With the stresses and responsibilities of real life, we owe it to ourselves to have some good old fashioned fun once in a while to keep our inner child alive. Here are some fun activities around the GTA that will make you feel like a kid again.
Scavenger Hunts and Mysteries
Some companies including Urban Capers offer an array of unique adventures including a “Murder at the ROM” game, “Haunted Toronto” and a “Great Whisky Heist Mystery” around the Distillery District. Most of these take place weekly on either Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Meanwhile murder mysteries and “whodunits” are provided by Slixer Entertainment, including their own take on the Amazing Race, Toronto style.
Pursuit Obstacle Course
One of the newest and more exciting spots is the Pursuit Obstacle Course and its myriad of, well, obstacle courses. Nearly 20 are available including the “leap of death” into a giant ball pit, the “rope ramp” and traditional courses featuring monkey bars. One of the more unique aspects is the “Cyrosauna” which is a quick freeze of one’s body producing a safe natural rush. It’s not exactly Han Solo dipped in carbonite but it does the trick! Passes range from $20 for the day to $225 for a monthly pass.
Laser tag is another popular pastime for friends and even companies looking for team-building exercises. Laser Quest has a handful of GTA locations that hope that you’re “ready for a blast.” Elsewhere Rinx (65 Orfus Road, near Yorkdale Shopping Centre) have a new Helios Laser Tag system they use in their 3000 square foot facility.
Mazes and Escape Rooms
Toronto Island is now home to one of the city’s newest mazes. The William Meany Maze is a hedge maze named after a Toronto-born businessman who funded the effort to restore the maze. It’s one of several mazes around the GTA. Elsewhere there are tons of escape rooms around the city where you can test your zombie smarts, solve murders, and crack codes.
With the winter weather approaching it’s tough to enjoy a fast ride. Thankfully you can take your need for speed indoors at a few go-karting venues around the GTA. One, 401 Mini-Indy Go-Karts (37 Stoffel Drive), has group rates with races going anywhere from a few laps up to 80 laps.
Boulderz Rock Climbing now have two locations in the GTA, including one in the Junction (1444 Dupont St. Unit 16). Open every day and opening earlier on weekends, Boulderz had a variety of surfaces and challenges from the novice to experienced climber. Roped climbing is also available as are instructional classes to literally and figuratively get you off the ground.