Win VIP tickets to an ‘adult playground’ in London

Adult playground

Can you remember the last time you played on a swing or whizzed down a slide? Or, an occasion where you fell about laughing after doing something silly?

If the answer is no, then it might be time to inject some fun back into your life.

According to Richard Wiseman, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, every adult could ‘benefit from an afternoon in a giant playground’.

“Giant swings, slides and see-saws”

“Research shows that being playful makes us happier, more open-minded, gets the creative juices flowing, helps us bond together and can even help those suffering from depression,” he explains. “Humans are hardwired to play, and this doesn’t stop in childhood.”

Well, now you have a chance to step away from your screen and have a jolly good time recreating the memories of yester-year because seed food brand 9Nine is setting up The Playground, a play area for adults with giant swings, slides and see-saws. Yes!

“Play is in our DNA”

The free event is being held at London Fields in Hackney between 29-30 July and will give grown-ups an hour on the equipment, as part of a move to raise awareness around the benefits of play on happiness and wellbeing. There’ll also be DJs, refreshments and 9Nine snacks.

“In a world where our actions are usually dictated by what we have to do, we wanted to provide a place where people could come and let go and feel happy and free without any stress or rules,” explains 9Nine marketing director, Kerry Collinge.

“Happiness is at the heart of our brand and while we feel we have nailed the nutritional side of things, we wanted to do something that gave physical presence to a topic that we believe needs more column inches. Play is in our DNA – we’re simply bringing the right tools to the table.”

“We grow old because we stop playing”

The event runs between: 11am-10pm on Saturday 29 July and 11am-9pm on Sunday 30 July

But Relax Ya Self to Health has a pair of tickets for the exclusive VIP launch night on Friday 28 July.

To enter the competition, please comment on this post naming your favourite childhood game and subscribe to my blog here so that I can contact you should you win.

The draw will take place on 12 July. Good luck!

As George Bernard Shaw once said: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

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  • Reply
    6th July 2017 at 3:26 pm

    my favourite childhood game was ‘water balloons’ especially in the summer heat lots of fun!

    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      6th July 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Brilliant! I don’t think I’ve ever played that one 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiran Hunjan
      3rd December 2018 at 8:09 pm

      I love this

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    Amanda Johnstone
    6th July 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I was at school in the 80’s so for me it has to be double dutch skipping or British bull dog both got banned though as too many accidents ❤

    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      9th July 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Really? I had no idea they ended up being banned!! I remember the skipping games 🙂

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    Barry Thomas
    8th July 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Best game from my childhood was definitely swingball – half of the game was making sure the pole didn’t fall over!

    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      9th July 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Haha, I had the exact same problem 🙂 Loved swingball!

  • Reply
    9th July 2017 at 12:31 am

    I don’t know if it has a name; but that mahussive elastic you’d stretch around your ankles whilst you took it in turns to hop some really complicated routines!!

    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      9th July 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Claudia, I can remember hopscotch but not the elasticated band. Perhaps I’m too old! Haha 🙂

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    9th July 2017 at 9:39 am

    Honestly? My favourite game was either hide and seek or climbing trees as high as I could go. It’s a wonder I’ve never broken a bone in my body 😂! A giant playground sounds heavenly in my birthday month!

    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      9th July 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Anais, That’s fantastic! I tried to climb a tree once but got as far as the first branch. My upper body strength was nonexistent!

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    Melissa Bond
    9th July 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I used to love playing “what’s the time Mr Wolf” now is get to see my little ones playing it which makes me super happy 🙂

    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      10th July 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Ah, that’s lovely Melissa 🙂

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    9th July 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Oh my ! This is amazing ! We needed this ! My favourite game is the swing as I still feel like I’m flying (even if I’m now 31) xx

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      Helen Gilbert
      10th July 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Emilie, I’m with you on this!! Haha. I love the swing. It feels so liberating flying through the air! x

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    Natalie macatonia
    10th July 2017 at 8:47 am

    Putting the slide in the padderling pool and sliding straight in…. in the summer only of course xxx

    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      10th July 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Aha, what a brilliant idea Natalie! Love this, especially in this glorious weather! x

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    Fleur Newsom
    12th July 2017 at 9:20 am

    For me it has to be the old classic ‘it’ the adrenal of not wanting to caught or the thrill of the chase. I remember walking round with arms linked in a group, chanting ‘who wants to play’ those were the days! I don’t think I’ll ever grow up, that’s for someone else 😁

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      Helen Gilbert
      12th July 2017 at 11:32 pm

      Ahhhh. I used to love It!!! 😊

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    Roopa Lutzenberger
    14th July 2017 at 8:53 am

    My favorite was Marbles

    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      14th July 2017 at 10:15 am

      Ah, yes marbles! I also had a wooden solitaire board with blue marbles 🙂

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    Sophie Scowen
    14th July 2017 at 1:58 pm

    My favourite childhood game was playing with my imaginary friend, her name was Spinach & she lived in our garage…! Luckily now I have some real friends I could take to the playground! : )

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      Helen Gilbert
      15th July 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Aw, Spinach 🙂

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    Vikki copland
    14th July 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Hungry hippos! Played human hungry hippos a couple of years ago with paddling pools and a tonne of ball pit balls. So much fun 😀

    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      15th July 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Haha. I’d never have thought of human hungry hippos!

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    janice norris
    14th March 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Marbles in the street !!!

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