This coming Sunday is Father’s Day and, I don’t know about the dads in your life, but most seem so easy to please that it’s hard to find a way to celebrate them that they wouldn’t enjoy. We’ve put together some ideas we think he might like.

1. Dinner and a show

Grab Dad and head straight into the past – to the Capital City Theatre’s presentation of “Gypsy.” A classic of American theatre, the story revolves around “America’s Most Celebrated Stripper,” Gypsy Rose Lee and her quintessential stage mother, Rose. If he loves classic theatre music he will be tapping his feet and singing along to “Let Me Entertain You,” “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” and more. Gypsy hits the stage Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 at the Overture Center for the Arts (201 State Street, Madison). Buy tickets online here.

What self-respecting kid wouldn’t take Dad to dinner before the show? Especially considering you’ll be within walking distance to the amazing Rare Steak House (14 W Mifflin St.) and The Cooper’s Tavern (20 W Mifflin St.).

2. The thrill-seeking dad

If your dad is the type that loves adrenaline pumping through his veins, give him the gift of a round of laser tag at Ultrazone (680 Grand Canyon Dr. in Madison). Arm him with high-tech guns and gear so he can participate in realistic battles. Take him early in the day if you’ll have little ones with you so they can avoid the more experienced teenagers. Oh, there’s a Groupon special running right now. Check it out by clicking here.

3. Vroom!

Let’s face it, most guys like cars and if your dad is among them, head to Muscle Car Experience where Dad can feed his need for speed. He can do a three, five or seven lap Autocross Experience behind the wheel of a Corvette or Camaro. They frequently run Groupon specials, by the way, which will save you a bundle on whichever package Dad chooses. Get details online at They’re located in Milwaukee so it’s a bit of a drive, but come on – Dad’s worth it, right?

4. Dad’s beverage of choice

If Dad thrills at the craft beer scene here in Madison then he will love a full-on brewery tour where he can down pints of frothy beers. Several companies offer guided tours, including Ale Asylum and Capital Brewery.

5. Father’s Day 2016 on a budget

What most dads really want on Father’s Day is to have a blank “honey-do” list so they can spend the day with family. So, if you lack the funds to do it up big, create an amazing day for him right here at home in Madison.

Start the day with breakfast in bed and end it by firing up the grill. What happens between those two events is entirely up to you. Inexpensive but fun activities close to home include mini-golf at Vitense Golfland (5501 Shroeder Rd. in Madison) or at Little Amerricka in Marshall. The latter, by the way, also offers batting cages and laser tag.
Whatever you decide to do, Happy Father’s Day!



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