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Though the winter snow has melted, inner tubes continue to zoom down the routes at Chicopee Tube Park—now cruising atop Italian mats, designed for waterless tubing. A host of other outdoor attractions complement the park’s eponymous activity. Two ziplines—an 80-metre line for first timers and a 300-metre line for veteran fliers—let passengers glide above the treetops without having to hitch a ride on a passing pterodactyl. The Eurobungy trampoline also gives guests the gift of flight, granting harness-sporting park-goers the ability to leap up to 25 feet in the air, and the spider-web climbing tower offers stationary bird’s-eye views once climbers have hoisted themselves to its pinnacle. For low-to-the-ground fun, harnessed participants at the horizontal ropes can balance six feet off the ground, getting a taste of tightrope walking without that chalky, acrophobic aftertaste.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
Cofounded by dancing legend Fred Astaire to train new generations of rug cutters with his signature easy grace, Fred Astaire Dance Studio uses a unique curriculum to create comfort on the dance floor. Expert instructors start with steps and rhythms common to most social dances, steadily building toward more specialized combinations of moves for a variety of rhythm-dance styles such as cha-cha and samba and smooth-dance styles such as the foxtrot and waltz. Once they've learned to follow, lead, or just pare down unnecessary finger snaps, students can take to the purple-walled dance floor to practice their steps and try on new partners at social parties.
Owners Murrel and Lori Brubacher invite groups to solve a challenging ghost-town-themed labyrinth at the Waterloo County Corn Maze. For
60–90 minutes, visitors weave through corn stalks and trek down winding paths to sell insurance to the recreated ghost towns' resident spectres. Every abandoned borough showcases information about early towns that helped shape the local Ontario community, and visitors who find the information enter into a monthly drawing for dinner for two at Anna Mae's Bakery & Restaurant. On Friday and Saturday evenings, nocturnal adventurers navigate the outdoor maze using only moonlight and a flashlight brought from home. After solving the field, kids head indoors to excavate kernels from the sandbox and count grains in the sand pile. Families nibble packed meals at the picnic area. Larger groups can call ahead to book a free reservation for the volleyball court and campfire pit stocked with roasting sticks, on which guests warm volleyballs to their peak gooeyness.
Waterloo Tango's passionate terpsichorean tutors instruct students of all skill levels how to partake in Argentina's leading cultural export, the tango. Emphasizing musicality and personal connection between partners, Waterloo Tango acquaints beginner-level dancers with the fundamentals of the form, including close embraces and intermediate-level sultry gazes. Optional two-hour group practice sessions held weekly emphasize the social nature of the dance and can augment regular lessons. The course requires no previous experience in dancing or music. In fact, early lessons teach novices how to find the beat, which is usually hiding in heating ducts. Students don't have to bring their own partners.
At Airborne Trampoline KW, leapers of all ages defy gravity on the centre's six Olympic-style trampolines. Custom mats and padding surround each trampoline to ensure safe landings. Trampoline coaches certified by Gymnastics Ontario and the NCCP watch over visiting jumpers and recreational classes of students aged 6 through adult as they leap, flip, and twirl through basic moves and advanced tricks. When not leading classes, coaches also host tryouts for an in-house competition team. The centre also provides decorated private rooms and basic catering services for birthday parties, during which children combine the joy of birthdays with the thrill of hugging clouds they've herded indoors.
The bicycle buffs at Grand River Cycle are on a mission to equip every man, woman, and upright aardvark with a bicycle, and to share and educate on the joys of self-generated propulsion. Their store welcomes budding cyclists into an open and inviting atmosphere stocked with a complete line of cycling accessories from basic upgrade and repair parts to cycling-specific clothing and nutrition products. Track miles between peanut-brittle breaks with a Bontrager trip monitor ($39.99), or protect your brain bucket with a safe yet stylish helmet ($44.99). Stave off the cold with Louis Garneau ear cover ($19.99) or cloak your trunk in atmos 2 vest ($49.99).
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As the centrepiece of a sprawling 32-acre site, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum preserves Canada's rich baseball heritage while leading visitors around the base paths of the game's history. In one room, fans ogle displays dedicated solely to the Expos and Blue Jays, and in another, artifacts from across the globe trap eyes in a pickle between vintage photos and authentic uniforms. The consistently rotated lineup of displays also saves a spot for current Canadian ballplayers, as well as for autographed Babe Ruth mementos that, despite their age, still retain their new hotdog smell.
Each year, the Hall of Fame adds new members to a select group of inductees, which currently includes 93 individuals and ranges from pro ballplayers and amateurs to umpires and trainers. In 2012 alone, the museum and its surrounding ball fields will play host to more than 450 events, highlighted by training clinics and minor league games. The 10th annual Kids on Deck summer camp also calls the site home, giving youngsters aged 8–14 the chance to perfect such vital skills as bunting and spitting a sunflower seed at least 10 feet.
Spread across 270 historic acres, Knollwood Golf Course is a challenging 36-hole facility comprised of the Old Course set right alongside the New Course—both designed by well-regarded course superintendent Jack Harris in 1970 and 1990, respectively. Players can opt for a round on the Old Course or the New Course links and enjoy hole designs that embrace the natural Ancaster topography. Elevated tees and long, perplexing par 5 holes with ominous names such as Buried Treasure and Redemption lead to finely timed fairways that open up into stirring panoramas. The New Course entices advanced club swingers, and the Old Course's more accessible series of par 4 holes with large, accommodating greens is appealing for beginners.
Knollwood players don clean-cut golf attire and enjoy a golfer's paradise that has been open to the public since 1970 and keeps players happy with sprightly paced 10-minute tee times, on-site restaurants and beverage carts, and a "no-argue" rain cheque policy. The facility's proud groundskeepers maintain large, naturalized areas on the course intended to encourage the wildlife to thrive and occasionally join in on a game.
At Southern Pines Golf and Country Club, golfers whack balls over two acres of natural grass fairway in the sprawling practice facility. With a hefty bucket pair containing 192 balls, golfers can tee up at the range or finesse bunker-escaping shots and sand-castle building at the sand-trap practice area. Meanwhile, two practice greens bolster the effectiveness of chip shots and birdie-clenching putts. Golfers can break from club swinging at the fully licensed dining facility, peruse the pro shop, or gaze at lush trees and colourful floral life from the clubhouse patio, where oversized umbrellas shield patrons from the sun's harsh rays and midday golf-ball downpours.
Battlegrounds Athletic Research and Development all started with one speed bag hung in a garage. Over the years, those spartan beginnings turned into a full-scale gym that now offers sports conditioning and training in various fitness disciplines and martial arts. Expert instructors lead classes for all ages and fitness levels in areas that include boxing, muay thai, and fitness boot camps.
Instructors at the Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios believe that stiff, stilted dancing isn't a result of too little talent—it's a result of too much information. Dancing comes naturally to most people, they profess, and harnessing that nature is simply a matter of simplifying the process. When teachers bombard pupils with dance patterns and technical details, the students' brains take over their bodies, leading to awkward steps and uncomfortable performances. At Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios, teachers instead introduce students to a few easy steps they can use over many styles of music. Once they feel like second nature, steps are gradually differentiated until every dancer can execute Latin and ballroom moves in a flowing manner. They've dubbed this the SNAP teaching method, and though slow-going at first, it often helps students learn to dance even faster than with detail-heavy or battery-powered dance-shoe methods.
Offerings at Climber’s Rock balance the needs of adventure seekers and workout-oriented clients alike inside its combination climbing gym and yoga studio. Indoor climbing walls and provided equipment let climbers take on the facility’s 100-plus vertical ascents in a variety of grades designed for beginners through advanced climbers. Newer students can learn techniques during training sessions, which lead them to eventually scaling, belaying, bouldering, and crab walking their way up self-directed paths. For more grounded workouts, yoga and Pilates instructors explore the mind-body connection in an onsite studio with classes targeted toward many body types and skill levels. Some options include Yin Yoga, which encourages meditative, slow-paced movements, and Core Flow classes, which offer participants a dynamic, energetic workout.
A bronze-medalist and former member of the Guatemala National Team, Master Sergio Plaja has been devoted to Tae Kwon Do for more than 30 years. He earned his black belt at age 15 and never looked back. All his hard work and training since then lead to realizing his dream of opening Millennium Tae Kwon Do in 1999. Today, with his black-belt wife, Patricia, they train kids and adults the ancient form of self-defense. During sessions, they foster a positive environment where students learn discipline, respect, and focus. They also give students a pretty good workout that can ready them for competition, if competition is a goal. They're also committed to creating a sense of community. To do that, they host special events throughout the year for all students and their families.