Summer is coming up, and if you’re planning to keep the family busy over the school holidays you’ll want to ensure the summer is punctuated with a number of fun activities that go beyond the scope of Disney World to incorporate a bit more of an active lifestyle.
In that vein, if you’re looking for some cool experiences to try out this summer, look no further than this list of five ways to get your adrenaline pumping whilst having fun with your friends and family.
An escape room, also known as a puzzle room is an adventure game that takes place in a physical environment where players must solve a series of puzzles in a set time limit to get through to the next room. An escape room, therefore, is more about mental stimulation than physical exertion though they can combine both aspects.
These games tend to be set in staged and fictional locations such as prison cells and dungeons, though they can be found anywhere from busy shopping malls to theme parks.
Paintball is best enjoyed as a team of eight people or more, it’s a competitive and somewhat physically challenging game in which players eliminate opponents by hitting them with paintballs which break upon impact. These balls of paint are shot at targets using an air powered weapon, and depending on the level at which you’re playing at, don’t tend to hurt – though some people have been known to return from paintballing with bruises.
The game, that was initially created in the eighties, has now taken the world by storm and interestingly enough, paintball technology has been used by military forces for training, and in police application; where instigators of riots are shot with paintballs in order to alert ground troops as to who the aggressors are.
In a leisure context, games are usually played over a few hours and have many scenarios such as defending a particular point from attack, capturing objects, or survival scenarios. The games are well regulated and mostly safe due to the safety equipment used.
Another popular trend is that of ziplining in forest areas. In the UK a company called GoApe have revolutionised this activity by making it extremely safe yet fun and adrenaline inducing; creating a new category of activity known as rope courses. The zipline itself is a pulley suspended on a metal cable that is mounted on a slope – meaning the user is propelled by gravity to the bottom, at varying speeds depending on the incline of the cable and the weight of the individual.
WHITE RAFTER RAFTING
White water rafting is a popular outdoor activity that uses a robust inflatable raft to hurtle down rapids, to different grades depending on the complexity and power of the whitewater rapids being pursued. The activity became popular in the fifties but has really taken off in the past twenty years.
Rafting on some sections of rivers is considered an extreme sport that can prove fatal, but for the majority of leisure enthusiasts, it’s a great way to build teamwork and have fun on the water without there being too much risk involved.