When you were a child, what were some of your summer passtimes?

@GardenGerty (111094)
United States
April 10, 2007 11:50pm CST
I can remember getting to take my crayons home from school, and coloring all I wanted, and leaving them outside. They melted. I remember that we did not have air conditioning, and sometimes dad would take the old black and white tv outdoors and hook it up, because it was cooler than in the house. I remember getting to play with my cousin at my grandmother's house. My uncle would play his guitar, everyone would sing, and we would dance on our own little stages--washtubs turned upside down. What do you remember about summer, when you were a child?
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• India
11 Apr 07
When i was a child in my summer vacation i went to my mama's home which is situated in nasik(peth) their he has a business of truck carring grass for cows and buffaloes and i love roaming so i use to travel with them after that sometimes their were bazars in rural areas i use to go with them. In night times i use to have good food with my mama's family These are some of mine summer passtimes.
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• United States
11 Apr 07
I spent a lot of time outside when I was younger. I just loved being outdoors. I'd ride my bike, climb trees, and take my CD player outside and blast the radio or my favorite CD as loud as I could because I couldn't do it in the house. I'd go outside early during the day and wouldn't come in until late at night if I could help it. I hated being indoors, now I'm not a fan of being outside.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
I remember having a hard time sleeping at the afternoons because of the scorching heat, and can't wait to go out and play every afternoons. I remember my mother whistling, as she told us to call the cool winds to blow. We spray and sprinkle water on earth to help lessen the humidity the sun causes, and to keep the surroundings cool and comfortable.
• United States
11 Apr 07
My friends and I would ride our bikes to the local swimming pool or the park and spend the afternoons there or we would hang out at each others houses and play games outside
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
12 Apr 07
We actually played outside! It was myself and my older sister and a bunch of cousins. We would play tag, cowboys and indians, making our own bows and arrows out of limbs and string. We would play hide and seek, and backyard baseball. Sometimes we would get empty coffee cans and go pick wild huckleberries in the woods behind our house. My aunt would give us empty mason jars and we would catch fireflies at night. I remember summer picnics and fourth of July and all the food and games.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
14 Apr 07
Thank you for the best response!
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I am glad you said that, as I was pretty certain I had given you best response, because of the fireflies. It seems like some kind of computer glitch removed it, so I put it back again. LOL
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Hmmm...I remember making skate boards by nailing our skate wheels on to some kind of boards. (realize I'm 57 now). I remember playing jacks a lot outside and playing in the water...you know...squirting each other with the water hose to cool off. I remember going hunting for tad poles. I remember playing with the hula hoop.
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I can not believe someone else did that with their skates. We made on skate board that was five feet long and we would all set on it and have the dog tow us around.
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I liked tadpoles. I wonder why I cannot make a hula hoop hula anymore? I would like to, I am sure it would be a great fitness routine.
@ashjoe76 (1434)
• India
22 Apr 07
I remember reading a lot, Russian, Chinese and Japanese fairytales, Arabian Nights, milions of comics. I guess my personality is defined so much by what ireas as a child. I also remember playing with my cousins, trying to learn to swim (which I never learnt, by the way!) and birdwatching. The nights were coller, so I counted a lot of stars too!
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Wonderful response, you sound very smart. A lot of men have a hard time learning to swim because they do not have enough body fat to float their heavier bones and muscles. I am ready for summer.
• United States
14 Apr 07
I remember playing outside a lot. Jumping off roof tops and playing house and grocery store in a large refrig. box. I painted it, cut it out, and made things for it. It was lots of fun.
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Our neighbors gave us a refrigerator box one year. We made a house out of it, then when it got too old, we used it to slide down the slope in our back yard, and then, when that was done, we used it as siding on the side of a frame of a discarded dog house. That was the only roof I ever jumped from.!!!
@weemam (13377)
12 Apr 07
we lived in the country and there were no Tv we didn't even have electricity , I played on my bike or on a buggy made from old pram wheels and 2 planks of wood with a piece of rope to guide it with , we had a stream near by and we had a rope swing over it , I was always falling in the stream , we had a farrier close by too and we used to go watch him shoe the horses , . we didn't have a lot of fancy toys but we had fun , My dad was always working on his car and I used to make him paper gaskets , I used to think I should have been born a boy lol , thanks Gerty for letting me relive some brilliant child hood memories my friend xxxx
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I am so ready for summer, but they are predicting snow tomorrow. I love the responses you have all given. I even saw my friends the fireflies mentioned. I bet we continue to get more posts. I really feel like this discussion belongs to all of you.
@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I was in daycare until 5th grade and we did lots of field trips, parks, swimming, movies, etc. After that, I remember playing outside, reading a lot, riding my bike and going up to the pool. I'd also spend a couple of weeks visiting my grandparents out of state.
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Daycare is a reality for many kids, and the good ones do have some great field trips.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I remember being able to ride my bike to the store without my mom being afraid that someone would kidnap me. I remember making chalk drawings on my driveway for hours. I remember running under sprinklers. I remember playing kickball late at night in the street with all my friends. I remember holding a carnival with my friends to raise money for a charity. I remember everyone playing outside for hours and hours...a rare sight these days.
@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Wasn't it great to have that kind of freedom?
• United States
11 Apr 07
I grew up in a great neighborhood with about 15 kids total between the households. There were about six kids in my age group and we used to gather everyone together to play kickball or flashlight tag. We lived in front of a small mountain that we often hiked into with knapsacks full of snacks, then we'd start building treeforts or playing great games of hide and seek. We took awesome bike trips into the hilly roads beyond our neighborhood and explored abandoned old houses, horseyards, junk yards, you name it, we found something to do in it. We also had a nice stream across a small tree farm in front of our neighborhood with tunnels that went over a strip of highway that passed over. We spent a lot of time in those tunnels in the summer writing on the cement walls with big chunks of red clay. :) I could go on, but I'll tell you this. We were rarely ever bored.
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I think we get to easily bored nowadays. I always told my kids that if they were bored, they had not furnished their brain appropriately.
• United States
11 Apr 07
Ice skating (I know you said summer) this was my favorite pastime I skated every free minute of the entire year. We had an indoor ice rink which was open all year round in my hometown.
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
13 Apr 07
That would be a cool summer pass time. I don't blame you. I have never been ice skating.
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
I remember going for a trip, going to my mom's hometown where the shore is very near in my grand mother's house. I always go to swimming everyday,started at 7am ended at almost lunch time, and my skin is getting darker but i don't worry then. when the sea is in low tide my mom always hunt for seafoods, and I always carry a basket where my mom puts the sea creatures. After the hunt for food. My mom will cook them. (very delicious) I also play with the children of our neighbor, we build sand castles, etc. I miss those times and the place.
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
20 Apr 07
This discussion is letting me go on summer vacation all this week, how nice. I have been to the shore with you and the mountains and all sorts of other things. Thanks for posting.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I remember playing outside until dark, as there were no computers, Nintendos and the like. I loved riding my bicycle all over the neighborhood to varous friend's homes. Some days were special in that one of the parents would take us to the local public swimming pool, where I would get blistered sunburn because sunscreen had not yet been invented! Some days I would go to my grandmother's home where I would play with my cousin all day. Oddly, no home that I played in or lived in was air-conditioned, but I don't recall ever being really hot and miserable? Perhaps I am spoiled now?!
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I have noticed that myself. I was hot, but not immovably hot. I still did stuff. I also notice that I do not remember being as cold as I get now. I remember frost inside the windows, LOL, but not feeling cold.
@raredog (743)
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
Me and my friends occasionally goes to the nearby dam in our place for a stroll and swim. I would gather clams with the help of a small fishnet. I can recall climbing different fruit trees and harvesting it. Right now the dam has tall walls built around it and it is strictly guarded.
@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
13 Apr 07
How sad that no more children will enjoy that kind of fun.
• India
11 Apr 07
very interesting in my childhood i enjoing with my friend besically i belogs to a very small village from maharashtra ( india) my paraent was full time busy & leave alone me at home in that time i enjoy of sweeming, playing kabbadi ( game ) & lot more
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@GardenGerty (111094)
• United States
13 Apr 07
It sounds like we all wish for the summers of our childhood, and even though we are all over the world, we love the same things.
@erikbench (169)
• Philippines
17 Apr 07
the most i remember about summer are my kite-flying days!
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• Philippines
17 Apr 07
I remembered one particular summer when we were kids. My dad and mom, booked us for vacation at Moorea hotel, it is a tourist island, not far from Tahiti, where we lived before. And that summer, we had a lot of fun. And the most memorable part, I know it is not quite a passtime, we all got chicken pox. All five of us, including my months old brother. Yah, it was so fun to fish and swim that summer, but we never knew that the swimming pool would have cause us chicken pox. (^^,LOL)
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@cardizon (223)
• Philippines
12 Apr 07
i would play at the residential drainage with my neighbors. we would go fishing for carps and go hunting for tadpoles by our hands which we would put inside a bottle to watch it swim. we would go at the other side of the village and find colorful flowers. naughtiness, yeah, and we would steal the neighbors' flowers. we would play with the petals a "wedding ceremony" game. if there are 'alateris' trees that have fruits, we would climb it and have a contest about who has the most fruits. when the sun sets, we would FRIGHTEN each other with our inventive stories. one always ends up crying because of fear. we also loved it when we tell our stories in a play house or under the blankets in a dark dark room. the next day we do house chores. we play again after the tasks. sometimes when we get bored, we would have GUILD WARS! we would fight over the group next to our street using pen and paper! we would compete on who could draw the grossest ugliest cartooning of the enemy. one time, we ended up having physical wars -- strangling each other, pushing and the sorts. but after a minute, we hug each other and laugh to our hearts content. haha. childhood. goodness, i thank everyone who became a part of it.