Celebrate Dad’s Day in Vegas

We think you owe Dad a trip to Vegas.

Let’s face it — after picking you up from practice after school, taking you to countless baseball games and buying you the latest video games, he needs to know how much you really appreciate him. With Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19, a weekend vacation in Sin City will show him just how grateful you are.

From bull rides and brunch deals to adventure tours and even spa days, here are all the different things going on this weekend for Dad.

Freebies for Dad


This Father's Day, Dad can enjoy free bull rides at PBR Rock Bar inside Planet Hollywood.

Once you tell Dad he can enjoy something for free (even though you’re probably paying for everything this weekend already), he’ll be all over it. On Father’s Day, PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Planet Hollywood offers free bull rides to daring dads and granddads. They can practice their skills all day long on the bar’s mechanical bull.

In addition, the country/rock bar and grill will let kids eat for free all day with the purchase of an entrée. Children can choose favorites such as grilled cheese and tater tots, chicken fingers, hot dogs and pizza. With the pizza, kids can hand-pick the ingredients and make it themselves.

If your Dad wants to bring out his detective side, take him to CSI: The Experience inside MGM Grand from June 17 – 19. With a purchase of a full-price admission, he can take on the fun, interactive role of a crime scene investigator for free. The complimentary tickets are available at the MGM Grand box office. Just make sure to mention “Father’s Day Special.”  Tickets must be used on the day of purchase.

Dad can enjoy a complimentary entry to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat with a purchase of a child admission. The whole family can see animals like white lions and tigers, black and spotted leopards, golden tigers and much more. The Dolphin Habitat showcases bottlenose dolphins splashing and playing with each other in the water.

Every dad has an inner rock star, and this Father’s Day, Cabo Wabo Cantina (at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops) is helping fathers embrace their rockin’ side. All dads who dine at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina receive a Waborita on the house.


Speaking of rock, anyone who comes into Rockhouse Bar with Dad on his special day will receive a free shot, $5 cocktails and two-for-one beers.  Additionally, Dads can rock out with Rockhouse’s signature 80-ounce souvenir guitar, priced at $35 each.

Also on Father’s Day, Mirage’s elegant cocktail and cigar lounge, Rhumbar celebrates dads, granddads and great-granddads with cocktails and cigars for only $20. The house selection features a smooth, creamy taste with hints of leather and spice. Enjoy with a refreshing cocktail such as the Latin Manhattan or the minty mojito.


At Tacos & Tequila, there’s no better way to say Happy Father’s Day than with a spicy Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families can enjoy two-for-one margaritas and Bloody Marias, beer buckets with six 7-ounce Sol bottles for $18 and a variety of delectable brunch selections. To start, dads can enjoy a traditional Albondigas soup with homemade Mexican meatballs, a spicy tomato broth and a hint of mint, followed by Huevos Rancheros, two eggs and black bean puree served with ranchero sauce atop a crispy corn tortilla.

In addition to T&T’s delicious brunch for Father’s Day, families can enjoy T&T’s house mariachi band, Kings of Cuervo. The band puts a Mexican spin on hundreds of songs from “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra to “I’ve Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.


Simon Restaurant offers bacon-wrapped tenderloin as part of its Father's Day brunch special.

Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place Hotel and Spa celebrates Father’s Day with a special brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Priced at $49 for adults and $29 for children, the menu includes a carving station with prime rib and bacon-wrapped pork loin along with scalloped potatoes, potato skins and a variety of mashed potatoes. Extras include strawberry tuxedo muffins, Guinness stout gingerbread muffins and bacon waffles with bourbon maple syrup. Dads can enjoy this brunch special from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hash House A Go Go features a Father’s Day brunch that will make him feel like a king. In addition to the regular brunch menu, special items include the Papi Chulo Hash (crispy potatoes, pork tenderloin in chipotle adobo, fresh corn, tomato, jalapeños, cilantro, fresh avocado and queso fresco all crowned with two eggs and served with a fresh tortilla); the spicy hot BBBLT (spicy jalapeño bacon on fresh milk bread with chili mayo and a choice of fries or house salad); and Felix’s “Front of the TV Meal” (a 14-ounce house-roasted Certified Angus Beef prime rib with au jus, served with griddled horseradish mash and fresh grilled corn).

Father’s Day drink specials will also be available, including the 24-ounce Bud in a Bag and special engagement beers such as HAMMS and Ommegang Heenepin, among others. Drink and meal pairing suggestions are available on the Father’s Day menu as well. Limited reservation times will be offered at the Imperial Palace and M Resort locations from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. All other times will be first come, first served. 

Although Dad is usually the king of the grill, treat him to a barbecue (as well as a taste of the great outdoors) with a Father’s Day barbecue buffet at The Resort on Mount Charleston. The all-you-can-eat barbecue extravaganza features all of his grilled favorites including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecued beef and grilled chicken. Other menu items include coleslaw, potato salad, barbecued beans and assorted desserts.

The brunch is available from noon to 4 p.m. Prices are $15.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids 12 and younger. For dining reservations, call (702) 872-5500.

Spa Treatments


Spoil Dad with a relaxing day at Qua Baths & Spa. (Pictured here: Roman Baths area)

Hey — spa treatments aren’t just for the females. Men like to feel pampered too. Here are just a few spas on the Strip offering Father’s Day specials.

Qua Baths & Spa inside Caesars Palace features the Emperor Treatment. This service includes a body scrub, massage and facial designed to treat dad like the king he is. This 75-minute treatment begins with an invigorating scrub using espresso and lemon oil to smooth away impurities and awaken the senses. After the body scrub, Dad can enjoy a luxurious shea butter and jasmine massage and body wrap. He’ll finish off with a full facial cleansing, exfoliation, massage and mask application. The treatment concludes with a soothing scalp massage and hydrating moisturizer application. This treatment is $210.

Before the service, Dad can indulge in one of the Roman Baths, an ancient bathing ritual revered by Roman society for its natural healing properties. The baths consist of three distinct pools, varying in temperature and size. The largest pool, the Tepidarium, features warm mineral-enriched waters to help restore natural elements of the skin. The two smaller pools include the Caldarium (which features hot waters to ease daily tension and soothe tired muscles) and the Frigidarium (which features cold waters to invigorate the body).

At Oleksandra Spa & Salon, take Dad’s grooming to a whole new level this Father’s Day with treatments that include Banya; a facial; manicure-pedicure and airbrush tan. What’s a “Banya,” you may ask? This spa service offers an intensely relaxing experience. A massage therapist will bring Dad in and out of the sauna a few times, allowing him to acclimate to the increasing heat each time. Then, while in the sauna, the therapist takes out branches full of leaves soaked in hot water, uses them for massage and presses them on the body. The experience ends with a cold drench in the rain shower right next to the sauna.

Dad may be guilty of not using a facial moisturizer every time he shaves, so an anti-aging facial will give him that soft, youthful glow again. Exfoliation peels off all the dead skin, then masks and mists will get his looks in order. The blend may also diminish fine lines.


At Dig This, Dad can get down and dirty in a big kid's sandbox.

To maximize his spa experience, a manicure and pedicure will get the claws looking good with nail trimming, buffing and a deep moisturizing foot bath.

Adventure Dad

For something really adventurous, why not take Dad on a Top Gun or Sky Combat tour? If he’s a fan of Top Gun, he’ll really enjoy being a fighter pilot for a day. If he’s more of a fan being on land, there are also plenty of ATV and racecar tours to choose from. One experience that Dad should try is one of Vegas’ newest attractions, Dig This. Here he can operate an excavator or bulldozer for the ultimate sandbox experience.

We know Vegas isn’t the greenest place in the country. But believe it or not, there are plenty of golf courses out here in the desert. You can find a list of them here.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.