Just when I thought I had heard all that could be coined from the suffix ‘thon’, I got an invite for an event tagged a funathon. Hmm…marathons, hackathons and now, a funathon. It was being organized by the Grange School, Ikeja. I hadn’t been to a funathon before but I knew I wanted to be a part of this one so I picked up a raffle ticket. On the sunny Saturday of April 5, I hit the road to the event with my ticket hoping to be one of the lucky winners though secondary in the grand scheme of expectations on my mind.
Boy, I was blown away by what I saw! Everywhere was crammed with kids, foods, drinks, games, parents, toys… It had to be the largest concentration of kids and all things fun I had come across outside places like the cinema or amusement parks in recent times.
I was thrilled watching kids dangle off the ropes on a make-shift mountain or tree. Funny coming from one that grew up climbing trees. How time’s changed and tree climbing has evolved from that to this. Or perhaps, it’s the modern day safe way to prepare for Mountain climbing. Oh, you’re impressed with the kid’s vertical stride, right? Okay, look to the picture on the right. See those hands highlighted in yellow circle? This modern day feat is not without its cost too :-).You could call that the fulcrum. I shared my thoughts with the chaps and they couldn’t help laughing too. They’d grown up climbing trees too and now they’re acting as tree branches. Anything to keep those kids excited, safe and happy.
Oh, another center of attraction for me was the bouncing platforms. I call it an evolution from bed bouncing; bouncing up and down those spring mattresses I knew growing up. This looks better. I never came across a mattress which could send one high up as this.
Timi Dakolo’s performance had a section of the crowd thrilled. Sadly, I couldn’t find time to squeeze out a selfie with the man with the golden voice.
Some choreographers had me thrilled too. Raw talents reminding me of some young folks called Hot Steppers that used to thrill me at the Millennium Park, Abuja. I remember watching those guys for hours churning out amazing dance steps. Lots of energy and creativity. One of the positive ways to channel those youthful energies.
2 cold drinks after, I was done and ready for home. In all, lots of fun. Looking forward to the next one and I’ll sure be prepared this time.