Most family events are geared totally toward the kids. Rarely is there an event that is something dad enjoys. Here is the exception: tailgating.
I didn’t grow up in a family that tailgated. To be honest, I’m not even sure when I realized this was something that people did. Attending NASCAR, college football, baseball, and other events with tailgaters I can see the appeal.
A few thoughts:
- You don’t need tickets to the game. I’ve been to a NASCAR race and seen people do big time tailgating and watch the race on TV. At first I thought this was crazy, but you get the atmosphere of a big game/race without spending money on the tickets. You may need a couple of parking passes though.
- You don’t need a pro game. Tailgate the local high school football game. Have a student in a ‘secondary’ sport. How fun and encouraging would it be for your kid to get some families together to tailgate their sport.
- You don’t need a lot of money. In Atlanta, I’ve seen people spends tens of thousands of dollars on tailgating. Just get a grill, meat, table, and some fixins’ and go tailgate. Get a few other families involved to bring something too.
- Bring ladder ball and corn hole for the kids to play. I’m sure your local Wal-mart may have some other cheap outdoor games that kids love.
Tailgating – make it a family tradition!