Waterloo Tango's passionate terpsichorean tutors instruct students of all skill levels how to partake in Argentina's leading cultural export, the tango. Emphasizing musicality and personal connection between partners, Waterloo Tango acquaints beginner-level dancers with the fundamentals of the form, including close embraces and intermediate-level sultry gazes. Optional two-hour group practice sessions held weekly emphasize the social nature of the dance and can augment regular lessons. The course requires no previous experience in dancing or music. In fact, early lessons teach novices how to find the beat, which is usually hiding in heating ducts. Students don't have to bring their own partners.
Owners Murrel and Lori Brubacher invite groups to solve a challenging ghost-town-themed labyrinth at the Waterloo County Corn Maze. For
60–90 minutes, visitors weave through corn stalks and trek down winding paths to sell insurance to the recreated ghost towns' resident spectres. Every abandoned borough showcases information about early towns that helped shape the local Ontario community, and visitors who find the information enter into a monthly drawing for dinner for two at Anna Mae's Bakery & Restaurant. On Friday and Saturday evenings, nocturnal adventurers navigate the outdoor maze using only moonlight and a flashlight brought from home. After solving the field, kids head indoors to excavate kernels from the sandbox and count grains in the sand pile. Families nibble packed meals at the picnic area. Larger groups can call ahead to book a free reservation for the volleyball court and campfire pit stocked with roasting sticks, on which guests warm volleyballs to their peak gooeyness.
Battlegrounds Athletic Research and Development all started with one speed bag hung in a garage. Over the years, those spartan beginnings turned into a full-scale gym that now offers sports conditioning and training in various fitness disciplines and martial arts. Expert instructors lead classes for all ages and fitness levels in areas that include boxing, muay thai, and fitness boot camps.
Though the winter snow has melted, inner tubes continue to zoom down the routes at Chicopee Tube Park—now cruising atop Italian mats, designed for waterless tubing. A host of other outdoor attractions complement the park’s eponymous activity. Two ziplines—an 80-metre line for first timers and a 300-metre line for veteran fliers—let passengers glide above the treetops without having to hitch a ride on a passing pterodactyl. The Eurobungy trampoline also gives guests the gift of flight, granting harness-sporting park-goers the ability to leap up to 25 feet in the air, and the spider-web climbing tower offers stationary bird’s-eye views once climbers have hoisted themselves to its pinnacle. For low-to-the-ground fun, harnessed participants at the horizontal ropes can balance six feet off the ground, getting a taste of tightrope walking without that chalky, acrophobic aftertaste.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
Cofounded by dancing legend Fred Astaire to train new generations of rug cutters with his signature easy grace, Fred Astaire Dance Studio uses a unique curriculum to create comfort on the dance floor. Expert instructors start with steps and rhythms common to most social dances, steadily building toward more specialized combinations of moves for a variety of rhythm-dance styles such as cha-cha and samba and smooth-dance styles such as the foxtrot and waltz. Once they've learned to follow, lead, or just pare down unnecessary finger snaps, students can take to the purple-walled dance floor to practice their steps and try on new partners at social parties.