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    Fun in London: For the Young at Heart

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    • Author Tourism London
    • Date October 14, 2022
    • Categories
      London Music Office, Music & Entertainment, Family Fun, Things To Do
  • Whether you’re a kid, or just a kid at heart, London, Ontario offers a wealth of fun and frolic for any age.

    From bowling to arcades, waterparks and beyond — our city proves playgrounds aren’t just for the little ones anymore.

    bowling, billiards and beyond

    Entrance to Bowling Lanes at Palasad Socialbowl with neon lights
    Palasad Socialbowl • London, Ontario

    More than just your average bowling alley, Palasad SocialBowl offers something for everyone, serving as an ultra-deluxe, uniquely fun, mega-entertainment centre. Features include a swanky, fully-stocked bar and great food — including exceptional wood-fired cuisine to tempt any pallet. Meanwhile, bowling, billiards, ping pong, laser tag and more are sure to keep the entire family entertained. Enjoy craft cocktails, local beer offerings and live music featuring some of the best acts London and area have to offer, all under one roof.

    A mother and her son playing glow in the dark indoor mini golf at Fleetway in London, Ontario.
    Fleetway • London, Ontario

    Famous for family fun, Fleetway offers 44 lanes of 5-pin and 10-pin bowling. If you want to add to your experience, they also have an indoor 18-hole mini putt glow-golf course, five-level kids' play centre, billiard room with 14 tables and Playdium Lite games room offering something for all ages to enjoy! The on-site Dairy Queen and Pizza Projekt restaurants complete this family entertainment centre - with over 58,000 sq. ft. of indoor fun!

    Inside acTIVITIES

    Child bouncing in the trampoline park of the Factory at 100 Kellogg Lane
    The Factory - 100 Kellogg Lane • London, Ontario

    Looking for something a little more physical? The Factory at 100 Kellogg Lane has you covered. Known as Canada’s biggest indoor adventure park, The Factory packs all things awesome into its 170,000 sq. ft. space, including a trampoline park, a 100+ arcade game centre, virtual reality rooms and a soft indoor kids’ playground — not to mention the world's largest indoor ropes course! 

    Just interested in bouncing the day away? Check out one of London's trampoline parks for wall-to-wall bouncing fun. The Flying Squirrel and Aerosports indoor trampoline parks have plenty of activities for all ages including climbing walls, ninja warrior courses, aero hoops and of course open jump zones! Funvilla also offers an ultimate active experience with a trampoline park, ninja course, wall climbing and soft structure that is sure to tire out even the most energetic kiddos.

    Are your little ones looking for some indoor adventure? Play Away London sports a toddler-only climber, soft block building zone, racetrack and fitness area. With clear sight lines, comfy seating, free Wi-Fi, delicious coffee and local baked goods, parents can relax and enjoy themselves too.

    For those on the other side of town, Adventures on Wonderland is the spot for you. Boasting one of the largest soft play structures in Southwestern Ontario, your kids will love exploring the tunnels, ball bin, mazes and slides!


    sports indoors

    Two women playing a game of bocce ball at the vclubhouse in 100 Kellogg Lane
    The Club House - 100 Kellogg Lane • London, Ontario

    Have a sports lover looking for some indoor fun? The Club House at 100 Kellogg Lane boasts a state-of-the-art indoor sport experience for all ages! Check out their golf and multi-sport simulator suites, mini golf, bocce ball courts and more! Pair your Club House experience with local drinks and a fairway-inspired menu at their restaurant and bar.

    If you’re looking to plan something on a larger scale, The Playground London provides inclusive, year-round court sports and event spaces perfect for hosting multiple court sports, special events and tournament competitions. With 3 separate areas, 5 unique playing surfaces and a 600-seat bleacher system, this facility is perfect for a wide range of events.


    Arcade adventures

    A father and his 3 children playing various Pinball machines in Tilt Arcade Bar located in London, Ontario.
    Tilt Arcade Bar • London, Ontario

    Looking for some premier eats and entertainment? The Rec Room is the place to go. Owned and operated by Cineplex — yes, the same folks who bring you the biggest movies on the biggest screens — Canada’s premier hotspot has taken London by storm since opening its doors at Masonville Place with delicious food options, virtual reality adventures, arcade games, live entertainment and more. The Rec Room is the ultimate gathering place to grab a pint, host an event or just play all day. While visitors of all ages are welcome until 10 p.m., the night is for the grown-ups. Whether you’re looking to unleash their inner gamer, or just kick back, relax and see where the evening takes you The Rec Room is your go to night out.

    Wanting to take a step back in time? Tilt Arcade Bar is London's only retro arcade with over 80 games including arcade machines, pinball, console boots and more. The best part? Tilt offers unlimited play for just $7! Top off your experience with a cold drink and something delicious from their full food menu for an undeniably great time.   

    outdoor excitement

    Two moms enjoying a drink by the pool at east pakr while the water slide is in the distance
    East Park • London, Ontario

    Finally, for those looking to beat the heat in the summer, East Park will help you splash your cares away with the perfect place to play. Situated over 100 acres just off Hamilton Road, you can’t miss the state-of-the-art wave pool, found right in the middle of their seven-slide waterpark, alongside the always-popular splash pad, go karts, batting cages and 18-hole executive golf course. To put it mildly, East Park has something for everyone, including mini golf, rock climbing and bumper cars, as well as a driving range named London’s best in 2019 — guaranteeing a full day of fun.

    Boler Mountain Treetop Adventure Park in London, Ontario, Canada
    Boler Mountain Treetop Adventure Park • London, Ontario

    Looking for year-round outdoor adventure? Boler Mountain is the place for you! During the winter months, ski, snowboard and tube your heart out with 15 distinct runs served by chairlifts and magic carpet lift on the beginner hill. Once the snowy season is over, enjoy the Treetop Adventure Park and ziplines. The Adventure Park, built in their natural Carolinian forest behind the ski trails, offers 3 different levels of courses, a kid's course and a zipline only course which features 6 consecutive zips. End your adventure with Southern Ontario's longest zipline that takes you from the top of the hill back to the chalet. They also have mountain biking and fitness trails for those who prefer to seek their thrills a little closer to the ground. 


    A family walking into the entrance way of Storybook Gardens in London, Ontario, Canada.
    Storybook Gardens • London, Ontario

    If you’re looking for something geared towards younger ages, Storybook Gardens' Riverbank Splash Pad is the perfect place to cool off during the summer. Make a day out of it and explore the 20-acre park including a large sand and water play area, miniature play village and daily entertainment featuring puppet shows, storytellers, music and more! In the winter, the park features a beautiful outdoor 250m skating trail. The trail is refrigerated for excellent skating conditions as the trail winds its way through the trees filled with holiday lighting. After you skate, enjoy a hot chocolate and a delicious pastry from the Beavertails concession outlet. 

    While some may think that playgrounds are just for the little ones, London is proving that fun can happen at any age. So get out there, play, laugh and act like a kid again. After all, you're only young once!

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