Activate Games (Winnipeg, MB)
My son is obsessed with computer games, so this summer, we sat down and watched the TRON remake, where the hero finds himself inside the video game. A few weeks later, we found ourselves at Activate Games in Winnipeg, which did one better. A state-of-the-art interactive experience, Activate offers dozens of laser and LED-lit games inside small, dark rooms, requiring competitors to jump, run, think, twist, toss, shoot and collaborate. Wearing an RFID (radio frequency identification) bracelet, our scores and progress are all tracked, players are efficiently directed through the facility, and each high-paced game is easy to grasp and lasts just 90 seconds. As each game concludes, we exit through a side door or have the opportunity to replay or level up. Activate’s vision and futuristic execution are remarkable, active, and 50 Nintendos worth of fun. Invented in Winnipeg, this must-do team building or party activity has quickly expanded to over a dozen cities across North America, with branches in Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton, Brampton, Burlington and Scarborough. My son’s favourite game required us to dodge lasers, jumping or sliding clear of the beams as we crossed the room. We loved the synchronized colour squares and blasting asteroids across a series of monitors. While Activate’s website recommends the experience for adults and kids 10 and up, it’s been several months, and my seven-year-old still won’t stop talking about it.