Balls rumble down World Bowl’s 40 polished lanes as the glowing lights of video projection screens glint off determined bowlers’ eyes. Seated beside their chosen lane, bowlers can lace up their shoes, listen for the echoes of crashing pins, and refer to a computerized scoring system that keeps track of every strike, spare, and wandering turkey. Between games, roll over to World Bowl's fully licensed snack barwhere servers refill empty stomachs and hollow bowling balls with pizza and drinks such as draft beer, cocktails, and wine. Bowlers can also opt to check out disco bowling on Friday and Saturday nights for alley antics paired with hip-shaking tunes or sharpen their hand-eye coordination through button-smashing melees or foosball matches in the arcade.
Nuf House provides year-round fun for tykes between the ages of 2 and 12, with an indoor playground, costumes for dress up, prop swords, and arts and crafts. They host themed parties in their venue, from classic princess parties to knight tournaments and cooking classes. For the youngest kids, they provide daycare throughout the year, giving them a safe, supervised space to play, learn, and explore their creativity.
Putting Edge's phosphorescent indoor mini golf course challenges putters with a network of greens hindered by glow-in-dark obstacles. Eighteen holes twist and turn throughout a darkened space populated by painted neon trees and glowing statues. A steady stream of upbeat music sets the pace for players as they navigate their way through the incandescent labyrinth to prove to competitors that their putting skills—like the bottom of Lake Michigan and Celine Dion's hair—are untouchable.
The indoor playground at Jiggles and Giggles features a range of fun equipment. There are inflatable bounce castles, seesaws, and a jungle gym with slides—to mention just a few of the facility's offerings. Parents can keep an eye on kiddies from the comfort of an onsite cafe.
The sixth annual Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival celebrates the history of Canadian aviation with showcases, exhibits, and live demonstrations on the grounds of Downsview Park and Airport, Canada’s first urban national park. Tickets grant entrance to Hangar Bay 1's exhibitions and aircraft displays, access to outdoor display grounds and runways, free Canadian Air & Space Museum admission, and a tour of the newborn helicopter nursery. Wings events showcase classic aircraft from the world's oldest flying DHC-1 Chipmunk to brand-new cloud ticklers such as the gargantuan C-130J Super Hercules. In-between browsing fields of professionally manufactured and home-built aircraft, guests watch pilots fly swiftly into the airport compound.
Though it teemed with overgrown plants and weeds, the property that eventually became Edwards Gardens satisfied Toronto businessman Rupert Edwards's dreams of living in the country. The addition of one of Canada's largest rockeries and a private 9-hole golf course helped rejuvenate the once unruly land, which Edwards converted into a public park in 1956. These days, themed gardens sprawl across the award-winning facility's nearly four acres, where guests can pass through aromatic plant displays and pick up tips and techniques for their own gardening. Elsewhere, the sloping green roof and 5,000-square-foot glass pavilion of The George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticulture shelters guests as they learn about the gardens' numerous green initiatives. Lectures, workshops, special events, and children's education programs further enrich each visitor's horticultural knowledge, as do Weston Family Library's nearly 10,000 books, periodicals, and tell-all memoirs penned by the ivy that's decorated area mansions for generations.