Activities To Thrill Your Inner Child
For centuries, grownups have denounced their adulthood after being forced to complete mind-numbing tasks like weeding and grout removal. Unfortunately, doing all the things our parents once did for us is a part of growing up. Pining for your younger days won’t do you much good, but these timeless activities will have you feeling five and free in no time.
1. Old school fun
Pay homage to a simpler time by organising an activity that proves as popular as it did at your 10th birthday party, like ten-pin bowling. Prove your talent at arcade games has gotten better with age at the aptly named Happydays Broadway. Just $9 will get you one hour of unlimited classics like air hockey, pinball and Street Fighter at this cheerful Sydney locale. Victorians can also hone their skills at Bullz Eye Lounge with timeless activities like sumo wrestling, table tennis, and mechanical bull rides.
Unlike your brother’s hand-me-downs, if you’re not already into golf, you probably won’t grow into it. The arguably more exciting and hilarious alternative is glow-in-the-dark putt putt at Caboolture Bowl & Mini Golf. The course is Wild West themed, so putters can pretend they’re on the great frontier for a nighttime golf shootout.
2. Run amok
Kids have limitless amounts of energy, can bound out of bed in a single leap, and don’t nearly appreciate naps as much as they should. Channel your inner rug rat by scheduling in activities guaranteed to get the heart pumping. Show overly-zealous ankle biters how it’s really done at a roller skating rink or indoor trampoline park like Flip Out.
If being graceful isn’t really your style, a game of bumper soccer is sure to reveal how awkward you really are. Ramming into your friends while encased in a gigantic plastic ball is the ideal way to show them how you really feel without saying it aloud. If you’re still harbouring pent-up frustration, enjoy a therapeutic smashing session in The Break Room. This experience is a dream-come-true for those who always got into trouble for breaking vases and windows and blamed it on the dog.
3. Be a tourist for a day
There’s something magical about visiting a theme park or tourist site for the first time as a child. Relive the magic by acting like you’re a tourist in your own city; you’ll never know what memories will come flooding back. Big kids will love the thrills and spills of unlimited entry to the world-famous Gold Coast theme parks. A warning though: the rides and attractions at Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, and Wet’n’Wild will have you giggling like a schoolgirl who’s just seen a prepubescent popstar.
Just a short drive from the glittering Gold Coast is Australia Zoo, a perennial Aussie favourite that delights young and old. Prepare to stand in awe while watching the crocodile show or the giraffes and zebras in the African Savannah.
Can’t get enough of being a big kid? Visit Groupon for unique experiences in your city that will prove you haven’t grown up just yet. If you’re feeling brave, emerge from your pillow fort and ease into adulthood by checking out our guide on how to play like an adult.