Despite great planning, many individuals will procrastinate about finding the right gift for men on Father’s Day. Experts at the California Institute of Technology Counseling Center suggest a number of reasons why men and women procrastinate in many areas. However, the worsening economy may impact this year’s expected growing number of slow pokes as fewer financial resources are available to celebrate Father’s Day in style.
For those fortunate to celebrate Father’s Day in the Greater Little Rock Region, here are some last-minute and free ideas for Dads and families. For all others, look for similar ideas in your local areas.
1, Get Dad Teed off. The First Tee of Central Arkansas is honoring fathers with a free round of golf for two on Sunday, June 21, 2009, beginning at noon. It is located near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the public course is in great shape.
2. Get photos of “Designing Men.” The popular, 1980s television sitcom, “Designing Women,” was produced by former Arkansans. They used the 1881 Villa Marre home’s exterior for the show’s Sugarbaker design company. Although now it is a private home, the exterior is available for staged photographs of Dads and families. It’s free.
3. Take a hike. Go to Pinnacle Mountain State Park and enjoy the educational exhibits such as an interactive terrain model, and one or more of its 8 great trails.
4. Flexibility equals free meals. Although Sunday is the day to celebrate Father’s Day, there are some free deals for children as long as Dad pays for his meal. There’s Beef O Brady’s Kids Eat Free offer on Tuesdays. At Firehouse Subs, two children eat free on Wednesdays for the cost of one adult combo meal. On Tuesday and Saturday nights, two children’s meals are free for the price of one adult meal. At Shorty Small’s, Dads and children can get their fried food fill on Mondays when children eat free.
5. Go to the Rock. At the north end of Rock Street in the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park, get a view of the landmark “La Petit Roche” from the 19th century. Little Rock was distinguished from a bigger rock upstream on the Arkansas River by pioneers and French explorers.
6. Check in to check out. The Little Rock Information Center located in one of the few remaining antebellum homes, is a great first stop to receive information on all free and low cost attractions. It’s also a historic site and the center is open in the afternoon on Father’s Day.