Being an adult can be serious business. There are bills to pay (so many bills), chores to do, kids to wrangle if you’ve got them and work to do. Amidst all that grown-up stuff it’s important to let loose a little and remember what it’s like to be a kid. Take a break from the serious stuff by checking out some of these fun ways to feel like a kid in Toronto.
Jump on a Trampoline
Nothing creates a kid-like euphoria quite like jumping up and down on a trampoline. Any grownups who want to see how high they can get can do so at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. In addition to wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky Zone has a giant foam pit to jump into and offers fitness classes on the trampolines (called Skyrobics) and ultimate dodgeball.
Try an Escape Room
Escape rooms or escape games have been getting more and more popular in Toronto and they offer a fun way to get to together with friends that don't involve sitting around a bar or coffee shop. Essentially, teams are locked in a room that will have a particular theme (i.e. zombies, prison break) and have to solve various puzzles in order to escape. Some options in the city include BreakOut Adventures and At Escape.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Brush up on your sleuthing skills with a scavenger hunt through the city of Toronto. Urban Capers puts together events wherein teams of two to six work together to answer questions and solve riddles that will take them on a journey through a particular venue (for example the ROM) or neighborhood (Kensington Market, Church Street). The team with the most correct answers at the end wins a prize.
Ride a Go-Kart
Satisfy your need for speed with a spin around the track in one of Toronto’s fastest go-karts. 401 Mini-Indy Go-Karts has an indoor race track for year-round racing and races that go anywhere from five up to 80 laps.
Climb a Wall
One thing that most kids love to do, whether indoors or out, is climb. It seems as if as soon as they master the art of walking, they want to start moving upwards (be it a staircase or a bookshelf) as soon as possible. If you still have the climbing bug, you can satisfy your need to scale great heights with a visit to a climbing gym, of which there are many in Toronto. Some options include Boulderz Climbing Centre (with two locations), Joe Rockhead’s and The Rock Oasis.
Get Through an Obstacle Course
Remember climbing, scrambling and swinging through playgrounds as a kid? Now you can recapture that feeling with a trip to Pursuit OCR, a giant indoor obstacle course for adults. The 10,000 square foot space features everything you need to get back in touch with your inner nine-year-old. For starters, there’s a ball pit. Yes, a ball pit. In addition, you’ll find monkey bars, ropes, tunnels and more for a total of 19 obstacles. They also offer fitness classes and have a Sunday kids’ program.
Play a Game of Laser Tag
As simple as a game of tag can be, it can also keep kids occupied for hours. But who says tag is just for kids? Laser tag ups the ante by combining tag and hide and seek – with lasers. Over at RINX you and your fellow players make your way through a 3000 square foot laser tag maze described as a “one of a kind glow in the dark adventure.” Laser Quest is another option for laser tag fans.
Have Fun With a Hula Hoop
When was the last time you picked up a hula hoop? If you can’t remember, maybe it’s time to have another go at keeping a hoop spinning on your hips. Sugar Hoops offers classes and workshops at three locations across the city that will have you feeling like a kid while at the same time getting a unique workout. Classes offered range from basic hula hooping skills to hoop dance. There are also hula hoops for sale if you want to have one of your own to play (er, practice) with at home.