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Staycation in the 6ix

By Radhika Lakhani (@RadhikaLakhani)

May 26th, 2016

Below is a detailed look at seven places that are worth visiting during your “staycation” here in Toronto, featuring everything from the physical to the not-so physical.

7. BATL (Backyard Axe Throwing League)

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If you didn’t know axe throwing was a legitimate activity, well, you know now. BATL offers a casual urban venue where individuals can experience axe throwing in leagues, through walk-ins or private events. With eight locations across Canada, it’s the perfect place to host almost any event, from birthday parties to a girls or guys night out. Events are led by experienced axe throwing coaches who will teach you how to perfect your axe throwing technique. Can you hit the bullseye? Find out by booking your next event online. 

6. AT Bubble Soccer

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While it may not be featured in the Olympic Games, it is still an activity that is growing in popularity. AT Bubble Soccer is a 12,000 sq. ft. facility, and the first in Canada that is completely dedicated to bubble soccer and fitness. Bubbles can be rented, and the company provides packages from groups of 8 to 20 people. If you’d like to meet new people, they accept walk-ins at 4pm on Saturdays. Give it a try, and hey, if you end up liking it, you could even express your interest in joining their Bubble Soccer League. 

5. Casa Loma Escape Rooms  

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There are several ‘Escape Room’ venues throughout the GTA, but only Casa Loma has the country’s first and only theatrical escape game. That means live actors, full sound and set design to help create an evening of mystery. Players can chose from three scenarios, each one taking you to different parts of Casa Loma like an underground tunnel or the tower. If you’re up for the challenge, then go ahead and book your tickets.

4. Paintlounge

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You don’t have to be the next da Vinci or Monet because social painting is all about having fun, being relaxed and reducing stress. With locations in Toronto and Markham, they provide a canvas and paints when you register for a workshop, and their onsite café bar is there to help fuel your creativity. Even if you don’t know how to paint, their staff will be there to help guide you. It’s a guaranteed fun night, and you will get a new piece of artwork that you can hang in your home. As a bonus, Paintlounge always has several promotions running, so take a look and don’t forget to book! 

3. Yuk Yuks Stand Up Comedy

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If you’re looking for something less physically demanding, then Yuk Yuks is the place to be. They have several locations across the GTA, and with shows from Tuesday to Sunday, you can enjoy food and drinks while taking in the comedic stylings of some of the best stand-ups the city has to offer. You can purchase tickets directly through their website or on location. 

2. Archery District

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Archery Tag is a little more intense than the average game of tag you played in middle school. It’s a team-based activity where you use your bow and foam-tipped arrows to shoot opposing players and targets. You can chose from several game modes, and all the equipment is provided by Archery District, who have locations in Toronto and Mississauga. If you’re looking to release your inner Katniss Everdeen or Robin Hood, then you can book your game of archery tag online.

1. City Chase 

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The GoodLife Fitness City Chase is billed as “Canada’s Largest Urban Adventure.” It’s kind of like a scaled down version of The Amazing Race. You and a partner will be tested physically and mentally as you navigate your way throughout the city, deciphering clues that will lead you to unique challenges called ChasePoints. There are 20 set up throughout the city, and your team will need to find and complete half of them. The funds raised during all City Chase events are donated to the GoodLife Kid’s Foundation, which supports physical activity programs for children with autism. City Chase will be in Toronto on June 25, 2016 and August 20, 2016. Do you think you have what it takes? If so, you can register for the event here 

If you take part in any of these activities, let us know and share some photos by tweeting us @RadioHumber.