When Dr. Hilary Rodrigues and his wife Marie-France founded Rodrigues Winery in 1993, it was one of the first in Newfoundland. Working inside a former hospital building they'd renovated themselves, they produced a mere 300 cases of blueberry wine in their first season, filtering, bottling, and corking everything by hand. Today, the picturesque estate offers year-round tours and produces a full lineup of certified kosher wines, of which it distributes roughly 24,000 cases each year. Additionally, production of spirits from the distillery includes varietals such as black-currant liqueur and plum brandy.
One of the last standing WWI wireless stations, the Admiralty House proudly propagates an understanding of the region's rich past through exhibits and dramatically recounted escapades. Erected nearly a century ago to intercept secret German naval transmissions and track icebergs and ships in distress, Admiralty House now lets visitors gaze into the past like a crystal ball flung deftly over the shoulder. Delve into The City of Mount Pearl exhibit and shine your brain beams on Commander James Pearl and his utopian vision for a settlement democratically governed by sapient oysters. You'll also pick up blind-date-worthy conversation pieces about the city's place in communications, aviation, and WWI history. Contemplate the sea's treacherous side while perusing The S.S. Florizel exhibit, commemorating the disaster of the S.S. Florizel with artifacts from the Newfoundland wreck that claimed 93 lives in 1918.
Take Note Music School's expert instructors draw on years of professional performing experience and a passion for music education to impart young minds with note-hitting know-how and an appreciation for the art form. Aspiring instrumentalists (ages 4 to 5) obtain musical enlightenment during each 10-week block program, focusing on the sights and sounds of music as well as its sugar-cookie smell. Toddler tunesmiths attend one 45-minute class per week and experiment with creative tools such as puppets and hula hoops and craft melodic masterpieces with a range of instruments including Orff glockenspiels, xylophones, and electric rainsticks. Each class of no more than eight students meets Monday–Friday at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. in Take Note's airy sound studios, which provide plenty of space for creative minds and life-sized Chia pets to expand.
Bowlers enter Riverdale Lanes to chase strikes during five-pin bowling matches set on 12 lanes. Groups lace up provided footwear, and then trade turns and cheers as they lob technicolor boulders down wooden highways in an attempt to knock over figures more stoic than a dog resisting a strip of bacon. Overhead monitors equipped with a Paule automatic scoring system track every vanquished pin, and bumpers rise to guard little ones against gutterballs as they roll alongside adults. Plan outings to coincide with cosmic bowl, which paints games in a background of neon colours, black lights, and glints from a disco ball. Video screens stretching 9'x12' entertain groups between turns, displaying a weekly updated lineup of videos and vacation slides from each ball's trip rolling across beaches.
Axtion's indoor attractions help kids and parents fill their daily quotas for fun and exercise regardless of weather conditions. Standing 24 feet high, a rock-climbing wall beckons visitors to grip its colourful handholds, and ropes and ladders let climbers scale direct routes to the ceiling. An auto-belay system accompanies each of these activities, safely carrying climbers down to earth like the parachutes stowed inside every bird's beak. Alternatively, visitors can take off their harnesses and tackle the Spider Mountain Climb. This towering cylinder challenges kids to climb, wiggle, and weave through seven levels of stretchy bands. Aside from these climbing activities, the indoor play haven lets kids soar down inflated slides and reenact famous traffic jams at a pint-sized car track.
After they’ve arrived in theatres and before they’re available on DVD, hit movies roam the open road on Movies In Motion’s portable, inflatable screen. The screen lights up on a beach, at a park, or in an out-of-town neighbour’s backyard, and moviegoers bask in the summery nostalgia of taking in a film below the stars or the roof of their car. The company can also arrange private screenings at just about any venue of sufficient size.