It’s only been the since the men’s Euros 2020 that N got into football. But he’s not looked back since, joining a local football team. So I’ve been looking out for family football days out that work for him and are also interesting for myself.
As well as family days out, he’s happy enough kicking a ball about in the garden. But I’ve got other football themed activities here that will keep children entertained in the long summer holidays. Pick home or away depending on what you’re looking for for your family’s enjoyment and learning.
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Some of these themed activities could be used for football parties, but why not have them as informal garden fun at home or in the park with family or friends.
1. Set up an obstacle course or circuit at home, or in the park to increase skills and fitness. Get hold of football equipment and fitness gear at Net World Sports*.
2. Hold a mini football tournament with friends and parents (opt for a Subuteo* version if you prefer).
3. Do a football skills challenge – try some of these skills ideas
4. Set up a fantasy football challenge or country sweepstake if there’s an international tournament going on. Here’s tips on setting fantasy football up yourself.
5. Watch Jamie Johnson tv series.
6. Make a football pinata – not just for parties.
7. Play table football. Or if you’ve got a big group why not try setting up a human table football.
8. Private football coaching – if normal football training isn’t on, why not keep up skills with some private coaching. Join up with friends to make it cheaper.
9. Bubble football – a bit of fun, great for parties. You play football while encased in a zorbing type of ball.
10. Hold a football party – and have football themed food like iced cookies, cheese balls, a cake decorated in your team colours etc. Try these party food ideas.
AWAY – football days out for families
Get out and about, treat the family to one of these days out with a soccer theme.
11. National Football Museum Manchester – we loved our visit here, with displays, kit, trophies, and lots of interactive activities to do.
12. Scottish Football Museum – based at Hampden Park, find out about the history of Scottish football.
13. Wembley Stadium tour – (VIP or standard). Take a tour around Wembley to see behind the scenes, and walk through the players tunnel. There’s a standard or VIP tour. Do book well ahead of when you want to go, as booking at the moment is a couple of months out (I can’t wait for ours, but it’s late Autumn as we struggled to find one earlier that didn’t clash with N’s football matches or training). Other clubs have tours as well, so you don’t have to travel to London to see behind the scenes of a football club.
14. Football Escapes – one for football mad children, 3 days football camps with training from ex-premier league footballers. Parents can enjoy the hotel luxury hotel facilities when staying
15. Watch a match. Look for lower division men’s games to get closer to the action (we enjoyed an MK Dons match). Or spend less and watch the FA Women’s super league. Or even check out your local grassroots teams.
16. Do a football themed walking tour – Try Sheffield for walks with plenty of football history and information by using the free apps.
17. Stay in a hotel with a football theme – choose a balcony room for match days. Try Hotel Football next to Old Trafford. We were lucky when we stayed at the Doubletree Milton Keynes and at breakfast saw players coming for theirs before training, and the waitress took us out to the stadium seating to explain about the hawks. Alternatively stay in Liverpool’s Shankly Hotel with quotes and memorabilia from Bill Shankly’s managerial days.
18. Play FootGolf. Footgolf is an emerging sport combining football and golf, where players kick a football into a cup in as few shots as possible.
19. Go to Football Fiesta in Cardiff. There are 35 football based games and activities for fans at the football themed indoor activity centre.
20. Visit Toca Social Interactive at the O2. It’s an immersive football activity experience, where you book by box rather than by player, and do lots of different activities.
What other football based days out or themed activities do your family enjoy?