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5 Nostalgic Things to Do This Summer That’ll Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

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5 Nostalgic Things to Do This Summer That’ll Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

There’s nothing quite like that first warm-weather day when you can finally step outside without even thinking about bringing a sweater. The start of summer always takes me back to those last days of school as a kid. Remember when summer meant long days of exploring outdoors, endless daydreaming, and quality time with friends? Back then, we didn't have schedules or to-do lists, just pure, unadulterated fun. While adulting often makes those carefree summer days feel impossible, we can still capture some of that childhood magic.

If you yearn for those blissful summer days of yesteryear, you’re in luck! Here are 5 nostalgic things to do this summer that will help you tap into the past and make you feel like a kid again:

1. Host a Slumber Party

Slumber parties were the highlight of summer nights, filled with endless chatter and midnight snacks. This summer, forget about the alarm clock for one night and text the group chat. Invite your besties over for a slumber party—go all out with decorations and a junk food spread, or keep it simple with snacks, drinks, and sleeping bags. If you have a backyard, consider an outdoor slumber party under the stars. Bonus points if you stay up all night to watch the sunrise together.

2. Reread Your Favorite Summer Break Books

Remember that book series that you couldn't put down as a kid? Or the high school summer reading list that brought unexpected joy? Rereading these books will flood you with nostalgic feelings. Check out your local library for old favorites. Then, take a day to sit outside and dive into the story with no agenda. Whether you invite a friend to join or enjoy a solo reading day, relish the joy of reading just for fun.

3. Go for a Bike Ride

Riding bikes around the neighborhood with friends was a quintessential summer activity. Even if you didn’t grow up in a bike-friendly area, put this on your list for the ultimate summer throwback. If you don’t own a bike, many cities offer bike share programs. Grab your friends, find a scenic bike path, or simply cruise around town. For a grown-up twist, bike to a bar with an outdoor patio and enjoy some refreshing happy hour drinks.

4. Create Your Own Tie-Dye Shirts

Nothing says summer like some good ol’ arts and crafts. Tie-dye T-shirts are not only fun to make but also wearable nostalgia. All you need is a piece of clothing, rubber bands, and fabric dye. Gather your friends and prepare for a messy, colorful day of tie-dyeing. You’ll end up with unique shirts that capture the fun spirit of summer.

5. Make Friendship Bracelets

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour has shown us that friendship bracelets are timeless. Meet your friends in a local park with supplies in tow and start crafting. For simple beaded bracelets, you’ll need beads, thread, and fasteners. For a more intricate project, use embroidery floss to create woven patterns. To add a fun twist, make bracelets for each other and swap at the end.

Embrace the magic of summer with these nostalgic activities and let your inner child run free. Here's to a summer filled with fun, laughter, and a dash of childhood wonder!

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