Taking Your Kids To A Live Sporting Event: 3 Things To Know

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It’s always fun to have some family days out where you spend the whole time enjoying something together. There are plenty of things to do with your family around your local area – and further afield. You could visit nature parks, go to a zoo, spend time in a museum, watch a movie – or, you could take your family to a live sporting event!

Days out in a stadium with loads of fans can be a proper experience for your kids. Especially if they’re really into sports, then it can be a genius way of spending time with them. Naturally, before attending live sporting events with your kids, there are a few things to consider…

Pick a sport that’s child-friendly

You want to take your kids to an event that’s suitable for children. While you could argue that all sports are child-friendly, you have to consider the stadiums and all the people in the crowds. For instance, many families prefer to take their kids to rugby matches rather than football ones. The crowds are less intense, the language heard isn’t as bad, and it’s a better atmosphere for kids to be in. If you check the rugby union schedule, there are some international games coming up that are perfect for families. Again, you don’t get as many passionate fans causing a raucous – which you always get at the football. 

Buy tickets for the family section

Following on from above, you can make a sporting event even more family-friendly by purchasing the right tickets. Buying tickets for your family in one of the main stands will mean you are more likely to be surrounded by keen and passionate supporters. While the atmosphere can be electric, it’s also less likely to be good for young children. Instead, always look for tickets in the family section, where you’ll be with lots of other families and children. It’s much safer here for everyone, and you can feel more confident that your kids will have a good time without being scared. 

Let your kids be kids

One of the joys of going to live sporting events is that it’s the perfect setting for kids to be kids. Normally, you’re telling your children to be quiet and avoid making too much noise. In a stadium with thousands of fans chanting and cheering, you should encourage them to be rowdy! Let them scream and shout, showing their delight for what’s unfolding in front of them. At halftime, go with them on a wander around the stadium so they can explore it and see loads of cool things. You don’t want to spend the whole match telling your kids to be quiet and to stay still or they won’t enjoy it. It’s live sports; it’s okay to be loud and wild!

Clearly, the biggest consideration is the sporting event you choose to take them to. While a child-friendly sport is a top priority, you also need to think about sports they are likely to enjoy. Will it be wise to take them to a cricket match? If it’s test cricket, they’ll get bored very easily! Think about the sports your child plays and then figure out which one to take them to watch for a fun day out. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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