Seesaw, putt-putt and other games at NBC’s Peacock Playground at SXSW

A tiger-themed swing set, miniature putt-putt course and dizzying carousel that are sure to rekindle childhood memories of playing in the parks until a sugar rush ended are currently being installed. in the middle of the Rainey Street strip of bars and restaurants.

They’re all part of a pop-up lounge called Peacock Playground, which was hosted by NBC’s Peacock streaming service to promote its new lineup of shows and get crowds excited about South by Southwest (an SXSW badge is required for entry).

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We hiked through the Peacock Playground and spotted a few fun things that might persuade you to travel to the makeshift park, which is open until Sunday.

Marc Freccero and Colton Dempsey perform at Peacock TV Playground during Rainey Street during SXSW on Friday March 11, 2022.

“Shoot Your Shot” basketball court

In line with the new drama series “Bel-Air”, which stars rising talent Jabari Banks in place of Will Smith, who originated the role in the comedy “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, participants are forced to put their basketball skills to good use. the test. The first shooter to make five hoops in 30 seconds goes home with a “Bel-Air” basketball and a life of bragging.

‘Girls5eva’ Music Video Creator

In one of the many Instagram-friendly spots inside the Peacock Playground, visitors can wander down a brightly lit hallway filled with neon lights and digital cameras to shoot their own “music video” like the pop stars fictional 90s of the show.

Shantay Aldrich and Eric Cortez converse at the Peacock TV Playground Lounge during Rainey Street during SXSW on Friday March 11, 2022.

Swing “JOE versus CAROLE”

Almost as volatile as the real-life feud between Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, and Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, known to the world as Joe Exotic or “Tiger King,” is the feline-themed seesaw at the start. of an interactive maze.

And don’t worry, even if you don’t have a second person to join you at the other end, NBC staff will jump to the other side of the seesaw and make sure you get photos or video. worth posting on social media.

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Guests play games and enjoy drinks at the Peacock TV Playground Lounge on Rainey Street during SXSW on Friday, March 11, 2022.

Outdoor bar and lounge

At the end of the hodgepodge of mini-games and interactive screens is an outdoor lounge with an open bar, patio seating and a giant chessboard for visitors to relax and plot out the rest of their SXSW plans.

Custom t-shirt station

If a visitor misses their chance to walk away with a “Bel-Air” basketball (like me), they can stop by the custom t-shirt station behind the outdoor lounge bar to pick up a bespoke souvenir. Going out.

If you are going to

Location: 80-82 Rainey Street.

Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Sunday

Attendees must have an SXSW badge to enter.

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