Prioritizing Fun: Connect, Play & Have a Blast as an Adult this Summer

Prioritizing Fun: Connect, Play & Have a Blast as an Adult this Summer

Summer fun for adults

Let’s explore something that often gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of adult life: the importance of prioritizing FUN. Yes, you read that right – this is a prescription for fun! Dr. Brooke often encourages her patients to explore ways to prioritize joyful experiences in their lives as part of their health plans. Incorporating playfulness into your days is enjoyable and vital for your mental and physical well-being.

As children, we effortlessly engaged in various activities that brought us joy, sparking our creativity and curiosity. From imaginative games on a rainy day to getting outside to run in the sunshine, playtime was an integral part of our daily lives. Yet, as we transition into adulthood, many of us tend to leave behind these types of experiences, unintentionally sacrificing an essential component of our overall wellness. Little did we know that fun, play, and laughter were contributing to our happiness AND health. 

Let’s Play!

At Brookview Wellness, we firmly believe that true health and vitality extend beyond just the absence of illness and disorder. It encompasses the nurturing of our physical, emotional, and mental states. By rekindling our relationship with play, prioritizing fun, and incorporating enjoyable activities into our routines, we can tap into a wealth of benefits that positively impact our entire sense of being.

Playfulness can reduce stress, improve cognitive function, enhance creativity, foster social connections, boost immune function, and even help us age more gracefully. So, if you’ve ever felt guilty for indulging in moments of pure enjoyment, it’s time to embrace the idea that fun is an essential aspect of a well-rounded, vibrant life.

Explore your favorite ways to seek joy and enjoy fun hobbies with this journaling exercise. Whether it’s exploring new interests, spending quality time with loved ones, or simply allowing ourselves to be silly, there are countless avenues through which you can reintroduce play into your life. By doing so, you empower yourself to experience a heightened sense of vitality, resilience, and overall satisfaction.

Interested in adding more play and joy into your life, but don’t know where to start? Here is a list of local opportunities for connection, engagement, and FUN.

Local Parks & Rec Opportunities for Adults

Fuquay-Varina

Hosted by the Town of Fuquay-Varina, you will find a variety of sporting and activity classes available to local residents. The current brochure for information and registration can be found here

Holly Springs

Lots of sporting leagues for adults, adult-only art classes, fitness programs, and opportunities for seniors. 

Garner

Adult sports leagues, theater classes, dance and fitness groups, and nature walks. 

Apex

A nice variety of adult athletic programs, cooking and art classes, and group fitness opportunities.

Benson

Adult basketball, volleyball, and softball leagues for local residents. 

Clayton

Basketball, yoga, Zumba, line dancing, and programs for seniors. 

Parks and Rec

Unique Local Outdoor Activities

ZipQuest and TreeRunner Adventure Park

Two local zipline facilities offer individual and group experiences for all ages.

Cape Fear River Adventures

Canoeing, kayaking, and tubing on the Cape Fear River in Lillington, NC. Also, they have glamping grounds!

Taste Carolina – Walking Food Tours of Raleigh

Enjoy the City of Oaks with options for dinner and tasting tours. 

Concert Series at Walnut Creek

Music for just about everyone with the upcoming concerts at this popular outdoor concert venue. 

Motorcycle Riding Clubs

A huge variety of riding clubs for all experience levels and locations throughout the Triangle. 

Holly Springs Run Club

Weekly meet-ups for runners of all levels and paces, hosted by Pace Yourself Run Company.

Unique Local Indoor Activities

Boxcar Bar & Arcade

A popular local hangout with nostalgic games and a super fun vibe, even without alcohol. 

Crazy Axe

Ever thrown an axe? It’s more fun than you might think!

Whole Brain Escape

Lock yourself in a room with your friends to see if you can solve the mystery to escape. 

Gamers Geekery & Tavern

Board games = FUN! They also host Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and DnD events. 

United Skates of America

Adults-only skate nights on Thursdays and Sundays. 

Piedmont Pottery 

Pottery classes for all experience levels. 

Crazy Glaze

Pottery painting for all ages. 

Board games are fun!

We hope this article encourages you to seek out fun and prioritize it for your overall well-being. It helps us recharge and rejuvenate, enabling us to navigate life’s challenges with greater resilience. 

Don’t let being an “adult” overshadow the absolute necessity for us to connect, laugh, and play. By prioritizing fun and embracing the activities that bring us joy, we can cultivate a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Let’s make room for fun in our lives and reap the countless benefits it offers.