Guide Service (360) 288-2840
* Denny Theel Guide Service (360) 276-4282
* Quinault Guide Service (360) 288-2513
* Clay Butler Guide Service (360) 288-9966
* Pacific Northwest Fishing Adventures (360) 288-2789
* Dean Johnstone Guide Service (360) 288-2661
Take Dad paint balling, kite flying
Those who are looking forward to roughhousing with dad can try paintballing at Elma Paintball, located at 20 S. Union Rd. in Elma. This business offers a Fathers Day special, with dads playing free if accompanied by a son or daughter. Guns and gear are available to rent for $30. Reservations are required and can be made at (866) 525-2877.
For a more peaceful Father’s Day activity, Grays Harbor residents can try kite flying. Many of the local beaches provide the perfect amount of wind to keep kites aloft, and the phone book lists several locations where kites can be purchased.
In Ocean Shores, Ocean Shores Kites is located at 172 W. Chance a la Mer and Cloud Nine Kite Shop is located at 380 State Rt. 115. Kites can also be purchased at Hi Flyers Kites and Things located at 55 Main St. in Pacific Beach. Cutting Edge Kites has two locations: 676 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW in Ocean Shores and 2549 Westhaven Dr. in Westport.
If you’ve never flown a kite before, there are some books that offer tips and pointers. The Ultimate Kite Book by Paul and Helene Morgan can be purchased for $25.79 on Amazon and be checked out from the Timeberland Regional Library. The Complete Book of Kite Flying by Will Yolen can also be found at the library.
Get Dad to the YMCA
Channel Dad’s inner Fred Astaire, Muhammad Ali or Michael Phelps with a gift from the YMCA of Grays Harbor at 2500 Simpson Ave. in Hoquiam.
Membership fees are sliding monthly amounts depending on age, or a single- or two-parent family status. There’s a fitness room, a pool, a gym, racquetball courts and fitness classes. Day passes are $15 or less.
Program memberships are $10 a year for adults, $5 a year for people under 18. Dad can dive into adult programs from boxing to personal training to dance lessons to disc golf for additional fees.
Complimentary day passes are available at the Y. Call 537-9622 or visit their website at www.ghymca.net.