At age 10 or so, catch the bus 2 blocks south of home, ride to down-town. Catch a movie at the Ritz or the Carolina (my dad had been a manager at each, pre WII), maybe the Palmetto (not allowed in the Strand or the Capitol), after the movie (saw 20,000,000 Miles to Earth, particularly memorable day), cruise all 4 of the major 5&10 stores for treasure. Go to drug store in first floor of the Wade Hampton hotel, have a lemonade, catch the bus back, from in front of the drug store. Total for bus and movie, around 40 cents.
You mean you totally missed out on text messenging your way through a cookie cuter mega-mall and calling it a day?