I remember being a teenager thinking “I can’t wait to be a grown-up”. Little did I know that being a “grown up” was much harder than it appeared. You have to deal with bills, relationships, taxes, car notes and not to mention working a 9-5. Some days I just want to take a time-out and go back to the days when I was carefree and had no responsibilities. The days of jumping double-dutch from sun up to sun down, leaping off 2nd story balconies like I was unbreakable (It was dumb I realize that now), aimlessly roaming the streets around 47th andKing Drive ( Chicago streets) , or just tryin to be grown at “The Rink” (another Chicago hangout for teens back in the day). Ahhh, I miss that.
Now I can’t do any of that because 1) all day double-dutch would be like cardio which I hate, 2) I would certainly break a bone or two if I leaped off anything, and 3) Running up and down the streets of Chicago might get me put in jail or worse. So I started to think… “What could I do to relive those care-free days kinda responsibly?”
So I remember my girl Bridgette suggesting that we try the trampoline! Then a little bulb went off! I’m going to be a kid again! I’m going to find every activity in the DMV that I can do to remind me of being a kid again. “Childlike activities are often an excuse to feel good and carefree,” says Dr. Andrea Bonior, a clinical psychologist and Express’ Baggage Check columnist. “It’s permission to act like a kid — and that feels good.”
If you are like me and need a time-out from the “adult world”, I have some ideas for you! Take a look!
- Trampoline. SKY ZONE and REBOUNDERZ are giant trampoline parks here in the DC metro area. High jumps, backflips and the elusive double-bounce are a staple of many childhoods, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t get a kick out of a good leap. For an all adult experience, children clear out around 7 p.m. at REBOUNDERZ.
- Trapeze. So this isn’t exactly an activity that I tried as a kid, but it screams of carefree right?! Trapeze School New York, located at The Yards in southeast DC, offers classes for ages 6 and up. Don’t worry about upper body strength or the fact that you may not be a “gym rat”. Just make sure you can listen and follow an instruction, that’s the only prerequisite for this activity. Google to find out if you can find a location in your area.
- Sleepaway Camp. Who didn’t have an amazing time at camp? I loved camp! Now this activity may call for some travel depending where you live. Here in DC, the closet camp is in upstate New York, but I think it’s worth a three- night stay away, don’t you agree? The 21 and over crowd is no longer welcome at summer camp, but Camp No Counselors found a way around that. The adult camp rents out actual sleepaway camps for a weekend, usually in the weeks just before or after the kids arrive. The three-night getaway is all-inclusive and traditional summer camp activities — arts and crafts, wakeboarding, capture the flag — are all on offer. At night, things get more adult. The camp brings in live bands and DJs and throws parties with an open bar. “We add different elements to the camp experience to make it more fun for adults,” founder Adam Tichauer says. Take “slip and flip,” for instance. It’s a grown-up twist on the slip and slide, in which everything is the same except for the huge flip cup table waiting at the end.
I’m so in!!! Sign me up!
Being less stressed is my goal these days, so if taking a break from my “adult life” will help with that, I’m all in. Above are just a couple experiences I’m interested in, however, if you need some other ideas, checkout LET’S PLAY AMERICA!
Enjoy the Journey,