Even though this weather is fickle and it’s only actually winter every other week, I thought I’d put together a list of fun things to do for those intermittent miserable days.
This list is targeted towards Toronto, since that’s where I live, but no reason you can’t do the same activities in your own town.
“what was I thinking?!” is pretty much my first thought every time I go. However my second thought is usually “look at me go, I’m a chimp! this is great!”. So if you like being active, want to seriously work out your arms (and fingertips, and weird muscles you didn’t know existed), this activity is for you. Also works great as a trust-testing mechanism!
Personal fave spot: True North. This facility is large and clean, with plenty to do and various difficulty levels- everything from beginner to bouldering.
TIP: their 1 month pass is the best deal! It includes 1 intro lesson, along with equipment rental and access to the facility for 1 full month – all for $50.
2. Pursuit OCR
This one too will leave you sore and bruised all over… but seriously worth it! (man, I hope other people are into being sore too!).
Pursuit OCR is an indoor obstacle course for adults. Think jungle gym on steroids. Complete with a ball pit, monkey bars, over/under climbing challenges, a skate ramp you can scale, climbing rope and more. It’s a super fun indoor activity to do with friends – you’ll burn tons of calories and push yourself to your limit. A daily pass is $20, or $50 for a monthly obstacle course pass.
Different Groupon Activities:
Groupon is great not only because it offers good deals but also because it introduces you to local joints you otherwise may not have heard of. It’s a great starting point when looking for something to do!
3. Paint Nite
I’ve done Paint Nite a couple of times, and I’ve seen bachelorette parties, couples on dates, birthdays, and just friends out for some fun. It’s really great for any occasion, and you don’t have to be an artist to participate. All of the supplies you’ll need are provided, and you’ll be taught how to make your very own masterpiece. This one is on the chillaxed side of things… no bruises here.
4. Escape Rooms
Escape rooms seem to be popping up everywhere. I’m sure if you check Groupon you’ll find one near you. The premise is as follows: you’re in a room, and you’re given a mission. It is your goal to solve clues in order to complete the mission and get out of the room in a certain amount of time. The clues are harder than you’d think so grab a group of friends to increase your chances of getting out!
5. Different exercise classes
If you don’t feel like committing to a long term gym membership or simply want to try something new, Groupon offers a wide array of classes to choose from. I’ve recently taken up boxing, which is super fun and great all year round. Bonus: you’ll stay in shape throughout the winter and be ready for summer when it rolls around :).