Tailgating is an experience that can be loads of fun regardless of how old you are. If you have kids, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up tailgating with the guys. In fact, taking the kids along can make for a unique experience that you never dreamed you could have. Here are a few things to consider before taking the kids to their first tailgating experience:

Keep it Age Appropriate

When you take the kids to a tailgate party, it’s important that you choose age appropriate surroundings if possible. This isn’t the time to take the kids to the local frat tailgate party with multiple kegs of beer and profanity. There are usually several family friendly areas at most big tailgate parties that will be perfect for the kids. Ideally, you should try to take them to areas that aren’t going to have massive amounts of alcohol, very loud music, and other things that may be generally unsafe for kids. That doesn’t mean the adults can’t have a drink or two, just make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.


Although just sitting around grilling and talking may be a blast for you, many kids will not have a good time doing this. You’ll probably need to make sure that there are some kid-friendly activities to do while you’re there. For instance, you might go to an area of the tailgate that has bouncy houses or other games that the kids can play. Bringing a football along so that they can play catch is a good idea as well.

Make it Portable

When you have kids along, you never know when you’re going to have to pack up and leave. A kid could get sick or need to go immediately for whatever reason. When that happens, you don’t want to be burdened with a bunch of stuff that you can’t move. For instance, you might want to have a gameday rolling cooler on hand so that you can simply put everything in it and roll it away if you need to go suddenly. When everything is easy to move, it makes your job as a parent that much simpler when it’s time to go.

Overall, just relax and have a good time. Kids aren’t small for very long, so enjoy the time that you’ve got with them at the game. You can make memories that will last a lifetime.