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Old 12-01-2010, 09:58 AM   #1
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For you guys that have gone to the track, would you guys say that it is kid friendly? For example, if I decide to take my little girl, would there be stuff that she could find to do in order to entertain herself? I of course would take someone to keep an eye on her while i'm on the bike... but is it THAT simple?? or unless you aren't on a bike it's brutally boring?

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Old 12-01-2010, 10:02 AM   #2
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Depends on how old but even so I wouldn't recommend it. It's loud with exhaust fumes everywhere. There really not much to do but watch ppl ride and check out bikes in the pits. So basically I'd say no it's really not kid friendly.....
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:04 AM   #3
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Depends on how old but even so I wouldn't recommend it. It's loud with exhaust fumes everywhere. There really not much to do but watch ppl ride and check out bikes in the pits. So basically I'd say no it's really not kid friendly.....
aww !...Well, there goes that Idea!

She is 6 and a very VERY girly girl...
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aww !...Well, there goes that Idea!
Lol man there's bikes haulin in the pits (when they shouldn't be) so it's really a hazard even to other track riders. How old is ur lil girl? Ur parents can't watch her?
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:07 AM   #5
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Depends on the track.

At GSS my wife will come out with our 9 and 2 year old. The boy(older) gets his helmet and bicycle and rides it out away from the mayhem. Happy as a clam.

The two year old we bring a playpen for. She loves the sound of bikes and watching the action.


TWS (Texas World Speedway)...if you're away from the paddocks then I don't see it being too much of a problem. Plenty of open area for them to play without being in danger of getting run over.


It's always a bit of a shoot though. Obviously they are more at risk out there than at home. Just like anything else. Be a smart and responsible parent and the rest boils down to luck.
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I used to take my kids all the time. When my girls were only 4 and 6 we were at the track all the time - Straightline and Road Race. My wife was there also, and they would just hang out. Of course, we would take the poodle and the wagon so they could get pulled through the pits. There was really more time that I was off the track than on the track. My kids turned out fine and they never minded going. They liked looking at all the pretty bikes...

Of course, I exposed my kids to bike noise when they were still in momma's stomach...they could sleep at the race track - no problem. We used to camp out at Oak Hilll for the CMRA races and they loved it!
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kibitzer is right about TWS (Texas World Speedway)...plenty of room. We used to take the golf cart and the family would just go hang out in the corners while I ran my race or sessions. I would see kids riding their bikes out there also, away from the pits. The pits are only dangerous because when riders come in off the track, it's hard to only do 5-10 mph in the pits when you just got off the track doing 160+ on the front straight....your brain is still in warp speed mode...
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Depends on the track.

At GSS my wife will come out with our 9 and 2 year old. The boy(older) gets his helmet and bicycle and rides it out away from the mayhem. Happy as a clam.

The two year old we bring a playpen for. She loves the sound of bikes and watching the action.


TWS (Texas World Speedway)...if you're away from the paddocks then I don't see it being too much of a problem. Plenty of open area for them to play without being in danger of getting run over.


It's always a bit of a shoot though. Obviously they are more at risk out there than at home. Just like anything else. Be a smart and responsible parent and the rest boils down to luck.

Some of the best "family pics" were taken at GSS...lol
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Take a tent and set it up for them..have them play sleep and eat in the tent
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Thanks for all the suggestions and comments guys...I guess I'll just have to go out there and give a try...I guess TWS (Texas World Speedway) since it's fenced up might be the best bet... I guess I just have to do a lot of planning... I just don't want her to be miserable out there.
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:05 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the suggestions and comments guys...I guess I'll just have to go out there and give a try...I guess TWS (Texas World Speedway) since it's fenced up might be the best bet... I guess I just have to do a lot of planning... I just don't want her to be miserable out there.
This depends a lot on the kid. Is your child an uncontrollable, half pint missile fueled by sugar with a complete disregard for the laws of physics and the fragility of the human condition?

If so you may consider a cap full of Nyquil and a place to sleep.
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We use to take our two kids to the track every time we went. Roadraced in the early 80's and they came to every race at Henderson and Texas World, Son was about 8 and daughter was about 5. They loved it, and also liked going to the Dragraces when we ran there. They loved the Enduro races since we camped out in the national forest for that.....They are both way older now...son 39, daughter 35 but still talk about it from time to time. Sure it can be dangerous but we kept a close eye on them and heck Ya cant keep Your kids in a safety bubble there whole life, they have to experience things. We felt it was better being with us then with a babysitter, they agreed.
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This depends a lot on the kid. Is your child an uncontrollable, half pint missile fueled by sugar with a complete disregard for the laws of physics and the fragility of the human condition?

If so you may consider a cap full of Nyquil and a place to sleep.
lol nah...for the most part in public she is pretty well behaved... but she gets bored with "boy stuff" easy...She won't say it, but you could see it a little...She gives the fake laugh and forced smile

I think, If i bring her DS or portable DVD player that might give me like 3 hours tops...After that...I'm out of ideas
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your best best is to make sure she has mom or grandma for some female type figure to entertain her while you do guy stuff..
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your best best is to make sure she has mom or grandma for some female type figure to entertain her while you do guy stuff..
Yeah, I was going to take or try to take one of her favorite people...



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