Free Time

Free Time by Our Grandparents Stories

How did children spend their Free Time in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's? Discover how children spent their Free Time from a Grandparent's memories.

(Did you grow up in the 1930's, 1940's or 1950's?  Send us your memories of how you spent your Free Time and help build the library.)


~ Laverne (b. 1935) ~

"We never had any playdates. We were thrown outside and you had to make your own fun. Most of the time, we played in the alleys. Sometimes we would steal potatoes and make bonfires and make baked potatoes. Sometimes we would make forts. We spent a lot of time riding our bikes.

The only time you had to come in was lunch time, dinner time and when the lights when on and that was the end of it. And we all played games out in the street. My parents never worried. They knew where we were around the neighborhood.

We knew all of our neighbors and we knew all the people who worked int he stores. There were cars but not as many as you see today.  We rode our bikes everywhere. And we walked. You traveled wherever you could because you were free to have fun and do what we wanted to do."

Did you grow up in the 1930's, 1940's or 1950's? Do you know someone who did?

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