Rediscovering '60s Kids' Activities in a New Era

By Sophia Maddox | March 29, 2024

Junk Food Diets Were The Norm

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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The 1960s led to a rise in junk food production and consumption. While our image shows kids enjoying a Hardee's meal, this was far from the only fast food chain spreading through the country at the top. These restaurants made it easy for parents to get food on the table when they didn't have a lot of time. As women slowly joined the workforce, they turned to junk food and fast food to feed their families. Even moms who stayed at home opted for some of these foods due to the influence TV ads had on them. Brands even sponsored popular shows.


While junk food was slightly healthier back then, it was never healthy. Ruffles and Sprite debuted during the 1960s as did Pop-Tarts and Pringles. Moms no longer needed to make food from scratch for kids' parties because they could reach for junk food and keep guests happy. Some believe there were more snack foods consumed in the 60s than today.

Kids Regularly Drank From The Water Hose

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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.