With fitness programs for women of all sizes, ages, and ability levels, Ladies California Fitness makes it hard to avoid the gym. The staff maintains a philosophy that fitness should be fun rather than grueling, which they translate in practice by greeting members with smiling faces and pairing them with certified personal trainers.
Beneath a rotating disco ball, marksmen snake through a maze of glowing graphics, blasting opponents with infrared laser beams. After finishing up their five-minute games inside the 1,200-square-foot laser tag arena, sock-clad youngsters between the ages of 3 and 10 can dive into the ball pits, crawl through the tunnels, and glide down the slides of the two-storey play unit. Meanwhile, a separate toddler area accommodates tots with age appropriate ball pits, slides, and picture book adaptations of Sartre’s Being and Nothingness. Elsewhere, visitors can compete in rounds of air hockey and tic-tac-toe in the arcade or reenergize with whole-wheat sandwiches and house-made soups from the snack bar.
Since 1950, Fairhaven Bowl and Eastview Bowl—the two alleys that comprise Hunter’s Bowling Centres—have entertained bowlers with classic five-pin and ten-pin games while keeping up to date with modernized amenities including high-definition television screens and colourful glow lights. At both facilities, players can enjoy open hours and league play before refuelling in the on-site restaurant and lounge areas. The kitchen staff fires a full menu of classic pub fare including burgers, wraps, and pizza to complement their drink menus and keep players from licking the peppermint stripes off of bowling pins.
Originally built in 1946, Broadway Theatre enjoyed an almost 50-year tenure of showing the popular films of the time and hosting live productions before it was sadly forced to close its doors in 1993. Dismayed by the loss of their theatre, members of the community came together, purchased the venue, and reopened it, and Broadway Theatre has remained under their watchful protection ever since. Now, the movie house screens independent films gathered from around the world and plays host to improv-comedy shows, concerts, and professional fire drills.
Karttrack invites racers of all ages to compete in high-velocity go-karting competition. Helmets in place, guests climb behind the wheels of one- or two-person karts for up to 15 minutes of racing around a course whose twists and turns are outlined by old tires. Karttrack also carries kiddie-sized karts, and offers an outdoor patio with picnic tables where friends and family can gather to cheer on your high-speed antics or boo the pirouettes in your victory dance.
At In Charge Self Defense, women master a mélange of karate, krav maga, kickboxing, and tae kwon do. Taught by a third dan black belt with Level 3 NCCP certification, the studio’s intimate classes help build self-confidence and discipline in students, while also borrowing fitness training techniques from yoga and Pilates. In Charge can work one-on-one with students for more personalized attention, and also offers co-ed training sessions for local high schoolers.