For some weird reason, this year’s summer was unreasonably hot. I sweat while doing the most stationary of activities, like eating lunch or making a cup of tea. Because of this, I stayed indoors as much as possible, only going out when it was absolutely necessary. But when Cartoon Network invites you to a summer party, you know you have to go.
I was a fan of Cartoon Network growing up. I would watch shows like Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, and Captain Planet. I remember watching the channel until 9PM, when it would close with a literal bang, followed by classic movies. I wish they retained the same format so I can get my fill of cartoons and films.
I was transported back to my childhood during the Cartoon Network Summer Splash, a family event at SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia. There were activities for kids inspired by Cartoon Network shows like We Bare Bears, Mighty Magiswords, Ben 10, Adventure Time, and The Powerpuff Girls. It felt surreal because I only recognized The Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time, but I’m happy because I have new shows to add to my ever-growing TV list!
Some of the activities included the Powerpuff Girls Pokey Oaks Bubble Game, where kids played soccer while wearing zorb jackets; the Omnitag Water Tag Game, where Ben 10 fans battled aliens; and the Mighty Magiswords to Boulderly Go!, a wall-climbing game where kids can get powerful Magiswords.
If you’re like me who doesn’t do physical activities (especially during the summer), you’ll love the arts-and-crafts area where kids can create their own masterpiece and the photo wall for the entire family.
The Cartoon Network Summer Splash capped off the perfect summer party with a mad science show and a fireworks display.
I had a great time at the event, but there was a part of me that was wistful while watching the kids have fun. Lately, I’ve been complaining about the pains of adulting and how I miss my childhood, when the only thing I had to worry about was what to watch on a Sunday morning. Now, I’m starting to feel overwhelmed because of household drama, the weight of responsibilities, and the fear of drowning in backlog.
I know I have to soldier on because I’m no longer a kid. I have bills to pay, promises to keep, and stories to tell. But for just one day, I was able to let my inner child run under the summer sun. It felt wonderful.
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