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Best Activities for Kidulting in 2023

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I escaped to Sydney over 15 years ago and haven't looked back since. I enjoy discovering new places and activities in the ever-changing, eclectic and bustling city that is Sydney.
Published December 29th 2022
Have some serious fun
Have you ever seen a really fun activity you wanted to do but couldn't because well, its for kids? I've seen many a water sprinkler, build-a-bear workshop and jumping castle that have tempted me. Kids often get to have the most fun while adults stand on the sidelines. However the modern concept of 'kidulting' is giving us adults a golden ticket back to the childhood we wish we had!

Being a kidult is about rediscovering your playfulness and curiosity by engaging in fun activities ordinarily reserved for younger persons. It is a great way to de-stress, reignite your creativity and challenge yourself differently. Even the most serious of adults can benefit from letting loose and forgetting about drawing inside the lines, so to speak.

Never is a better time to kidult than during the holiday season, when you can put the trials and tribulations of the year behind you. Permit yourself to go a little silly!

1. Treetops Adventure

Step out of the office and onto a rope at a Treetops Adventure course available at St Ives, The Hills and Abbotsbury. The days of climbing any tree you can find with a low enough branch can be relived again!

The Tree ropes course features a series of beams, nets and ropes to navigate. You will be strapped into a harness so you can undertake the course kamikaze style or take your time as you feel muscles you didn't know you had.

It is a perfect activity if your new year resolution is to challenge yourself more. But you don't need to be an experienced tree climber here. There are plenty of challenges to go around, no matter your style.

The Tree Ropes course is $59 for grown ups and $54 for concession holders. Book online to stretch those limbs of yours yet again, except this time, you will have a safety harness on your side!

2. Hijinx Hotel

Put down the phone, pull on some joggers and get ready to check in to the hotel for games. The new venue in Alexandria has a series of hotel rooms, each designed with a different challenge for you to conquer. Bring along a fellow kidult (or two or five) to undertake the challenges behind each door. You will have a short window of time, precisely four minutes, to complete each challenge.

It won't take you long to get engrossed in the thrill of a wholesome game, except now you won't need to put a dollar in the swear jar.

You can opt to try 5 challenges ($25 per person) or 10 challenges ($50 per person). The hotel's lobby offers a food and drink menu to devour while you debrief on your team's performance afterwards. View the lobby menu online here

3. 5K FoamFest Fun Run

The old-school fun run has been reinvented with a bunch of obstacles to make it extra slippery and exciting. And you don't even have to run! You will have the chance to climb over ropes and inflatables, wade through mud and slide down the death drop if you're feeling daring enough. There are over 22 obstacles (all optional) before you reach the foamy finish line.

If you've been entertained by tv shows like Wipeout and Australian Ninja Warrior, here is your chance to become a 'contender' yourself. There will be photos taken on the day so you can keep a record for friends and family of your slip 'n' slide abilities!

The event supports the Make A Wish Foundation so your kidulting will be going to a great cause. You can also help raise funds for your run by creating a fundraising page.

The 5k fun run event is being held in Sydney on 4 February, 25 November and 26 November 2023. Ticket prices start at $64.99 per person. This event will likely sell out therefore recommend booking as soon as you can. Your inner kid will thank you for it.

4. Wizardry High Tea

The dining experience of your dreams will become a reality at this high tea event. The lucky guests who get to snap up a ticket will enjoy a sumptuous selection of treats in the Harry Potter themed dining experience.

The imaginative movie will come to life on the University of Sydney campus, a perfectly chosen backdrop for a magical day (or night) out. Characters will also be available to take
photos with and the venue will be decked out with spell-binding props so you can immerse yourself in the otherworldly Great Hall.

Tickets are $75 for the day session and $95 for the evening session. Food and drinks are included. The evening experience is open to kidults only (18 years or older) which will also serve up cursed cocktails.

5. Join the Circus

Deepen your sense of curiosity with these fun circus-inspired workshops. Learn how to juggle with a world class juggler or discover the thrill of hula hooping with the incredibly talented Mel Wheeler. Class Bento offers a range of classes that don't require a large commitment, just a willingness to try something new. Class prices range from $30 - 60 and are available in multiple locations across Sydney.

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For a more adventurous circus experience, take a flying trapeze lesson with Circus Arts at Sydney Olympic Park. Classes are regularly available on weekends and anyone can attend regardless of experience, including absolute beginners. The trainers will show you the correct technique to help you fly through the air in no time. Classes are 1.5 hours in duration and cost $68 per person. You can also purchase 10 lessons for $380 to use in a 6-month period.

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Now go play and make 2023 your year of fun!
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