Adulting is hard. Adulting as a millennial is even harder.
According to American Psychology’s annual Stress in America Survey, millennials (ages 18-37) are more stressed out than any other generation, citing issues like money, jobs and the economy as major life stressors. To help cope with the overwhelming pressures of adulthood, members of Generation Y are now finding solace in favorite foods and activities from their youth.
In the past year, the trend of “kidulting” has seen a rise in popularity among millennials looking for ways to cut loose from adult responsibilities. Activities like mermaid classes, adult summer camps and paint parties where alcohol flows freely are just a few of the ways that young adults are blowing off steam.
To help you tap into your youthful side, we rounded up a few of our favorite adult-friendly activities around Dallas-Fort Worth. From a Dallas ice cream shop that specializes in alcohol-infused ice cream to a trampoline park that hosts a weekly dodge ball tournament, here are seven fun ways to indulge your inner child.
Get (ice cream) wasted
Trade in the Good Humor bars from your childhood for the alcohol-infused ice cream creations at Ice Cream Wasted in Dallas. Located in the trendy Bishop Arts District, the nontraditional ice cream shop serves up boozy flavors like Peach Whiskey Pie, Honey Grapefruit Mimosa and Pineapple Upsidedown Colada. Ice Cream Wasted’s multi-course tastings are available by reservation only, and new flavors and themes are introduced each month. $45 and up. 509 W. Davis St., Suite 100, Dallas, 800-730-0695, https://icecreamwasted.com.
Built to have fun
The next time you’re looking for something to do with your friends, consider an adults-only visit to Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine. Held every last Friday of the month, Legoland’s Adult Night allows grown-up visitors rare, child-free access to the 35,000-square-foot attraction (adults must be accompanied by a child for access during regular hours). This month’s event is themed “Blockbuster Movies” and will feature movie trivia, a group building activity and an exclusive, themed beverage from the coffee shop. Online: $13.50. At the door: $21. 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, 877-818-1677, https://dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
Just because you’re now a responsible adult with a full-time job, that doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to engage in a little recreational roughhousing on the weekends. DFW-based Games Your Way, LLC offers rentals for Knockerball, a popular new contact sport where players suit up in giant, inflatable spheres, then (you guessed it) knock into each other. Designed for indoor and outdoor play, the high-impact sport is the perfect cure for the doldrums of adulthood. Even better, Games Your Way delivers the rental spheres to you. It is up to the renter to secure permits for public spaces if necessary, but you could easily use them in your back yard if it’s big enough. $200-$250 for first hour; $100 for each additional hour. 214-995-4432, www.gamesyourway.com.
Get your (video) game on
Remember when your grandmother told you that playing video games would rot your brain? Now you can get your fill of video games without worrying about Grandmother’s disapproving comments at the National Videogame Museum in Frisco. Located inside the Frisco Discovery Center, the 10,000-square-foot museum features more than 100,000 video game consoles, cartridges, discs, handheld games and video game artifacts, such as the world’s largest Pong game. $10-$12 (children age 3 and under admitted free). 8004 North Dallas Parkway, Frisco, 972-668-8400, http://nvmusa.org.
Bounce, duck, dodge
Combining two popular childhood pastimes, Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park’s trampoline dodge ball night offers grown-ups a way to blow off some steam in a fun, grade-school manner. A double elimination tournament takes place every Wednesday night, and prizes are awarded to the winning team. Participants can bring their own team of five to eight players or show up solo and be added to a team. $10. Multiple Tarrant County locations. 800-960-4778, www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com.
Sweet as sugar
What’s better than a trip to the candy store? A trip to a candy store that sells booze-infused candies. Luxury candy boutique Sugarfina carries more than 140 types of gourmet candies from around the world, including Jamaican Rum Snowballs, Give It A Shot Tequila Cordials and Green Juice Gummy Bears (perfect for more health-conscious individuals). To sample a flight of Sugarfina’s tastiest confections, schedule a VIP tasting experience for you and up to nine of your closest friends. $95. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 214-396-7942, www.sugarfina.com.
The need for speed
Unleash your youthful side by taking a spin around the go-kart track at K1 Speed in Arlington. Situated right across from Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the indoor go-kart racing facility features a professionally-designed track, all-electric European go-karts and an advanced timing system that measures lap times up to a hundredth of a second. After you finish conquering the track, don’t forget to stop by the lobby to check out the motorsport museum and arcade. $20-$48. 1801 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington, 817-500-5095, www.k1speed.com.