Fun in the 80s

We sure knew how to have fun in the 80s. Even the generation that is too young to remember knows that the 80s were known for bright colors and good times.

80s Movies, sports, games, electronics, and more, kept us occupied and entertained throughout the decade.

One venue that provided tons of fun in the 80s was the arcade. Hoarding quarters all week would definitely pay off with hours of entertainment in the form of some popular games such as Pac Man, Galaga, Frogger, and Pole Position, among many others.

Giant cabinet games and pinball machines in bright colors would be buzzing, dinging, and blasting theme songs and other various noises. If someone was about to beat a high score, especially on a really popular game, it seems everyone in the room would find out within seconds and crowd around them to watch local history in the making.

There were plenty of non-electronic ways to play games in the 80s. Trivial Pursuit was one of the most popular choices, and came in many different versions.

Boggle was also introduced in the 80s; it was a word search game with lettered dice that you shook up for every round. Like Scrabble, people tried to make up words, so it was a good idea to have a dictionary nearby.

Twister was fun for kids of all ages, and a great party game that got everyone giggling. Pictionary was also a new 80s game, challenging the inner artist in all of us.

When it came to movie and television entertainment, the 80s did not disappoint. The horror genre was gaining in popularity and action movies were better than ever. Finding a good comedy in the 80s was also exceptionally easy.

Movies that had people flocking to the theater, and yes, even the drive-in, were A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, series, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Top Gun, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and many, many more.

We also liked to unwind with some great 80s television like The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Alf, and of course Dallas and Dynasty.

Outdoor activities and sports were not only a great way to have fun, but stay fit. Basketball was huge in the 80s, and a lot of people played pickup games, and a courtside boombox never hurt.

The 80s were also full of such awesome music that busting a move was like a national pastime. Whether it was break dancing or attempting to perfect the moonwalk, dancing was – and will always be – irresistible with the right tunes.

Frisbee and volleyball on the beach was good, competitive fun and also employed the versatile boombox.

The 80s are frequently called the me generation, and when it came to fun in the 80s, or anytime, fun is always about me. Everyone had a favorite way to unwind, and there were always plenty of options in the 80s.