Inside the massive Complexe Amigo, a winding racetrack hosts drivers of all ages who steer double-seated go-karts, mini karts, and super karts capable of reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. The smell of burnt rubber rises from the track and past other entertaining diversions including power paddler boats and a stock of radio-controlled cars. Elsewhere in the facility, guests can putt their way through a mini-golf course, scale the 30-foot climbing wall's 12 paths, or enjoy airborne ascents on the Jump High bungee trampoline. Visitors craving team competition, meanwhile, can join games on the three beach volleyball courts or suit up to duck and cover on nearby paintball fields.
Dedicated to fostering imaginative playtime for children, Midway Family Fun Park’s 50,000-square-foot space bustles with young adventurers with climbing, jumping, and riding on a slew of indoor attractions. Well-trained employees oversee the indoor kiddie train and helm two 25-foot rock-climbing walls to ensure the safety of all scalers; young sprouts can also hone flexibility and balance amid the jungle gym’s ball pit and slides. Outfitted with a number of entertaining and challenging obstacles, the nine-hole black light mini-golf course grants clubbers a chance to show off their putting prowess on scaled-down greens.
Guests also have access to the bustling arcade, which requires tokens for play, or can stop for sustenance such as a speciality pizza at Max's Bistro. Midway Family Fun Park also offers full-service party planning for birthdays and other special events. Staff swoop in to take care of everything from set-up and activities to cake and goodie bags, allowing parents to shoot home movies and stage bloopers for the DVD extras.
A year-round hotspot at the Jay Peak Resort, Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark beckons families to slip into its colorful slides and lounge in its 100-plus-degree hot tubs. La Chute, a quick-descending slide 65’ above the water, launches visitors through a 360-degree turn before depositing them in the pool below only six seconds later. In the Mill Pond kids’ play area, children man water cannons, adjusting their trajectory to blast unsuspecting friends or hydrate parched marathon runners.
An arcade replete with 3-D games and immersive ride simulators provides a break from underwater exploits, and the snack shack quells cravings for pizza, burgers, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Adults can lounge at the poolside bar, where bartenders serve up frozen cocktails, draft beers, and firsthand advice on shark wrangling.
McMaze was established more than a decade ago by Sandy McDonald, who designed the family’s first 3.5-acre corn maze when he was just 14 years old. Over the next 10 years, Sandy and his family watched their endeavour blossom into a year-round family-friendly business that hosts seasonal activities year-round. Fall is the family’s busiest season, when visitors flock to find spooks in their farm playground and wagon rides, and explore the pumpkin patch to search out a perfect specimen to be turned into a pie, jack-o’-lantern, or organic football helmet. The original hand-carved corn maze has since multiplied into five separate mazes, including a “haze maze,” which mystifies wanderers by sending them on a seemingly endless journey through fog and lights, and a door maze that presents 52 possible exits.
Winter snowfalls fail to stop the McDonalds’ love of celebrating, and so they invite families back to the 120-acre farm for old-fashioned sleigh rides through the woods, made all the more festive with hot chocolate and homemade cinnamon buns. Once the ground thaws in the spring, the farm comes alive again as guests descend upon the fields to help plant the first pumpkin seeds and welcome the arrival of baby farm animals as they parachute down from passing blimps. Homemade ice cream keeps things cool throughout the summer as pig and duck races entertain spectators of all ages, and parents stock up on corn on the cob and other farm-fresh produce.
Nestled against Champlain Lookout, the highest point along the Ottawa River, Storyland's 90 verdant acres augment scenic vistas with a water park, mini golf, petting zoo, and other family-friendly attractions. Guests can sojourn to the top of Champlain Lookout, a prime spot to high-five passing hot air balloon captains and gaze 40 kilometres in all directions. Fairytale Trail invites patrons to meander down forested trails where storybook characters enact fairytale tableaus. Pay tribute to farmyard animals at Storyland's petting zoo, or get legs in shape for bubble-wrap stomping in paddleboats that cruise Windmill Pond. Merrymakers can cool down overheated fun receptors at the Splish-Splash Spray Park boasting inflatable waterslides and fountains of water, and refuel at the Storyland Café.