- Set up a mini basketball game. Using Nerf balls (so younger kids won't hurt each other) and lower hoops, create a court just the right size for the littlest basketball fans. If they're too young to understand playing a full game, try a game like HORSE, where each time a tot scores a basket she gets a letter until she spells out the word horse. Better yet, choose a word that is associated with your favorite team for them to spell out.
- Create a basketball-themed buffet. Dessert tables are still all the rage, and a March Madness table is easy to create. Basketball-decorated cake pops, a basketball cake, bowls filled with cantaloupe cut with a melon baller, and themed cookies, like the ones pictured above ($65), make for a beautifully themed table.
- Put the kids in training camp. During half time, arrange a series of dribbling and shooting drills, silly obstacle courses, and ultimately a piñata for tots to develop their hoops skills.