When the Regina Pats slid out onto the ice in 1917, their sweaters read “The Patricias,” in honor of Princess Patricia of Connaught, and they had little tolerance for opponents who dared giggle at the name. Of the original teams in that early era, the Pats have had the last laugh, as they are the only ones still standing, making them North America’s oldest Junior Hockey franchise.
Since the days of horse-drawn zambonis, the Pats have taken several championships. They won the Memorial Cup in 1925, 1930, and 1974, and also took the Western Hockey League Championship in 1974 and 1980. In addition to preparing more than 100 players for careers in the NHL, the Pats have also sent the most athletes to play for Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships.
With activities for everyone, the Saskatchewan Science Centre is a place for families to play and learn together, for the young to experience science in a hands-on way beyond the classroom, and for those who are young at heart to experiment with new ideas.
• For $10, you get two one-hour single-kayak rentals Monday–Thursday (a $20 value). • For $10, you get two one-hour single-kayak rentals Friday–Sunday (a $20 value). • For $15, you get two one-hour double-kayak rentals Monday–Thursday (a $30 value). • For $15, you get two one-hour double-kayak rentals Friday–Sunday (a $30 value).
The popular preschool television series Roll Play comes to life in Roll Play Live Animal Party, a vibrant concert tour that engages toddlers and toddler overlords in frolicking exercises of the imagination. Featuring live performances from the effervescent duo Splash'N Boots—winners of the coveted Canadian Children’s Group of The Year award—the interactive smile stampede of Roll Play Live Animal Party allows children to revel in their animalistic instincts without the need to pack tranquilizer darts. Audience members can have their faces painted in the likenesses of adorable critters before the stage is drenched in black lights, revealing ultraviolet animal designs lit up under the expanses of the darkened theatre. As the musical adventure bounds along, kids are encouraged to wail like monkeys, laugh like hyenas, and extrapolate like caffeinated dolphins to the tunes of their favourite Roll Play songs. At the end of the adventure, nippers and snappers take part in the evening's swan song by creating their own boisterous Roll Play song.
First Tee Indoor Golf’s stable of 10 golf simulators whisk duffers to the emerald alleyways of 65 golf courses, including 18 PGA Tour greens. Players tote their own clubs to the studio and pulverize spheroids into 15-foot-tall, high-definition displays as golf motion software precisely tracks swings, deftly projecting the distance, trajectory, and spin inflicted by each shot. Players can bisect the cerulean waters and treacherous sand traps of a replication of famed Pebble Beach, which augments verisimilitude with a coterie of pixilated seagulls known for cawing at crucial swing moments. The simulators instantly transport players to the location of their most recent shot, condensing an 18-hole round into one 45- to 60-minute session. As players chip, pitch, and pay windmill tolls on their way through verdant course simulacra, First Tee Indoor Golf keeps them tethered to reality with eight high-definition televisions and a broad selection of appetizers and on-tap brews.
The bowling centre, which touts itself as Regina’s largest, hosts five-pin bowling in a festive setting. Along with bumper rails that keep the ball in play for kids, new bowlers, and physicists studying bounce effects, the centre sports glow-in-the-dark lanes for nighttime bowling battles. Bowling shoes, dubbed this year’s up-and-coming accessory at Paris Fashion and Anaerobic Exercise Week, are included with this Groupon for up to six people (adults $2 per pair, kids $1). Spend an hour at Nortown taunting your friends and taking out frustrations on a group of hapless pinheads. Unlike other competitive sports, such as dogsled racing and rap battling, bowling has zero barriers to entry and a shallow learning curve.