Over the past couple of years or so I’ve found myself doing things that grown-ups do, buying a house, being accepted for credit, holding down a job etc etc. Not to mention the fact that my age seems to be increasing rapidly nowadays. Growing up scares me, I’m way too immature to be classed as a grown-up and I really don’t want that responsibility.
Being a grown-up means you have to abandon toys, doesn’t it? you can no longer be ridiculous, out spoken or colourful without being frowned upon.. Bah! Peter Pan had it right, sort of, but we’re unlucky enough not to have a Neverland reachable by British Airways (no MJ jokes, plz)… and no matter how long I keep my window open at night I really don’t think I’m going to be sprinkled with pixie dust anytime soon. There are a tonne of fantastical activities that we enjoyed as children that we can still enjoy today, they’ll make you feel tiny again. Woop! And now that we’re ‘grown-ups’ we can concoct believable excuses for our immature actions (but honestly, if it’s fun for you, why lie?) and even make these things more fun than they used to be!
- Visit Theme parks
There’s nothing better in this WORLD than riding roller coasters, wearing mouse ears & running around with a sugar high.
Grown-up Bonus: Go on your favourite ride over & over without being dragged away, head home when you want!
- Invest in a Hula Hoop
It might take you a little time to figure out how to use it again, but when it finally clicks you’ll have a whirl of a time. I personally own this fluorescent beauty. Alternatives are roller skates, pogo-sticks and skipping ropes.
Grown-up Excuse: You’re doing it for exercise!
- Build forts
Draping sheets over chairs and making a den used to be one of my favourite things to do. I used to pull all the cushions off the sofas and line the walls (extra defences), and I’d take in snacks, teddy bears and a book and hold out in there until the enemies retreated.
Grown-up Excuse: Cleaning!
Grown-up Bonus: Apply your structural knowledge to create even better constructions.
- Camp out in the living room
It still feels exciting to spend a night camped out on the living room floor, watching movies and improvising a mattress from sofa cushions.
Grown-up Excuse: Broken Air-conditioning, the cat threw up on the bed.
- Eat so much ice cream that you throw up
This sounds so negative, but it’s not. It’s probably not the best thing for you, but omg, it’s such fun to stuff your face and have a ridiculous sugar high. Head to pizza hut for their ice cream factory :)
Grown-up Excuse: Tummy bug, no one will believe you were dumb enough to eat too much ice cream ;)
Grown-up Bonus: You can eat well more now!
- Run around the woods pretending you’re on an epic adventure
You could even go so far as to take some nerf guns and declare all out spongy warfare!
Grown-up Excuse: You’re on a nature walk
Grown-up Bonus: No curfew!
- Spend time day-dreaming
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create. – Albert Einstein
Grown-up Excuse: You’re thinking over a realllly difficult task
- Make ice-lollies
Bonus points for making rocket-shaped ones!
Grown-up Bonus: add vodka!
- Make weird and wonderful concoctions in your kitchen, pretending you’re doing science
Mentos & Soda-water & haribo sours & rum = some kinda twisted mojito.
Grown-up Excuse: You’re following a recipe, it’s your kitchen!
- Create the most amazing midnight feast you could ever have imagined, think the food-fight scene in ‘Hook’
Remember when you used to set an alarm at sleep overs when you were tiny? just so you’d all get up for a midnight feast? You’d never hear it, and it would all fail. Alas! You can now feast in the wee hours, and that feast can be fucking amazing.
Grown-up Bonus: You can splurge on really ridiculous food for the feast!
- Dig up worms
If you never did this as kid it probably sounds super odd, but if you spent your days scouting out the longest worm in the garden then this is for you! Don’t eat them though, we’re past that.
Grown-up Excuse: It helps with composting!
- Dance to the superman song
Grown-up Excuse: You’re just doing aerobics, duh
- Invent your own language
I talk in random languages to all the cats I know constantly, and if I don’t know the words to a song I’ll sing in tongues. It’s stupid, fun, and ridiculous. Perfect!
Grown-up Bonus: You’re now old enough to actually be convincing when telling someone that it’s a real language o.O
- Dress up like a fairy princess/cowboy/bear/robot
When I was little my dressing up box was bursting at the seams, I think it’s time to crack it open again and start sporting ridiculous outfits on a weekend. FunFun!
Grown-up Bonus: You can invest in key pieces for your dressing up box!
- Have a conker tournament
Perfect time of year’s coming up for collecting conkers and having an all out conker war. Jazz them up with fabulous coloured laces! yeh!
Grown-up Bonus: You can spend even longer making your conker the hardest, now, several coats of varnish should do it!
Have fun x