Great Things To Do With Kids: Go to a College or University Sporting Event

Photo by Ali Martell

I don’t know about you, but I always stress when I take my kids to live sporting events. The cost of the tickets is usually high, as is the cost of the popcorn, peanuts and drinks that they will inevitably want. I worry that the kids will be bored, that they won’t be able to see, that they will be too loud and that we will end up leaving before the game is actually over.

Recently, we have discovered that taking our kids to college or university games is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Whether it’s baseball, basketball or football, the games are more laid-back, tickets and refreshments are usually less expensive, the kids can see everything that’s happening and they can be as loud as they like.

And we never feel guilty if we have to leave early.

Bonus: The players are usually super friendly and are happy to talk to the kids, and even give them some game balls, which is totally not like professional sporting events. What more could you ask for?

Have you ever taken your kids to a college or university sporting event? What did they think?

—Ali, senior associate editor of

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