FIRST ANNIVERSARY: Catching up with a speed dating match one year later

Speed Dating Match success story

“It’s a crapshoot. You never know what’s going to stick!” – George, past attendee and speed dating match

On April 18, 2017, the first Do Sask Saskatoon Speed Dating event took place on the third floor of the Hose & Hydrant Pub.

In celebration of my first anniversary, I invited attendees from the very first speed dating event to share their success stories. With 11 people in attendance it was an intimate crowd. Fast forward twelve months. Speed dating has had more than a dozen successful events, hundreds of matches, and lots of singles ditching their smartphones for some real face time.

Do Sask began with a goal to help people get connected on a deeper level to the community around them. With all the buzz, I’m sure you’re just as curious as I am about how speed dating has an impact on attendees once the event is over.

This week, I was pleasantly surprised to hear from two of my very first attendees, a lady named Kate* and a gentleman named George*, who are now in a long-term relationship.

Kate and George have been seeing each other since meeting at speed dating last year. When I asked them if they would let me interview them on their experience, they agreed. I talked to each interviewee separately and encouraged them to give honest answers.

Read on if you’re interested in learning about how a real speed dating match develops into a relationship.

GEORGE SAYS

“Speed dating for me was far better than using POF or Tinder, it was a lot more personal and allowed for a better chance at a good first impression.

I matched with Kate and we’re still together. We were friends for the first little bit and then started dating later in the year. I think the benefit of speed dating is putting people together in a room and taking away the ease of making a quick judgment call and moving on, it forces a bit of conversation and getting to know the other person a little bit more than you would see on a dating profile.”

KATE SAYS

“I am happy to say that George and I (whom I met that night) are still together. It was 7 months of being in a relationship as of April 1st. We wanted to be friends for a little bit once we met and he asked me to start a relationship on September 1st at the fireworks festival.

I’m so happy I took a chance and went, took a chance and checked yes and I have you to thank 🙂 so Thank you! I hope that mine and George’s relationship continues to bloom and see where this adventure takes us :)”

What did you think about speed dating before you came?

George: “I heard about speed dating from the movies, but I didn’t know what to expect going into it. I was going in with an open mind.”

Kate: “Honestly the first thing that came to my mind was the scene in the movie Hitch when they have speed dating at the end of the movie. I knew it was meeting someone, you talk for a couple of minutes, then you go on to the next one. Check yes, or no. And if you match ‘yes’ you exchange numbers. I didn’t know what to expect as far as the kind of people I would meet, or anything like that.”

What did you want out of speed dating?

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Speed Dating for Singles 25 to 36 – SOLD OUT

Get out of your comfort zone and off of Tinder.
Our current match percentage is 83%! That means you’re more than likely to meet someone you want to get to know.

Meet face-to-face with great new people who could be your perfect match. You’re invited to ditch your smartphone for real connection at Do Sask’s speed dating and social mixer for people 25 to 36.

We’ll give you ice breakers, conversation starters, and games. At the end of the night you’ll hand in your match card and be notified of your matches the following day. Contact details are only shared with mutual matches, or friendship matches.

Please arrive approx. 15 minutes early in order to get your name card.

Registration includes date matching services and a minimum 7 date guarantee or your money back.

Get your week off to an exciting start with fun, fast-paced activities. Feel free to stay awhile and enjoy 2 for $12 appies, import beer buckets or cooler buckets for $25.

Day and time: Tuesday, April 17th 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Hose & Hydrant Pub, 612 11th St E, Saskatoon (lots of parking on the streets outside the building)

What: 120 mins of fun and fast dating

Tickets: 35 presale only. Book tickets on Eventbrite.

Contact: Amy 306-241-3462 or http://dosask.com/

Please arrive approx. 15 minutes early in order to get your name card.

SINGLES ONLY Ages 25 – 36

By purchasing a ticket, you agree that you’ve read and accept the Do Sask Terms & Conditions.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR HOST VENUE:

The Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub

Instagram: @thehoseandhydrant

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hoseandhydrant/

FAQs

Can I buy my tickets in cash before the event?

No, unfortunately not. You may consider purchasing a gift certificate via dosask.com with the PayPal chequing option if you don’t have a credit card. Waiting to purchase a ticket on the night of event is not a good idea as seats are often sold out.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, the minimum age is 25.

What is the age range of attendees?

Ages range from 25 to 36. If you are within 1 to 2 years above or below the age you are welcome to join.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email info@dosask.com, or call 306-241-3462.

What’s the refund policy?

No refunds. You need to show up!

When does registration close?

Ticket sales end as soon as the event sells out, or 24 hours prior to the event. We do this to ensure that there is an even amount of genders and to notify our venue of how many people will be in attendance.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Your registration is automatically tracked, but you need to check in with Amy when you arrive to get your name tag.

Saskatoon Brewery Tour – Monthly Bus – Do Sask

Saskatoon Tasting Tour: Get a Taste of our Best
Hop on a 3 hour Saskatoon tasting tour of some of the city’s favourite cold beer and liquor. Our monthly Sunday afternoon tour starts at 1:00 PM.

Do Sask Tours handles the details, so you can sit back and enjoy the stories and the suds.

Your Saskatoon tasting tour will start at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market where your limo bus will pick you up. Do Sask Tours has arranged a tour and tasting flight at three local Saskatoon microbreweries and distilleries. The three stops on your trip will vary depending on availability.

Current stops on the Saskatoon Brewery Tour are:

9 Mile Legacy Brewing Co.
Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Crossmount Cider Co.
Prairie Sun Brewery
High Key Brewing Co.
Steps Bourbon House
Black Fox Farm & Distillery
Shelter Brewing Co. (coming soon)
Additional stops coming soon, so check back often!

Want to be included as a brewery or distillery on Saskatoon brewery tours? Contact info@dosask.com.

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PUBLIC TOURS
Schedule:

3 stops in approx. 3 hours complete with tasting flights and an in-depth tour of at least two microbreweries

Transportation:

Seats from 10 to 30 people

Meeting Location:

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market at 414 Avenue B S, centrally located in Riversdale and accessible by transit. Your driver will meet you outside the main doors 15 minutes before the start of your tour.

Tour Price:

$77.99 per person (+ 5% GST)

PRIVATE GROUP TOURS
Make your next event a local one. A Saskatoon brewery tour is perfect for any special occasion including:

• Client Appreciation Events
• Corporate/Staff Parties
• Team/Student Windup
• Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
• And more!

Do Sask Tours has access to luxury transportation that holds from 10 to 30 people at a time.

For a discounted group rate, you can book a private Saskatoon tasting tour exclusively available for your crowd of 10 or more people. Customize an exclusive and entertaining microbrew experience. Request a quote today and make your next event full of local love.

By purchasing a ticket, you accept Do Sask’s Terms & Conditions.

FAQs
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, the minimum age is 19. Photo ID required.

What is the refund policy?

7 or more days before your tour – full refund
6 days to 72 hours before your tour – 50% processing fee
72 hours or less – no refunds or reschedules
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email info@dosask.com, or call 306-241-3462.

When does registration close?

Ticket sales end as soon as the tour sells out, or 24 hours prior to the event. We do this to notify our driver, breweries, and guides of how many people will be in attendance.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Your registration is automatically tracked, but you need to check in when you arrive.

9 surprising ways starting patio season early is more refreshing than new socks

Crazy Cactus rooftop patio season

Patio season will soon be here! How do I know? It’s technically spring, it hasn’t snowed in 48 hours, and any moment now the temperature will rise above zero. I just know it! Get ready to release your shorts and flips flops from retirement.

Okay, maybe I’m jumping the gun. The thermometer is currently sitting at -16 as I type. 

But I’m hoping that one of our city’s restaurant or pub managers will see this post and open up for patio season within the next few weeks. If you close your eyes, some local decks channel the quaint bistro cafe vibe of Europe. Let’s give people a reason to feel like Saskatoon really is the Paris of the Prairies.

9 surprising reasons to start patio season early:

Feel outdoorsy without getting eaten alive by mosquitos and hornets.

Last summer was really bad for bugs in the city of Saskatoon. Name any kind of annoying insect – flies, wasps, mosquitos – and my sweet nectar-filled pint glass attracted them. Get out there early to avoid the insects before they’re back in full-force.

Being the first to find a new, unknown patio is like winning a free mini-getaway with all your friends.

With one caveat: getting there before the masses find out about it.
The feeling of having an entire patio to yourself is quite liberating. You have the space to enjoy with friends… until someone says something and word spreads.

Make nice with the servers to potentially get top priority come summer.

Relationships are everything in the restaurant and bar industry. So treat your favourite patio bartenders and wait staff with the respect they deserve. They may remember you when the deck is packed this summer and it’s between you and that douche snapping their fingers.
Tips for bonding with industry peeps: ask about how their day is going and listen to the answer, give them genuine compliments when deserved, tip them a minimum 15% gratuity for a job well done, and avoid stereotypical asshole behaviour.

Start working on your tan before everyone else.

Okay, negative temperatures aren’t the best for sunbathing. But who says it won’t warm up in a fortnight? Once it gets above zero, the sleeveless tees are coming out! Make sure you bring layers to wear once the sun goes down. Remember: east-facing is better for morning brunch, and west-facing is better for sunsets.

People watch those unlucky souls who have to trudge through mud and slush.

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Cheers to avoiding mud puddles and potholes for an hour or two!

Rooftop patios with their own bars are lit! (When I say ‘lit’ I mean usually heated.)

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Photo via Crazy Cactus on Yelp.ca

You won’t have to move a muscle ’cause the bartender keeps drinks flowing and the heater keeps you cozy. Sit, drink, repeat!

Day drinking begins every weekend at 11 AM!

Forget waiting around all day to head to a club at 11 PM. Seize the day and get home at a decent hour. (That’s the 30-year-old, getting-in-bed-before-10-PM, waking-up-without-a-hangover voice inside me talking.)
My favourite patio season day drinks include bulldogs, margaritas, sangrias, and gringos!

Have a sunny bunch on the patio complete with mimosas and chicken n’ waffles.

My favourite brunch at Elk Ridge Lodge.

Anyone who doesn’t love chicken n’ waffles is no friend of mine.

Horseshoe, or corn-hole games don’t need green grass.

Set up some lawn games on a patio and you’ll have plenty of fun – mower/shovel not required!

Patio season should start refreshingly early, Saskatoon. There may be snow and ice on the ground, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and convince your neighbourhood patio to open early for the season. Tell ’em it will make you feel better than putting on a new pair of socks. They won’t say no!

Saskatoon spots to inspire you this patio season:

Boffins Public House, University
Original Joe’s, 8th Street
Somewhere Else Pub & Grill, Avalon
Yard & Flagon, Broadway
The Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub, Broadway
PiNK Lounge & Nightclub, Downtown
Crazy Cactus, Downtown
O’Shea’s Irish Pub, Downtown
Cathedral Social Hall, Downtown
Una Pizza & Wine, Broadway
Las Palapas Resort Grill, Broadway
Amigos Cantina, Broadway
Finn’s Irish Pub, Downtown
Browns Socialhouse, Stonebridge
Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill, Stonebridge
Shift Restaurant, Downtown

So, which patios are on the top of your list in saskatoon?  JOIN THE DO SASK FACEBOOK GROUP TO HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE DISCUSSION.

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What to Order at Saskatchewan’s Favourite Hidden Gem Bakeries

Saskatchewan's favourite hidden gem bakeries

It wouldn’t be Easter weekend without bread, sugar, and butter, #amiright? Somehow this combination pairs extremely well with the resurrection of Christ. And these hidden gem bakeries in Saskatchewan know it!

If you’re looking to get your carb-load on this weekend, you’ve stumbled on the right post. Whether you’re dreaming of hot crossed buns, or looking for a fresh-made loaf of sourdough, Saskatchewan is home to some of the best selection you’ll find in Canada.

Hit the road to a place where people come together to enjoy the best-of breads and sweets. These destination hidden gem bakery treats* come to you from a recommendation thread in the Travel in Saskatchewan Facebook group, amalgamating hundreds of Facebook reviews, word of mouth (same, same, but different?), and personal experience.

You may be too late to order these for Easter dinner, but it’s never too late to sample them on your next road trip. Stock up on hidden gem baked goods from around the province.

*Most of these bakery treats don’t have many pictures to accompany them, so you’re going to have to trust me on these. Better yet, you could take a picture, hashtag #dosask, and share your experience with me!

Here’s what you should order from hidden gem bakeries in Saskatchewan:

 


Honey Sourdough from Harvest Eatery in Shaunavon
Iced Bismarks at Golden Grain in Melfort
Boston Creams from Wadena/Watrous Bakery (same family recipe)
Doughnuts from Family Bakery in Nipawin

Cheesecake from The Shop Bakery and Deli Maple Creek
Sticky buns from Crossroads Gas Station in Wakaw
Cinnamon buns from Waskesiu Trading Company Store and Bakery
Chocolate dipped donuts from Theodore’s Bakery in Martensville

Cinnamon buns. Need we say more?

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Cinnamon buns from City Perks in Saskatoon
Sourdough from Earth Bound Bakery and Delicatessen in Saskatoon
Wood-fired bread from The Night Oven Bakery in Saskatoon
Cream Puffs from Valley Bake & Coffee Shop in Fort Qu’Appelle

Do our grain farmers help make our bread the best in the west? Does a bear love cinnamon buns? Yes and yes.

With all of this delicious local baking, I smell a Do Sask bus tour of hidden gem bakeries in the works. Do I have enough bread-loving doers to make this a thing?

Where do you go for hidden gem baking? JOIN THE DO SASK FACEBOOK GROUP TO HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE DISCUSSION.

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Speed Dating for Singles 34 to 45 – WOMEN SOLD OUT

Get out of your comfort zone and offline.
Our current match percentage is 83%! That means you’re more than likely to meet someone you want to get to know.

Meet face-to-face with great new people who could be your perfect match. You’re invited to ditch your smartphone for real connection at Do Sask’s speed dating and social mixer for people 34 to 45.

We’ll give you ice breakers, conversation starters, and games. At the end of the night you’ll hand in your match card and be notified of your matches the following day. Contact details are only shared with mutual matches, or friendship matches.

Please arrive approx. 15 minutes early in order to get your name card.

Registration includes date matching services, a welcome drink, appetizers, and a minimum 7 date guarantee or your money back.

If you like the people you meet, feel free to stay a while and enjoy 2 for $12 appies. Import beer buckets or cooler buckets for $25. Happy hour pricing until 9pm.

Get your week off to an exciting start with fun, fast-paced activities. Feel free to stay awhile and enjoy 2 for $12 appies, import beer buckets or cooler buckets for $25.

Day and time: Tuesday, March 20th 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Hose & Hydrant Pub, 612 11th St E, Saskatoon (lots of parking on the streets outside the building)

What: 120 mins of fun and fast dating

Tickets: 35 presale only. Book tickets on Eventbrite.

Contact: Amy 306-241-3462 or http://dosask.com/

Please arrive approx. 15 minutes early in order to get your name card.

SINGLES ONLY Ages 34 – 45

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR HOST VENUE:

The Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub

Instagram: @thehoseandhydrant

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hoseandhydrant/

FAQs

Can I buy my tickets in cash before the event?

No, unfortunately not. You may consider purchasing a gift certificate via dosask.com with the PayPal chequing option if you don’t have a credit card. Waiting to purchase a ticket on the night of event is not a good idea as seats are often sold out.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, the minimum age is 34.

What is the age range of attendees?

Ages range from 34 to 45. If you are within 1 to 2 years above or below the age you are welcome to join.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email info@dosask.com, or call 306-241-3462.

What’s the refund policy?

No refunds. You need to show up!

When does registration close?

Ticket sales end as soon as the event sells out, or 24 hours prior to the event. We do this to ensure that there is an even amount of genders and to notify our venue of how many people will be in attendance.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Your registration is automatically tracked, but you need to check in with Amy when you arrive to get your name tag.

Ride Along on a Saskatoon Brewery Tour Experience: Here’s Where Your Ticket Will Take You

9 Mile Saskatoon Brewery Tour

Each Saskatoon Brewery Tour experience has three hours, a city of breweries, and a few dozen mouthfuls of microbrew to swallow.

When you REALLY love local drinks a Saskatoon Brewery Tour experience makes building memories of microbrew easy.

Brewery tours are gaining in popularity across North America. People want to support passionate local producers and get to know the makers behind them. They also want to taste different flavours that won’t necessarily come on tap at your run-of-the-mill pub.

Most folks mistakenly believe that their beloved drink of choice is craft beer when it’s more likely owned by “big beer” corporations. But this isn’t an article on big beer vs. craft beer. Stops on the Saskatoon Brewery Tour are classified as microbreweries

Psst… You can look up your fav beer here to see if it’s actually craft brewed.

You also have bourbon and gin tasting options for added variety. So go ahead and argue about which local brewer or distiller makes the best micro-sip – you have a chance to sample and rate them all with the founders of each company guiding your tour. That’s something a lot of other big city brewery tours simply can’t offer. Saskatoon’s small brewery owners are a passionate bunch!

Taste your way through the unique flavours concocted right here in the Paris of the Prairies. This is what you can expect while on a Saskatoon Brewery Tour.

Your driver will either pick you up from your home (private), or you can meet them at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (public) at the start of your tour. From there you’ll head out to three different microbreweries in and around Saskatoon.

Here’s what you can expect as you ride along on a Saskatoon Brewery Tour experience:

9 Mile Legacy Brewing Co.

Garrett 9 Mile Legacy Saskatoon Brewery TourWhat began as a nanobrewhouse in 2015 has grown to a space five times as big with a huge heart for the community of Riversdale. Co-founders Garrett and Shawn got the name from their family farms being located about 9 miles apart. Expect the same small-town vibe while on tour and enjoy light fare from their menu.

Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

Award-winning head brewer and founder of Saskatchewan’s first microbrewery, Steve Cavan, fell into brewing after an early search produced no results for good craft beer in the early ‘90s.  Paddock Wood eventually took off locally in 2004 after years of dabbling in mail-order grain and home brewing kit sales.

Currently, Paddock Wood’s “Heartstopper” chocolate stout is winning the best sample beer among Saskatoon Brewery Tour guests.

Crossmount Cider Co.

Crossmount Cider Saskatoon Brewery TourOne sip and you’ll have a crush on dem apples! According to their website, Crossmount’s been supplying batches of Flatlander hard cider to Saskatchewan since 2016. They’re located just outside of town with enough room to grow into their own on-site apple orchard. For now, Crossmount gets all of their fruit from the Okanagan Valley in B.C., Canada. They wash, press, and ferment on site with many different flavours added for diversity.

Note: Crossmount is temporarily closed for tours due to increased production.

Steps Bourbon Lounge

Saskatoon Brewery TourWhile not a microbrewery, the folks at Steps Bourbon Lounge have over 30 kinds of American whiskey stocked and ready for tasting. Your bartender will walk you through how to sample straight liquor alongside a crafted cocktail. Plus, there’s plenty of smoked nuts to go around if you’re starting to feel peckish.

Prairie Sun Brewery

You might be greeted by a friendly golden retriever named Buddy as you walk through this stop. CEO and owner, Heather Williams, is originally from Colorado – a utopia for craft beer lovers. She joined forces with brew master, Cameron, who’s a born and raised Saskie (Humbolt) to start their own brewery in 2013. Prairie Sun has a full menu with pub fare.

High Key Brewing Co.

Saskatoon Brewery Tour Experience High Key Brewing Co. The newest stop on the Saskatoon Brewery Tour is already getting top grades from tour guests. High Key likes to talk about their notes of beers – get it?  (I like puns.) Founder & President Madeline Conn was inspired by the Dallas craft beer scene. She and brewmaster Daniel Rommens moved back to their shared hometown of Saskatoon to build their dream together. They have plenty of games like giant Jenga and crokinole to play as you sip.

Black Fox Farm & Distillery

Home of the world’s best cask gin. Founders John and Barb are not only award-winning gin makers, but lifelong farmers. Black Fox Farm takes pride in growing over 90% of their ingredients on site. They have regular seasonal events where you can get hands-on with all that they grow.

Challenge: See if you can taste which one of three samples took home the top prize!

So, which three stops would you want to check out on your Saskatoon Brewery tour Experience?

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Speed Dating for Singles 36 to 48 – Do Sask

Get out of your comfort zone and off of Tinder. After a year in Saskatoon, Do Sask is hitting the road to North Battleford!

Our current match percentage is 83%! That means you’re more than likely to meet someone you want to get to know.

Meet face-to-face with great new people who could be your perfect match. You’re invited to ditch your smartphone for real connection at Do Sask’s speed dating and social mixer for people in their mid thirties to mid forties.

We’ll give you ice breakers, conversation starters, games, and plenty of nibbles. At the end of the night you’ll hand in your match card and be notified of your matches within 48 hours. Contact details are only shared with mutual matches, or friendship matches.

Please arrive about 15 minutes early in order to check in, get your name card, and mingle before the dating begins.

Registration includes appetizers and date matching service.

If you like the people you meet, feel free to stay after your last date and enjoy all the Casino has to offer.

Day and time: Monday, February 26th 7:00-9:00 pm
What: 120 mins of fun and fast dates
Tickets: 20 presale only. Book tickets on Gold Eagle Casino website.

No refunds. You need to show up!

SINGLES ONLY Ages 36-48

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR HOST VENUE:

The Gold Eagle Casino

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, the minimum age is 36.

What is the age range of attendees?

Ages range from 36-48. If you are within 1 to 2 years above or below the age you are welcome to join.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email info@dosask.com, or call 306-241-3462.

What’s the refund policy?

No refunds. You need to show up!

When does registration close?

Ticket sales end as soon as the event sells out, or 24 hours prior to the event. We do this to ensure that there is an even amount of genders.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. Your registration is automatically tracked, but you need to check in with Amy when you arrive to get your name tag and match book.

Pick 10: Winter Date Ideas to do Indoors in Saskatoon

Woman looking out over city at dusk

Saskatoon may be known for its extreme sub-zero temperatures, but this post isn’t about the weather. You can get through some of the coldest days of the year without giving up and hibernating if you put a bit of thought into your winter date ideas.

This week, I asked Do Sask’s private group members if they prefer indoor or outdoor activities during the winter. It was no surprise that the winner by a landslide was indoor.

So in the spirit of the group’s choice, I’m inviting you to try some new things while the weather is keeping you locked up indoors. This post gives you ideas on where to go to do everything from laser tag and axe throwing to making laser cuts and painting pottery.

Here are my top winter date ideas in Saskatoon.

Got cabin fever? Make a plan to get active indoors with these winter date ideas:

Pretend you’re in a real-life shooter video game.

In a little over 30 minutes, you’ll get your codename, backpack, and laser gun and run around forming a team with other players. Each laser tag game is 15 minutes in length. BONUS: you won’t come out of it with welts like you would with paintball.

Where: Prairie Jurassic Family Fun Centre

Hurl an axe like a lumberjack (beard and flannel not required).

When my friends ask me for a memorable first date idea I always recommend Timberjaxe. Not only will you learn how to swing a throwing axe into a giant wooden tree trunk target, you’ll get to know whether your date is adventurous or not. That beats dinner and a movie any day of the week.

Where: Timberjaxe Throwing Sports

Make your date do flips up the walls for you.

I’m not the only one who’s dreamed of a world full of trampoline floors. The good news is that there’s a place in Saskatoon that’s making it happen one jump at a time. Go during open jump hours, or Club Apex where DJs spin and disco lights cascade across the entire park.

Tip: 30 minutes is really all you need to wear yourself out if you’re an adult. But if you’ve got a bit more energy you can book up to 2 hours here.

Where: Apex Trampoline Park Ltd.

Scale up the cliffs of Saskatchewan…

When was the last time you climbed up the walls? If you can only remember doing it when you were a kid, it’s probably time you tried rock climbing. With a combination of top rope, lead, and boulders, Grip It is Saskatoon’s rock climbing facility. You can go with your date, or try it solo since they have auto belays to hold your rope and plenty of rental gear to get you started.

Where: Grip It Indoor Rock Climbing

Yell fore in the middle of winter at the province’s only indoor golf dome.

Most of the golf courses in town are now cross-country ski destinations, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your game on pause. Take advantage of off season and hit the range. With over 37 driving ranges in a temperature-controlled environment you likely won’t have a problem finding time to drop-in for some practice.

Where: The Golf Dome

Speaking of golf… Mar’s Mini Golf is an indoor, ocean-themed, 3D glow course. Just sayin’!

Now that you’ve worked up a sweat you can get crafty at these 6 DIY-lover locales:

Supplies ain’t cheap, so this place is making it more accessible to art.

When you’re scraping by getting artsy is a luxury – especially when supplies run you hundreds of dollars. SCYAP is a Saskatoon non-profit that provides a place to get creative for little to no cost to you. All-ages drop ins are Tuesday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can also register for a workshop or class on whichever type of medium interests you.

Where: SCYAP

Art doesn’t have to be so intimidating for newbies.

Pop in for some free doodling time, or get to know the intricacies of linocuts. Creative Commons is a non-profit dedicated to providing the tools you need to immerse yourself in arts and crafts. They run regular workshops in a variety of artistic techniques for beginners to the more experienced.

Where: Creative Commons/Void Gallery

Up your maker game by learning how to use high-end technology.

So you want to get even more hands on with your crafts than ever? You don’t have to dump thousands of dollars into your own machine shop. Take advantage of the full lineup of tools and other equipment to make things like decals and wood furniture. Membership, events, and drop-in rates available.

Where: Saskatoon Makerspace

Is your date a foodie in training? Help them take their cooking skills to 100.

Visit the sophisticated clubhouse that lets you get hands-on for sustenance’s sake. The Local Kitchen is a collaborative space where you can learn how to cook with others. Check out any one of their upcoming events, or apply to teach one yourself. (Be quick. Many of their events sell out!)

Where: The Local Kitchen

A workshop space where you’re only limited by your own imagination.

Pick a piece of pottery, or canvas and paint it any way you like. Wet Paint Pottery is a place to drop in for a little relaxed craft work. If you think you aren’t creative enough – think again! Choose from many designs for beginners… and no one will judge you if you want to get a little subversive with your cursive.

Where: Wet Paint Pottery

Produce your own movie, or print a huge photo.

That blockbuster movie script you wrote back in high school now has a chance to be produced. Rent the studio to create any type of new media project from photography to audio production. There are many different free, or nearly-free workshops if you don’t know where to begin.

Note: PAVED Arts is not for business use, so anything made must be for passion’s sake.

Where: PAVED Arts

I challenge you to do at least half of these winter date ideas before the snow melts. You can do it! And if you finish them all and want to try something else, Do Sask has plenty of indoor events for cold days: brewery tours, speed dating, and craft parties.

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