After a year and a half, we all deserve a little fun. That’s why the Reset Organization is launching a summer series of 50 pop-up adult play areas across the city.
The ephemeral playground is an outdoor audio experience designed to aid social recovery by encouraging individuals to develop a deep connection with others. It was put together by a selection of artists, community organizers and volunteers as a way for individuals to have fun and “non-adults together,” as the Reset website suggests.
“The past year has had a huge impact on our mental health and the well-being of our community, which we will continue to feel even as things open up again,” said Adil Dhalla, Community Director of Reset . “We have to be intentional in our social recovery and we are really passionate about bringing Reset’s adult gaming expertise to the city. “
Since 2015, Reset has organized several multi-day adult camps focused on play through experiential art. But with the 2020 cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions, Camp Reset took the opportunity to entertain more people in the city.
Participants will receive sanitized headphones for the 30-minute experience, which will be socially distant in groups of no more than 10 people. It is described as something akin to guided meditation, only participants will be guided to each other in a safe way and not to loneliness. It is an exercise in mental well-being.
The pop-up playground is scheduled to take place every Thursday through Saturday from July 15 to September 19. The first six playgrounds will be hosted at Artscapes Wychwood Barns as it searches for potential spaces for its upcoming pop-ups. Tickets are available online at a discounted rate.
A new art exhibition dedicated to honoring the Great Lakes is also open at the Wychwood Barns site.