If you’ve read our previous blog about golfing, but teeing off just isn’t your thing, you can still have a blast getting your sweat on at one of the many sport and recreational facilities just a short drive away from your Riverside home. From Parkour and archery to foam dart dodgeball and beach volleyball, you’ll be amazed just how many places there are in your neighbourhood to have an action-packed day. All of these businesses provide activities for children too, so that every member of the family can join in on the fun!


Whether you’re looking for some solo stress relief or the perfect venue to have a smashingly exciting birthday party, you’ll love Battle Sports, located at 26 Ashwarren Road. This 10,000-square-foot niche sports entertainment space offers 4 unique experiences for you to try out, including the city’s largest indoor archery range, archery and foam dart battle arenas, and a rage room. Even if the closest you’ve ever come to a bow was watching Katniss battle it out in the Hunger Games, you’ll leave Battle Sports feeling like a pro after just a single lesson with their Olympic-level archery experts! You’ll also love trying out their foam dart battle arena, a much less painful alternative to paintball and airsoft, as well as their rage room where you can spend the better part of an hour literally smashing objects with crowbars and baseball bats. Keep an eye on the Battle Sports website to stay up-to-date on their blog and to find more information about their upcoming summer camps and this truly unique space!

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When you’re living in your Riverside home, you’ll never need to worry about your trip to the beach being ruined by chilly weather or rain. Beach Blast, located at 15 Leswyn Road and less than a 10-minute drive from your front door, offers over 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor sandbox courts perfect for playing year-round games of beach volleyball. Drop in for some last-minute fun and exercise with friends, join one of their year-round tournaments, or learn from the best at one of their expertly taught clinics! In addition to their year-round sandy volleyball courts, they also offer a kidzone your little ones will definitely love! While the ginormous sand box is sure to make your kids’ jaws drop, Beach Blast also hosts children’s beach Olympics, frequent treasure hunts, and games of tug-of-war. Plan a competitive weekend in the sand with friends and family at the only beach in the GTA that can promise you perfect weather any time of year!

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A favourite destination for NBA lovers across the GTA, HoopDome is a state-of-the-art, basketball-only sporting facility that offers everything from leagues and tournaments to court rentals, cage pick up play, and summer camps. HoopDome prides itself on being able to offer visitors unique outdoor and indoor courts that maintain an urban aesthetic while providing players with the luxury of bleachers, high-end portable baskets, scoreboards, and professional style hardwood floors. You’ll love knowing that HoopDome provides 365 days a year availability for pick up play, no matter what other special programs they are hosting. At HoopDome, they’ll provide you with everything you need to have a great time playing one of Canada’s favourite sports, all you have to worry about is bringing your A-game! Check out HoopDome today at 75 Carl Hall Road or learn more about it and their amazing facilities at their website.

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Best known for opening the world’s first Parkour gym in 2008, Monkey Vault is an indoor/outdoor training facility dedicated to movement of all kind rather than fitness, as a traditional gym would be. From free-running and tricking to gymnastics, breakdancing, circus arts, and stunt training, everybody is welcome to pop into the centre and practice what they love doing, inspiring others to push past their own boundaries in the process. The Monkey Vault, located at 100 Symes Road, prides itself in having introduced more people to Parkour in Toronto than anyone else in the country. Take advantage of the close proximity of this ground-breaking facility to your Riverside home and take a private class with one of their expert instructors, or try something new with your friends and book a group lesson! An added bonus: there’s an adult-sized foam pit in the basement! Check out their website to learn more about their class schedule.
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