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CALGARY SUN - Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Wild for family outings
By KYRA HOGGAN,
There was a time when work accessories like
ties were a perfect gift for bread-winning dads, but in the new
millennium families are looking for gifts that better reflect
the father's evolving role.
Gus Sleiman, president of the Men's
Educational Support Association (M.E.S.A.), says modern-day
fathers are looking for more, both from themselves and from
their relationship with their children.
"(Standard roles) have been changing for some
time now," he says. "Fathers are more involved in the lives of
their children, and Father's Day is a great time to bring
fathers and children together."
Gifts like a Calaway Park pass, admission to
the zoo, even a picnic lunch packed and ready to go for a
father-child park excursion are perfect ways to give dad the
gift of time.
"I'm sure they'd rather get time with their
kids than just things," Sleiman says. "Every extra minute is the
most valuable gift in the world."
Trish Exton-Parder of the Calgary Zoo says
there are always activities on the go to interest any
demographic or age range.
"It's a great family escape day, since it can
be as relaxing or as adventurous as you want it to be," she
The zoo has been focusing on expanding and
enhancing its adult programming to ensure the entire family will
be engaged, with gardening programs, a river safari trip in
July, safari sleepovers and behind-the-scenes animal visits.
"It has the advantage of being educational as
well as fun," Exton-Parder says, adding that the elephants,
bears and gorillas seem to have fun, too.
Prices range from $30 to $80 for special
programs or admission passes start from $6 for kids and $12 for
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