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12 Fun and Cheap Family Activities to Recreate the Ultimate 80s Vintage Summer

12 Fun and Cheap Family Activities to Recreate the Ultimate Vintage 80s Summer

12 Fun and Cheap Family Activities for the Ultimate 80s Vintage Summer
12 Fun and Cheap Family Activities for the Ultimate 80s Vintage Summer

Growing up in the 80s and 90s definitely had its perks. There were more social interactions and fewer virtual distractions. Families spent more quality time together.

But luckily a lot of the things you used to do as a family are still around. You just got to go out and do them! Here are 12 fun and cheap family activities to recreate the ultimate 80s vintage summer.

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Complete Jigsaw Puzzles

Nowadays, puzzles come off as tedious and dull. But back in the 80s, they were the perfect bonding experience for friends and family. Nothing beats completing a challenging puzzle with your loved ones. Put together a classic Ravensburger for the ultimate vintage family activity.


Ice-skating is the perfect way to escape the summer heat. Plus, it’s always fun to laugh at dad for falling on the ice for the millionth time.


Rollerblading is another classic family activity that not a lot of people do nowadays. The disco lights and music is a total throwback.

Play Classic Family Board Games

Board games are a great way to bond with family. You can never go wrong with classics like Monopoly, Sorry, Scrabble, and Jenga.

Spend a Day at the Arcade

Your kids have probably already been to modern arcades such as Dave and Buster’s or Nickel Nickel. This summer, take them to a classic arcade with classic arcade games. Sure, the kids might complain about the video quality, but these are the OG games.


Mini-golf is another fun activity for families that’s extremely affordable. Show them your best moves on the green.


Back in the day, bowling was a regular thing. Now, it’s a rare sport. Take your family bowling for a fun summer activity. This might even be the first time your kids have ever been bowling. It might even become a regular family affair!

See a Drive-In Movie

Drive-ins are becoming more of a distant past time. Experience it with your family now while you still can.

Create Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

Grab chalk and create a beautiful family mural on your sidewalk. Spark your kids’ imagination and get them away from the television screen.

Have a Water Balloon Fight

Water balloons are a great way to beat the summer heat. You can fill and tie them as a family or purchase self-tying water balloons to make them in a flash.

Go Fishing

Your kids may not be fond of fishing until they’ve reeled in on some action. Take your kids to a lake with a high-catch rate to get them excited about fishing.

Go Camping

Camping is a cheap and affordable summer getaway. Your family can explore hiking trails, make smores, and stargaze.

Recreating a vintage summer for your family is going to be one of the best and most memorable experiences of the summer. You’ll definitely want to do these activities all year long!

How do you recreate a wonderful 80s summer for your kids? Shoot me a comment!


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