Recently, we spent a week recreating what a 90s summer was like and let me tell you, it was pretty darn amazing! This came after I explained to my kids how we didn’t have cell phones, used dial-up internet, and most of us weren’t sitting around playing video games. It just wasn’t an option for us, and to be honest, I sure do miss those days. Some of my fondest memories were waking up, jumping on my bike, and heading to a friend’s house for the day. It had to be a friend that had snacks and was ready to choreograph a dance to the most recent New Kids On the Block hit. Are you with me yet?!
We have less than a month left of summer before school’s in session and plenty of time for you to relive a 90s summer with your kids. Think back to those carefree days of tie-dyed shirts, skateboards, ice cream, and all the hopscotch your heart desired.
SuperScoop ice cream cones. Thanks to Hudsonville Ice Cream we were able to recreate some 90s fun with their SuperScoop Ice Cream. I remember walking into our favorite local ice cream shop searching for that special multi-colored ice cream. Were you even a kid if you didn’t indulge in that flavor? The best part was when my mom brought it home with old fashioned ice cream cones. I still don’t think there is any more nostalgic way to eat ice cream.
Brownie ice cream sundaes. This will always be a hit and it’s so easy to pull off. We kept it traditional with store-bought brownie mix, Hudsonville’s Vanilla Bean ice cream, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, and, of course, cherries on top! It was perfect and the kids loved every minute of it.
Dance Party! This is an absolute must and needs to be done with the classic 90s hits. Think TLC, Will Smith, Backstreet Boys…and no dance party would be complete without some Spice Girls! Remember how much fun you had when you sang their songs at the top of your lungs?! Now, think about how much fun it will be to do that with you kids and dance your heart out!
Skateboarding or Rollerblading while wearing your favorite tie-dyed shirt. Yup, that was one of my favorite things to do. Who knew it would come back 20 years later and my daughters would be super into it. If I had a Walkman and a fanny pack, it would have felt even more complete. Instead, we just busted out Hudsonville’s SuperScoop and took off down the street with our cones in hand.
Here are a few things I would have loved to do but my kids just aren’t there yet:
Watch reruns of Blossom and binge watch the Real World on MTV. Those were the days, weren’t they? I feel like the 90s were just so carefree but maybe that’s because I had zero responsibilities. Either way, if your kids are old enough, I suggest adding this to your list.
Thrift store scavenger hunt. Yes, please! Did you know thrift store shopping is currently trending with teenagers? Who knew thrift stores would be cool in 2021?! Make a list of your favorite 90s things to search for and have fun!
We had so much fun on our trip down memory lane!
My kids got a little taste of how different 90s summers were from the summers of today, and I loved showing them some of my favorite things to do. And, any time I can bring Hudsonville Ice Cream into the mix, I am sure to capture the attention of my kids because they know that fun like this is always delicious!