25 Awesome Childhood Pastimes That Kids Don’t Do Anymore

Posted by , Updated on January 10, 2024

It seems like the best childhood pastimes are but a distant memory. Do you remember how you didn’t have to worry about anything except how best to entertain yourself? And to do that without an iPhone you had to be creative. Ride bikes, play war, build forts, anything was fair game. These days, however, thanks primarily to technology and different tastes, times have changed. These are 25 Awesome Childhood Pastimes That Kids Don’t Do Anymore.


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Waiting for letters from your pen pal

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Now you just check your email


Making scribbles on Paint and then filling in the spaces with the bucket tool

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These days people just use photoshop.

Note: there are free online paint programs for those of you who no longer own PC’s and are experiencing nostalgia



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There are still a few around, but these days you just stay at home and play videogames



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Now it’s Netflix or Amazon


Saturday Morning Cartoons

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Youtube got rid of this


Walking to someone’s house to see if they’re at home

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These days you just call them


Neighborhood wars

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If you tried having a fake war with “guns” and “swords” these days you’d probably get the cops called on you




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It was cool while it lasted


Rewinding movies when they’re over

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Thank goodness we don’t have to do this anymore


Waiting for your favorite song to come on the radio

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Now you just use youtube, or spotify, or itunes, or…a million other websites.


Split screen video games

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Some of the new games only let you play against people on the internet.



Build tree houses

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These would probably be a liability these days


Collecting baseball cards

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Kids used to have binders full of them


Prank calling

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And then caller ID happened


Staying out all day without your parents being able to contact you

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Now they just text you



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These were the coolest thing in town for a very short while


Playing manhunt at night and running through people’s yards

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Once again, you’ll probably get the cops called on you. Or get sued for trespassing…


Climbing trees

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It’s a long lost art form.


Writing notes in class

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Cell phones ruined this. Now we just send texts.


Putting playing cards in the spokes of your bike

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Who uses bikes anymore?

Note: we’re being somewhat facetious here regarding the perception of generation z as being overly protected and more oriented towards “indoor” activities like video games


Watching music videos on MTV

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Now you just watch reality shows


Ding dong doorbell ditching

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This was when you rang someone’s door and ran away. Unfortunately, it required going outside and running around which isn’t too popular these days.


Water fights

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But not just any water fights, we’re talking about water fights that involve the fire hydrant


Building model planes/trains/cars

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Now there’s software and 3D printers for that



Reading actual books

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And going to the library to get more! Yeah…that doesn’t happen too often anymore. E books anyone?