Sure, you’ve probably gone as an adult, but going with your kid takes you back to a time when “It’s a Small World” wasn’t a building filled with animatronic dolls, but a magical trip around the entire world.
2. Costumed characters
These costumes may be filled with sweaty teenagers, but it’s hard to be cynical when you watch your wide-eyed kid meet Mickey Mouse.
3. The beach
Laying out at the beach is terrifically relaxing, but digging in the sand with a bucket and pail (not to mention trying to outrun the incoming waves) is just plain fun.
Kids make you remember what it’s like to run not for exercise, but the pure joy of seeing how fast you can go.
Most adults think of bugs as disgusting pests, but they’re actually some of the most amazing creatures on earth (the dung beetle, for example, can pull 1,141 times its body weight). Admiring them once again alongside your kid is pretty cool.
Kids take you back to a time when Halloween wasn’t about dressing sexy or finding a cool party, but acquiring as much candy as humanly possible (in an amazing costume, of course).
7. Children’s books
A second round with Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and Judy Blume? Yes, please!
Kids not only give you an excuse to play with Lego again, but the opportunity to mess around with all of the awesome toys that came out after you grew up.
9. Birthday parties
Birthdays can still be fun as an adult, but they’re nowhere near as fun as they were when you were a kid. Thankfully, watching your kid go crazy over their birthday is the next best thing.
People always say we should “stop and smell the roses,” but we rarely do as adults. Kids, however, make you take the time to blow a dandelion or two.
Kids love animals. You probably do, too, but when was the last time you read a book about one, or went to the zoo and got as close as possible to your favorite exotic creature? If it’s been a while, kids will change that.
12. Star Wars
Sharing Star Wars (or any other favorite album, movie, or book) with your kid is amazing — especially when they gasp and yell, “WHAT?! DARTH VADER IS HIS DAD?!”
If a kid imagines the floor to be made out of lava, in their eyes, it is. Most adults have lost the ability to lose themselves so deeply in pretend, but you come pretty close when you’re playing alongside your kid.
Coloring as an adult is actually a surprisingly effective way to unwind after a long, stressful day.
15. Jumping on the bed
Every parent has the moment when they throw caution to the wind and join their kid in jumping on a bed… and it is glorious.
16. Animated movies
Being a mom or dad means that you have a buddy to take to all of the cool animated films you secretly longed to see in theaters before you had kids.
17. Blowing bubbles
I don’t really need to sell you on why it’s great to blow bubbles again, do I?
Getting to sled, throw snowballs, and build snowmen is a blast even if your kid does sing, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman” the whole time.
Most adults view flying as a pain in the ass, but kids remind you of just how unbelievable an experience it is. YOU ARE FLYING. IN THE SKY. LIKE A BIRD!
The constant “why’s” out of your kid’s mouth can be tiresome, but they also make you see the wonder and mystery in the world that you’ve become desensitized to. Why is the sky blue?
21. Puppy love
Love can be amazing when we’re adults, but it’s usually more measured and realistic than when we were younger. That’s a good thing for the most part, but seeing the innocence of your kid’s first crush will make you nostalgic for yours, too.
22. Ice cream
With kids you get to once again experience ice cream as it’s meant to be experienced — with 100% pure abandon, not caring if it ends up all over your face, clothes, and shoes.