A pirate ship sways back and forth, whisking youngsters away on virtual high-seas adventures. Elsewhere, inflatable jumping castles invite bouncers to defy gravity while contemplating future positions in parliament. In the free-for-all Fun Game Zone, carnival mirrors distort giggling guests’ reflections, and ping-pong and air hockey test competitors’ skills. These are just a few of the many activities that fill the days at Family Fun Fest, an annual family-friendly extravaganza that entertains and enchants its myriad visitors.
As youngsters and their parental units explore the various areas of the gargantuan indoor playground, they can make a pit stop for live entertainment. Helmed by the titular Trevor, The Trevor Show dazzles audiences with interactive song and dance numbers, followed by Doo Doo the clown, who had no choice but to become a clown, what with the name Doo Doo.
The best climbing gyms have a strong sense of community, and Toronto Climbing Academy's diverse group of beginner and expert climbers engender an encouraging atmosphere throughout the gym. With 11 distinct climbing areas, climbing walls that simulate real-world climbs, and scaling route difficulty, the vast academy accommodates climbing styles of all types. Inverted caves are a siren's call to skilled boulderers, while large holds and 120 extended routes challenge beginners and experts alike. Training tools such as a campus wall—a wall that works only the arms—supplement workouts between climbs. The gym's classes prepare novices for tougher routes with lessons in the fundamentals.
True North Climbing's helpful staff and professional indoor rock-climbing facilities encourage vertical scramblers of all skill levels to engage in enjoyable, unconventional exercise. During a one-hour intro lesson, helpful rope wranglers acquaint the uninitiated with the basics: how to safely yet fashionably don a harness, how to knot up the rope like a competitive pretzel maker, and how to confidently operate the belay device. After your lesson, scale the walls as long as you would like to pop-quiz bodies on newfound knowledge and skills. Rental of climbing shoes and harness are included in the lesson, as well as for the one-month membership.
Feet pound the dirt before scrambling up a ten-foot wall. Here in Battlefield Zero, the body and mind are equally challenged as a rush of adrenaline pushes trainees through a series of more than 20 obstacles. This military-style course generates progressive challenges to build strength, increase fitness, and speed reaction times—in essence, to summon each student's Inner Soldier.
An introductory session establishes base fitness levels, and each ensuing obstacle run introduces new challenges, which can include jumping, climbing, lifting, and pinky swearing. While navigating the three-acre course, soldiers-in-training can develop problem solving skills and overall physical fitness. And should a particular obstacle prove impossible to complete, alternative exercises are always available. Inner Soldier also builds team bonds during toned down corporate challenges and motivates civilians with competition during the annual Battlefield Titan race.
Designed by U.S. Military drill instructors, The O Course Crucible is based on the Marine Corps Crucible. While that challenge is 54 hours long and covers more than 60 kilometers, this race covers roughly 12 kilometers. However, the obstacles participants must surmount are designed in the same military style. Based both on land and in the water, the obstacles are kept secret before the race—but they are sure to test participants' endurance, strength and creativity under pressure. Once they complete the course, participants celebrate at an afterparty with food and drinks where the race officials honor the fastest racers.