Walking the plank is one of the scariest things you can do as a buccaneer, but not at Mega Fun 4 Kids. On its pirate-ship play structure, the plank is a slide kids can zoom down while their fellow playmates pretend to steer the vessel. Elsewhere in the 2,800-square-foot indoor playground, youngsters aged 8 and younger cook meals in the play kitchen, play dress-up in the costume corner, and ride a mini rollercoaster. Along with daily playtime, Mega Fun 4 Kids hosts frequent events, including family nights with movies and pizza and visits from kids’ celebrated characters such as Tigger and the third guy who voiced Piglet. For birthdays, staff party consultants plan soirees that delight kids with private time on the playground and can include extras such as jumping castles or screening of a favourite movie.
Nestled within a Tudor-esque square, Bead Rock imbues junior jewellers and senior accessory-smiths with the ingredients and the know-how to craft sparkling, wearable wares. As a one-time session, Beading 101 meets by appointment only, so check your calendar or cuneiform tablet and then call the repository of tiny, glittering eye-magnets to schedule your foray into the basics of bead-stringing and earring-crafting. Class materials are included in today’s Groupon, ensuring would-be beaders’ earlobes and necklines need not be naked for long.
Upon entering Me First Fitness, awarded the Diamond award for Best Boot Camp from News Advertiser from 2009 to 2014, guests notice a distinct absence of rows of people doing the same exercises over and over on the same machines again and again. Here, patrons battle their own body weight with TRX suspension trainers, swing kettlebells, lift weights, and shed pounds using interval training programs to whip into shape. The staff of certified and specialized trainers pushes patrons to achieve healthy lifestyles through personal-training sessions and 40 different classes each week, including high-intensity boot-camp classes. They boast that no two workouts are the same, preventing minds from getting bored and bodies from becoming accustomed to the movements, thus rendering workouts less effective. To supplement their body-sculpting workouts, the trainers motivate guests to change their diets, equipping them with healthful meal plans and recipes, and raiding secret storage lockers full of Twinkies.
John Melich founded Champion Boxing Club in 1984 as a place for training professional fighters, sending students to Olympic competitions and Canadian and North American championships. Today, the ring welcomes trainees of all ages and skill levels, from kids looking to stand up to bullies, to adults seeking a fun, engaging way to stay in shape. A wealth of special programs helps students target their specific needs. For example, boxing legend [George Chuvalo] leads (http://www.championboxingclub.com/george-chuvalo/) anti-gang and anti-drug programs for youth, while other professional fighters lead one-on-one and personal training sessions for adults. The staff of ex-prizefighters and certified instructors bring a wealth of old-school expertise to classes with a lively twists, from 1940s wound-tending techniques from a seasoned cutman, to traditional cornering, jabbing, and footwork for fun-filled fitness training.
Studio owner Zahra aims to help empower the women she works with, whether she’s helming her annual makeup drive for a local women’s shelter or while teaching the sinuous art of belly dance at her studio. Since 2001, her Zahra’s School of Dance has helped women celebrate their bodies, with special workshops led by international belly dance icons in addition to her regularly scheduled classes and workshops. In all classes, instructors teach graceful moves that centre on the lower body and focus on the waist and hips. Higher-level courses incorporate props such as veils and tambourines, eschewing the most basic belly-dancing prop, a T-shirt with six-pack abs drawn on it. Specialty classes, meanwhile, may combine belly dancing with various different dance genres. Most of these are age-appropriate for kids.
Housed in a century-old dairy barn amidst authentic stable fixtures, vintage theatre seats, and rural checkered textiles, Herongate Barn Theatre shines the footlights on arts culinary and dramatic. Presented the Eat Smart award, Herongate's food architects daily prepare an ever-changing smorgasbord of comfort classics, which have including among their savoury ranks plates of roasted pork loin with applesauce, roast beef, and cranberry chicken. Not to go unaided into the great digestive unknown, entrees are dutifully partnered with down-home sides such as mom's sweet potato bake and a full drink menu. Diners can graze as they lap up one of four upcoming performances, including the current show, Nana's Naughty Knickers —a comedy focusing on the seedy underbelly of senior citizenry—and the upcoming 4 Guys and 3 Nights of Comedy stand-up act. Call ahead to make a reservation.