Buckler Aquatics' Red Cross certified swim instructors teach kids ages six months and up the ways of the water in three large, clean, heated pools. For their youngest charges, they use the Buckler Method, a style of teaching designed for babies.
The instructors assign all swimmers to classes based on ability, providing individualized instruction in a group setting. They focus on encouragement and simple technique corrections, allowing each swimmer to proceed at his or her own pace. Parents can observe all the pool fun through a one-way window adjacent to the pool, or join in the splashing during monthly free family swims.
The eZone entices players of all ages with more than 30,000 square feet of space for energetic group games. The majestic sport of WhirlyBall combines the tenets of bumper cars, hockey, and lacrosse in a brilliant amalgamation that was carelessly overlooked by Mother Nature. WhirlyBallers in the heat of combat must steer their WhirlyBug cars with one hand while simultaneously using a plastic scoop to fling a wiffle ball at an elevated goal. Groups of up to 10 people can zoom around the court for 30 minutes or can use two Groupons for a full hour of fast frenzy. First-time players might be surprised by the intensity and speed of the game, which thuds and whizzes its strapped-in participants on an electronic court. Each car sports a special steering mechanism that enables the driver to steer in any direction, maximizes control, and makes it easier to parallel park in absolute darkness.
Danceology owner and instructor Marla Silva has spent her life working to master the art of dance, whether she was studying it, competing in it, or teaching it. Marla, who is also certified in Sivananda yoga and Pilates, teaches a range of dance and fitness classes alongside her team of experienced instructors. The studio’s specialty is social and ballroom dances, such as the foxtrot, salsa, and samba. In the spacious and bright ballroom, partners and solo dancers learn to mambo, tango, and step gracefully around a long series of puddles. Danceology also offers fitness classes including Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
Guestlist DJ and Entertainment completes the party with DJs spinning tunes on systems that can keep guests dancing. On the dance floor, their supplied lights flicker and glow, adding colourful excitement to two-stepping feet. When guests aren’t letting loose to the grooves, they slip into the rented open-air photo booth to document the festivities. Photo booths come with backdrops, professional lighting, and an attendant, as well as goofy props to pose with such as fake moustaches and novelty sunglasses.
Since its Toronto location opened in 1976, Yuk Yuk's has been a collective launching pad for such comedy heavyweights as Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, and Russell Peters. All of Yuk Yuk's laugh-establishments invite seasoned jokesters and up-and-coming comedians to their stages every weekend for up to four days of high hilarity and three nights of cozy lodging atop their cocktail tables. Many Yuk Yuk's locations offer drinks, dinner, or bar fare during the show, but those interested in dining should contact their club of choice to find out about reservations.
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