The Edmonton Corn Maze carves more than 5 kilometres of twists, turns, dead ends, and periodic mental breakdowns into a corn-field labyrinth. The kernelled crop in the maze currently reaches over 11 feet tall, towering high above you and your puzzle-solving economic advisor as you roam the dry dirt paths. Whether you go with a sweetie or a friend, you'll find plenty of opportunity to playfully pop around the winding maze's green edges and contemplate which direction to take at 85 decision points. Though the cheaters and fortune-tellers can theoretically wander through the produce puzzle in less than half an hour, most path amblers complete the adventure in about an hour or more.
Trophy Book indoctrinates pupils in recreational archery with a comprehensive indoor shooting lesson. During two hours of range practice, experts illuminate basic archery mechanics including aim, stance, and Cupid repellents. Aspiring bull's-eye hunters can brandish rented bows and arrows at no additional cost and receive thorough safety instruction from seasoned guides. In addition to hosting archery lessons in standard lanes, Trophy Book also regales customers with TechnoHunt virtual reality lanes (not included in the price of this Groupon) that simulate indoor and outdoor shooting scenarios and games of Pin the Brooch on the Donkey for digital target practice.
The Fall-o-Ween Harvest Fest delights fall revellers of all ages with family-friendly activities and interactive events. Intrepid wanderers can put their internal compasses to the test as they wend through the Great Prairie Corn Maze that features 5 kilometres of pathways and a minotaur in festive denim overalls. Take in the dramatic, pathos-filled performances staged by the Cornstalk Puppet Theatre, or engage in small talk with the groaning floorboards in the haunted farmhouse. A petting farm gives wee ones a chance to network with a variety of furry friends including sheep, goats, and bunnies, and guests can opt to construct a stern-looking scarecrow to take home and use to terrify nosy neighbourhood scarecrows. Family units can also partake in the A-Maizing Race that sends teams across the entire farm in search of an octet of clues, and feet exhausted from overzealous merrymaking can take advantage of the unlimited wagon rides around the sprawling farmstead.
Inside St. Albert Bowling Centre, pins clatter across 24 hardwood lanes, mixing with the sounds of celebration as bowlers compete in 5-pin or 10-pin bowling. The centre's string pin-setting machine dutifully places toppled pins upright, saving guests from having to exercise their powers of telekinesis. Bumpers are available to help bowlers age 8 and younger, and on weekend evenings, neon and disco lights illuminate the centre as the sound system is cranked up.
On the outdoor 18-hole mini-golf course, putters manoeuvre around obstacles such as the spinning blades of a windmill and the tapping feet of impatient golf partners. The game room offers similar hand-eye challenges, with video games, skee-ball, and air hockey. Players can take a break to sip slushies or nosh on pizza at the snack bar.
Certified by the World Golf Teachers Association, Steve Lawrence's instructional expertise acquired over 11 years continues to evolve, as he operates out of a technologically refined indoor environment for comprehensive golf instruction and practice. In private lessons, Steve augments his own purview of knowledge with TrackMan Performance Studio software, which records swings in high definition and gathers invaluable data, including swing path, club-face angle, and spin rate without having to inject nine-irons with a truth serum. The studio boasts hitting bays for full swing practice as well as a 600-square-foot putting-and-chipping area, all of which are put to use in training programs developed for juniors and adult tournament players. The academy also specializes in golf fitness training, which helps develop more efficient swings by strengthening the core, building muscle memory, and bench-pressing golf carts.