This year, instead of the traditional ties, sweaters, and "World's Best Dad" coffee mugs, how about giving Dad the precious gift of great experiences with his kids?

Here are some fantastic Father's Day gifts designed to provide fun, togetherness, and memories that will last a lifetime. (An added bonus for Mom: While Dad and the kids are off having a great time, you get to enjoy some time for yourself!)

Sports Tickets

Sports Tickets

Tickets to most sporting events are available at team Web sites. Or check out StubHub, a ticket resale marketplace recently acquired by ebay, where you may be able to find deals on sporting events that interest you (or other members of your family).

If, in fact, Dad's favorite sports team plays in another city. There, you may be able to find good deals.

if Dad's favorite team plays in another city, you may want to go all-out and send him and the kids on a sports trip.

This year, for example, fathers and kids can enjoy a fun-filled day at the Reno, Nevada, ballpark of the Aces, the triple-A minor league team of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The package includes two reserved outfield seats, a T-shirt for Dad, and two hot dogs and sodas. Dads and kids also will be permitted to play catch on the field before the game.

Fans may choose either Friday, June 24th, or Thursday, June 30th, to enjoy the packages, which sell for $50. Additional tickets cost $18 each, and are available online at Or by phone at 775-334-4700.

Another way to make dad and the kids feel like baseball VIPs for a day is to send them on a Big League Baseball Tour. Tours include field-level baseball tickets, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation. Packages are offered Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, and New York, among others. Visit Big League Tours for reservations and more details.

If a weekend getaway seems like a good idea, you may find fun packages such as the one offered by Mohonk Mountain House, a resort in New Paltz, NY. The three-day Father's Day Weekend Special, beginning Friday, June 17th, starts with a 15% discount off regular room rates. Lots of family-focused activities are included.

Friday: Among the available activities on the first evening is a Father Beer Tasting (over age 21)/Root Beer tasting, a Dad and family treasure hunt, and Father's Day Jeopardy, a game in which Dads compete as teams.

Saturday: Dads and kids can participate in a tomahawk throw, a fishing pole build and derby, in which they build their own fishing rods, then head out to fish on Lake Mohonk. Another activity is the water golf challenge. Families chip golf balls from the shore towards the lake. Each kid whose golf ball lands on a floating "green," earns a water balloon to break over Dad.  Each green that Dad hits earns him a stay-dry card.

The rest of the day, they can enjoy fly casting lessons, Dad's tennis and lawn games, crafts sessions for kids, and more.

Sunday: Dads and families work together to create their own veggie racer--a car made of recycled materials and potato starch, carrot fibers, and other items normally relegated to the compost heap. Then they test it out on the derby track. They also can build a lake-worthy craft in the Cardboard Regatta, and Dads can try to earn their "Captains' licenses."

For more information on the Father's Day weekend package, visit Mohonk Mountain House.