Every year since its founding in 2006, more than 20,000 players arrive at Paintball Nation's three locations to playfully trade paint across outdoor battlefields or among towering indoor obstacles. Sniper towers overlook Mississauga's urban scenario field, where misfired paintballs splatter against trucks, tires, and wooden boxes. At Burlington, players hide behind plastic barrel towers as they compete in three zones encompassing a total of 20,000 square feet. During summer months, Brampton's outdoor facility hosts paintball squadrons as they launch technicolor salvos amid fresh air and sunlight.
Whether games take place indoors or out, Paintball Nation's referees make sure simulated battles remain safe and good-natured. To that end, they brief every visitor on field rules and etiquette, such as never using nonfield paint or unlicensed Blackhawk helicopters.
Jody Minhas and her husband, Paul, had a dream to combine their skills as a motivational speaker and martial artist, respectively, to empower and inspire women. To bring this dream to fruition, they opened a women-only kickboxing studio designed to help ladies not only get fit but also gain self-confidence.
Today, their Ultimate Kickboxing trainers lead groups through a training system that starts off with a warm-up regimen before incorporating calisthenics, kickboxing, and conditioning into the mix. Students strike protective pads during the no-contact classes, which incorporate elements of muay thai to work out the entire body, including muscles that tend to be ignored in traditional workouts. Ultimate Kickboxing also offers personal training, which can be tailored to fit all manner of goals, such as losing weight, learning self-defense, or body slamming a rhinoceros.
It's always balmy and dry at the playground at Jellybeenz. Granted, the entire playground is indoors. But with a range of activities for toddlers to preteens, when kids play here, they'll never miss the sunshine.
Toddlers: Little ones play safely on train activity tables, gain mastery over their motors skills by tackling the pint-size play structure, and climb aboard a life-size Thomas the Tank Engine
Age 3?12: The two-level play structure?complete with a rock-climbing wall?invites kids to burn off the energy normally reserved for arm-wrestling imaginary friends
Parents: Unwind with a cuppa and 10 minutes in a massage chair
Chill: Kids of all ages can relax in the movie corner
Parties: Three private party rooms can be configured to entertain wee ones, teenagers, and grown-ups with 50-inch TV screens, a video game system, and disco lights
At Kidnetix Edu-Play Centre, toddlers and children clamber up eight towering play structures and slide back down to the carpeted floor in plastic tube slides, and wee adventurers scale a child-sized rock-climbing wall, explore a tree house, and dive into a ball pit. Others test their agility on padded obstacle courses, crawl through tunnel mazes, and bounce in a large jumping castle.
Kids engage in safe exploration at both Brampton and North York playgrounds, and children can also challenge friends and settle sandbox territory disputes in games of skee-ball, table hockey, and virtual racing at each location's arcade. Kidnetix Edu-Play Centre's engaging staff wields their certifications in ECE and first-aid CPR as they guide kids through educational programs for all ages, as well as themed day camps during the summer and March break, which let campers work out youthful energy through arts and crafts, games, and field trips.
When the students in Kelly Smith?s middle-school classroom wanted an extracurricular outlet for their volleyball skills, the educator was quick to oblige. He founded the nonprofit Pakmen Volleyball Club in response to the kids' request, personally devoting 30,000 hours to the cause and asking his crew of volunteers, including a former coach of the medal-winning Sheridan Bruins volleyball team, to help out with their own pro bono labor. As Kelly expanded the club to include year-round leagues and lessons as well as summer programs on the beach, his seasoned coaches began breeding champions at the provincial and international levels. With teams that range from recreational squads of beginners to die-hard groups of competitors, the club has something to offer every age, skill level, and shoe size.
The rippling waters of the West Humber River wend their way through the nine-hole, par 35 course at Riverstone Golf & Country Club. The river?s meandering route turns fairways into tricky doglegs, and two expansive ponds tempt dimpled orbs to slip on their swimsuits and practice swan dives. The course hosts 2,800 yards of stately trees that hug putting greens and a bevy of bunkers that summon sand wedges from their afternoon naps. After a day on the course or during the club's private and semi-private lessons, golfers can relax at the country club?s Bistro at Riverstone, where a seasonally rotating menu features casual fare such as prime-rib burgers or upscale entrees such as jalapeno- and shallot-crusted salmon. Players can sip a cold beer and watch the sun set from the patio as they plan their aging putter's upcoming retirement party.