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.
The two levels of the Rose Theatre Brampton's elegant, circular house sport modern accents, fine-tuned acoustics, and a spirited sound system that lets audiences sink fully into every performance. But beauty isn't bound to the stage at this venue. Guests can also catch frequent free musical-theatre and living-film performances in the outside square to mix showmanship with sunshine. Before or after every event, an extra dose of fresh air can be found on an outdoor garden patio adjacent to a tiered fountain or on a stroll through nearby Gage Park.
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 coffee and snacks, which are available for purchase, or a five-minute massage for $2
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
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.
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.
For more than 40 years, DiveAqua has taught novice divers across Canada the subaquatic ropes. The staff's specialty is a comprehensive curriculum of skills and certification instruction that commences in the classroom, where students learn about diving safety and how to use equipment. Afterward, they gear up and head to the indoor pool to learn proper snorkeling and scuba-diving skills while becoming comfortable with the equipment in the gravity-defying environment. Divers opting for the certification participate in open-water dive sessions before receiving their certification card, which allows them to dive anywhere in the world. In addition to conducting instructional classes, DiveAqua offers a variety of professional diving gear, available to rent or own. At each store location, staff members stand by to outfit divers in wetsuits, tanks, and regulators.