Shaun, Hespeler | July 1, 2019
“Can we play too?”
It’s a familiar question to staff running the children’s programs here at Idea Exchange, except it’s not just kids asking the question anymore, it’s adults and teens. And why not? Anyone that’s ever experienced our summer programs would agree they are a blast. So why should kids get to have all the fun?
We couldn’t agree more. We’ve heard your grown-up voices and we have responded with a whole collection of summer activities for adults and teens built around the idea of exploration, creativity, and fun.
In case you need convincing, there’s a lot of evidence that play is good for adults. According to some studies, play can help relive stress, improve brain function, encourage socialization and feelings of comradery, and there’s even evidence that play can help heal emotional wounds. For the sake of science, we should all be engaging in a lot more fun.
Interested in unleashing your inner child this summer? Don’t be shy. There’s something for everyone. Stop by one of our five branches to take part in some fun, creative play – for adults! Here are just a few events you may want to try:
Board Game Café
Drop in for a fun, friendly, low-tech gaming session for all ages and interest levels. Refreshments provided. Ages 14+
Drones in Flight
From recreational to commercial, see different drones – how they fly and what they can be used for. This event is weather-dependent. All Ages
DIY Canada Day Shirts
Create a custom shirt with the Cricut. Bring your own shirt. All Ages, material costs apply.
Make to Escape: Old Post Office Escape Room
Work together to solve clues to 3D print the key to escape. Ages 9+
Meet new people and make new friends. Enjoy the opportunity to chat briefly one on one and possibly begin a life long friendship! Registration is required.
Super Mario Mission
An escape room meets mission impossible, with a Super Mario twist. Complete all the challenges in time and defeat Bowser. Ages 16+
3D Printing Essentials
Learn the basics of this revolutionary technology. Ages 16+
DIY Cat Coasters Pop-Up
Sew your own adorable felt cat coaster. All materials are provided. Ages 13+
Digital Art Night
This fun and creative session will teach you the basics of using Photoshop as a tool to create art. Ages 13+
10:00am – 12:00pm, OPO
Fun toys and gadgets aren’t just for kids.
Cambridge Comic Arts Festival
It’s time to let your geek out! A full day of free activities, cosplayers, and comic arts vendors. All Ages
Superhero Digital Art Workshop
Create digital artwork using Adobe Illustrator by following our instructor's easy step by step method. No experience required. Ages 13+
Harry Potter Escape Room
Can you find the last horcrux hidden in the Room of Requirement before the Death Eaters arrive? Ages 13+