Your cure for boredom in the east end

Three (and more) places to have fun in the local area

the author, Katianna Manakis, at BATL Axe
The author celebrates a bulls-eye at Batl Axe. (Eleni Manakis) 

Stumped about what to do this upcoming winter break? Finishing a school semester and want a place for you and your friends to unwind?

After some extensive research and visits to many places this past week, here are the top three picks for things to do in the area.

Batl Axe

Bring your friends and bring out your inner Viking at Batl Axe near Riverdale Park. This is a favourite on the list, as it was the most fun.

Grab a group of four to six people for a regular package, and you’re good to start throwing axes.

 “We have many different packages for customers to choose from,” Batl Axe manager Dean Horvath says. “Depending on what package you pick, you can get free drinks and snacks. Including beer and other coolers.”

You’re taught the proper form, as well as any and all safety precautions. (After all, you are throwing axes!)

You can rent a spot at Batl Axe for birthdays, company outings, or just to have fun with friends. 

Distillery District Christmas Village

Erica Koulgianis and boyfriend, Louie, at the Distillery District Christmas Village. (Katianna Manakis/Toronto Observer)

Ready to embrace the holiday spirit?

The Distillery District Christmas Village is filled with cute shops, trendy restaurants, and festive rides for a family outing, friends’ dinner, or a date night.

“We come every year, most times more than once,” says Erica Koulgianis, a visitor to the Christmas Village with her boyfriend.

“El Catrin is our favourite restaurant. We go every year as a tradition.”

So whether it’s for a bite to eat or to get your festive on, the Distillery District Christmas Village is the place to be.


If you have a big group that loves competition, Activate may be for you. On the border of East York and North York, it’s an active gaming facility where you can play arcade-style games by jumping, climbing, and dodging.

Activate Room 1: Colours

“Activate was a lot of fun and was a great way to bond with coworkers outside of the typical work atmosphere,” says Liam Heath, an Activate customer on a work excursion with his colleagues.

“The different level intensity options made it so everyone felt like they could play. Would recommend it to everyone who wants to have some fun while working up a sweat.”

So, if you’re ready to finally take out your boss in a family-friendly environment, Activate is where you want to spend your time.

And more

There’s so much new stuff to do in the east end. We’ve given detail about three here, but there’s so much more for you to explore.

You can also check out Sky Zone Trampoline park, ZED*80 Arcade Bar, and Daydream Adventures.

Whether you’re looking for fun during the coming holidays, or for just a weekend outside of the house, you need never leave the east end.

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Posted: Nov 24 2022 6:45 pm
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