Have you been ignoring your inner kid lately? Here are some ways to bring you back to your childhood…
1. Buy Yourself a Balloon
Or buy as many as you want and fly away! Just be careful of birds…
2. Build a Sand Castle
Or better yet, get creative by making sand sculptures!
3. Read YA (Young Adult) Novels
Remember those Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books you read as a kid? How about Goosebumps, Sweet Valley High or Babysitter’s Club? Just because you’re all grown-up doesn’t mean you can’t read your some of your childhood favorites. And no, I’m not talking about Harry Potter and Twilight – those are a given!
5. Indulge in Snacks You Loved as a Kid
Don’t go overboard now! But maybe just a little…
6. Laser Tag
You know it’s cool if Barney Stinson does it!
7. Find WALDO
Pick up a Where’s Waldo book and after you find Waldo, look at all of Martin Handford’s illustrations. You’ll have a new appreciation for the fun, amazing details!
8. Play Kickball or Dodgeball
Remember those sports you loved as a child? They have adult leagues! Games are followed by heading to the sponsor bar after. Drink responsibly, boys and girls!
9. Hop on a Miniature Train
Griffith Park in LA has train rides at their Travel Town Museum, and your local park may have miniature train rides that operate on the weekends.
Pictured above is a solar powered choo choo that my boyfriend and I were lucky passengers on during Halloween time. How cute are those solar powered pumpkin figures!?!
11. Use Crayons
Don’t you miss these? Write that next Mother’s Day card in crayon, your mom will love it!
12. Watch a Disney Movie
Every time I see this castle, I get the FEELS.
13. Visit Disney World, Disneyland or Aulani
And after watching a Disney movie, you’ll want to experience the real thing. There’s no better theme park for childhood nostalgia than at the Disney parks and resorts. Aulani is the newest Disney resort located in Kapolei, HI on the island of Oahu (image shown).
14. Make a Day Trip to the Science Center
Sometimes as adults, we forget how cool science is! Anyone remember Bill Nye the Science Guy?!? The California Science Center in LA currently has the Endeavour Space Shuttle exhibit. All the more reason to go!
15. Hopscotch or Four Square
Remember all those playground games that had to do with squares?!? Foursquare wasn’t always just a mobile check-in app! Also, playing hopscotch as an adult may require drawing bigger chalk squares!
16. Hit the Water Park
You’re never too old for a water slide! Even Napoleon knows what’s up at Waterloo (Bill & Ted, anyone?)
17. Build with Legos
I wish they had the Lego Store when I was a kid! But at least now I’m old enough to afford the cool lego sets and those micro-sized nanoblocks.
18. Visit the Arcade or Chuck E Cheese
It might come as a surprise to many that arcades are still even around! Now if opting for Chuck E Cheese, be aware that kids are everywhere and an over-protective parent may give you the stink eye.
19. Paper Football
I still do this with paper napkin holders whenever I go out to eat. It’s especially fun when going to a fancy restaurant and accidentally hitting someone from the unsuspecting table next to you. Bonus points if you land one in a wine glass!
20. Build a Blanket Fort
You can also build them with those moving boxes you keep in the garage or the millions of throw pillows that serve a sole decorative purpose on your fancy bed.
21. Make Hot Chocolate
After you’re exhausted from mustering all that energy you really had more of as a kid, just sit down, relax and make yourself a nice mug of hot chocolate. Preferably with little tiny marshmallows!
Good work, you youngin’!