THE school summer holidays are here! It’s a joyful time for loads of kids – ditching the school uniform and classroom for six whole weeks. For parents, it can be a bit mixed: quality family time or six weeks of torture and frustration! Keeping the kids occupied can be a bit of a challenge.
80s style summer holidays
The huge chunk of the summer holidays were spent playing outside – it was common for a friend to knock on the front door and ask if you were playing out. Below are a few playing out activities that kept the kids occupied for hours and provided breathing space for parents.
Get your bike out, call for your mates and cycle the pavements in a pack for hours. Who could do the best trick on their bike? Who could do the longest wheelie? Whether you had a BMX, Chopper, Grifter or Boxer, the days would be fun and time would whizz by.
Danger level: Low to medium – danger to crashing into a pedestrian or a stunt going horribly wrong.
Get your skates on and skate up and down the pavement. Can you build a miniature obstacle course (pieces of stick and a few stones) then twist and swivel your way around them?
Danger level: Low to medium – expect a few scuffed knees and elbows and ensure the medical cabinet at home is stocked with elastoplasts.
Knock Down Ginger
How to play:
- Approach someones front door (Ideally someone you don’t know)
- Ring the bell or knock on the door
- Run like mad to a safe place – ideally to a place where you can see the occupant but they can’t see you.
- Watch as the occupant opens the door, looks around whilst looking bewildered, then heads back indoors.
- If you’re brave enough, repeat the process.
Danger level: Medium to high – expect to be dragged home to your parents if caught by a swift occupant!
Find a decent sized manhole cover and challenge you mates to a game of marbles. Make sure the rules are clear from the onset and get rolling! After a few hours, are you able to walk away with pockets bulging after a successful session?
Danger level: pretty low but could send a passer-by flying if they accidentally stood on a stray marble.
In a nutshell …
Laughs and fun, cuts and bruises, telling offs and punishment: all part of playing out during the summer holidays back in the day.
Enjoyed the post? A nostalgic collection of stories featuring a fun and factual look back at British advertising, leisure and entertainment from the 70s and 80s are featured in the new hardback book, Section N Underpass. Get the rundown by clicking the front cover below:
Thinking of a family holiday during the summer holidays? How about Butlins or Hoseasons?