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Funbase found a new base!

We asked our community to help look for a new home in Amsterdam where adults can learn to embrace their inner child & experience the wonderful, transformative powers of play. And we found the absolute perfect spot.

Kai Brouwer
Mar 3, 2017 · 8 min read
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My brother (Robin), sister (Lisa) and I playing out in the mountains, woods and rivers of Ørsta, Norway

Why couldn’t I feel like that again? Why had I lost my playfulness?

It was clear as day that I had become too serious about life. That playful little boy had somehow become angry with the world. Built a wall around him for protection. Not in tune with nature anymore, but incredibly materialistic. Always trying to chase the next big thing. Consequently postponing his happiness for tomorrow. And that’s just not how it works.

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For me it was to start playing again

Beautiful serendipity

I started to use my 3 year old niece to get into soft play centers for kids, with their trampolines, climbing walls and ball pits. Signed up for obstacle runs with friends. Even got a pet rabbit.

It even sparked the idea for Funbase

Visiting all those play centers for kids with my niece had planted a seed in my heart. It started growing the moment I realised so many other adults my age felt too ashamed to play. To be silly. To just be themselves and don’t give a !@#$ about what their boss, colleague or neighbor would think of them.

Wouldn’t it be completely !@#$’-ing awesome if there’d be this place just for adults where you could indulge in play?

With trampolines, a ball pit ocean, climbing walls, huge slides, big screens with video games and LEGO cities stretching as far as the eye could see.

Where you’d be surrounded with likeminded people who also just want to play. So you could be yourself, meet new friends and never have to apologise for acting ‘child like’ ever again.

Needless to say I had their full attention. And together we spent the rest of the evening dreaming of wild ideas for our ultimate playground for big kids.

Because taking the first step is hard

The idea for Funbase roamed in the back of our heads every single day. Trying to claw its way out. But we just didn’t know where to start. We thought we needed a big bag of money to pull it off, so we even desperately started looking for one of those glorious angel investors. Yeah…

Dream big, start small, learn fast.

So, together with my brother, sister and friends, we planned our first play event on the 4th of April, 2015. In our existing office building. With a budget close to zero. We hooked up our computers, bought some extra NERF guns and then invited friends, family and colleagues over to play.

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Funbase HQ back in april 2015. A makeshift playground with desks, blankets and office chairs.

Fast forward to now

We’re still putting lots of love & attention into Funbase, but a lot has changed.
Not just the physical space—and the fact that we have an amazing tribe of playful adults attending our events every week—but especially our deep understanding of why this is so important right now.

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Funbase: a home outside of home where you can be yourself, indulge in play and meet friends you haven’t yet met

True connection doesn’t need wifi

It feels to me like we’re living in the age of advanced digital connection and utter social disconnectedness. Where divides between people are getting bigger and bigger, mainly because some people feel the need to constantly magnify them.

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Installation by artist Alexandr Milov, Burning Man 2015
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Our wishlist back then

For starters we were looking for a space a little bit closer to the city center of Amsterdam. To make it easier for people to get to us with public transport in order to reach more play deprived souls (unfortunately a lot of those around these days).

  • Preferably within the A10 ring of Amsterdam (✔️)
  • Cozy, playful layout with high ceilings mixed with little nooks and corners so you can enter exploration mode (we’d like to add trampolines and climbing walls to the new place) (sort ✔️)
  • Excellent public transport connections (✔️)
  • Car friendly and low parking fees (especially during the weekends, when we host our play events) (✔️)
  • Airconditioning (sort of ✔️)
  • Kitchen facility (we‘d love to cook & serve healthy food on the spot) (✔️)
  • Great internet connection (preferably fiber optic connection) (✔️)
  • A view looking over the water (✔️)
  • Other fun places nearby (like bars & restaurants) (✔️)

Thank you so much for helping us out!

The search had been quite stressful. But thanks to all the help and beautiful serendipity we found the perfect space to call home.


Funbase

Funbase empowers young adults to reconnect with their inner…

Kai Brouwer

Written by

Co-founder of Funbase & Treehouse Tribe in Amsterdam. I’m at my happiest when I play, connect with like-minded people and go on adventures out in the mountains.

Funbase

Funbase

Funbase empowers young adults to reconnect with their inner child by offering them a safe space to play, be themselves and meet kindred spirits.

Kai Brouwer

Written by

Co-founder of Funbase & Treehouse Tribe in Amsterdam. I’m at my happiest when I play, connect with like-minded people and go on adventures out in the mountains.

Funbase

Funbase

Funbase empowers young adults to reconnect with their inner child by offering them a safe space to play, be themselves and meet kindred spirits.

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