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A pirate ship sways back and forth, whisking youngsters away on virtual high-seas adventures. Elsewhere, inflatable jumping castles invite bouncers to defy gravity while contemplating future positions in parliament. In the free-for-all Fun Game Zone, carnival mirrors distort giggling guests’ reflections, and ping-pong and air hockey test competitors’ skills. These are just a few of the many activities that fill the days at Family Fun Fest, an annual family-friendly extravaganza that entertains and enchants its myriad visitors.

As youngsters and their parental units explore the various areas of the gargantuan indoor playground, they can make a pit stop for live entertainment. Helmed by the titular Trevor, The Trevor Show dazzles audiences with interactive song and dance numbers, followed by Doo Doo the clown, who had no choice but to become a clown, what with the name Doo Doo.

185 Limestone Cres
North York,
ON
CA

The best climbing gyms have a strong sense of community, and Toronto Climbing Academy's diverse group of beginner and expert climbers engender an encouraging atmosphere throughout the gym. With 11 distinct climbing areas, climbing walls that simulate real-world climbs, and scaling route difficulty, the vast academy accommodates climbing styles of all types. Inverted caves are a siren's call to skilled boulderers, while large holds and 120 extended routes challenge beginners and experts alike. Training tools such as a campus wall—a wall that works only the arms—supplement workouts between climbs. The gym's classes prepare novices for tougher routes with lessons in the fundamentals.

11 Curity Ave
Toronto,
ON
CA

Feet pound the dirt before scrambling up a ten-foot wall. Here in Battlefield Zero, the body and mind are equally challenged as a rush of adrenaline pushes trainees through a series of more than 20 obstacles. This military-style course generates progressive challenges to build strength, increase fitness, and speed reaction times—in essence, to summon each student's Inner Soldier.

An introductory session establishes base fitness levels, and each ensuing obstacle run introduces new challenges, which can include jumping, climbing, lifting, and pinky swearing. While navigating the three-acre course, soldiers-in-training can develop problem solving skills and overall physical fitness. And should a particular obstacle prove impossible to complete, alternative exercises are always available. Inner Soldier also builds team bonds during toned down corporate challenges and motivates civilians with competition during the annual Battlefield Titan race.

800 Islington Avenue
Toronto,
ON
CA

Designed by U.S. Military drill instructors, The O Course Crucible is based on the Marine Corps Crucible. While that challenge is 54 hours long and covers more than 60 kilometers, this race covers roughly 12 kilometers. However, the obstacles participants must surmount are designed in the same military style. Based both on land and in the water, the obstacles are kept secret before the race—but they are sure to test participants' endurance, strength and creativity under pressure. Once they complete the course, participants celebrate at an afterparty with food and drinks where the race officials honor the fastest racers.

176 Cherry St
Toronto,
ON
CA

Founded by William Ho, a Goodwill Ambassador for One Heart Beat and a longtime instructor at the Royal Ontario Museum, The One Gallery strives to expose Canadians to the appreciation and practice of international art. The business has dispensed art rentals and sales for private and corporate use and film productions, and instructed apprentices in private or group courses since first opening its doors in June of 2010. William Ho's paintings and sculptures have adorned museums, galleries, the United Nations, and Parliament Hill of Canada. On select Friday and Saturday night at Meeting the Master: Renaissance at The One, spectators can witness Ho conjure a stirring landscape or stick-figure version of the Venus de Milo before their very eyes.

190 Main Street
Markham,
ON
CA

What is Treetop Eco-Adventure Park? Think an obstacle course, except set in the forest and 10–85 feet above the ground. Participants wear harnesses and attach to zip lines, which allow them to navigate the course. But surely as an inquisitive explorer you have questions.

Which Route is Best?

The park splits its 60 aerial activities into four colour-coded routes.

  • Green: a beginner's course for adults and children 10 or older. Still no prance through the park: footbridges, zip lines, and other obstacles intersect 9 platforms.

  • Blue: an intermediate course for adults and children 10 or older. At the end you can either climb down or exit via a controlled leap known as the Tarzan jump.

  • Red: an advanced course for adults and children 10 or older. It doesn't get more challenging than the labyrinth and wall-climb obstacles that come between the course's 11 stations.

    How Long Does It Take to Complete a Course?

    Typically, two to three hours for an adult course. Each route also includes exit points where guides, like funk musicians, can help people get down.

    Can Friends and Family Watch?

    Yup. Non-participants can follow along with the guides, who monitor the courses via a series of forest trails. Guests of participants can access them for no charge. Children under age 16 require adult supervision.

    What Are the Course's Safety Features?

    Here are just a few ways Treetop Eco-Adventure Park ensures your trek through the trees is safe:

    • Everyone participates in a safety demonstration on our specially designed demonstration course before starting the course.
    • Harnesses attach to galvanized steel cables, which can support 10,000 lbs. (approximately the weight of an average-sized elephant or a solid-gold cello).
    • All guides and ground patrollers are certified in first aid and CPR.
    • Equipment inspected and certified yearly by the TSSA
    • Guides trained the National Fire Protection Association's standards for High Angle Rescue
    • Read more about the park's safety features.

      What Else Is There to Do?

      Visitors can grab chips, granola bars, or cold drinks at the welcome center. A human foosball course and giant Jenga are available in the picnic area.

      About Oak Ridges Moraine

      It's not all about adrenaline-packed thrills at Treetop Eco-Adventure Park. The zip lines and obstacles also introduce visitors to the beauty of the Oak Ridges Moraine, and the guides hope visitors can walk away with a new appreciation for the area. The important geological land form covers some 190,000 hectares of Ontario, and it serves as home to threatened plant and animal species.

53 Snow Ridge Crt
Oshawa,
ON
CA