With Father’s Day on the horizon, you may be wondering what to get for your dad. Spending time together is probably one of the best gifts he can receive from you. Below are some ide for activities you can share together.


Wok Chi wishes all dads a happy Father’s Day! Wok Chi will be treating all fathers who come with their families to Wok Chi on Father’s Day to a complimentary stir fry*. Families can select from a variety of stir fries, dim sums, soups and desserts and shower Dad with much-deserved attention.
LIL CHI: All children 12 and under will receive a complimentary “Thanks for bringing your family to Wok Chi” card* to come back and enjoy Wok Chi’s new Lil Chi menu on a future visit. The Lil Chi menu features kid-friendly stir fries with a choice of chicken, pork or tofu with the option of rice or noodles.
WHEN: Sunday, June 16, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.
WHERE: Wok Chi
(Located in Regency Square, across from AMC theaters)
2420 West Brandon Boulevard, Brandon
WOK CHI: Recently opened in Regency Square, Wok Chi offers fresh, healthy Chinese wok-seared stir fries, hearty dim sum and signature desserts in a lively environment. The restaurant offers a fun, interactive experience that honors tradition while embracing contemporary style. To place an online order, click here or visit www.wokchi.com for more information.


Fishing on Tampa Bay

What better way to spend time with dad, than to take him fishing. Captain Ric Liles of Reel Simple Fishing Adventures will take you out (up to four people) aboard his 22 ft. Bay Ranger. Book a half, three-quarter or full day, and through the months of June and July, Captain Ric will give a 10% discount to all fathers and their kids out on a charter, age does not matter. For more information, contact Liles at 601-2900 or Ric@ReelSimpleFishing.com or visit www.ReelSimpleCharters.com.


Spend a Day at Local County Parks

There are plenty of hiking trails, swimming and fishing at Lithia Springs or Medard Park, which is located on an old phosphate mining site, so it offers unique topography with elevation changes. If you want to spend time on the water, Alderman’s Ford, Medard and Lithia Springs Parks all offer four-hour canoe rentals for $25 per canoe. For additional information on each of the parks and what they offer, contact Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation at 635-3500.


Target Shooting at FishHawk Clays or Shoot Straight

FishHawk Sporting Clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of game birds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots. FishHawk Sporting Clays is located at 13505 Hobson Simmons Rd., in Lithia.  For more information, visit http://www.fishhawksportingclays.com/ or call 689-0490.

Another shooting option is Shoot Straight, which is located at 3909 U.S. Hwy. 301 N. in Tampa. It features one of the very few 100-yd, indoor rifle ranges anywhere in the country. The staff will guide first-time shooters through an orientation, and they’ll review all the range safety rules and precautions. All range users must have a “Shoot Straight Range Card”, which can be obtained by first reading and signing the “Limited License, Release, Waiver and Indemnity Agreement For Shooting Range” form, provided at the range counter. The annually renewable card is free. For more information, call 627-8550.


Climb High With Dad

Vertical Ventures, located at 5402 Pioneer Park Blvd. in Tampa became Florida’s first indoor climbing gym 10 years ago. If you and dad are the adventurous type, you may want to try climbing at its more than 6,000 sq. ft. facility. Introductory classes are always offered and its staff will instruct you in the fundamentals of climbing and belaying. For more information on climbing, call 884-7625 or visit www.verticalventures.com.


Experience Meeting the Manatees

Although the winter is the best time to see these magnificent creatures close up, some manatees remain in Crystal River during the summer months too. Spend a night or two with your dad at Plantation on Crystal River, a hidden gem located about two hours northwest of southeastern Hillsborough County. They have special packages that include the room, the snorkeling adventure with equipment included and breakfast. For more information, visit http://www.plantationoncrystalriver.com/ or call 800-632-6262 for reservations.


Touring Tampa Bay via Segway

In Tampa, you can ride by some of Tampa’s most popular destinations with an experienced guide. Located at Channelside Bay Plaza, Magic Carpet Glide offers tour stops that include Bayshore Blvd., Davis Island, Harbour Island, Tampa Convention Center, and Tampa Riverwalk. You do have to be at least 12-years-old to participate with this company. For more information, visit www.magiccarpetglide.com or call 637-9797.

There are other companies offering Segway tours through the Tampa Bay area, so if you are spending time at the beach this summer, check them out. Tours are even offered at Fort DeSoto Park.


Jump Your Way to Fun and Fitness

At the Boing Jump Center, you can share fun and fitness with dad. Boing welcomes all ages and you don’t have to have any experience to jump on its giant trampolines. It offers over 12,000 sq. ft. of springy surface. Boing Jump Center is located at 622-624 Ware Blvd. in Tampa. For more information, visit tampa.boingjumpcenter.com or call 341-4897.


Spend a Day Geocaching

A fun and inexpensive day with dad can be spent Geocaching. This is basically an outdoor treasure hunt for GPS receiver users. You can use your smartphone or GPS to find the caches that are placed all over the world. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something, they should try to leave something for the cache. Sign the log and then log the find at www.Geocaching.com.


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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.