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Three Ways to Relive Your Childhood

From Adult Coloring Books to Classic Board Games

— April 11, 2016 — Art & Design
Reliving our childhood memories is something we often think about but rarely put into practice as we let responsibilities, jobs and children take over our lives. Being a kid is fantastic: no bills, a ripe imagination and you don't have to do laundry. Ever! Who wouldn't want to relive those days?

As more and more Millennials enter their adult life they are looking for ways to unwind that save money and help them relive their childhood. Here's three activities that are ideal for kicking back and enjoying simpler times.

Adult Coloring Books
Remember when you were a kid and spent rainy afternoons coloring in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Barbie coloring book? Well you can relive those days all over again but without having to make an excuse to a store employee that you’re buying the coloring book for your nephew.

Adult coloring books have exploded in the past year and there’s no sign they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Gone are the cartoonish coloring books of your childhood, as they’ve been replaced with intricate and artistic designs of safari landscapes, historical scenes and garden themes. Mosaic images are the big trend with various pastel colored pencils having the best and brightest effect.

Adult coloring books a great way to relax, de-stress and have a unique creative outlet. The hours will just float on by as you immerse yourself in this creative, childhood throwback activity.

Board Games
Was there any way better to pass the time as a kid than to play some board games? Hosting a board game night with your friends is an easy, cheap and fun way to spend a Saturday night in. Or out. There's been a recent uprising of board game-themed coffeeshops and pubs spotted across Europe and North America as businesses try to capture Millennial intrigue with offline gaming.

Grab a bottle of red wine, some snacks and whip out Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit or Twister. And if you really want to personalize your night, Monopoly has stepped up their game in the last few years with new versions including localized city editions as well as television editions for popular shows like The Simpsons and Game of Thrones. You’ll be surprised how competitive your friends will start to get in order to win.

Pottery Class
As a kid, the best birthday parties were the ones at a local pottery school. OK, maybe not but it was still fun to create something on your own. You would create something from scratch, paint it and have (what you thought was) a beautiful vase or bowl for your parents to add to their house.

Pottery classes are still around and are growing trend for adults craving a creative outlet. They’re even becoming a popular option for Hen’s Nights and adult birthday parties. Your precision and artistic endeavors would no doubt have improved since you were kid. Better yet, you’ll make something that actually looks good and that you’d happily display in your own home.