Dates on a Budget:  Things to Do in Mississauga in Fall and Winter

By Monica Kucharski

Summer dating is generally easy on the wallet—a glass of wine or coffee on a patio, a walk in Mississauga’s many parks, waterfront and trails, picnics, swimming, biking, hiking…

But come cooler temps, cheap-and-cheerful outdoor fun is more limited —basically, skiing, skating and tobogganing.  And when Mother Nature is not cooperating, often not so much fun.

There is always Netflix and pizza, but if this date “activity” is getting long in the tooth, and money is not exactly flowing, there is still plenty you can do on a date in Mississauga that won’t break the bank.

The Crooked Cue:  Billiards, Comfort Food and Craft Beer (Port Credit)

A game of billiards or ping-pong will work off the calories consumed at the venue’s restaurant, where you can get pizza and burgers as well as more formal entrees, at reasonable prices.  Afterwards, snuggle up in the comfy lounge seating, in front of a fireplace and watch a game on one of their big screen HD TV.

Roc’n Doc’s:  Live Music, Dancing, Pub Food (Port Credit)

Rock to a live band, and bring it down on the dance floor, for the price of a meal that ranges from $10-$20 per person (vino not included).  And you can certainly make this date last – the place is open until 1:00 a.m. (2 a.m. on Saturdays).

Sky Zone:  Getting Physical (Erindale area, Burnhamthorpe and Mavis)

Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park.   Probably not the best venue for a first date or right after a bountiful meal, but laughs are guaranteed when you see each other bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.  Admission prices vary according to time and day, but the average is about $16/hour.

Playdium:  High-Tech Amusement Park and a Diner (Central Mississauga, Square One area)

Two hundred high-tech attractions, rides and simulators await you and your date at this 40,000 sq. ft. indoor complex.  The Playdium’s diner offers a full menu— appetizers, entrees, snacks, beverages and pizza. You can expect to spend at least $22-$40 for indoor activities, but more if you’re in a mood to try some extra amusements and re-energize yourself with food from the diner.

Scooter’s Roller Palace:  Skate, Grab a Bite, and Go Arcade-ing (Royal Windsor and Southdown, Clarkson)

Scooter’s Roller Palace is a 24,500 square feet venue with a 80 ft x 160 ft terrazzo skating surface. There is a snack bar with a seating area, and other amusements once you’re skated-out:  a coin-operated pool table, air hockey and an arcade.  Admission is $13.50 on Saturday night.

Game Time Eatery and Entertainment:  Sports Bar Food, Virtual Games, Axe Throwing (Dixie and Dundas, east Mississauga)

Game Time is 25,000 square feet of entertainment.  It has 75 state-of-the-art arcade games, a Virtual Reality Arcade, huge high definition laser projector screens, billiards, and Mississauga’s first caged axe throwing facility.  Formerly associated with Wacky Wings, the venue’s restaurant offers plenty of those but also a full menu of popular sports bar dishes.  Get their “Eat ’n Play” combo for a worth-while deal (current deal: spend $14.99 on a burger, sandwich, pizza or wings and get 20% off on play cards.)

Meadowvale Theatre:  Live Theatre, Music and “a night at the theatre” iconic date bragging rights

Community theatre rocks, and attending these shows is a lot of fun.  Plus, you’ll get that civic goodwill feeling from being supportive of Mississauga community events.  The November line up at the Meadowvale Theatre includes Beauty and the Beast (tickets cost $10-$16), and White Christmas —adapted from that iconic 1954 Christmas film with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.  Ticket cost: $28-$40.

And these examples are just scratching Mississauga-entertainment-on-a-dime surface.  So, ditch the Netflix, put on some warmer clothing, and get out there with your date for oodles of cheap and cheerful fun, offered by Mississauga’s many communities.