June 4, 2024 | Eul Basa

24 Things Only 60s Kids Will Remember

What a time to be alive

The 1960s were filled with positive energy and new ideas. Iconic bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones ruled the music scene. Bold and innovative fashion trends were embraced by the youth. Significant events like the civil rights movement and rallies for peace marked the era. If you're a '60s kid, these will be all too familiar to you.

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Those giant dial TVs

Television sets from the 1960s were iconic with their big, square shapes, small screens, and visible knobs for channel surfing. Many remember the specific sensation of turning the dial and adjusting the "rabbit ears" antennas. Shows like "The Twilight Zone" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" brought families together every night.

Furniture style television set, 1965Daderot, Wikimedia Commons

Passing time with an Etch-A-Sketch

The 1960s toy Etch-A-Sketch is super nostalgic with its unique design of two knobs and a gray screen. As kids, these toys let our creativity run loose and fulfilled us in a way that an iPad simply can't.

Red Etch A Sketch toy.Erik Drost, CC-BY-SA-2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Tuning into American Bandstand

Everyone from the '60s knows American Bandstand. The TV show, hosted by D. Clark, was a cultural phenomenon, showcasing music stars and dance trends. It united teenagers nationwide through music and dance.

Dick Clark interviewing Myrna Horowitz, who was one of the original dancers on Wikimedia Commons, Picryl

Knowing all the lyrics in The Sound of Music 

Released in 1965, The Sound of Music is a classic that tells the story of the von Trapp family. With unforgettable tunes and stunning scenery, it set a new standard for musical movies—and became the soundtrack to many '60s kids' lives.

The Sound of Music - 1964Nationaal Archief, Picryl

Tang being all the rage

Tang, a powdered orange drink mix, became iconic in the 1960s due to its association with the space race. NASA's selection of Tang for John Glenn's 1962 space mission made it popular.

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Getting crafty with tie-dye

Tie-dye in the 1960s symbolized individuality, creativity, and rebellion. It was especially associated with hippies, with its vibrant patterns and DIYness. In general, tie-dye represented the era's carefree spirit.

Beautiful Hippy WomanDavid Levine, CC-BY-SA-2.0, Wikimedia Commons

The Beatles' on The Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles' performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 was a landmark moment in the 1960s, viewed by over 73 million people. This marked the start of the British Invasion and solidified their position in American pop culture.

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan show.its all about Rock (:, Flickr

Banana biking with friends

'60s kids will never forget those awesome banana bikes. They have a special place in our hearts; not just because of their unique design, elongated seats, tall handlebars, and vibrant colors—but because of the many warm memories attached to them.

Vintage banana seat bikes.kittyz202, Flickr

Those appalling Jell-O salads

Jell-O salads might have been offputting for some, but everyone still tried them at least once. At the time, combining Jell-O with fruits, vegetables, or meats seemed like a good way to get picky kids to eat their dinners.

Jello salads poster - 1960sLori Strobel, Flickr

Young girls obsessing over Barbie

Barbie debuted in 1959 but became popular in the 1960s. Her design was inspired by Twiggy, a model, so naturally, she also had long, slim legs. Needless to say, Barbies were a top wish-list item for girls during Christmas.

Vintage American Girl Barbie - blondeRomitaGirl67, Flickr

Young boys obsessing over G.I. Joe

Hasbro's 1964 G.I. was the boys' version of Barbie. The action figures revolutionized the toy industry, introducing accessories like uniforms, weapons, and accessories for playtime.

Original 1964 GI Joe Action Figure.Mike Mozart, Flickr

Busting out the Twist at dance parties

The Twist dance of the 1960s was a worldwide hit. Popularized by Chubby Checker's hit song, it united people of all ages with its simple addictive steps. It was rare to go to a party and not see someone doing the Twist.

People dancing on stage - 1962State Archives of Florida, Picryl

The mission to beat Babe Ruth's record

In the 1960s, baseball players aimed to break Babe Ruth's home run record. Ruth was known for his hitting skills, inspiring athletes like Hank Aaron and Willie Mays to attempt to surpass him.

Babe RuthUnderwood & Underwood, Wikimedia Commons

Mary Poppins blowing your mind with its FX

Released in the 1960s, Mary Poppins wowed audiences with innovative special effects, blending live-action and animation. It also cemented Julie Andrews as theface of the '60s (she even won an Oscar for her work in the movie).

Screenshot of Julie Andrews from the trailer for the film Mary Poppins - 1964Disney trailer screenshot, Wikimedia Commons

Wanting go-go boots desperately

1964 rolled out the low-heeled mid-calf boots, but go-go boots took over in 1966 after Nancy Sinatra's hit song. They became a stylish choice—especially for women confronting cheating ex-boyfriends.

White go-go boots.Hilary Dotson, Flickr

Fluffernutters were a thing

For those of the newer gens who are unaware—flluffernutters were a popular snack consisting of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff between bread. Probably not the healthiest thing to eat, but they were oh so good.

Man eating a Fluffernutters.Matt Herbison, Flickr

Walking to school unattended

In the 1960s, children enjoyed the freedom to explore their neighborhoods unsupervised, fostering a sense of independence, responsibility, and security. Parents trusted their kids to wander freely because it was just safer back then... Parents nowadays definitely can't do that now.

Small kid walking on the street - 1963Anthony Catalano, Flickr

Easy-Bake Ovens

1960s Easy-Bake Ovens was the ultimate playtime toy. Kids were basically just baking treats with light bulbs, but it let them be creative and also develop basic cooking skills in a fun and safe way.

The First Three Versions Of The Famous Easy-Bake Oven - toyBradross63, CC-BY-SA-4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Candy stores being the spot to hang at

In the 1960s, candy stores were more than just a place to grab some sweet treets like penny candies and lollipops; they were popular spots for children to socialize with friends. 

Margie's Candies, Al Capone's Candy StoreStephen Hogan, Flickr

Seeing Neil Armstrong walk on the moon

Neil Armstrong's iconic moonwalk in the 1960s symbolized a major achievement in space exploration. It made every kid at the time aspire to be an astronaut.

Neil Armstrong walking on the moonDave Andersen, Flickr

Collecting Troll dolls

Troll Dolls, popular in the 1960s, are unforgettable for their vibrant, neon-colored hair. Their unique look and collectible nature made them iconic and influenced many toy industry trends.

Troll dolls - 1960sHoboh Official, Flickr

Stickball and street hockey 

Stickball and street hockey in the 1960s were popular neighborhood activities, bringing children together for fun outdoors. Sometimes they improvised equipment like broomsticks and tennis balls. These games helped kids bond and form community connections.

A group of young men playing a game of hockey.pixabay.com, Picryl

Cooling off at fire hydrants

Officials used to open hydrants for children to cool off in summer by adjusting water pressure or adding a sprinkler. But it became a problem once kids would try to forcefully open it themselves.

Summer Cool Down - kid with hydrantJorge Quinteros, Flickr

The incredible fashion

Fashion in the 1960s was just groundbreaking. We're thankful for designers like Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin, who introduced daring new trends such as mini skirts and psychedelic prints.

Models in the 1960sEast Lothian Museums, Flickr


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