Tomorrow is October 21, 2015! If that date does not look familiar to you, it may be time to re-watch “Back to the Future.” In the second installment of the series, Dr. Emmett Brown, Marty McFly, and Jennifer Parker travel forward in time to save Marty and Jennifer’s future kids. The date they arrive, of course, is none other than October 21, 2015. Here are a few ways to celebrate this (fictional) day in history with your family.
1) Watch the “Back to the Future” series.
Of course, your celebration should begin by re-watching the movies. Since the movies contain no superheroes, your kids might not have even seen them yet! If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can stream them for free! If not, you can rent them for $2.99 apiece.
2) Re-visit October 26, 1985 and maybe even November 5, 1955.
Gather your kids around old photo albums and yearbooks. If you kept a journal, turn to October 26, 1985 and see what you were doing. Tell your kids about how the world was different, and about what your life was like. What were your hobbies? What did you wear? What music did you listen to, and what movies did you watch? Give your kids a taste of your former self. If you have a parent or grandparent around, ask them about 1955!
3) Talk about the present.
In 1985, what did you think the world would be like in 2015. What did you think you would be doing? Have you achieved any of your goals from 30 years ago?
How do we view 1985 today? How similar or different to the ’80s Cafe are our memories of 1985? Ask your kids what they would put in an ’80s Cafe.
4) Jump to the Future
30 years from now is 2045. Make a family time capsule to open on this date in 2045. What do you think will have changed in 30 years? How will you have changed? What goals do you hope to have achieved in 2045? Have each member of the family write down their answers and include them in the capsule
What will the people of 2045 consider iconic about the “20-teens”? Which movies, songs, and books will be remembered? Put your predictions and your favorites in the capsule too.
Don’t forget to record your family in 2015: ages, hobbies, goals, funny stories!
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