A Special Time For Special Amounts Of Fun
It seems like this time of extra isolation provides an opportunity for creating extra amounts of fun.
With lots of places being closed, I’ve started creating adventure events for people! I put one together last weekend.
Each team had to trudge through the woods to find and decode a series of clues. One clue had coded GPS coordinates, one clue had invisible ink that they had to light a fire in order to read the letters, one clue was a coded series of different colored dots they had to decipher. One by one, the clues led them to materials hidden throughout the woods to make a rope and a ladder.
The game was set up like a war-time espionage scenario. They had to use the ladder and rope to climb on the roof of a shed to take down an enemy stronghold. If they didn’t find and create the necessary items, the mission failed.
They had to cross creeks, climb up rope ladders to hiding spots, read a land map, crouch through tunnels, and use some power tools to assemble the necessary items.
People often say how small towns are boring. Growing up in a small town, my response is often that in small towns you aren’t provided with as many fun options, but you are provided with lots of opportunities to create fun options.
This last year it’s as if all cities turned into small towns. The events are cancelled, the restaurants and destinations closed. But just like in small towns, this provides room for extra amounts of creativity and fun.
This is a time to tap into ideas you’ve been wanting to try. It’s a good time to invite friends to try them too, because they are looking for someone to provide them with fun. They will love you for coming up with an idea and providing the framework to make it happen!
Maybe getting muddy in the woods isn’t up your alley, maybe you’d just like to sew! You could start your own weekly sewing circle with friends, or start a traveling quilt project where each person adds to the design and does a portion of the sewing. Sewing is so good at providing us the opportunity to play and experiment and create.
What are some ways you have created extra fun in your life this year?
I love your creative juices! Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us!
You have a wonderful imagination, Sarah. Quite a lot more creative than me, but definitely reminiscent of my childhood years scrambling through parks, backyards and friends’ farmfields in rural southeastern Wisconsin. Nice to see you carry your childhood into adulthood!
What lovely childhood adventures you must have had! It does seem like playing changes form when we get older. I’m trying to extend the youthful lust for games and exploration with my friends as long as we can.