Dad’s turn

Last month, I talked about deals for Mother’s Day. Now it’s Dad’s turn. My pop always says that Father’s Day is a “manufactured holiday.” He has a point, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the opportunities that accompany it. For the gals on Mother’s Day, it was mostly about being taken out to dinner, and some good free-meal deals could be had at the casinos. It’s different for the guys. There will be lots of special Father’s Day dinners around town, but the best deals are for activities, not food.

How about a free bull ride? On June 19, dads get a free shot at the mechanical bull at PBR Rock Bar & Grill in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. OK, it only costs $5 normally, but it’s a neat gesture and kids eat free when Dad buys an entrée.

For a different kind of thrill, drive out to Primm where the rides are free for all Nevada residents (not just dads) through the end of June. Many don’t realize how good the Desperado roller coaster at Buffalo Bill’s really is. New York-New York’s Manhattan Express and Circus Circus’ Canyon Blaster (in the Adventuredome) have more elaborate twists, but nothing to match that first drop on Desperado. It’s a doozy.

Dads can also get a free ticket to “CSI: The Experience” at MGM Grand. This one’s more fun than you might expect, and it’s normally a $30 ticket.

If your dad just wants to sit down with a cold one, maybe you can amuse him with this play: Inside the caps on Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles, there’s the rank and suit of a playing card. When you order a PBR at Dino’s on the Strip, they ask you to pick a card before they open the bottle. If you get the suit right, the beer is free. A PBR is $2.50, but since you have a 25 percent chance of getting it comped, the average price is $1.88 (not counting the value of picking the suit and rank, which wins a six-pack). Bottles of beer for $1.88? Your dad’ll love ya for sure.

Happy Father’s Day to mine, as well as to all of yours.