Love baseball but not ready for bringing kids to a long and expensive major league game? Then you’re in luck! Because my family and I have discovered the best way to go to a baseball game and have a blast no matter who wins (or if your kid stays in his or her seat, for that matter). Where is this hidden gem? The Kane County Cougars game!
Here are five reasons why you need to take your family to a Kane County Cougars Game
It’s great preparation for the major leagues. Not ready to commit to heading down to Wrigley or whatever that other stadium on the south side is called (the traffic, the crowds, the hard to get tickets…the list goes on and on)? Then make the drive to Geneva. Yes, it is a bit of a drive but I promise it’s a beautiful one. And the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark has everything you could want out of a ball park—all of the excitement, snacks, treats, fans, music, and more!
The wide open spaces. One of the reasons why we hesitate to bring our boys to sporting events is that they are FILLED with ENERGY. It is BOUNDLESS, I tell you. And the thought of confining them to one seat for a long period of time makes we want to pull my hair out. That’s why I’m so glad that you can purchase lawn seats at Fifth Third Stadium. You can bring blankets and chairs, but leave the coolers at home.
The Kid Zone. The Kid Zone is a spacious area with fun for the entire family. It is the perfect way to get the wiggles out and to distract your kids when there is a lull in the game. Highlights include a huge swing set, bounce houses and slides, obstacle courses, and games to challenge your athlete in basketball, baseball, and soccer. Each turn at a game is $1, or you can make the most out of your money and purchase a wristband (only $5 on Sunday Fundays!, $10 all other days). There are also some snacks and drinks available so you don’t have to go back into the stadium to get some refreshments.
Fireworks! Not only does the stadium get hit up when the Kane County Cougars score, but there are also fireworks shows after the game. And I must admit, it’s a pretty impressive show. Most nights have themes as well, so there is a unique twist on the music and decorations for the fireworks show. You can check out their promotions here.
Everyone can run the bases after each and every game! Weather permitting, kids of all ages (I’m looking at you, grandma and grandpa) can run the bases after each game. But to give you fair warning, the kids will have to stay up pretty late to do this (base running takes place after the fireworks shows).
And when you are ready to head to the big leagues, here are my tips on taking your kids to Wrigley….there are SO MANY FREEBIES!