Article by Therese Justine Bruel/ Photos by Paolo Pareno and Mari Lorica / Graphics by Jillian Bueno
Don’t lie: we have all wondered what it would feel like to get slimed the way the celebs do on Nickelodeon game shows. We all wondered if we would ever get a chance to feel that rush—and some of us did! But most of us probably just grew up without ever getting that Nickelodeon experience.
On May 26, though, some kids got the chance to live the dream at the 2018 Nickelodeon Slime Cup! Cartoon mascots came out and danced with everyone on stage!
What really made it feel like a throwback to our childhood was, of course, the slime! There were a lot of games, much like in the game shows of Nickelodeon, which featured the slime and our favorite cartoon heroes!
Kids could go through an obstacle course and pretend to be Ninja Turtles in the making!
They could also take to the slime pools and avoid getting shot at by the Rabbids marshals!
They could also float around the pool, pretending to be an underwater creature like their favorite sponge, Spongebob!
If they were feeling feisty, they could undertake the Slimestackle Course, which was this really big inflatable obstacle course that looked super fun!
At the end of it all, they could really fulfill their dreams and get completely, utterly slimed!
But what about us adults? Were we relegated to just watching the kiddos from the sidelines? Watching them as they continued to have the times of their lives? What if we wanted to feel like a kid, too? Were we just supposed to look on, wishing we could be one of them as they played with Patrick Star and the kids from the Loud House? Or could we try to live a day as children and finally get the chance to be a full-blown Nick kid?
Sure, this was a kid’s event. We no longer fit in the kiddie pools, and we might’ve bent the monkey bars, but we could still have fun, too. We just had to try a bit harder for it!
We could still slide through the slime course in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ training hub!
And we could still get slimed… completely, utterly slimed!
Whenever we find an opportunity to enjoy, even if it’s just splashing a bit of water on each other, we shouldn’t be afraid to take it, especially at an event that celebrates this brand of fun. With everything that goes on these days, adults often feel like they should be adults 24/7. They have to be the serious figure who never wavers; they have to be the busy bodies who are always on the move.
We can’t always be the imposing figures who have their lives together because, let’s face it: we’re all still children wading through life. Try as we might to be the grown-ups we want to be; that can get tiring, stressful, and lonely.
Yes, this was a children’s event, but adults like us could stand to learn a lot from this. It’s okay to take a break, take a breather, and enjoy. Look for fun in the most unconventional of places! That way, life isn’t just a grind; it can be a childhood dream come true, too!