When it comes to sporting events, I believe that playing the sport with your kids before taking them to see it is huge. This gives you both a bonding experience as well as just a fun time. I pitch my son a baseball and let him run around the backyard hitting the bases…I let him run into me carrying a football, and let him “tackle” me…we don’t necessarily get the rules right, but he gets the idea and we have fun. And that’s what it’s all about, right?
I love football…but having my son part f the the time has greatly diminished the time I have to watch it. Oh, I tried recording games and watching them after he went to bed…but ended up watching sports center see the highlights and then fast forwarding through the game. But here’s what I found out: TV time isn’t the same as bonding, and in my case undid any efforts I made with my son. But going to an actual live game? Well, that did the opposite. I live in a city with a huge division 1 NCAA team...but going to any hockey or basketball game, wrestling match, you name it, feels like a pro event to a kid. It’s an amazing experience and so cheap. I took my son to a baseball game...and the cost was $8 for me. My son? He was free. It doesn’t get better than that. Plus, it’s so cheap that if the kids have had enough you can leave early, and still feel like you got your money’s worth. Try it with a high school, college or minor league event. You’ll love it as much as your kid does.