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Published October 1st 2012
Feeding your inner child is a must
Do you ever watch kids playing and feel a little twang of longing and envy wash over you?
My friend and I had just enjoyed a great morning chatting over coffee at a wonderful cafe in Darling Harbour. We walked past the amazing Darling Quarter Playground, I stopped to watch the kids laughing and squealing with joy. I reminisced and wished.
Oh what the heck, why can't adults still enjoy play and fun!
83 square metres of rope net to test your climbing skills and explore.
Thank goodness I was wearing my flat shoes. I dropped my bag at my friends feet and began my climb on the 83 square metres of climbing rope net, The Octanet. No I didn't have a child with me to 'pretend' I was only climbing for their safety sake. It was just me, being a Big Kid and having fun.
[ADVERT]Nothing mattered at this point. A sense of exploration kicked in and it was exciting. I climbed through the maze of net, wove my legs around the rope and hung upside down, although I did get a little head spin, maybe I was just out of practice! I didn't care, I just wanted to feel the joy of nurturing my inner child.
Satisfied, I climbed down grabbing my friend's bag and 'tagged' her to join in the fun. Pick one! I yelled. We began our adventure to explore and play on the other 15 amazing fun activities in this incredible playground.
On the Giant Ring swinging and singing to her hearts delight with the little kids.
Sandra jumped on the Giant Ring with a bunch of kids who thought it was quite funny. An older boy started pushing the ring to gain momentum. "Faster" I said. The kids laughed hysterically. The ring quickly picked up its own speed swinging backwards and forwards and circled around the frame.
Silliness swept over us. Tagging each other, we ran to another activity. To be honest, we didn't notice if people were looking at us in surprise nor did we care. We became big kids as our inner child took over with delight and glee.
Wheeeee! flying through the air with the greatest of ease on the flying fox!
My excitement grew as I waited behind some little kids for' my turn' on the Flying Fox. Whizzing along the zip wire, you lean back and allow the wind to flow through your hair. Ahhh freedom! In those few seconds, you could be Superman flying through the air or anything else your imagination could conjure. We were laughing and our emotions were changing.
Climbing up a mountain! Onwards and upward to the top of the Big Slide slippery dip
I giggled as I watched Sandra climbed to the top of the Big Slide. My inner child's mind saw her as a mountaineer climbing to the top of Everest. It is amazing what comes up in your mind when you are having fun. Your creativity begins to grow.
Wheeeee, down the other side!
Getting wet in the Water Works area.
The ultimate big kid test is getting wet in the Water Works. No thoughts of what happens to your clothes or if you are going to be damp and cold afterwards. It's just being in the moment, feeling the joy.
Testing your skills as a tight rope walker in a circus!
Crawling through caves and caverns just like Indiana Jones. Oh let your imagination run riot!
Resident playground musicians 'The Seagulls' played all those great kids songs to dance like no one was watching!
After all our adventure climbing, swinging, sliding and flying we had a little dance with 'The Seagulls' to the Hokey Pokey. Ala Play School style.
Oh, who doesn't know those dance moves! Yes we did put our left foot in, our right foot, our arms and hands and shook them all about.
Hang upside down and view the world another way.
Allow your inner child to come out and play more often, no matter how silly it may look. It's fun, you feel so good and you begin to see life differently. We didn't care what people may have thought, after all we couldn't hear them. All that mattered was our joy being a Big Kid for the day.
Sometimes big kids forget that life is about having fun.