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6 Fun Ways To Spend Time With Dad On Father's Day

06/14/2011 03:04 pm 15:04:00 | Updated Aug 14, 2011

Forget the necktie. Present Pop with a family adventure this Father’s Day. Here are six ideas to get out of the house and make a few memories with dear ol’ Dad.

Historic Train Ride: Wind through Clear Creek Canyon and through the stunning Rocky Mountains from the perspective of Georgetown Loop Railroad, where you’ll find both enclosed and open cars on powerful locomotives.
Multiple departure times; $24.95/adult, $16.95/child, age 3 and under free
888-456-6777; info@historicrailadventures.com

Indoor Karting: Just because Dad urged you to drive slowly doesn’t mean he doesn’t have mad skills at race time. Buckle up and rocket around the track at Unser Racing. Unser offers both youth and adult karts.
Sun., June 19, 11am - 7pm; $15 - $25, plus $5 temporary membership pass
Unser Racing, 7300 Broadway; 720-282-5000

Rockies Game: Score a home run with a day at the ball park as the Rockies take on the Detroit Tigers.
Sun., June 19 at 1:10pm; $13.25 - $66.50
Coors Field, 2001 Blake St.

Rafting: Get his blood pumping – in a good way – with a white water adventure half an hour west of town. Clear Creek Rafting in Idaho Springs offers multiple departure times throughout the day including a beginner float for ages seven and up and an evening trip for both beginners and intermediate.
$38 - $105
350 Whitewater Road, Idaho Springs; 303-567-1000

Fun Runs and Hot Rods: Head to Arvada’s Apex Center for the annual Father’s Day 5K and Family Fun Run. The fee includes a pancake breakfast, a tech shirt and the chance to participate in an ugly tie contest (where Dad can show off gifts from years past). Then peruse the annual classic car show in the Apex parking lot where Dad can reminisce over vintage autos and hot rods.
5K & Fun Run, Sun., June 19 at 8am; $35 day of registration
Car Show, Sun., June 19, 9am - 3pm; free
Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave., Arvada; 303-424-2739

Jazz in the Park: Take Dad out for an evening of laid back, easy-going jazz. Throw a blanket on the lawn at City Park and relax as the sounds of Rekha Ohal waft by. Pack a picnic basket or purchase food onsite.
Sun., June 19 at 6pm; free
Off 17th Ave. at the bandstand and pavilion at Ferril Lake; 303-744-1004

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