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#1 Danielle

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 08:34 AM

I've heard time and again that "There's nothing to do in Windsor." I find this statement confusing, as I think there is a ton to do.

So for those that say "There's nothing to do," what exactly do you think is missing in Windsor and area, What is it you would like to have available to do?

Edited by Danielle, 26 March 2011 - 08:35 AM.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:06 AM

I find there is not much to do in the winter months. Summer yeah we always find something to do. Go to parks, have picnics,different events around the city ect. Winter just seems to bring everything to a halt. There are indoor places to go in my area but they can get costly and since I dont drive I dont want to wait at the bus stop in the freezing cold to get somewhere else to have something to do. I would like to see more places to take the kids in my area. All I really have is xs fun centre which gets costly and it not a good place for my little dd, nothing there for her. Jungaroo is not too far but again I dont drive and ds is too old for that place.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:07 AM

We need boblo back! That's what we need for Windsor :)

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:13 AM

Something for teens. As it is, there is nothing for my 17yr old daughter to do. Beaches (which are usually condemmed) is about it and only in the summer.

I think something like Kalahari would be wonderful. Also an amusement park...boblo was perfect!

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:13 AM

Something for the teens so I can enjoy going to the mall with my daughter and not have to worry about her getting run over by a group of goofing off teens. There is NOTHING in this city geared towards teens. When I was a teen we had a lot of places to go, Friday night dances at Caboto, Wheels skating rink, Aide knox ice skating etc all of these things have since closed down. The teens hang out in droves at the mall and run around, horse play, scream at each other across the aisles etc They need something productive to do and a place to hang out.

As for adults, I don't find much for us to do either. We have restaurants, the mall, the casino, and bars... I don't drink, I don't gamble, and soon enough I won't be able to eat out. I don't enjoy going to the mall anymore because I don't enjoy having to put up with 1000 teens. The movies are expensive as heck even though I do enjoy going to them. I would like to see some more family centered places without having to drive all the way out to leamington to go to Colasantis.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:45 AM

I'd love to have something like Kalahari here in Windsor. I don't know where we'd put it, but a Wonderland/Cedarpoint type place would be cool too. The closest big waterpark hotels/amusement parks are 2.5+ hrs. away, so I think there'd be a market for it. The amusement park isn't likely to ever happen just for space reasons, but the waterpark hotel would be totally doable.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:17 AM

Teens could have things if they chose to. There is ALWAYS ice skating year round, we have theaters, we have gaming places where they can do arcade, laser tag, go karts, etc,etc. They CHOOSE to hang out at the mall, unfortunately.

Kids these days have no imagination, I think that's more the problem than lack of things to do.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:38 AM

Teens could have things if they chose to. There is ALWAYS ice skating year round, we have theaters, we have gaming places where they can do arcade, laser tag, go karts, etc,etc. They CHOOSE to hang out at the mall, unfortunately.

Kids these days have no imagination, I think that's more the problem than lack of things to do.



oh but they do have imagination, and that is why they tend to do small gatherings, toga parties, abc party (anything but clothes), bonfires (which is what my daughter did last night) But all these things are what they organize and are few and far inbetween.

all the rest of what you mentioned, except for the skating which my DD outgrew around the age of 12, are too expensive to do more then once a month. She has no interest in hanging out at the mall, thank goodness.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:44 AM

Excuses, excuses! No matter what I say it will either not be good enough, or it wont work in one way or another. Don't say there aren't options, because there are!

I know they did teen dances but I don't blame them for stopping. It was causing fights all the time, there was underage drinking and drug use involved, etc. It was a abused, big time.

ETA: I still love laser tag and go karts and skating! I think more kids need to rediscover this fun activity! It's an all ages thing, for sure.

Edited by ~Jill~, 26 March 2011 - 10:46 AM.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:49 AM

Excuses, excuses! No matter what I say it will either not be good enough, or it wont work in one way or another. Don't say there aren't options, because there are!


wait until you have teenagers and then tell me I'm making up excuses!!! Your options are expensive. $6.a min on a gokart is expensive! LOL

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:50 AM

We def need to bring back an arcade and alcohol free music venue for the teens ( remember teen night at Jimmy's Pub and Friday nights at Fast Eddies) I also think we could benefit from a nice restaurant with a dance floor. We have restaurants and dance clubs, but they are always packed, expensive and loud and don't cater to the masses. I for one would love to go have a nice dinner and dance :) We lack good theater shows and we also lack a good family calendar for the area, not to mention a good trail riding farm and place to rent boats/canoes.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:56 AM

We def need to bring back an arcade and alcohol free music venue for the teens ( remember teen night at Jimmy's Pub and Friday nights at Fast Eddies) I also think we could benefit from a nice restaurant with a dance floor. We have restaurants and dance clubs, but they are always packed, expensive and loud and don't cater to the masses. I for one would love to go have a nice dinner and dance :) We lack good theater shows and we also lack a good family calendar for the area, not to mention a good trail riding farm and place to rent boats/canoes.


Great ideas!!! I love the idea of canoe/boat rentals, even paddleboats. I also love the idea of a horse trail fun year round!

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 11:03 AM

I will have to find the info on it, but my friend was involved with a lot of local dinner theater and murder mystery stuff. It is around here!

have you been to Theater Windsor stuff? They are quite good, actually! Actual shows plus very funny improv shows as well!!

ETA: I remember very vividly BEING a teenager in this area. It isn't very far off for me, actually. There is probably more now than there was then. I guess I don't feel like 6$ a week to entertain my kid is really that expensive. I already spend at least that on schoolagers.

Edited by ~Jill~, 26 March 2011 - 11:04 AM.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 11:05 AM

I will have to find the info on it, but my friend was involved with a lot of local dinner theater and murder mystery stuff. It is around here!

have you been to Theater Windsor stuff? They are quite good, actually! Actual shows plus very funny improv shows as well!!



i have been to all these things, they are great. I've saw misery and cats, and really would like to see peter pan which is coming out now.
I've also done the murder mystery at the Capitol Theater, it was FUN!

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 11:05 AM

what this city lacks is numerous options for entertainment that a big city would have...yes we have detroit,but im not american,nor do i want to cross the border to do things all the time
things i miss about toronto

the rom
china town
yorkville
large ethnic areas
good art galleries
fun attractions like the zoo,riverdale farm,black creek village


also many areas of the city arent accesible by transit.......


also more than two malls and a pathetic outlet mall would be great!!!

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 11:07 AM

We aren't Toronto, either. We don't have the people nor the money to have all these things.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 12:29 PM

We def need to bring back an arcade and alcohol free music venue for the teens ( remember teen night at Jimmy's Pub and Friday nights at Fast Eddies) I also think we could benefit from a nice restaurant with a dance floor. We have restaurants and dance clubs, but they are always packed, expensive and loud and don't cater to the masses. I for one would love to go have a nice dinner and dance :) We lack good theater shows and we also lack a good family calendar for the area, not to mention a good trail riding farm and place to rent boats/canoes.


You can rent canoes in River Canard (LaSalle).

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 12:35 PM

I agree that the "there's nothing to do in the city" stems from teenagers. That's probably where adults get it from--just an extension of their own teenage days. Living in rural Amherstburg growing up, I couldn't even hang out with friends without a ride from my parents, let alone make it into Windsor to do something. That would have required 2 rides--there and back. Once we got our licences, we had the mall, the movies, or bowling. And I agree that it's a bit pricey for teenagers to go to these places. I think that's why hanging out at the mall is the "free" thing to do if they don't actually shop.

As far as solutions, I think a city-county transit system would be a huge benefit to the teens in the county. I would have loved it. Even if my parents had to drive me into town to take a bus, it would have been easier. As far as what to do when in Windsor, I'm not sure because there are so many more alternatives now than there were less than 10 years ago when I was a teen! I think we need to find FREE options for them. Free options for younger kids and adults would be great too. I think this thread is awesome as a place to brainstorm. I have no specific ideas, but let's keep this focused and maybe we could actually benefit from it.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 12:45 PM

what this city lacks is numerous options for entertainment that a big city would have...yes we have detroit,but im not american,nor do i want to cross the border to do things all the time
things i miss about toronto

the rom
china town
yorkville
large ethnic areas
good art galleries
fun attractions like the zoo,riverdale farm,black creek village


also many areas of the city arent accesible by transit.......


also more than two malls and a pathetic outlet mall would be great!!!



We aren't Toronto, either. We don't have the people nor the money to have all these things.

Today we took the kids for a ride to a pastry place on Wyandotte and bought a ton of different pastries to bring home, it cost $10 plus gas. The kids loved going into the shop to pick out what they would like to try.

We may not be Toronto, but since I grew up in Toronto, I am familiar with most of the places Lisa mentioned.
We are though by poplulation a mid size city, comparable in population to Barrie althought if you went to Barrie you would think it was double the size! People shouldnt have to travel to London for a decent day for the kids.

We have the science city here, yet the place needs a massive overhaul. Its a shame that the city and governement wouldnt fund it to do the repairs, and upgrade it because then we could get a draw.

As far as black creek, we do have John Holmstead, but its not quite the same thing lol.

What we do have, is alot of parks and trails that are under utilizied. With our climate here ( with the exception of this winter ), we can enjoy the outdoors alot. Skating, tobogganing, hiking are free minus the cost of equiptment. Tennis, roller skating, roller blading , skateboarding.

Teens though, its always been a toughie. Teens like to hang out, period. As young teens, we would go to dances. Mid teens, we hung out at the malls and arcades and friends houses. As an older teen, we worked and went to bars.

It would be nice if community centres, schools etc, would open up their gyms on the weekends to let kids play basketball or volleyball etc.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 03:12 PM

As for my teen, he will go the rockin bowling sometimes, but yes, we have to drive him...he use to go rock climbing,but that closed, county-city busses would be PERFECT....because often it is difficult for us to drive him places if his youger sisters are sleeping, etc. I remember Fast Eddies, roller skating. Now, he pretty much hangs out here or at friends houses, because yes, there aren't too much for them to do, unless we can drive him around, and of course give him $.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 04:24 PM


We def need to bring back an arcade and alcohol free music venue for the teens ( remember teen night at Jimmy's Pub and Friday nights at Fast Eddies) I also think we could benefit from a nice restaurant with a dance floor. We have restaurants and dance clubs, but they are always packed, expensive and loud and don't cater to the masses. I for one would love to go have a nice dinner and dance :) We lack good theater shows and we also lack a good family calendar for the area, not to mention a good trail riding farm and place to rent boats/canoes.


You can rent canoes in River Canard (LaSalle).

We did that the summer before last. Took the kids fishing from a canoe in River Canard, and we had a lot of fun :)

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:50 PM

I will have to find the info on it, but my friend was involved with a lot of local dinner theater and murder mystery stuff. It is around here!

have you been to Theater Windsor stuff? They are quite good, actually! Actual shows plus very funny improv shows as well!!

ETA: I remember very vividly BEING a teenager in this area. It isn't very far off for me, actually. There is probably more now than there was then. I guess I don't feel like 6$ a week to entertain my kid is really that expensive. I already spend at least that on schoolagers.



She said $6.00/min on a go cart not $6,00 a day haha... If thats true, $6.00 a minute is WAY to overprices for a go cart haha

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:21 PM

I love all the Parks & Rec class options too. Most of them are very reasonably priced and my kids enjoy them.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:24 PM

http://windsoressex..../record/WIN1651

I didn't read ALL replies...but for those with teens...check it out. S.T.A.G.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:34 PM

what this city lacks is numerous options for entertainment that a big city would have...yes we have detroit,but im not american,nor do i want to cross the border to do things all the time
things i miss about toronto

the rom
china town
yorkville
large ethnic areas
good art galleries
fun attractions like the zoo,riverdale farm,black creek village


also many areas of the city arent accesible by transit.......


also more than two malls and a pathetic outlet mall would be great!!!


this, BIG TIME. also, i would like to add that while there *were* festivals and multicultural events etc. in Windsor while i was there, they didn't seem to be nearly often enough. i was bored stiff living there, i spent more time exploring Detroit then my own city because there was NOTHING to do. how pathetic.

no, it's not Toronto and it never will be, but it would attract far more tourism and money from it (not to mention improve the quality of lives for the citizens), if it improved public transit & had more quality entertainment.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:36 PM


I will have to find the info on it, but my friend was involved with a lot of local dinner theater and murder mystery stuff. It is around here!

have you been to Theater Windsor stuff? They are quite good, actually! Actual shows plus very funny improv shows as well!!

ETA: I remember very vividly BEING a teenager in this area. It isn't very far off for me, actually. There is probably more now than there was then. I guess I don't feel like 6$ a week to entertain my kid is really that expensive. I already spend at least that on schoolagers.



She said $6.00/min on a go cart not $6,00 a day haha... If thats true, $6.00 a minute is WAY to overprices for a go cart haha


It's not 6$/min? Where is it that expensive to ride a go kart?? I missed that, I thought she meant 6$ minimum.

Edited by ~Jill~, 26 March 2011 - 06:37 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:15 PM



I will have to find the info on it, but my friend was involved with a lot of local dinner theater and murder mystery stuff. It is around here!

have you been to Theater Windsor stuff? They are quite good, actually! Actual shows plus very funny improv shows as well!!

ETA: I remember very vividly BEING a teenager in this area. It isn't very far off for me, actually. There is probably more now than there was then. I guess I don't feel like 6$ a week to entertain my kid is really that expensive. I already spend at least that on schoolagers.



She said $6.00/min on a go cart not $6,00 a day haha... If thats true, $6.00 a minute is WAY to overprices for a go cart haha


It's not 6$/min? Where is it that expensive to ride a go kart?? I missed that, I thought she meant 6$ minimum.


Ya, $6 a min. Someone obviously hasn't been gokarting!!!

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:07 PM

I know I looked into taking the kids go karting at the track by the airport. It was something like $7 for 5 minutes. Crazy!

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 12:22 AM

Out in the county there is nothing for them to do and i have 3 teenagers and none of them drive and both me and my husband work plus i work week-ends so that is even harder for them to do things. Plus there is nothing and if there is then it costs you a arm and a leg and some people live pay cheque to pay cheque. That's why there are so many teens that get in trouble because there is nothing for them to do. It's even hard for them to get jobs out here. I have kids that want to work and they can't find nothing. I have a 15 year old that is willing to do anything to earn money he does alot for neighbours as in regards to cleaning eavestrough (spelling) and cutting grass to anything that you can think of. He loves to work but he also has to be 16 to work any where else so it's hard for him out here even my other kids it's hard just for babysitting too find someone out here unless you know them and she has her first aid card and everything. Sorry if it sounded like a vent..................

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 06:38 AM

We need Boblo, Wheels, and Fast Eddies back, and an indoor water park like Kalahari would be nice too and something like Colasanti's in Windsor.

Edited by boysrfun, 27 March 2011 - 02:26 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:01 AM

I know I looked into taking the kids go karting at the track by the airport. It was something like $7 for 5 minutes. Crazy!


Clearly that is not 6$ a minute though!! That's less than 2$ a minute. I haven't been go karting in the last few years, but I use to more. We went to one in the county, though.

ETA: Besides, that was ONE idea. If that one doesn't work, there are still other things.

Edited by ~Jill~, 27 March 2011 - 09:03 AM.


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Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:15 AM

Out in the county there is nothing for them to do and i have 3 teenagers and none of them drive and both me and my husband work plus i work week-ends so that is even harder for them to do things. Plus there is nothing and if there is then it costs you a arm and a leg and some people live pay cheque to pay cheque. That's why there are so many teens that get in trouble because there is nothing for them to do. It's even hard for them to get jobs out here. I have kids that want to work and they can't find nothing. I have a 15 year old that is willing to do anything to earn money he does alot for neighbours as in regards to cleaning eavestrough (spelling) and cutting grass to anything that you can think of. He loves to work but he also has to be 16 to work any where else so it's hard for him out here even my other kids it's hard just for babysitting too find someone out here unless you know them and she has her first aid card and everything. Sorry if it sounded like a vent..................


Legally he can work at the age of 14. Is he just having trouble getting hired with little/no experience.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:18 AM


I know I looked into taking the kids go karting at the track by the airport. It was something like $7 for 5 minutes. Crazy!


Clearly that is not 6$ a minute though!! That's less than 2$ a minute. I haven't been go karting in the last few years, but I use to more. We went to one in the county, though.

ETA: Besides, that was ONE idea. If that one doesn't work, there are still other things.


Other things that cost just as much.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:20 AM


I know I looked into taking the kids go karting at the track by the airport. It was something like $7 for 5 minutes. Crazy!


Clearly that is not 6$ a minute though!! That's less than 2$ a minute. I haven't been go karting in the last few years, but I use to more. We went to one in the county, though.

ETA: Besides, that was ONE idea. If that one doesn't work, there are still other things.


the prices I gave were based on what we paid in Grand Bend and Barrie/Collingwood. I just checked their website and it says you can go for an hour for only $63!!! That sounds like a great plan as long as you save for months in advance and don't plan on sending your kids to college.

Agreed Jill you did give several other suggestions, skating, laser tagging etc. Some kids probably enjoy doing stuff like that. I think you'll agree when your kids are older that choices are limited and expensive.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:22 AM

Oh for God sakes. Whatever. lol We are nnot bored, there is always something do to. No matter what I say it is wrong or will be argued. We will go on entertaining ourselves, you guys can go on being bored! :biggrin

Movies are cheaper, arcades are cheaper, mini golf is cheaper, ice skating is cheaper. etc, etc, etc. But like I said, you go on being bored.