As the centrepiece of a sprawling 32-acre site, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum preserves Canada's rich baseball heritage while leading visitors around the base paths of the game's history. In one room, fans ogle displays dedicated solely to the Expos and Blue Jays, and in another, artifacts from across the globe trap eyes in a pickle between vintage photos and authentic uniforms. The consistently rotated lineup of displays also saves a spot for current Canadian ballplayers, as well as for autographed Babe Ruth mementos that, despite their age, still retain their new hotdog smell.
Each year, the Hall of Fame adds new members to a select group of inductees, which currently includes 93 individuals and ranges from pro ballplayers and amateurs to umpires and trainers. In 2012 alone, the museum and its surrounding ball fields will play host to more than 450 events, highlighted by training clinics and minor league games. The 10th annual Kids on Deck summer camp also calls the site home, giving youngsters aged 8–14 the chance to perfect such vital skills as bunting and spitting a sunflower seed at least 10 feet.
Putting Edge's phosphorescent indoor mini-golf course challenges the eyes, ears, and short-game prowess of players of all ages. The 18-hole course confronts club-wielders with twists and turns amid a glowing battleground populated by painted neon trees, glowing statue heads, and iridescent wildlife conservationists. Upbeat music channels players' adrenalin as they expertly navigate their way through the incandescent irrigation routes and prove to competitors that their putting skills, like the bottom of Mazinaw Lake or Celine Dion's hair, are untouchable. Though not included in this Groupon, players may also hone joystick skills and grapple for prizes at Putting Edge's arcade. The glow-in-the-dark atmosphere encourages friendly competition for players of all fitness levels, birthday parties, and group gatherings.
Rainbow Cinema's downtown multiplex nestled inside Citi Plaza beckons audiences to attend current releases of Hollywood blockbusters, comedies, and dramas. Silver screens bathe eyeballs with a changing line-up of seven current films, with new arrivals weekly to relieve viewers of repetitive staring contests with film extras. A grand lobby greets entering patrons as they grab a bite at the snack bar before proceeding on to their chosen screenings.
Instinct Windsports gives humans the means to defy gravity and evolution. Everyone from beginners to experienced hang gliders can learn the ways of flight, with instructors making safety their top priority. Ground schools explore the gliders and their underlying principles before a scooter-mounted towing winch and a computerized simulator let beginners ease into flight. Although not included with this Groupon, more experienced students can work through certification courses that give them the techniques necessary to soar on their own.
For a safe, immersive introduction to the world of hang gliding, the center’s certified pilots also offer tandem flights. A high-powered winch or an ultra-light airplane tows the duo to as high as 1,500 feet before releasing the glider to the instructor’s control. During the next 10–30 minutes, adventurers gain a birds-eye view of the surrounding area and the possibility of controlling the glider so they can brag to their land-bound pets after landing.
Circle R Ranch is a 220-acre Touring Centre with 15 km of pampered, groomed, and tracked cross-country skiing trails meandering through picturesque wooded terrain, including a 5 km skating trail for "skate" skiing. Before hitting the tantalizing trails, skiers can suit up with Circle R Ranch's state-of-the-art equipment rentals at the full-service pro shop or overcome their commitment issues and buy some new or used equipment. With poles and hand warmers in fist, graceful gallivanters can enjoy a day on the snowy slip n' slides and then warm up in the heated lodge with home-style treats from the snack bar.
The centre’s expert instructors hone beginners’ and advanced players’ strokes in a bucolic outdoor setting. On one of four-lit hard courts, tennis acolytes spend a stimulating hour learning or improving the fundamentals of serves, backhands, and forehands. With their racquet-mastering teachers, intermediate players work on improving their game toward the goal of rousting all comers, and advanced players concentrate on mind-control strategy. John Hatch Tennis Centre has hosted lobbed airborne balls since 1980, when tennis was invented.