“It was so much fun – I haven’t laughed that much in ages.” Those were the words of Melissa Bond, who won a pair of VIP tickets in our ‘adventure playground for grown-ups’ competition.
The 33-year-old took along her husband, Cliff, to the Hackney-based event, which gave adults a chance to rediscover their inner child on a raft of equipment including a giant climbing frame, six metre tall slide, log swings, space hoppers and ball pits.
More than 3,000 people attended the sold-out weekend – hosted by seed food brand 9NINE – which aimed to raise awareness around the benefits of play on happiness and wellbeing.
And it certainly worked for this Bexley Heath-based couple, who have two boys aged four and six.
“Cliff and I hardly get any time together out of the house as I work most evenings and it can be tricky to find babysitters,” said Melissa, who runs her own fitness business. “It was lovely to spend some quality time together. Cliff had an absolute blast and it was great way for him unwind after work.”
So what was Melissa’s favourite piece of equipment?
“I couldn’t decide between the swings and the see-saw. I felt free on the swings and loved seeing how high I could get towards the sky. The see-saw was lots of fun too, although with my hubby being a tad bit heavier than me he had to do all the work and nearly sent me flying on a couple of occasions,” she laughed. “We were also lucky enough to enjoy some of the 9NINE products. The seed bombs were soooo yummy!”
I was able to enjoy the moment
The busy mum also learned a valuable lesson from her adventure playground experience. “I need to take more time out from work and home life and plan more activities that involve play,” she confessed. “For once I was able to enjoy the moment and not let my thoughts distract me from what I was doing.”
Melissa also had some lovely words to say about our blog, which she discovered after 9NINE published our post on the competition.
“I’m thoroughly enjoying the content and getting loads of ideas,” she said. “As a wife, mum to two boys and business owner finding time to relax is a challenge. The more I learn about health and fitness, the more it is becoming apparent that rest and relaxation are very important for body and mind.”
Thanks for your kind words Melissa!
This was our second giveaway. Amanda Johnstone was the winner of our ‘summer skin care’ hamper worth over £100.
And the good news is this isn’t last of our competitions – we currently have another very exciting one in the pipeline, so watch this space!
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