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2013-05-03 08:49:01 AM  
3 votes:
I did most of the things on the list.  I would add:

Dig for nightcrawlers
Head out fishing before dawn
Take a rowboat up some tiny little channels for no reason at all (but avoid the ones that have the surprise caches of a billion mosquitoes)
Have a competition at diving off a raft
Play kick-the-can as dusk changes over into night
Tell ghost stories around a campfire
Build and fly and chase a model rocket, and wonder ever after where it landed
Crawl or walk a tree that's fallen (or been placed) across a stream
Go on a hayride
Ride a minibike on an impromptu track on a cornfield at your cousin's farm
Discover and examine milkweed
Walk through a meadow on a sunny morning when there's been a hard frost
Put a penny on the railroad tracks
Pump your arm in the back seat and roll around laughing when the truck driver honks his horn
Eat a hot dog and drink a root beer from a tray on the car window
Go to a drive-in movie
Play sandlot baseball past suppertime and face your furious mother when you get home (my mom used to get way too mad about that)
Lie on your stomach in your room for an entire beautiful summer afternoon, with your mother urging you to go outside, and look at your astronomy picture books
Set up a gnarly Hot Wheels track on a rainy day
When your mom is mopping the kitchen floors, use the chairs she dragged into the living room to pretend you're on a bus/ship/rocket
Take apart everything on your bike and tinker with it, learn how it works, and put it back together
Run out of the back of the house and hear the screen door bang behind you
Stare inside the pocket of a kid's pool table and imagine that the pools of light from the other pockets are little streetlights in a miniature world
Actually fly to the moon and back with your two super-cool astronaut figures (your mom can testify that you narrated the entire mission)
Have a dog for a pet
Have a cat for a pet

When I was a kid, we never went to Disney (though we went to a place called King's Island a couple of times).  We never flew anywhere, went to anyplace exotic, or for example, did something like go to Sea World, and pay extra to get into a pool with dolphins.  (Nothing wrong with any of those things.)  We weren't poor but we were far from rich, so our excursions were in the car, pulling a trailer.  I've never regretted it for a second.  I had a lively imagination and I made my own fun.  I wouldn't trade it for all of the let-us-entertain-you-for-a-price experiences imaginable.

What I missed out on was the experiences with grandparents.  I had the coldest, crabbiest, most non-kid-friendly grandparents imaginable.
2013-05-03 07:42:41 AM  
3 votes:
They could have saved a lot of space in that article by simply stating become a Boy/Cub Scout.
2013-05-03 10:25:30 AM  
1 vote:
Who says you have to be a kid to enjoy those things?
2013-05-03 09:47:51 AM  
1 vote:

DrunkenInsomniac: Introduce yourself to the local hospital/doctor, let them know you'll be back

IMO you haven't had a proper childhood unless you've been to hospital at least once because of play-related injuries. Kids are  supposed to fall down and hurt themselves.

/but don't leave the turpentine where the toddlers can get to it
2013-05-03 09:10:57 AM  
1 vote:

KarmicDisaster: This is from Austria, so they should gave stuff like...

1) Bait a Roo
2) treat a snakebite
3) Barbie a shrimp
4) Roll in red dust

5) Form a defensive pact with Germany
2013-05-03 08:15:11 AM  
1 vote:
Isn't this from like 2 years ago? Has the internet run out of ideas?
2013-05-03 08:07:31 AM  
1 vote:
4. Build a denI always figured it was better for a kid to construct a deck or remodel the upstairs bathroom
2013-05-03 07:57:27 AM  
1 vote:
My kids are the outdoor types so we would call this list "the weekend."

/only nine year old in his class with his own set of crampons
2013-05-03 07:49:01 AM  
1 vote:
You can wash your arm in a pool of mud. You can chop a tree, prevent a flood. You can speak with a turtle just by flipping him around. You can build a boat, sail the sea. You can buy a moat, forge a key. Initiate the sequence, create catastrophe...
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