4 Adult Playgrounds for Rediscovering Your Inner Child

Posted by Elizabeth Alton on Monday, November 10th, 2014

Have you ever wished you could unwind by playing the way you did when you were a kid? If you’ve ever driven by a playground in your car and thought about climbing on a jungle gym or taking a ride down a slide but felt too out of place, we’ve got some good news. Playgrounds aren’t just for children anymore. Creative designers are taking the carefree experience of being a kid and incorporating it into unique play spaces that are geared toward adults. Here are four one-of-a-kind places around the world designed to help you relive your childhood, even if only for a few minutes.

Tomas Saraceno's On Space Time Foam

On Space Time Foam, Milan Italy

There are few things more fun than bouncy houses. In 2012, Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno took the concept of a bouncy house to a whole new level with his On Space Time Foam art installation. Saraceno developed a 3900 square foot adults-only suspended trampoline where grownups could jump around in a cloudlike contraption that defied the laws of gravity. The installation, made from a clear, thin plastic, was positioned 65-feet above the ground at HangarBicocca contemporary art museum in Milan, Italy. The design created a world where guests would get caught up in the movement and lose their sense of spatial relations, creating the sensation of being caught between the “earth” and “sky” of the building’s floor and ceiling.

Swing Time - Boston

Swing Time, Boston Massachusetts

Launched earlier this year, Swing Time is an interactive art installation located at Boston-based park, a Lawn on D. Swing Time features a series of large suspended ovals that light up and change colors when in motion. The adult-sized swing set was designed by Boston architecture firm Howeler and Yoon. Its whimsical design entices park visitors to explore and interact with the large oval swings. The unique blend of technology and playful design makes Swing Time a favorite for area adults and children alike, and it ties in perfectly with the up-and-coming arts district in the city’s South Boston neighborhood.

Technische Universität München

Technische Universitat Slides, Munich Germany

Why climb the stairs or use the elevator when you can take a trip down a slide? Students at Technische Universitat in Munich can have some fun between classes on one of two giant three-story tube slides. The playful architectural features are situated in the middle of one of the University’s large common areas. The slides, which were constructed along with the Technische Universitat math and computer science building, are both fun and functional. If you’re running late for class, you can save yourself a few moments by sliding down to the appropriate level.

House of Hammocks

House of Hammocks, Vienna Austria

Spending time in a hammock is a great way to unwind after a long and stressful day. To capitalize on the uniquely relaxing experience, Dutch designers Heri & Salli created the Flederhaus in Vienna. Flederhaus, commonly known as the House of Hammocks, features 30 large slings for visitors to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in getting in touch with your inner child as you’re swinging to and fro or you simply want a comfortable spot to take a rest, the four-story House of Hammocks is the place to go. The one-of-a-kind structure also offers some incredible views of Vienna’s museumsquartier. The House of Hammocks is so popular with visitors that Heri & Salli are in the process of recreating the concept elsewhere in Vienna.

Designers are creating unexpected opportunities for carefree play with interactive installations and innovative physical spaces. Some are a twist on classic children’s playground rides. Others are completely reimagining what it means to play as an adult. We love these sites as examples of different environments that invite guests to play in inventive ways. As a playground experience, they differ from theme parks or other venues because they tap into the same muscles of imagination, creativity, and exploration that you used as a kid in your own backyard. Interestingly, no one has yet scaled the concept of an adult playground, but that could potentially be an interesting opportunity in the market. We’re always keeping an eye open for these types of attractions. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. […] Why climb the stairs or use the elevator when you can take a trip down a slide? Students at Technische Universitat in Munich can have some fun between classes on one of two giant three-story tube slides. The slides, which were constructed along with the Technische Universitat math and computer science building, are both fun and functional — 4 Adult Playgrounds for Rediscovering Your Inner Child […]

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