It is that time of year, cheerleaders cheering and the football team running onto the field every week! A football game can be a fun event for the whole family but it can be a challenge with young children. Here are a few tips for taking your kids to football games.
Dress them for the weather! I can't tell you how many ball games I have been too and I have seen children freezing to death, running around playing at a football game. When you leave the house, it may not be cool but by nightfall it can be cold or almost freezing. Be sure to dress your children appropriately and carry jackets if needed.
If you have a toddler, bring chairs and a play pen. I can't tell you how many games I had a play pen by my side. You can put toys in and they are just fascinated by all that is going on and you don't have to worry about them running off. It is a nice way to enjoy a game with a toddler.
Some kids don't like a lot of noise, so get them some earmuffs. Earmuffs are a great way to muffle the loud stadium noise.
Bring colors and coloring books for children who may get bored. Put it in plastic bags and pull them out when needed.
It is all about the concession stand. Kids love going to the booth and getting all of the junk they should not have but this is part of the experience. Tell them only one or two trips and then bring snacks from home for additional treats.
If you have a child 7 and up with you, give them the task of taking lots of photos on their phone or your phone. This will keep them busy and they will get lots of shots of a fund night. Or get them a disposable camera to do the same thing, if you don't want them with your phone.
If it is going to be a long night, make sure they get a nap or rest before game night. There is nothing worse than a tired child at a ballgame.
If you have a baby, strollers are not good at a game as they will not roll good. Be sure and use a backpack/front pack style baby carrier. This will be so much easier and bring the play pen too. You can lay the baby down in the play pen for a great break.
Bathroom trips are part of the game too. Be sure and accompany your child to the restroom each and every time. It doesn't matter if you play at home or away, you always want to be with or have someone you know go with your child to the restroom.
By: Lori Cummings [email protected]