The 'Great American Pastime' is incredibly fun for kids and grownups alike, and we know a number of families who have endeavored to visit every Major League Baseball park in the country. Even if you aren't quite that fiercely devoted to the sport, taking in a game can make a great afternoon adventure on vacation or in your own hometown. A little advance research will maximize enjoyment and comfort. Here are a few tips:
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- Skip the bleachers. There's too much sun, no assigned seating, and the crowd tends to be rowdier.
- For infants and toddlers, get the lowdown on changing rooms and a place to park your stroller beforehand.
- Older kids who understand the game may appreciate a radio to listen to the play by play.
- Find out about stadium food options in advance, and whether or not outside food and drinks are permitted.
- Get a scorecard for your child and keep track of the game together.
- Look into special opportunities for kids; at Wrigley, children under 12 who come early may be selected to participate in the Kids Corral, a group of 30 kids who get to go on the field and see the players before the game.
- Visit Club MLB for kid-friendly content from the majors.