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Four year olds and hockey games= a recipe for disaster?

The girls wearing their Steelers outfits.

The girls wearing their Steelers outfits.

Whether you are a hockey, baseball or football fan, I think most parents look forward to the day when they will be able to share that experience of cheering on the team while eating $15 nachos while sporting their team’s jersey or hat or both.

But, at what age are they ready and when are they just too young?

In our case it wasn’t on purpose. For our Christmas present our family is going to a Leafs Habs game in Montreal. In my mind, sporting events in general are kind of a waste of money but I will indulge in cheaper seats at a Jays or Rock game. But hockey, well it is just so bloody expensive it boggles my mind what people pay for seats. (Big surprise that I am not going to the game but staying at the hotel to watch the twins.)

Anyways, my sister in law ended up breaking up with her boyfriend and so there was an extra ticket. I said to sell it, but I understand most people do not want single tickets. Instead my husband thought it would be a good idea to take our four year old son to the game. To be honest, I did not agree with the idea and did speak my mind but at the end of the day my husband is the one who paid for the tickets so it was not an argument I cared about winning.

We have taken him to a baseball game before but it was a 2pm game on camp day (so it was full of kids) and we would routinely get up and walk him around etc. And baseball is much quieter than hockey, although just as long.

This time the game is at night (7:30pm) and it will be in a packed stadium full of loud noises. I said there was no way that our son was gonna sit that long without being fussy (unless he just falls asleep from the exhaustion due to our busy trip itinerary). My son does have a good attention span and can sit through a full length Disney film but (and I am biased here) as an adult I couldn’t sit through an entire hockey game so how is he supposed to do it at only four? Plus I also figured he would put a bit of a hamper on the festivities since you don’t get drunk and act rowdy with your four year old there (or at least I would hope not). But, my husband says it will be fine and so he is taking him.

Even taking my son to something like a movie I am always mentally prepared that if things go awry we may have to leave and call it a day.  I cannot imagine any of my family wanting to leave a live game between their favourite teams that they paid hansomely to see because my son has reached his limits.

But, we will see how it goes.

Yesterday my son informed me he would not go to the game without me, but I am hoping that once we are there and he sees the rest of the family going he will follow suit. I really do hope they have a good time and I love how excited my husband is to share the experience with him but I do have my reservations (insert Marge Simpson groan here).

So let me throw it out there. How young were your kids the first time you took them to a game? How did it go? Do you have any tips for parents like me on their first time?


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I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


6 thoughts on “Four year olds and hockey games= a recipe for disaster?

  1. I can’t wait for the day I can take my kids to a Hockey game! (Yes I am that person haha I love my hockey and we do watch it on TV with the kids all the time!) I have taken the boys to a baseball game (the tickets were given to us for that purpose) they made it to the end of the second inning and we were done. (they were 1 and 2 at the time) That being said I am not sure how old my kids would have to be before I would take them to a hockey game. I think 4 is too young though especially for a 730 pm game.
    I do hope your son has a good time, and I hope your family isn’t disappointed if he isn’t able to sit through the game!

    Posted by MommaNeedsCoffee | February 17, 2015, 10:49 am
    • Yeah so he ended up not going because he didn’t want to go without me, but it was probably for the best. So okay for nine innings at 2 years old but didn’t even make it out the door at 4.5 lol. Yeah I hate hockey and I am with someone who lives and breathes it (go figure). My fun is taking them to the museum and teaching them about mummies and dinosaurs (one of my undergrad degrees and my MA are in history). Good luck to whatever team you root for 🙂

      Posted by Shannon | February 17, 2015, 12:08 pm
  2. Well, I can’t relate to hockey. We have not yet taken our girls to any sports events, mostly because neither of us care enough about sports to do so. As a child, my parents took us to a NASCAR race. I was 3 and my brother 4. We wore those giant ear protection things. I fell asleep less than 20 minutes into the race and continued to sleep the entire race. This was in 1989 and the tickets were like $30 each at that time, probably equivalent to like $60-$70 nowadays. Lol. Most expensive nap I’ve ever taken 🙂

    Posted by Princess Mommy | February 17, 2015, 3:42 pm
    • Ahahaha. Nascar eh? Would have never thought of that one. The only sport I like to go see is football and the tickets are so expensive the kids will be old enough to chip in before i take them! Lol I do think that if you are going to invest time and money in an activity it should probably be something everyone likes. So that morning we went to the Biodome and it was great 🙂 thanks for sharing your restful experience.

      Posted by Shannon | February 17, 2015, 4:08 pm

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