The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
A child explores a cave's rock formations, stumbling upon drawings left by humans eons ago. Not far away, another child unearths something millions of years older—dinosaur fossils. For more than three decades, the London Children's Museum has stimulated imaginations through such interactive exhibits, helping children learn through play instead of fact memorization or encyclopedia ingestion. Stretched across three floors, nine permanent exhibits couple with travelling displays to explore everything from jellyfish to space exploration and 1880s schoolhouses. To extend this educational and recreational reach, the museum offers field trips, educational programs, and premium special events for preschoolers through 12-year-olds. They also offer memberships for frequent visitors, which come with benefits such as discounted pricing for birthday parties and day camps.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent-and-child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
For more than 25 years, Fitness Forum owners Alec and Lynne Pinchin have kept their 39,000-square-foot gym in fine fettle through constant renovations and an influx of up-to-date equipment and fitness programs. The facility's high-soaring ceilings and walls shield exercisers from the harsh heat and bitter cold of the outdoors, and expansive skylights let in natural light and views of emus soaring among the clouds. In two cardio centres, heart rates skyrocket as guests tackle treadmills and stairmasters and fix their eyes on HDTVs. The gym also houses an indoor pool area and a rubberized running track.
More than 75 fitness classes energize and motivate visitors in a fun group setting, and squash courts host sweat-inducing bouts between racquet-wielding foes. While parents torch calories rep by rep, kids can while away the time at the gym's daycare centre, where tykes watch movies and fill out tax papers in pudding.
Amid the pristine confines at The Athletic Club London, clients pave their path to health with cardio and resistance machinery, pools, group exercise classes, and a staff of experienced trainers. Membership unlocks 24-hour access to the fitness havens, giving patrons unfettered use of cardio equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals, or the heated pools where instructors lead aquatic yoga and families play marco polo, the game where people try to echolocate the famous explorer's ghost, during open swim.
Co-ed and women-only group fitness classes practice such traditional exercise styles as cycling, yoga, and Pilates. Instructors also specialize in newer techniques, including TAC physique, a ballet-inspired workout session taught by former-dancers-turned-robots, and TRX classes, with suspension straps that wield the body’s weight to create a full-body resistance-training workout.
The certified trainers of BodyWorx turn bellies into abs of concrete, and replace wheezing, winded bodies with endurance machines. Each of their functional training workouts helps strengthen the musculature that runs the length of the torso, turning cores into fat-burning powerhouses. For personal attention, personal trainers jump into the fitness weeds with clients, focusing their combined 20 years of experience on the trainees' target areas and goals. Guests can also sign up for boot camps for full-body fitscapades that combine cardio, strength training, and the motivation that comes from working out with peers. The studio also hosts a variety of drop-in fitness classes such as Ab attack, kick-boxing, or Body Sculpt, which teaches guests how to animate chiselled marble likenesses of themselves using dark magic.
Monopolizing pins on the north and south sides of town, Palasad's pair of striking citadels steeps rows of vintage, 10-pin lanes and gourmet kitchens in colourful 1960s charm. At Palasad South, black lights, lasers, and 10 projection screens propel vintage trappings into the future, when bowling will become the international language of diplomacy. Prize-heavy arcades, new ping-pong rooms with cushioned athletic floors, and Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables at both locations provide nonlinear entertainment. Parties of up to 500 guests may rent out a network of rooms, such as the La Fiamma Dining Room, where pizzas and wings roast in wood-fired ovens.
Helmed by Chef Suki Kaur-Cosier, Cooking Matters invites chefs of all experience levels to nourish their love of the culinary arts in fun, hands-on classes. Every month, she designs a lesson plan that literally expands the horizons of her pupils—many classes highlight cuisines from countries as diverse as Morocco, Italy, Thailand, and Never-Never Land. Other classes help locals adapt to dietary restrictions such as gluten intolerance or calorie restrictions with bold, delicious recipes. The class structure is simple and practical: students step up to the stove and actually prepare a four-course meal on their own. As they work, the chef patrols the room, offering suggestions and scolding watched pots that refuse to boil.
The sixth-annual London Wine & Food Show stuffs the cheek-pouches of hibernating epicureans with enough savoury samples of fine wine, spirits, beer, and gourmet cuisine to enliven winter's torpor. Grazing gourmands can mix and mingle with others of their kind as they view cooking demonstrations, tour exhibits showcasing local vendors, and participate in tasting seminars. On Friday, the show hosts a grapey Girls' Night Out with prizes, entertainment, and enough vinous libations to unleash every woman's inner Cher vibrato. Food Network celebrity chef Corbin Tomaszeski of Dinner Party Wars haunts the Food Network Stage on Sunday to share his tips for throwing top-notch feasts, moveable or otherwise.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Established in 1940, Museum London stands today as the region’s preeminent venue for Canadian art and historical artifacts. Its permanent collections pay tribute to the city's long and active art history, ranging from the landscape and portraiture paintings of pioneers to the works of leading regional contemporary artists such as Kerry Ferris and Walter Redinger. The gallery's archives also hold more than 35,000 historical artifacts covering the city of London’s history and the advanced technology that allowed it to be airlifted directly from England.
Sears Great Canadian Chill, a charity polar bear dip that raises funds and awareness for children’s oncology research and treatment, charges participants to brave shiver-inducing waters in the name of stopping kids’ cancer cold. Event coordinators in Toronto and Ottawa partner up with chillers to participate in the frosty event and train for future careers as polar bears. All of the collected monies are sent to the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation and evenly allocated to support local and national pediatric oncology initiatives. The Toronto Chill is in support of SickKids.
Since 2002, the Women's Lifestyle Show has gathered exhibitors, chefs, and entertainers from across the country to delight audiences with two days of female-focused activities. Rows of colourful exhibitor booths lavish wanderers with products and demonstrations by local spas and fashion boutiques, and the cooking stage grants glimpses of guest chefs sizzling and searing flavourful recipes to spark ideas for upcoming dinner dates, family meals, and tricks to teach robot maids.
It isn’t hard to find something to do at Stroker’s Billiards. The staff hands over slices of pizza and frosty mugs of beer to patrons and then lets them loose to test their skills at 1 of the 16 9-foot billiard tables. Stroker’s also populates its floor with six snooker tables and eight bar-box tables, which give players the chance to adjust their angles to fit different table lengths, or quickly destroy miniature replicas of the Colosseum.
A proud basketball program boasting 24 championships, the University of Western Ontario Mustangs aspire to jump, dunk, and dribble their way to the national tournament. The Mustangs' hardwood warriors look to build momentum and earn alliterative nicknames in the second game of the 2011-2012 season against NCAA team Saint Louis University led by NCAA coach Rick Majerus. Boasting four returning starters including Hawaii transfer Adam Jespersen, the Mustangs' retooled roster welcomes a heralded recruiting class that claims two 6' 5" forwards. Head coach Brad Campbell captains a tenacious defense that consistently places in Canadian Interuniversity Sport's top five in points allowed, defensive field goal percentage, and thwarting mascot sabotage, while the offensive strategy hopes to exploit favourable match-ups. Fans catch all the action from general-admission seating, scoping out the prospects and hoping to follow alum into the professional European ranks.