It’s a classic first date duo — mini-golf and a movie. I remembered this as my go-to date idea from high school and decided to plan a mid-winter family adventure around it.
We arrived at Putting Edge Mini Golf in Burlington just as they opened one blustery Saturday morning at 10am. Putting Edge is located on Brant Street in the Burlington Power Centre right next to SilverCity Burlington (which we’d be visiting later in the day).
I used a 2-for-1 coupon that I had picked up at the Burlington New Year’s Day Celebration and we got our game in gear. The great thing about being there at opening was that we had the whole place to ourselves.
The Burlington Putting Edge course features 18 holes of outlandish, glow-in-the-dark creatures from sand and sea. One moment we were battling a serpent underwater and the next we were putting amongst tropical palm trees. There were also lush rain forests, Aztec jungles, and medieval castles that set the scene for our family showdown.
While staff busily prepared for a day of birthday parties, we took advantage of being the only golfers that morning and moved at a leisurely pace. Baby Burlington toddled all over the place chasing our golf balls. It became a challenge to sink each putt before he could get to it.
Putting Edge proved to be an entertaining indoor activity on a cold winter’s day. Their website proclaims, “Live Life, Don’t Watch It” which nicely summarizes the motive behind our 100 adventures challenge.
We wrapped up mini golf about 15 minutes before our matinee was set to begin and then headed next door to SilverCity. The Burlington SilverCity is one of 71 Cineplex locations across the country that offers the Family Favourites series every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.50! What a bargain.
The movies featured each week cover a broad range of former hits from Shrek to Charlotte’s Web to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When I saw that one of the movies was Elmo in Grouchland, I knew that it would be the perfect “first movie” for our youngest. We wouldn’t normally think to take a 1-year old to the movie theatre, but he often sits in awe of Elmo so we gave it a shot.
With the movie about to begin, we picked up a kids popcorn combo to share and got settled in our seats. Elmo soon appeared on the big screen and our normally wiggly child was transfixed… at least for the first 20 minutes until he fell asleep.
In addition to Family Favourites, Cineplex also offers a Classic Film Series on Sundays and Wednesdays. Films like The Ten Commandments, Sunset Boulevard, and Lawrence of Arabia are presented for the first time in digital format on the big screen. Perhaps the most popular, recurring film in this series is The Wizard of Oz which is playing Sunday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 17.
In November and December, Cineplex turns it’s attention to the holiday season when they show classic Christmas movies as part of both the Family Favourites and Classic Film series. This past season we enjoyed Home Alone, A Christmas Story and Elf on the big screen!