Football season is officially here, and that means you’re probably itching to get into the stadium! Are you going to be taking your kids along for the first time ever to show them how it’s done? Taking kids to a college or pro football game is a lot different than taking a group of fellow adults, which is why Toyota of Orlando is here to give you some tips to make things easier. Let’s get started!
Toyota of Orlando has tips for taking your kids to the big game!
Tip #1: Get there early! You’ll want time to walk around and let the kids take it in – remember, it’s a big first for them, and there’s always a ton going on at the games even before kickoff. You’ll want extra time to get to your seats, as well as to get something to eat whether it’s inside the stadium or at a nearby restaurant. There are also usually different activities and games set up outside the stadium that they can participate in, as well as cool starting lineup introductions. Plus, kids aren’t always the most patient when it comes to waiting in line, so the earlier you arrive at the stadium, the less likely you are to have to wait long periods of time (and deal with their impatience).
Tip #2: Be careful if you’re going to be tailgating. There’s typically a lot of alcohol flowing at tailgating festivities, and you never know how people are going to act. Keep a close eye on your kids and encourage them to stay close to your tailgating site; never let them go to the bathroom without adult supervision, and watch younger ones around hot grills. Also, teach them basic pedestrian safety rules, like looking both ways before crossing roads or driving paths. There’s a lot of traffic at tailgates!
Tip #3: Represent. We know, we know – kids grow like weeds. But decking them out in the jerseys or team colors of the side you’re rooting for can up their excitement level even more and make them feel like they’re a part of things in terms of the big picture! You might also spring for an official souvenir for them to take home so they can remember their first big football game.
Make football season family-friendly with our tips
Tip #4: Watch the caffeine and sugar. We know they’ll be begging for extra-large sodas and all the candy they can get their hands on, but beware of the crash that will follow that high… no one wants to try and drag cranky, tired kids out of the stadium to the car when the game is over!
Tip #5: Get into it. Things tend to lose that bright and shiny new feeling over the years as we age, but this is your chance to really get back into the excitement of the game like it’s your first one! Do the wave. Clap and scream and cheer and get out of your seat. Sing along with the music. Your kids will have twice as much fun if you’re enthusiastic about it (and so will you!).
Want more tips on taking your kids to their first football game, or need a little help in the tailgating tips department? We can help – shoot us a call at (888) 725-3520 today. And go Knights!