Being a kid was amazing. Running around the park, swinging from trees, grazed knees and muddy hands. Then there were the birthday parties with the bouncy castles, the party games and not forgetting the jelly and ice cream. We had it all didn’t we? Know what? Being a grown up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
So given the opportunity, who wouldn’t want to want to be a big kid? And that’s what I did last night, as I spent the evening at an adult soft play area. Ohhh dreams do come true sometimes.
My mum works for a local charity; Playability who put on play schemes for children with severe and profound disabilities. I used to volunteer when I was in high school, and I cannot stress enough what an absolutely amazing charity it is. The staff and volunteers are absolute saints as it is an incredibly hard job. So every year at the end of summer Playability take them all somewhere as a thank you, and this year they chose Jelly Beans an indoor soft play area.
By day it is a standard ids play area, but by night the lights dim, the music starts to thump hard, and the adults come out to play.
Better still, while everyone wants to play being big kid, the adult competitive streak is still there, so what do they do? They give us guns. Laser tag in a giant soft play area!
They even locked us in. Clearly things were getting serious…
…Yep, defiantly serious.
But fear not I was prepared. Battle stations!
OK, coming second to last was not how I envisaged this. Time to get my COD on!
We crouched round the giant foam beams, skipped over the wonky planks, flung ourselves down the zip wire until we yielded in a breathless heap, After literally burning up a sweat for nearly 2 hours- how did I do this as a kid?- we spied another opportunity to flex some healthy competition. The climbing wall.
Now after being a guide in my younger days and going on quite a few adventure days, I was pretty confident in my ability.
What I didn’t anticipate was my OWN MOTHER beating me. She is a climbing wall God!
Of course, every adults dream is to dive right into that ball pool. I just couldn’t resist it.
After last night who wants to be an adult I say, I think I’d much rather go back to playing in ball pools, climbing trees and making mud pies. Forget this office working lark! Who’s with me?
I went to Jelly Beans in Warrington,
If you are in the area, make sure you book a session. You wont regret it.