Growing Up (and still being a kid anyway)

Do you guys have any favorite kid's stuff? Kids's movies, old-school (or new-school) cartoons, books you still read that you loved when you were young, or anything else that might possibly be considered for children that you love now or remember fondly. And yes, this counts.

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Laureril's picture

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I'm still pretty young, so a lot of the stuff I did as a kid is still around. I'm too tall to play in the play areas at fast food places, but I totally would. I still go to my elementary school playground from time to time when I'm home to play on the swings and the jungle gym.

I always kinda read books that were 'older.' I was reading at around a 9th grade level in 1st grade, so I missed a lot of the children's fiction. I do remember Encyclopedia Brown, but I never really got into the Boxcar Children or Nancy Drew. BTW, if you ever want to mess with a fourth grader's head, give them Ender's Game. I think a lot of the sci-fi and fantasy I read as a kid has followed me into my adulthood. I actually learned to read by following along with Mom on the Narnian Chronicles.

Most of the movies I watched as a kid growing up in Orlando were Disney. ^_^ It's pretty awesome to be a four-year-old with an annual pass. I still love Disney movies.

Paisleigh's picture

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Even at 21 that book messed with my mind. Kids being trained to kill at 6 years old and speaking like adults? *shudder* It was a good book, irksome but good (so I then went on to read the rest of the series^-^)

TheBoy's picture

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Recently, some friends and I filled a roommate's bedroom with balloons. For about a week and a half after he got home, our living room was full-on-up of balloons. That was pretty awesome.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

my hair would be standing on end for weeks. Still, that's pretty awesome...maybe I'll do it to someone else's apartment Wink

TheBoy's picture

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We encountered a number of difficulties.

However, playing rock band in a sea of balloons with all 3 disco-light type functions running was great.

magalicious's picture

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Teen Titans, and Gargoyles, and Batman.
I love saturday mornings.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

I'd say stuffed animals (my favorites went to college with me), but in the last 18 months I've traded them in for two real fluffy kitties and a husband Wink

Um.. Brian Jacques' Redwall series. He's still writing it, and while I don't love every book, I do enjoy some of them immensely, including some of the ones I first read in 6th/7th grade. Jacques' "Salamandastron" is my first real memory of reading a fantasy story for myself.

Also, I enjoyed that Jimmy Newton (Jimmy Neutron?) cartoon movie probably more than I should've considering I first watched it as an adult. But Patrick Stewart voices the leader of the invading aliens! He's hilarious! The aliens are egg people! The kids make spaceships out of amusement park rides!

The Vixen's picture

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I am a total Webkinz addict, Slagar and I loved Avatar: The Last Air-Bender before the series ended, and I go see cartoons in the theater all the time.

Hmm, I think I have a few pictures of other fun kids moments, but some of them have kids in them as well.

Ball pen at the Hillel during Finals. Rabbi's kids and one college student.

Playing trains with one of my charges. I think I was enjoying it just as much as he was.

Explore ACES - ACES is the Animal Sciences program at U of I. It wasn't entirely geared towards kids, but sorta.

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v123/53/22/1929083/n1929083_...
You can't tell but we're on a swing set. Neighbor paid me $20 to take her kid to the park so she could stay at the party...

http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v118/53/22/1929083/n1929083_...
Harry Potter book release party

I never really grew up...

kawaiikune's picture

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What did you make the ball pit walls out of? I have *got* to try that.

The Vixen's picture

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They just pushed three curvy couches together. It actually didn't work terribly well, but we survived.

magalicious's picture

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I'm all about book release parties - Harry Potter and the Twilight series especially! That and opening day parties for movies. I dress up and everything (I went as Rogue for the X Men releases, and even dyed my hair with the skunk stripe. I go all out!). Playing dress-up is teh awesome!

kawaiikune's picture

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are so incredibly awesome! My local library put on this HUUUGE release party thing, with rides on the Hogwarts Express (a local streetcar, decorated), live owls, a sorting hat, and all sorts of sweets like they had in Harry Potter (cauldron cakes, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, etc.). Everyone dressed up (and you could have your picture taken with various characters, including a very realistic Hagrid and Dumbledore), and there were tons of crafts and other goofy stuff like that. It was awesome. I stayed up all night reading the new book every time.

Harry Potter was always extra cool for me because I was 11 or 12 when they started coming out, and I got to grow up at about the same rate as Harry (okay, maybe a little faster, but still). I always thought that was really cool.

V's picture

Embodiment

It doesn't matter if ACES was geared towards kids or not...your expression is priceless Biggrin You're in a very happy place.

The Vixen's picture

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There are about 10 photos of me playing with the chick. Slagar had to talk me down from taking it home.

Capriox's picture

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After seeing the "March of the Penguins," I have this completely unrealistic desire to get baby penguin chick. ZOMG SO CUTE!! I told my bf-now-hubby that I would keep it in the freezer so it would be happy. He didn't seem to think that was a feasible plan *pout*.

It isn't fair how nature hardwires us to respond to infantile proportions. Can't... resist... the cute...

MeiLin's picture

Most High

We raised 8 of them, and they were adorable, cuddly and unintentionally funny. You've never seen a riot until you drop a treat in a brooder.

V's picture

Embodiment

Although sometimes anything new and unusual will do the trick. When I was young, my father worked summers on a game farm raising pheasants. He used those connections to bring a loaned incubator into his 4th-grade classroom (and mine, on the other side of the school district) and the class got a nice little intro on eggs (and patience as we waited), birth, animal care, death (at least a couple probably won't make it), the "pecking order" if we weren't careful or unlucky --birds are merciless if they identify one of their own who is "different" or who has "changed"...it was quite the little learning experience.

But yes, even dropping a small scrap of brown paper from the edge of the box into the mix could cause it to become a football, grabbed and guarded while the rest gave chase. Much amusement Smile

Marri's picture

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I occasionally reread the Encyclopedia Brown, Boxcar Children, Redwall, Tamora Pierce and So You Want to be a Wizard serieses. Love Smile

Board games. You can never outgrow board games. Also computer games. Me, addicted to Sims? I totally didn't make myself, my roommates and all our boyfriends as Sims 2 or anything... (They totally aided and abetted though! At Claire's request, Sim!she and her Sim!boyfriend have two Sim!cats named Giggles and Stud. Sim!Sarah's cat is Dusty. Sim!Kristine just grows strawberries.)

TOM AND JERRY. That cartoon was priceless. I loved it. Plus Looney Tunes of any kind. Bugs Bunny is my hero, in a strange and twisted sort of way.

Classic Disney cartoons. My mom started sorting through our old VHS movies years ago and asked me what I wanted to keep. I said "Throw out anything but the Disney cartoons." Lo and behold, what did she discard? DISNEY CARTOONS. I have gotten my vengeance by asking for (and usually receiving) said cartoons on DVD for Christmas/birthday for yeeeears. My collection is almost complete. Phear meh! Biggrin

kawaiikune's picture

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That is awesome. I loved Encyclopedia Brown when I was a kid. I remember borrowing my mom's typewriter once to write my own Encyclopedia Brown story. Boxcar Children, Redwall, Tamora Pierce and the So You Want to be a Wizard serieses were also favorites...I should see if I can still get a copy of those!

Tom and Jerry was the only cartoon I ever watched religiously as a kid. It's still my favorite. I think it's funny that with all the high-tech cartoons they have these days, in my book they still can't top Tom and Jerry from back in the 1940's.

The Which's picture

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I read the first two or three when I was in elementary school, and I loved them. THen, as a twenty-something year old college student I discovered there were more I hadn't read... That was an fun/slightly embarassing library trip.

kawaiikune's picture

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and the library is in sort of a sketchy part of town. I always wander in and find myself in the kids section because I looove kids books (like So You Want to be a Wizard), and I'm always a little self-conscious and also a little afraid they're going to think I'm some creepy kidnapper or something. It probably helps that I look like a 16 year old girl, even though I'm in my 20's, but still. It encourages me to buy books, sometimes.

Pikachu42's picture

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ok here are my favorite books from when I was a kid: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Danny: Champion of the World, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (which I bought for recently at the ripe old age of 22!), The Wizard of Oz series (especially Ozma of Oz), Harry Potter (I read the last book in 13 hours)
T.V. Shows: Are You Afraid of the Dark, Rugrats, Rocko's Modern Life, Hey Arnold, Doug (loved Doug), Power Rangers, Sailor Moon, Voltron (FTW!!!), Jem (yes, I went there), Where In The World is Carmen San Diego (LOL!!), Animanics, Freekazoid, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Magic School Bus, Ghost Writer, Bill Nye: The Science Guy, Under the Umbrella Tree....man I had a lot of good shows to watch when I was a kid...what happened to kids tv?
Movies: Because my mother was so awesome I had nearly every animated Disney movie there was: Aladdin Trilogy, Fox & the Hound, Little Mermaid, Cinderella...etc etc.
I still love all these things. I found AYAOTD on surf the channel and gleefully watched all the episodes I could. My sister (who is 8 ) and I will have Sister Day and go watch any movie that's out. I took her to see Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (which was the saddest children's movie ever), Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, a bunch of other movies. I was going to take her to see a Tale of Despereaux, but I live 2 hours away and was broke. >_

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

I *never* meet people that loved The Secret World of Alex Mack! I loved that show. I'm a little afraid it wouldn't have aged well, though, since I haven't seen it since I was five. The Anamaniacs are still awesome, though...a friend of mine has the boxed set, and they are amazing. ("Why are you in such a hurry? Slow down!"..."Well, everyone else is Russian around here!")

Also, good book choices Smile

The Which's picture

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Alex mack was an AWESOME show!

Pikachu42's picture

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I loves the Alex Macks!!! I know, it was like that for me when I saw some original power rangers. it was all OH NOES!!! The Animaniacs are the classic.

applejax's picture

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When I was a kid people used to tell me that if I wore a baseball hat backwards that I looked just like her, which of course meant I watched the show whenever possible.

And I used to have the two disc soundtrack of all the Animaniacs songs, and I wish I could find it.

The Vixen's picture

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I loved Alex Mack too!!!

And my boyfriend and roommate studied for bio tests by memorizing "Brainstem!!"

amiciaN's picture

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I have a little stuffed husky dog that my Master bought me... and yes, since I can't sleep with Him for 8 more weeks, I sleep with my lil doggy. Ok, I think I've embarrassed myself enough.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

no way! Don't be embarrassed. I don't think I can sleep by myself for that long anymore either, so if my man were gone, I would want a stuffed animal too (probably something big and fluffly)! It's hard to be without him!

Ely's picture

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When packing for London, I decided I was a grown-up and wouldn't need all the plushies and stuffed animals that were happily standing guard over my bed (*).
Fast-forward, after five days in London: I went and bought a very fluffy, faux-fur cover for my hot-water bottle. Best London purchase so far! When the house is warm I fill the bottle with cold water just for the cuddle. And I'm not ashamed at all, because it works Wink

(*) irish bear, garfield cat, emperor penguin, Hedwig owl, french frog, troll fox and catalan octopus.

Pikachu42's picture

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stuffed animals. Fred (my bear) and I sleep together all the time. Especially when I'm sick. Actually, I've got a while collection of stuffed bears, dogs, and monkeys. Monkeys being my new obsession.

A's picture

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I still have the Fisher Price schoolhouse and my two Fisher Price dollies Mary and Baby Ann. I also still have my first Teddy Bear and my once-plush Bunny (Bunny used to have a squeaker inside, sadlee silent, nao). The bunny and bear are best friends and will never part.

I also have almost all of my books from childhood. I am a Bunny (by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry), Captain Ben and the Flying Lighthouse, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and my mother just bought me my very own copies of Tiger's Voyage and Ship's Cat, epic childhood stories that we grew up with.

Looney Tunes are the BEST. Mei and I quote Pepe Le Peu and Bugs to one another from time to time. The first movie I ever saw was Bambi at the drive in theater. Back when they had those weird speakers that you stuck in your window. Still love Bambi and most other Disney flicks.

Little House books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Have never stopped reading them. My grandmother bought the whole set and doled them out to me, one for birthday, one for Christmas for YEARS. I will never part with them.

Barbies. I didn't save mine, but I had that really cool ballerina princess barbie with the crown stuck on the head. And Malibu Barbie (rememer the TAN?) And Ken and Skipper. I had a respectable trousseau of handmade Barbie clothes, as well, my neice made off with what was left of those.

My mom saved the really good quality toys for her grandkids and I was thrilled to have my schoolhouse for my daughter to play with. Did she ever? Maybe twice. She was not enthralled with it like I was. It might have to do with the fact that she has enough toys for six children and when I was growing up, I had about what you see in the first two paragraphs plus some Playskool blocks.

We also had the really cool Fisher Price Adventure People Wild Animal Safari playset, but I don't know what happened to it. I played with that set for HOURS upon HOURS. The complete set, in the box, is selling for $189.99 on ebay.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... is that you can revisit your own childhood favourites with them, and their fresh perspective makes everything old look new again.

We've started reading Alexander Volkov's re-imagining of Baum's Oz stories, which I prefer to the originals - probably largely on account of first having come in contact with the latter through the 1939 movie which I heartily dislike. And I'm happy to say that this way we've managed to insert some variety into our daughter's usual preferences for books to be about either horses or fairies (or preferably both).

kawaiikune's picture

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I saved all the books from my childhood, and I have a long list of my favorites that I borrowed from the library. I wonder if my future-kids will like them as much as I did. Probably not, but it will be fun to see!

Pikachu42's picture

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with my sister. All of my favorites I share with her. Like Fraggle Rock, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and my Disney Movies....we bond through it

magalicious's picture

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... is now going (piece by piece) to my nieces, and I'm a little bit sad, but books are meant to be read and enjoyed. Whenever I give a book to a friend or family member, I make it very clear that it's a gift, not a lend - because I know that it'll never make it back anyway. Wink I can only hope that they'll pass them down to others.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

I have a sister who is a teacher, and every once in a while, she asks me for a book or she asks my mom for one of my old books. I always know it's going to a good home where a lot of kids can enjoy it, but it's always an internal struggle. So many books are like old friends. I guess there are always public libraries. I think when I die, I'll leave a chunk of inheritance to a public library that needs it.

applejax's picture

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The Indian in the cupboard I remember reading a lot, and The Little House on the Prairie series - I had the whole boxed set. One book that I still read (and actually brought with me to college) is A Wrinkle in Time. It's so worn from me reading it over and over but I love it. Another book that looks like its been in fights was Number the Stars. I first read it in school when I was 9 and didn't quite understand the historical significance, but once I went back to it a few years later it blew my mind.

I remember playing Sorry with my grandpa when I was really little, and at first he'd let me win on purpose but even when he actually tried I still ended up beating him.

And of course Disney movies. I now have a TV with one of those combo DVD/VHS thingamajigs, so I've gotten into the habit of buying used VHS tapes off of Amazon and begging my parents to send me the old tapes that they still have tucked away. Good thing I'm not in classes right now Wink

kawaiikune's picture

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Those were great books! My parents bought them for my brother, but I think I enjoyed them more than he did Smile You have awesome taste in kids books. My favorite Little House on the Prairie was the first one and Farmer Boy. I recently found both of them on Amazon and considered buying them (they're on my wishlist now). I also loved a Wrinkle in Time, but I wasn't as crazy about the sequels. Number the Stars was another one of my favorites. We read it in fourth grade before I really understood what the holocaust was (and in general, I didn't like holocaust books, that was more my sister's thing), but I was really impressed at how clever the characters were and the things they did to escape. I love Lois Lowry in general...did you ever read the Giver?

applejax's picture

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I think I only read the Giver once, but I know my roommate has a copy of it somewhere in our apartment so that will be my next book! I just recently got a library card for the BPL(Boston Public Library) so I've been going nuts getting new books to read. I need to make a list or something so I don't get distracted by the new ones and forget about the ones I've been wanting to read for a while.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Who didn't read the Giver? Classic YA fiction, award-winning--popular with teachers. Hooray for Dystopian Literature.

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

the Indian in the Cupboard. I remember reading that when I was a kid! It was awesomeness!!! And one of my teachers shared Little House on the Prairie with me. I loved it. I don't remember which on it was, but I remember getting sucked into it. A Wrinkle in Time? Don't get my started. LOVED IT!!! Have you read the sequels?

applejax's picture

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I read them once upon a time, but not recently. I was in Barnes and Noble in the kids section a few months ago and saw it, and I just had to buy it. I read it on the train whenever I don't get a newspaper in the morning.

The Which's picture

Embodiment

I think every food I liked as a kid is really disgusting. My mom wouldn't let us eat junk food, so I would shovel twinkies and oreos in my mouth at friends' houses. And Capri sun, and cool aid etc. Now I dont like these things at all (I actually LIKE real food; thanks mom!) but I still have fond memories of sneaking them.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

Turns out I love fruit loops just as much as I always did as a kid. I bought a box the other day just to check Smile

The Which's picture

Embodiment

If you love the little house on the prairie books and cooking, I have a recommendation: The Little House Cookbook.
http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Cookbook-Frontier-Ingalls/dp/0064460908

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

Little House books were some of my favorites growing up, and I always tried to make the foods at home. Such adventure!

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Huge "Little House" fans; No1 learned to read on the first. And we have the cookbook!

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

I had to grow up? You mean I can't be a big kid and play with the little kids?

Moo's picture

that I'm technically an adult now. My friends and I want Barbie dolls. I play the Sims because it's like playing with barbies. Oh, and I so totally watched like two hours of Eureeka's Castle today! I was excited to find the VHS in a box. SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Pedes's picture

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I don't think I have grown up... I just got older and started reading adult stuff as an addition.
No, I mean...

I'm totally serious adult. I don't read comics, I don't read children books and I'm not watching Sabrina this very moment!

Drat...

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

Now I just want to read kid stuff. I'm a sucker for a happy story, I love kids books, and in general, that's what puts my in my happy place. When I was a kid, I read mostly adult books. I read a lot of Dickens, a lot of dystopian stuff, and a lot of Russian literature (among other things). I was a huge Shakespeare buff to boot. Now, I just can't get enough of the kids books.

When I was a kid, I took things very seriously. I was a straight A student, etc, etc. Now, I'm much goofier, and much more of a kid. Maybe I'm secretly Benjamin Button.

Pedes's picture

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Haha, I know what you mean.

Well, I just got in a safe place of being a geek and that gives you an excuse to read and watch pretty much what you want as you're the weird one anyway Biggrin

magalicious's picture

Postulant

I'm very similar; I read Anna Karenina and the original Hunchback of Notre Dame when I was eight, I think. Now, I'm often like, oooh, comics!!

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

I just happend to find a Zoltar machine when i was 12.

Ely's picture

Petitioner

- Ask my coworker at 12h15 when I start chanting "Hungry ! Hun...gry! Hungry-hungry-hungry-hungry" until we go get some food. No I'm not going by myself, this is More Fun.
- Ask my cousin when we play with his PS3 and there's this absolutely fantastic game with yellow bath ducks floating in a basin and you tilt the gamepad to tilt the basin and help the ducks escape the spring-loaded sharks. But! What's wonderful is that if you give the gamepad a small jerk, it makes the ducks jump a bit, and the shark goes belly-up... And with a big enough jerk, you can make sharks and ducks fall from the basin ! I can spend hours (literally) on the very very first level. The ducks never make it.

Childhood books... The one about Never-Happy the Duck who became a platypus. And the one with all the coloured dogs and the moon (yeah, I know, very helpful).
The "Three Musketeers", "Ronya" (the daughter of a highwayman), "The silver crown" (weird mind control story), a series about three or four kids in the US, travelling alone to go live with their grand-mother, "the White Moutains" (kids and tripods) and its sequel, and tons and tons of others, I was reading all the time when I was a kid.
And comics; and fairy tales; and everything with knights or swords or magic or animals or adventures.

No change in my reading habits.... except that now we have webserials. Also, I no longer skip the sex bits Smile

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