Ottawa has so much to offer, from festivals to historical sites to great green spaces, this city has it all. I thought I would put together an unofficial bucket list anyone looking for an adventure.
If you’ve never gone to a Paint Nite I would highly recommend trying this out. Anyone can paint, maybe not perfectly but it’s a fun way to get in touch with your creative side and have a few giggles. If you’re a perfectionist, I recommend starting with a second drink. From start to finish each painting takes about 2 hours and I loved every second.
Cost: $25 with coupons or $45 without
Pop quiz: You and your friends have been locked in a room, you have 45 minutes to escape, do you have the logic, instincts, and will power to escape? If you like puzzles, mystery, and high-pressure situations then this is the place for you! Check out their website here.
Cost: $20 per person
Since the Hunger Games, I think it’s fair to say I’ve had a minor obsession with bow and arrows and I think I’m not the only one. Though Archery Tag is highly available in the United States, there are not many locations in Canada for you to explore your inner Katniss. We are very fortunate to have 3 locations in and around Ottawa. Adam recently went and said it was a really fun challenge. They prep you with a training course followed by 50 minutes of Hunger Game-esque fun.
Maybe painting a canvas is too vanilla for you. Maybe you really need a coffee mug that is hand-painted and says, “man tears”. The Mud Oven is a great way to make something practical. I love it for the same reasons that I love Paint Nite, it’s a chance to create. They supply everything you’ll need to make something amazing and can give you a pointer or two to help you make your piece everything you’ve imagined.
The Mayfair Theatre
One of the many treasures located on Bank St. is the Mayfair. This theatre transports you back in time. It was built in 1932 and survived the Great Depression. It has four faux-balconies that provide the illusion of staircases and hallways. It has two real balconies that are decorated with clay-tile providing the illusion of the Mediterranean. It features wrought-iron lamps, ordinate moulding, and a large auditorium clock that has lasted since the buildings inception. When do I recommend going? To the telecast of the Oscars. Can you imagine the chaos of the audience after waiting for Leo to win for so long?
— Mayfair Theatre (@mayfairtheatre) January 22, 2016
Cost: $6.00 (members) / $10.00 (non-members) / $7.00 (seniors) / $5.00 (children)
Indoor. Trampoline. Park. I know those three words are probably send you jogging over there right now and I haven’t even gotten started. This is somewhere I will be going until I physically can’t anymore. Whether you are ready to spend hours slam dunking baskets or practice coordinating flips between you and your friends, this place is a dream. Dodgeball but on trampolines? Paradise. I can’t rave enough so I’m going to stop myself here. Check out Skyzone’s website for more information.
Cost: $11 (30 Minutes) / $16 (60 Minutes) / $21 (90 Minutes) / $24 (120 Minutes)
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