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The staff at Spinner’s Rink dispatch rented roller-skates to feet of all ages and skating abilities so guests can jump, whirl, and boogie across the wooden floor. Packs of rolling revelers lap an oval track under technicolor lights during open skate sessions on Saturdays and Sundays and spin with all the grace of a gyroscope trapped in a blender. On Friday nights, kids ages 16 and younger can mingle in supervised skate and dance celebrations, and adults can skate until midnight on the first Friday of each month. After mastering their dodecatuple axels, skaters replenish themselves at the rink’s snack bar with hot dogs, pizza, and soda.

164 Orchard Park Rd
Buffalo,
NY
US

The University at Buffalo is one of the flagship schools of the SUNY system, and facilitates 20 Division I athletic teams. Football fans can head to the 29,000-seat UB Stadium to cheer on the team as they juke, jive, and shutterbug their way to victory. Newly hired football coach Jeff Quinn has led teams to five conference championships in his past eight seasons, and the Bulls defense will be helmed by preseason All-American safety Davonte Shannon.

108 Alumni Arena
Buffalo,
New York
US

Healthy Buffalo has one primary objective: transform Buffalo's citizens into models of health and well-being. But instead of urging everyone in the community to spend their lunch break bench-pressing a coworker, the organization has ironed out a handful of initiatives to make its goal a reality. For instance, it organizes amateur sports leagues?including dodge ball and basketball?complete with stats, jerseys, and trophies to encourage healthy competition. And it hosts youth basketball clinics for boys and girls.

Away from the fields of play, however, Healthy Buffalo stays connected to the community by maintaining a website packed with free nutritional guidance, exercise tips, and mental health information. It also works with employers to create health and wellness programs for employees to help combat rising health costs.

203 Sanders Rd.
Buffalo,
NY
US

The Hamilton Thunderbirds, a shining star in the 92-year-old Intercounty Baseball League's galaxy, electrify baseball fans with a slate of matches against teams sourced from all corners of Ontario. The Thunderbirds, led by batting ace Chris Piano, take on the league-leading Barrie Baycats on May 29 and the second-place Brantford Red Sox on June 26, seeking to best their vaunted opponents in fielding, pitching, hitting, and downward-facing-dog poses. TBird Family Day Packs provide nine innings' worth of diversion for two adults and two children at the recently renovated, 2,700-seat Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. While cheering on the diamond's denizens or practicing astral projection, groups can split four ballpark hot dogs and four drinks between them.

1100 Mohawk Road East
Hamilton,
ON
CA

• For $36, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Bronze ticket (a $45 value before fees, or up to a $50.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. (up to a $79.87 total value). • For $41, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Silver ticket (a $55 value before fees, or up to a $60.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. (up to an $89.87 total value). • For $36, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Bronze ticket (a $45 value before fees, or up to a $50.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. (up to a $79.87 total value). • For $41, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Silver ticket (a $55 value before fees, or up to a $60.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. (up to an $89.87 total value).

75 Balsam Avenue North
Hamilton,
ON
CA

The American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, the Hamilton Bulldogs came into the AHL as tiny, puck-hungry puppies back in 1996. Over the next decade, the team quickly established itself as a dominant force, reaching the playoffs in eight of its first ten seasons. And it was during that tenth season that the Bulldogs reached maturity and shed their puppy skins, claiming the Calder Cup for the very first time in 2007.

Today, the team plays all of its home games at Copps Coliseum—known as the Dog Pound to diehard fans. The Coliseum is the home of team mascot Bruiser the Bulldog, who leads legions of red-and-blue-clad supporters to support the team with thunderous howls, menacing growls, and puppy-eyed pleas for food from the concession stand.

101 York Boulevard
Hamilton,
ON
CA