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Best Activities for Kids in Cambridge – WRX Top 5

Top 5 Kids’ Activities in Cambridge

Greetings and welcome to the WRX Blog! This time around we are going to look at the best kids’ activities in the Cambridge area. Let’s begin!

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5. Family Fun Centre

Using your website address as your company name… is it the cleverest decision since the 4th Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich? Perhaps – it’s part of the reason Family Fun Centre landed on our illustrious list!

The main reason it’s on the list, though, is that it’s simply great family fun. Family Fun Centre has bowling (obviously), but it also offers ‘Cosmic Mini-Golf’ and an arcade, making it a great place to spend an afternoon, or even host a birthday party.

Adults can enjoy bowling here, too, and there are both 5- and 10-pin variants (with bumpers available on request). It’s located in southern Cambridge; check out their website here.

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4. Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Beautiful, peaceful, and serene, the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a delight for all of the senses. The interior of the Conservatory maintains a tropical climate, which is an interesting experience in and of itself. But it’s really the beautiful colours of the butterflies, the birds, and the gardens that make strolling throughout the facilities so enjoyable.

There is a wide range of crawling, fluttering creatures to discover at the lovely Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and children wearing bright colours can marvel as butterflies land on them. But if butterflies aren’t quite ferocious enough for you, or you’re more interested in mammals than insects, just wait until further up the list.

The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is located in the far north of Cambridge, near the Region of Waterloo International Airport. Their website is here.

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3. Splatzone Paintball and Adventure Centre

I know what you’re thinking. Or at least, I know what I think you’re thinking. And that is this: anywhere that combines the word ‘splat’ with the word ‘zone’ is absolutely guaranteed to be a thrilling place.

And let me tell you, Splatzone Paintball and Adventure Centre is a thrilling place indeed. Splatzone is incredibly fun, and it has an impressive range of activities for visitors to enjoy. There is, of course, paintballing – but note that, if you or your children are feeling a little apprehensive, they offer ‘Low Impact Paintball,’ meaning the paintballs are much smaller and lighter (and thus shouldn’t hurt) for both their indoor and outdoor facilities.

Other exciting activities include Bazooka Ball, Combat Archery Tag, and Nerf Battles. Splatzone is popular for good reason: it’s extremely entertaining, and enjoyable for children, teens, and adults alike. Splatzone also runs summer camps, and it’s a great place for parties.

You can find Splatzone Paintball and Adventure Centre just south of the Cambridge Centre, on Hespeler Road. Find out everything you need to know here.

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2. Airborne Trampoline

Does it seem, sometimes, that your kids have unlimited stores of energy? Well, Airborne Trampoline is sure to use up that energy faster than you’d believe, in a clean, safe, and supervised environment. Plus, if you’re up for a workout that’s both physically tiring and a lot of fun, it’s open to adults, too!

Sessions start out with a bit of instruction from the friendly staff (if you’ve never been here, you’ll learn some new techniques) and then you will jump like you’ve never jumped before. Leaping around on the bouncy trampolines at Airborne Trampoline is something that you have to experience to truly understand, but the fact that they’re expanding into new cities should show that they’re doing something right.

There are different ways to participate, but the Open Jump sessions are a great way for the whole family to jump together. And to reiterate: it is more of a workout than you’d expect, but so much fun that the kids might not even notice.

And who knows, maybe they’ll discover latent talents as gymnasts? Airborne Trampoline is in far northern Cambridge, near the Toyota plant. Check out their website here.

Always be sure to follow proper jumping safety etiquette. According to Hop Trampoline, here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • Be aware of your environment and what is around you (this includes possible obstacles as well as other people)
  • Do not let children go unsupervised (children under 5 years of age should not be allowed on a trampoline at all)
  • Make sure to land on both feet so that you can balance yourself properly
  • Don’t overcrowd the trampoline (or any area of it)
  • Make sure to pace yourself and jump within your ability
  • Don’t overdo it on the stunts, it’s about bouncing around, not winning gold for the olympics

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1. African Lion Safari

Okay, first of all, we must note: you won’t find African Safari anywhere near the familiar Cambridge trifecta of Galt, Preston, and Hespeler. Indeed, you won’t find African Safari particularly close to Cambridge period. African Lion Safari lies a few kilometers southeast of the city proper.

However, its official address is in Cambridge, and to be fair, it’s only about a fifteen minute drive away from Ainslie Street Terminal in downtown Galt. And it’s very much worth the drive, and the price of admission.

You can drive your own vehicle through the seven primary reserves, or you can hop on the Safari Tour Bus if you’re not keen to allow a family of baboons to crawl over your car.

Because you can be assured that that is a possibility if you come! If you do choose to drive your own vehicle through the safari, there is a path that bypasses the curious monkeys, though.

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For those who don’t know, African Lion Safari is a massive park in which over 1000 animals (consisting of over 100 different species) roam about freely. You can get up close and personal with all manner of mammal, and it’s truly a joy for visiting children to watch them going about their business.

Animals here include giraffes, rhinos, ostriches, cheetahs, elephants, and much, much more. Are there lions, you ask? Oh yes, there are lions – and if you’re lucky, you might get to witness one of them roar.

The animals like lions and cheetahs are separated from the path, so you don’t need to worry about them getting too close – but the less intimidating creatures can wander right up to your vehicle, which is quite exciting.

As alluded to earlier, the baboons are particularly memorable, and their antics are both amusing and, to some guests, eerily reminiscent of their own behaviour. Other attractions include a boat tour around a primate-inhabited island, a train ride through a natural wetland, a petting zoo, an enclosed walking area with a wide range of winged creatures (including storks, bald eagles, and Andean condors [one of the largest flying birds in the world]), and more.

One thing is certain: any children, and any adults, visiting African Lion Safari will never forget their time here. It takes the zoo experience to a new level of immersion, and it truly is worth repeat visits (with around 740 acres of space, you’ll probably discover something new each time).

African Lion Safari is family-owned; as noted, it’s located southeast of Cambridge. Check out its website here.

Written by Will Kummer

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