With the Buckeye football season in full swing, you and your family may want to go tailgating before a game.

You can keep kids from getting bored at tailgating parties by planning games for them to play. Try adding a football theme to some of their old favorites - hot potato with a Nerf football, a relay race where participants must don football gear before running their leg of the race fun, BINGO with football vocabulary or Simon Says with ref hand signals.

Be sure to serve some kid-friendly snacks. Let kids decorate cookies or cupcakes with scarlet and gray frosting and sprinkles.

Make sure you choose a tailgating spot where kids have a safe place to play.

- Melissa Kossler Dutton