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Old 16 Aug 2013, 18:06 (Ref:3290756)   #1
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Going to race wtih a child

Anybody gone to a race with a todler? I want to go to the Daytona 24 and watch that race from the grandstands (at least it will be mostly empty).

What are best ways to handle a kid with you at the racetrack?
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Old 17 Aug 2013, 19:07 (Ref:3291067)   #2
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I don't really know, I guess it depends on your child. They may get bored I'm afraid.

Whatever they'll need ear defenders, new ears are very sensitive and have a lot of use left in them.
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Old 17 Aug 2013, 20:37 (Ref:3291091)   #3
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aMaybe try them out a few smaller events first? Daytona is loud, hot and very long!

Also, although the grandstands aren't rammed with people, it can get very busy in the Paddock, which you will no doubt want to visit at some point.
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I echo what has been said above. I wouldn't take your child to Daytona. There was this Dutch couple in the main grandstands at Le Mans right next to me and I've never seen such a terrified little kid.

Daytona is noisy, extremely long, and, for a kid who probably isn't that interested in racing, quite boring. Also, it'll be pretty easy to lose him/her in the crowds. Try him/her out with another event first. I'd say even the Daytona 500 would be easier to handle.

My two cents - try if you want, but I'd advise against it. :/
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My kids all started early, and did small club events, with 10 lap races. That kept their attention. But I also had many trips where they paid the racing no attention, and played with LEGO or THEIR cars, or stuffed toys, or whatever.
I too emphasise the ear defender comments.
And you MUST accept they will play up, and spoil the fun, at some point. Because it WILL happen. Change places, go look at other things. Does Daytona have a fair, or playground? Let them have a run in there, and forget racing for an hour or so...
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I took my three year old daughter to the Silverstone Classic this year having tried her and my nephews at a couple of local hill climb events prior. Ear defenders are a must and even with those she didn't like the single seaters, too loud even with the defenders. She liked the touring cars though as they were quieter, although she was none to impressed that there was no pink cars in the race! Also echo the comment about them getting bored. It didn't help either that it was very hot on the day we were there and very little shade. I assume Daytona will be pretty warm as well.

The Classic was better as there was so much other stuff there that we could wonder around and some stuff to amuse her. Plus there was some space where we could let her run around and play. She didn't play up but I was conscious of the fact that it wasn't fair to trail her round and make her sit still constantly. I didn't get to see half as much of the racing as I would have liked but still thoroughly enjoyed it. She must have liked it because she keeps talking about it and playing racing with some toy cars she has. Hopefully, a future motor sport fan in the making!
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I sometimes take my daughter to Oulton Park for smaller meetings.

I just take her bike with me she's happy as a pig in ........
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