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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 12:56 pm

It’s not too late to pull together a last-minute outing for Dad’s Day.

For dads who like basketball

What: Dads and their daughters get a deal on Sunday’s Phoenix Mercury game against the Indiana Fever.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: U.S. Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Cost: $45, includes two tickets, $10 in food and drinks, and a dad-daughter photo on the court.

Information: (602) 252-9622 or www.daddaughtertime.com

For dads who like music

What: Dads can watch as one of Elvis Presley’s guitars is restored before their eyes 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Conservation Lab of the Valley’s museum for music lovers. In addition to browsing (and listening to) the collection of instruments from around the world, there’s a photo op with a signature model Elvis guitar from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and an Elvis song will be played on an Apollonia dance organ at 4 p.m. in the Mechanical Musical Gallery.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix

Cost: Elvis events are free with admission of $15 for ages 18-64, $13 for age 65 and older and $10 for ages 6-17.

Information: (480) 478-6000 or www.themim.org

For dads who dig science

What: Dads and granddads get in for children’s admission prices at Arizona’s hands-on science museum.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix

Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors, kids age 3-17 and dads

Information: (602) 716-2000 or www.azscience.org

For dads who eat steak

What: Dads get a free 9-ounce prime rib steak served with butter-braised corn on the cob, beans, Texas toast and a tossed salad, plus a free Town Pass, good for an after-dinner stroll through the East Valley’s Western-themed town.

When: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday; call ahead for reservations.

Where: Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler

Cost: Offer valid with two paid adult entrées or one paid adult and one paid child entrée. Dads can upgrade to a 12-ounce prime rib for $5.

Information: (480) 502-5600, Ext. 1204, or www.rawhide.com

For dads who love baseball

What: The first 5,000 dads at Sunday’s Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago White Sox game get a free D-Backs barbecue set.

When: 1:10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Cost: Tickets start at $8

Information: (602) 462-4790 or www.dbacks.com

For dads who are outdoorsy

What: Dads and their kids can take aim in a target shooting gallery, try out a bow or a BB gun, and test their rod and reel skills at a target casting challenge. Part of a “Family Summer Camp” inside this massive outdoor retailer with animal displays and a running stream, it also features family workshops on archery and shooting basics, a leather keychain make-and-take activity, and a photo booth that will put Dad’s face on the cover of “Field & Stream” magazine.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Also available 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, through July 10.

Where: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 1133 N. Dobson Road, Mesa

Cost: Free

Information: (602) 606-5600 or basspro.com

For dads who like movies

What: Dads pay half price at a supper club with his pick of movies on the big screen, including “Thor,” “Fast Five,” “Rio,” “Lincoln Lawyer,” and “Water for Elephants.”

When: Call ahead for Sunday’s showtimes and to make reservations.

Where: Farrelli’s Cinema Supper Club, 14202 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Cost: $5-$8 for movie ticket, $14.75-$21.50 for entrees

Information: (480) 905-7200 or www.farrellis.com

For dads who surf

What: Dads can bring their own surfboard or rent one on-site and ride Big Surf’s wave pool. Give Dad an I.O.U. for an upcoming Thursday, and he’ll get in free with one paid junior admission ($19.50). (Every Thursday is Dad’s Day.) Or, go 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. any day for discounted admission ($15) for all.

When: Surfing is available 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily; park is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Where: Big Surf Waterpark, 1500 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe

Cost: $3-$26 per person. Surf board rentals are $10, and you get $1 back when you return the board.

Information: (480) 994-2297 or www.bigsurffun.com

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

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