Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 16 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.
Bulldog Interactive Fitness began as a facility exclusively for kids, combining fitness with summer camps, birthday parties, and other fun activities. From there, the trainers expanded to include the whole family. Kids play dodge ball, practice hip-hop cheer, or compete in bouts of indoor floor hockey, while adults kickbox or stretch into yoga poses. Should parents' workouts last longer than their offsprings', the kids can head to the supervised games area for electronic or tabletop amusements.
At In Play Inc.'s weekly Kids Night Out, parents drop off kids ages 4–12 for four hours' worth of food and fun supervised by a staff of watchful grownups at an expansive indoor activity centre. Amateur earthlings flourish in the facility's gargantuan indoor playground, a multihued, multilevelled jungle gym equipped with a zip line, moving tunnels, a punching-bag forest, and beach-ball savannah. Younger children can play in a toddler area tucked away from the main flow of playground traffic, in which pretend toys such as a kitchenette and beauty salon are available for imaginative imaginations.
At Balanced Body Pilates & Yoga Studio, certified instructors strive to help yogis of all levels build strength, flexibility, balance, and focus through private, semiprivate, and group lessons held in its homey, intimate studio. Programs range from beginner yoga, which covers basic poses, breathing techniques, and methods of alignment and relaxation, to flow yoga, in which practitioners synchronize their breath and movements in a seamless dance resembling the Bohemian schottische. A gentle yoga course, comprised of leisurely Hatha–style poses, contrasts with power yoga, a vigorous Vinyasa–style workout. Patrons can choose from one-on-one lessons, semiprivate classes for two, or group class. Balanced Body Pilates & Yoga Studio will provide the equipment you need from its stockpile of mats, balls, and porkpie hats.
Certified by the world's largest diving training organization, and located near some of Barrie's best scuba hot spots, Dive Central is perfectly positioned to take students sub-marine. After an in-class or online introductory session, PADI-certified instructors give students as young as 10 years old a chance to test their sea lungs and Marco Polo skills in the safety of an on-site pool. In these confined dives, students will learn a watery cornucopia of aquatic aptitudes, including how to share or replace masks and how communicate in Welsh, the language of whales. Finally, students break Mother Earth's millennia-long stranglehold, striking out for the briny deep in a series of four open-water dives. After the run of classes, which can be completed in three or four days, you'll finally be able to dive to 60 feet with a partner, thus gaining the competitive edge at the neighbourhood apple-bobbing championship.
Chirping birds and the wind in the trees are the only sounds that break the silence in Muskoka Forest. Until a human flies screaming through the canopy, that is. Treetop Trekking by Arbraska's seven aerial-rope courses wind through the forest canopies, challenging visitors with levels of difficulty increasing from beginner to advanced. Guides begin each adventure with a brief equipment-and-technique orientation, and gradually clear visitors for more difficult runs based on their performance.
Once they're cleared for climbing, participants scramble across bridges made of swinging, suspended logs. They crawl across webs of cargo netting, and swing through monkey cables. A series of ziplines completes each course. Guides help adventure-seekers navigate these treetop courses during regular day tours, or during more challenging night climbs, during which participants have only a headlamp and a guide to asking owls for directions.