Funmazing Playcentre stocks its indoor playground with interactive equipment and arcade-style games promoting physical, social, and emotional development in children ages 1–12. After strapping on mandatory pairs of socks, tykes skate down a winding green-and-yellow tunnel slide, race friends down three blue plastic slides, or hug car-track corners while manning the wheel of a plasma car. A sport court boasts basketball hoops for pickup games or rounds of Horse, and a pinata pit permits candy-craving youngsters to whack defenseless replicas of Mickey Mouse, Spongebob Squarepants, or multiplication tables. As skee balls launch up lanes into numbered holes, pucks glide speedily across air hockey tables into opponent goals. Funmazing Playcentre grants adults free entry with kids, sequestering grown-ups in seated areas where they can relax with cups of coffee or tea, check e-mail on free WiFi, or propel paper airplanes marked with basketball strategies toward their children.
Pilates in Guelph's certified instructors woo the mat-curious with a lineup of 55-minute classes that blend styles and skill levels. Within a spacious, mirrored studio, groups of about 12 students acquaint themselves with the latest in advanced Pilates equipment such as trapeze tables and fitness circles designed to whittle muscles into toned renditions of interestingly shaped countries. Beginner-level classes, such as the Pilates Basics class, instill fundamentals; classes that target certain body areas, such as the intermediate-level Abs, Shoulders & Core class, employ weights and the participant's own body weight to strengthen the entire upper body. Intermediate-level students can glower in the face of the Pilates Bootcamp class, which zips students through high-intensity cardio movements and equipment work, leaving muscles grizzled and ready to punch in walls. Instructors cater to individual needs such as physical limitations and specific health conditions.
F&M Brewery makes its carefully balanced Stone Hammer craft beers with malted barley, fresh hops, and water sourced from local artesian wells. Each small batch is fire-brewed in a copper kettle before slowly aging in the cellar’s horizontal tanks. The resulting beers have garnered numerous awards, including a gold medal in the 2009 Canadian Brewing Awards’ pilsner category and a silver medal in the 2013 Canadian Brewing Awards’ stout category.
In addition to hosting events and operating restaurants throughout Canada, F&M Brewery sells their suds at a retail store alongside swag such as glassware and beer soap, which can be used to scrub down in the shower or add extra froth to drafts. The store also stocks pieces from the Craftbrewers Recycled Art Project, which transforms malt bags and brewery waste into art pieces, wallets, and other useable items.
At its 10 locations throughout Canada, The Athletic Club provides access to exercise machines and fitness classes, but that’s only part of the story. Club staffers also follow an overarching mission to making discovering a healthy lifestyle fun rather than onerous. While exploring the multilevel fitness arenas, members and guests may catch encouraging shouts from personal trainers or a medley of splashing and laughter from children taking swimming lessons from professional instructors. They can also investigate the benefits of yoga or spinning during group classes or one-on-one instruction. Cardio machines boost heart rates and bolster endurance, while flat-panel televisions attached to each machine keep members entertained. In addition to building new bodily abilities, members also keep their minds sharp with services such as nutrition counselling or wellness classes held on the astral plane.
It may start with the feet, but dancing is an art form that engages the whole body in rhythmic movement. All of this twisting, turning, and twirling can seem intimidating to a person with no background in any of the world's hundreds of dance styles, but everybody has to start somewhere. That's why EveryBuddy Dance Studios caters to dancers of all experience levels and inclinations. The studio's instructors are happy to teach students whichever style compels them to move, whether it's salsa, samba, tango, or the worm. They lead private classes as well as sessions that cater to couples and larger groups.
During "Richard Scarry's Busytown: Busytown Busy", adorable critters from the best-selling books and highly rated CBC television series make their theatrical debut, enchanting preschoolers and postschoolers alike in an interactive, family-friendly musical adventure. The story's plotline centres on a talent show in the magical world of Busytown, where sweet, irresistible animals work together to discover their own unique abilities, besides being able to talk and walk upright. A barnyard of domesticated characters––including Huckle Cat (the problem solver), Sally Cat (the confident socialite), Lowly Worm (the worm who is lowly), and Sergeant Murphy (the safety dog)––enlists the audiences’ help to resolve minor mysteries and belt out sing-alongs about safety, imagination, and community spirit. With captivating picture-book sets and snuggle-ready costumes, children can immerse themselves in the Richard Scarry experience without the dangers of commercial breaks or paper cuts.