Indoor Activities to try out on Family Day or March Break
Emily English, Canada AM producer
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 6:30AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 9, 2016 9:47AM EST
Family Day is just around the corner in many provinces and March Break is approaching quickly, so it’s the perfect time to plan an event with family or friends. Cold winter temperatures mean indoor activities could be a great option, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun and active.
Our team of producers at Canada AM have been on a quest to find entertaining things to do that could be your next family outing.
We’ll be showing you one new activity each day, so check back to see the videos of all of the featured facilities below.
Location: The Canada AM team visited Sky Zone in Toronto. Sky Zone has various locations across Canada.
What they have to offer: Wall-to-wall trampolines & activities such as SkyRobics, Open Jump & Ultimate Dodgeball.
Age ranges: Good for both kids & adults. As long as the child can walk unassisted, they are welcome to take part in jumping.
How the Canada AM team enjoyed it: We tried out "Ultimate Dodgeball" which combines regular dodgeball with the wall-to-wall trampolines. The game brought out the competitive side in the AM staff. All the jumping and bouncing is actually quite a good workout, but it’s so much fun that you barely noticed how tiring it is.
Location: We visited AT Bubble Soccer in Vaughan, ON. Bubble Soccer is growing in popularity and new facilities are popping up all over the country.
What they have to offer: Bubble Soccer is exactly what it sounds like – a game of soccer while wearing a giant bubble. The hilarious bubble outfit turns the game into a part-soccer, part-sumo wrestling experience.
Age ranges: AT Bubble Soccer also has a separate field with smaller bubbles designed specifically for kids. The minimum age is 6 to 7 years old. Children have to be at least 3"11 tall to play in the kids bubble.
How the Canada AM team enjoyed it: It’s a novel experience to be able to ram into your colleagues in an inflated bubble. Some deep-rooted rivalries were definitely worked out on the field. It’s quite exhausting to run around, get hit and get back up again.
Location: Canada AM staff visited Archers Arena in Toronto. There are various other archery tag facilities in many cities across Canada.
What they have to offer: If you’re a fan of "The Hunger Games" and have been dying to try out some moves like Katniss Everdeen, this might be the place for you. They have a shooting range where you can learn how to use a bow and arrow, before you move on to some combat archery.
In combat archery, dodgeball rules apply, but instead of a ball, you had a bow and arrow. Don’t worry, the arrows have foam tips.
Age ranges: Archers Arena accepts children as young as 10 for private games.
How the Canada AM team enjoyed it: Everyone on the AM team enjoyed target practice and learning how to properly use a bow and arrow. Combat archery was an interesting experience, as most of us had never tried it before. There were some talented archers amongst our staff, as well as a few who felt very intimidated!
Indoor Obstacle Course
Location: Pursuit OCR in Toronto.
What they have to offer: It’s an indoor obstacle course, designed for adults. The idea is to put play back into the workout and rediscover your inner child. The course takes 5 – 10 minutes to go through. There are 19 obstacles including monkey bars, rope walls, and a ball pit.
Age ranges: It’s designed for those 18 and up. They do offer family play days on Sunday mornings. Children 11 and younger are welcome then, with a supervising adult.
How the Canada AM team enjoyed it: It looks fun (and it is), but make no mistake this was hard. Almost everyone from our team was in pain the day, but just goes to show you that you can get a great workout while ‘playing.’ My favourite part was the ball pit. I could watch the footage of my colleagues falling into it over and over again.
Location: We tried out the Casa Loma Escape Series. Escape games have become a big trend and there are many locations popping up across the country. This one is unique because it's set inside historic Casa Loma.
What they have to offer: Casa Loma currently has two escape games and two more are in the works.
They are interactive puzzles where the participants have to work together to solve a series of clues in order to "escape" the room.
Age ranges: The games are recommended only for those over 13 years of age. Everyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
How the Canada AM team enjoyed it: The game we played was called 'Escape from The Tower' and took place over four levels connected by spiral staircases.
Some of the puzzles were tricky, but they were all achievable. There were actors to guide us through the game, and they would also offer hints when necessary. It's a great teambuilding activity because you really do have to work together.