Rediscovering '60s Kids' Activities in a New Era

By Sophia Maddox | April 18, 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.

Sunscreen? No Thanks

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The 1960s was a time when kids spent as much time outside as possible. Unlike today, where kids often sit inside to watch Netflix or play video games, 60 kids wanted to roam free. Families purchased pool passes in May and expected their kids to spend nearly every nice day at the pool. It might horrify you to know that despite spending 4-8+ hours outside, no one wore sunscreen.


Who could blame them, though? The first chemical sunscreen product didn't hit the market until the 1930s. Though some soldiers wore sunscreen during World War II, it wasn't a habit they continued when they got home. For most kids growing up in the 1960s, sunburn was a part of life. They just assumed their skin would turn red after being outside, not knowing it would increase their chance of cancer later.