Falling into a routine of eat, work, sleep can get stagnant, but there are plenty of ways to arouse some excitement in your life. From adult obstacle courses to sleep away camp, Vv Magazine’s Lisa Lagace rounds up the best activities in Toronto to awaken the child within.
Living in Toronto, it’s easy to get lost in a never ending sea of cocktail bars and new restaurant openings that make you feel like a classy adult. But what if all the responsibilities of being a grownup have you longing for the days before you knew how it felt to sip on a $20 martini? The days when your only worries concerned which ice cream flavour to choose and summer meant three months off from school to do whatever your little heart desired.
Well, you might not be able to escape your responsibilities for months at a time anymore, but you can still reembody some of that childhood glory… at least for an afternoon.
Here are some of our favourite ways to feel like a kid again in Toronto:
Visit the Zoo
Visiting the Toronto Zoo was a rite of passage every Ontario kid experienced at some point in their youth. While it has probably been decades since your last visit, taking a trip there now is an easy way to feel nostalgic about the first time you came face to face with a lion. Also, the Zoo has (really cute) pandas now… so there’s that.
Attempt an obstacle course
With a tagline like “bring back recess,” you know exactly what you’re getting into when you head to Pursuit OCR. Their indoor obstacle course is complete with rope climbing, tire runs, a ball pit and more, making it a great way to relive the days on the playground while testing your physical fitness and endurance levels. If your body’s more than a little sore after your first run, don’t fret – jump into their CryoCabin for a little Cryotherapy and freeze the aches away.
Jump at a trampoline park
If you weren’t lucky enough to be enrolled in gymnastics as a kid, spending a couple hours at Sky Zone’s indoor trampoline park will certainly help make up for it. Fitness classes, a dodgeball league, the Foam Zone and open jumping will have all your childhood bases covered.
Play laser tag
While these days you may not want to play paintball (bruises don’t exactly mesh with your new outfit), a safer alternative that is just as reminiscent of your childhood days is laser tag. Laser Quest is perfect for adult birthday parties, corporate team-building or afternoon dates, and you can even get in on their escape room game while you’re there.
Go to camp
There were the kids that got to spend their summers at camp, and then there was the rest of us. No matter which side of the coin you ended up on, you’ll want to check out Camp Reset for a weekend this summer. You’ll get to experience all the glory of summer camp including the fun workshops like circus arts, backwood basics and archery, the silly nicknames (thanks to their no name rule), and the opportunity to get down with yourself and mother nature. Forget about your day-to-day troubles (Camp Reset is strictly a technology and ‘shop talk’ free zone) and head to camp one last (or first!) time.
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