Do you ever wish you could take a break from adulting, if only for an afternoon? Do you long for the carefree days of childhood when all you had to worry about was not getting grass stains on your jeans and cleaning your room before your mom discovered it was still a mess? If so, you’re not alone. We’re all just a bunch of adult-sized kids running around out here, working desk jobs by day and watching cartoons by night. Granted, a glass of wine might now be added to the equation, but you get the point!
As though an answer to our wildest dreams, a new Toronto pop-up called HideSeek is here to reintroduce you to your inner kid. In short, HideSeek is a fully immersive art installation inspired by childhood nostalgia, opening March 30 on Dundas West, downtown Toronto. Their goal is simple yet groundbreaking: Take a break from being a grown-up. Finally, someone gets it!
The 7,000 sq. ft. pop-up is divided into 12 multi-sensory rooms, each meant to transport you to another world and breathe life back into your playful side. Float from one candy-coloured room to the next on a winding journey, taking in the floor-to-ceiling installations that vary in texture, lighting, ambiance, and activity.
Designed by an ultra-creative team of Toronto-based entrepreneurs and artists, the HideSeek experience is nothing short of real-life magic. And did we mention that it's for all ages? So you can even make a family outing out of it!
Expect to explore spaces with names like “Bubble Trouble,” “Pool Paradise,” and “Nighttime Nook.” Just let your imagination run wild here for a second. Bubbles. Pools. Probably naps. Is there anything better in this world than bubbles, pools, and naps?! Didn’t think so. This is your chance to happily get back in touch with your youth at the snap of your fingers. So, put your adult life on hold for an hour or two. It's time for your inner kid to let loose! A fun sidenote? HideSeek’s colourful installation will light up your ‘Gram like nothing else!
When I say this is a fully immersive nostalgic experience, I mean it. You'll be able to do everything from jumping into a ball pit, getting lost in a maze of pool noodles, taking a crack at your Slinky skills, gazing up at glow-in-the-dark stars like you used to in your childhood bedroom, and so much more!
It can be easy to get caught up in the routines and responsibilities of adulthood. This is your chance to escape that humdrum and have fun before getting back to filing your taxes, or whatever tedious adult thing you had planned for your evening. Every second spent exploring this installation is intended to spark your imagination and inspire creative play in your everyday life. HideSeek promises to captivate you and encourage carefree expression that you’ll carry with you through the world long after heading home.
This installation plays off of your favourite childhood game of hide-and-seek, with only one rule: hide from adulthood and seek what piques your curiosity. The idea is to disrupt the redundancies of adult life and have grown-ups reimagine the world around them by embracing their childlike sense of wonder in this fully immersive experience. See the world through a kid’s eyes again, if you will. It’s a little like the hide-and-seek of your youth, but way more fun. Think of it like a real life recess!
The hype surrounding HideSeek is already on the rise, so make sure to reserve your tickets in advance! Tickets are $25.00 each. But let’s be real: the memories you’ll make at HideSeek? Now, that’s what I call priceless.