What to do
Eye Candy Pop-up ☆☆☆☆☆
322 Queen St West
It’s hard not to notice the Eye Candy pop-up gallery, located on one of Toronto’s busiest foot traffic streets.
This is a family-friendly experience that brings together the vibrant, the inspired, and the epic. Leave your cares and worries at the door and come to experience the whimsy and wonderful world of Eye Candy Toronto! This is a one-of-a-kind pop-up experience with incredible installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and endless moments of sweetness.
Their mission: To fuel imagination and embrace the adventurous bone that lives inside all of us.
Get ready to laugh, smile, and take a ton of selfies!
Click here to read my Google review of Eye Candy Toronto.
Hide Seek Pop-Up☆☆☆☆☆
1305 Dundas St West
Hide from reality and seek a world of childlike wonder.
Get lost in immersive installations that let you
feel like a kid again.
Rediscover your carefree spirit and capture moments
you’ll want to show and tell.
Hideseek is an immersive pop-up experience inspired by childhood nostalgia. As an interactive installation, this multi-sensory adventure excites in person and impresses in photos. With floor-to-ceiling installations designed to help rediscover playful activities, HideSeek brings childlike wonder to life and fulfills the universal dream of adulthood: to feel like a kid again. I loved that they gave us fresh cotton candy mid-way through the gallery, it has been my favourite sweet treat since I can remember.
Click here to read my Google review of HideSeek.
Elle Fitness and Social – *New* Jacked Class ☆☆☆☆☆
580 King St West
I often go work out at Elle Fitness on King West. This is a women-only boutique fitness studio offering the most diverse & empowering schedule of group classes, personal training and special events. I recently tried their new Jacked class and absolutely loved it! The class description on their website says “Let’s hit the weights. Build your strength, build your muscles, burn calories, get lean. How? LIFT HEAVY. We’re building strong, powerful women over here. Let’s GO!?” I highly recommend this class.
I was super curious about their boxing class, luckily their amazing Master Trainer (@gill_thethrillll) offered to give me a private trial class. Unlike all the other boxing classes I’ve taken, this really was an intense full body work out. My favourite part was incorporating the various punching techniques and the giant rope at the end. Click here to watch Gill and I work out a sweat.
Click here to read my Google review of Elle Fitness and Social.
VR Playin – Virtual Reality☆☆☆☆☆
I recently tried Virtual Reality for the first time at VR Playin. Toronto’s first ever virtual reality arcade! The space is huge with 18 stations available, semi-private or private areas for groups, a driving simulator, green screen room and a VR experience catalogue loaded with something for everyone.
I had soooooo much fun. We had two awesome customer care representatives that walked us through every step of the way. I would 100% recommend VR Playin whether its for a cute date night or a rowdy group activity.
Click here to watch the vlog. *Spoiler alert: I smash into a wall*
Paintlounge – Paint Night ☆☆☆☆
Best date night activity hands down! I had such a awesome experience with my boyfriend at Paintlounge. It was a perfect balance of working on an activity while still socializing and bonding with my partner. It was so much fun to share ideas, get creative and help each other. This blows movie night right out of the water. If your looking to plan something special wiht your partner, I absolutely recommend paint night.
The goal is to show you that social painting ™ is fun, relaxing, and is actually beneficial (it’s like a creativity workout) for our everyday lives. No matter if you’re left-brained or right-brained, we believe that you’re at your best when you get to exercise both sides of your brain.
Barry’s Bootcamp – High Intensity Work Out Class ☆☆☆☆☆
My favourite work out that just opened in Toronto is Barry’s Bootcamp. Barry’s is the original high intensity work out class. You will burn up to 1,000 calories in one class. Not to mention tone muscle, maximizes fat loss, and increase your metabolism, so you actually burn calories even after class is over. && they also have eye candy personal trainers with rock solid abs to entertain throughout.
I had so much fun trying out their new flexibility class. I was stretching muscles I didn’t even know exist! We did some cool exercises uses a vibrating exercise ball to target tight pressure points; it was unbelievable!
Toronto Poetry Slam – Spoken Word Poetry ☆☆☆☆☆
I attended my first poetry slam recently at the Drake Underground where they hosted the Toronto Poetry Slam semi finals. Toronto Poetry Slam is a twice-monthly spoken word competition, where the judges vote on each poem presented. This ain’t your grandma’s poetry!
It was such an eye opening experience to hear the talent perform and touch on so many thought provoking subjects. The performers were such a diverse group, there was something for everyone. I laughed, I cried, I got upset when people kept walking by me. It was quite a stir of emotion. I would definitely recommend Toronto Slam Poetry as a fun low-key activity to attend.
Where to eat
Bring on the carbs! I love Italian food and had high standards upon my arrival at Il Fornello. We chose to sit in the patio area on a nice corner table with a wonderful view of the street. The host was quick to tend to us and make sure we had everything we needed.
The server was friendly and offered a variety of food and beverage suggestions. As per her suggestions we tried the fresh fried calamari, gnocchi, beyond-meat burger and a couple cocktails.
It was really really delicious!
Click here to read my Google review for Il Fornello.