One day in your past, you had the last sleepover with your childhood friends, you just didn’t realize it. The last time you played hide and seek. The last time you pranked your parents. The last time you had a snowball fight. But why?
We asked 20,000 people, “What’s an experience you did as a child that you’d love to do again?” Here are some examples of what they said:
“Growing up I loved chasing around and catching fireflies in mason jars.” - Terry, Indianapolis
“I miss having birthday parties at a rollerskating rink with pizza and cake.” - Ryan, San Diego
“My favorite childhood tradition was dressing up as superheroes on Halloween and Trick or Treating at my neighbors’ houses.” - Jackson, Oklahoma City
“I loved believing in make believe characters like Santa and the Tooth Fairy. I miss that sense of wonder!” - Kameron, Sacramento
“Playing laser tag with my brother was my favorite when I was a kid!” - Jillian, Knoxville
“I used to love obstacle courses as a child. I’d love to find a giant ball pit to dive into again!” - Charlie, Louisville
“I miss staying up all night telling ghost stories with s’mores at sleepaway camp!” - Charlene, Seattle
“When I’m driving, I usually just listen to the news or podcasts. But playing games like i-spy and road sign bingo on a road trip were so much more fun than that.” - Blaire, Madison
What do all of these answers have in common? They are all free or cheap and were so memorable that they came to mind right away, even after decades of originally doing them. They could also all be done still—no need to be a kid. And I promise, as an adult, they’d be more fulfilling than meeting up for a coffee, happy hour, or a Zoom catch up.
Plan an experience today for your inner child.
About Bridget Hilton
Bridget Hilton creates tools to help teams and leaders connect in the workplace through rich experiences and shared goals. Her keynote helps Fortune 500 companies navigate topics of mental health and wellness, burnout, employee belonging and connection, inspiration, motivation, and goal setting. Her book Experiential Billionaire and card deck Treasure Maps is out now. She is located in Los Angeles, CA and is booking keynotes and workshops worldwide now.