Rediscovering '60s Kids' Activities in a New Era

By Sophia Maddox | March 21, 2024

Kids Regularly Drank From The Water Hose

The good old days vary from one generation to the next. For many people, though, the good old days were the 1960s. It was a simpler time when parents let their kids run loose without worrying about any possible dangers. Kids could take a few dollars and see a movie and grab some snacks while bringing home some change. As much as we love the decade, it wasn't always sunshine and roses. Check out some of the things kids did in the 1960s that would horrify us today.

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With all the chemicals used in modern products, parents are quite protective over what their kids drink. Some parents don't even let their kids drink from plastic water bottles and instead send them to school with reusable bottles. If you were a kid in the 1960s who wanted some water, you didn't reach for a bottle because the garden hose was right there. A quick sip was all you needed before you got back to the action.


While it might not sound too bad, remember what happens to a water hose. It sits all day and every day. Kids drag it around the yard where it picks up germs and dirt. On top of that, they can attract urine and feces from both wild and neighborhood animals. The smiling kids featured in this photo probably wouldn't smile if they knew what lurked on that hose.

Children Often Went Through Their Day With No Parental Supervision

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We keep going back to the lack of parental and adult supervision because it's so different from the modern world. Shows like "Unsolved Mysteries" taught us that anything can happen and we need to protect our kids. There are even networks that show true crime series nearly every hour of the day. While kidnappers and murderers existed in the 1960s, the stories sounded more like urban legends than things that happened to real people. Whether it was teens hanging out with their friends all day or a group of kids spending hours in a playground, parents assumed they were fine.


Looking back with a modern eye, it's easy to see this wasn't a smart decision. The number of teens who engaged in premarital sex rose from the 1950s to the 1960s, leading to the free love of the 70s. It took decades before parents realized kids of all ages needed some form of supervision.