We all love sharing our hobbies and passions with our kids, but with something like classic musclecars, that can be a little bit tricky. Here are a few tricks to help get your kids to enjoy them as much as you do.
Get Their Hands Dirty
There’s nothing that fosters a love of cars more than getting under the hood and getting your hands dirty. This can start at a very young age — small kids can mind the tools or do small tasks like pulling off your tire valve caps, while older kids can get in on the action — supervised, of course — and start learning how these cars actually work.
Even if they don’t turn into gear heads, learning the basics of car maintenance, like how to check oil and change a tire, are essential skills that will help them throughout their lives.
Stock up on Toys
Start your kids young with Hot Wheels and other toy cars. They’re super cheap, and are a great way to get your kids excited. Then, have them point out the cars and pick their favorites when they see the “real thing” on the street. For older kids, there’s even a toy set that runs on AAA batteries and teaches your children how to repair a real engine.
See Them In Person
Car shows happen everywhere — you can probably find one in your area in the next couple of weekends no matter where you are — and they can be a great way to introduce your kids to well-restored classic cars. Museums are also a good option — they frequently rotate their shows so there are new classic cars to enjoy no matter how often you go.
Log Theater Time
There are so many great car movies for kids of all ages. Younger kids love Disney’s Cars series, which bases its characters on lots of classic and modern cars. For older kids, “The Fast and the Furious” series focuses so much on the cars that half the time you forget there is even a plot.
Even if your kids don’t want to rebuild classic muscle cars alongside you, sharing your passion for cars is a great way to spend time together. Share with us in the comments section below what you’ve done to get your kids into cars, and how well it’s going. We want to hear about it.