It's doubtful Darth Vader ever celebrated Father's Day, but David Prowse, the man who walked in the Dark Lord's shoes, will be part of the festivities during Star Wars Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Prowse is scheduled to appear with Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) at the event, which also features a Jedi Training Academy, Star Tours and a Padawan Mind Challenge.
Star Wars Weekend runs Friday through Sunday, June 20-22 and June 27-29 and is included in park admission, $71 plus tax, $60 plus tax for ages 3-9. For details, go to tinyurl.com/fysuy.
Not all dads are cut out to learn the ways of the Force, however, so here are some other Father's Day highlights:
• Lowry Park Zoo: Get a special deal for the opening of Gator Falls, the zoo's new flume ride. Fathers will be admitted free with purchase of full-price child's ticket on Saturday or Sunday. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $18.95, $17.95 seniors, $14.50 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552; lowryparkzoo.com.
• Brooker Creek Preserve: No one seems more suited for the Insect Safari, a hands-on program for kids ages 6 to 10, than dear old dad. The free program is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The preserve also features a free Frog Hop at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Participants learn how to identify frogs from their sounds. The class is recommended for ages 10 and older.
Both require registration, and space is limited. The Environmental Education Center is at 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; friendsofbrookercreekpreserve.org.
And for the father whose gift is a little time away from the kids:
• Florida Aquarium SudsFest: Dad gets to choose from more than 50 varieties of beer, plus international food pairings from area restaurants. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $50, $60 at door. (813) 273-4000; flaquarium.org.
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