Tips for Taking Kids to Wrigley Field

It’s officially baseball season in Chicago.  And even better, the Cubs are looking p-r-e-t-t-y good so far.  So snatch up some tickets and head to the most beautiful park in all of Major League Baseball.  And yes, this article is totally biased, for I am born and bred on the North Side.  I’m sure that the “other” ballpark is kid friendly as well, but there is no place else for “Take me Out to the Ball Game” like Wrigley Field! Here are some tried and true tips for taking kids to Wrigley Field.

How to Prepare for Your Wrigley Field Visit

  1. As for tickets, if you child is under two and willing to be your lap buddy, there is no need for them to have a ticket. If older, be sure to purchase a ticket for them. Be sure to stop by Fan Services to get an ID wristband to reunite lost children with their parent/guardian.
  2. Slather on the sunscreen (aerosol is NOT allowed in the park), pack hats, and bring layers for all of you. Chicago weather changes in an instant, and the friendly confines can also be named “the sunny confines.”  Also, if there is a hot day, be sure to have some type of fabric for your little one to sit on (the sun beats down on the seats and they get HOT).
  3. Pack snacks. As long as you use a plastic baggie, security will not stop you regarding bringing in snacks to the ball park for your little one. But don’t forget to indulge in some of the delicious treats from the ballpark!
  4. Bring a sippy cup and SEALED drinks. If drinks are unsealed, they will not be allowed in the park.
  5. Decide on your baby’s transport; stroller or baby carrier. Personally, I would stick to just a baby carrier simply because it might be helpful if baby snoozes during the game.

Visiting Wrigley Field with Kids

  1. Stroller Check/Parking  There is a designated stroller parking area conducted through the Bike Valet Service located in the alley just east of the main entrance for the CTA Red Line stop.
  2. Designate a Driver (even if you are taking the L—which is the best way to visit Wrigley) and go to the Fan Services Booth (behind home plate on first level) to make the designated driver pledge and get a coupon for a free fountain drink.
  3. Family Restrooms are located in sections 113 and 128, we well as Upper Level 307L and 326R and the Budweiser Bleachers. Baby changing stations are available in most restrooms and at First Aid.
  4. Swing by the First Timers Booth near section 119 to pick up a free “My 1st Cubs Game” free certificate for your little fan.
  5. Nursing? Take advantage of the First Aid Station, where they have a few toys, a television, fridge and microwave for family use.  The First Aid Station is located on the 1st base side of the field on the main concourse. There is also a new nursing pod that you can learn about here.
  6. Hoping for an autograph? Your best bet is heading to the Magellan Kids Corral right when the park opens or by the players’ parking lot just North of Caretakers Way on Waveland Avenue to try to catch players as they arrive at the ballpark prior to the game.

Kids’ Sundays

Every Sunday afternoon home game throughout the season are designated Kids’ Sundays, with promotions specifically geared towards the littlest Cubs fans.  In addition to the great giveaways, the first 1,000 kids (with wristband given at entry) are invited to run the bases at Wrigley.

Clark’s Crew

If you have a Cubs crazy kiddo, joining Clark’s Crew is a great idea.  With the $25 membership your child will receive a ton of goodies, including a backpack, jersey, free ticket to a Wrigley Field tour, activity book, lanyard, and other discounts and freebies.

Newborn Fan Club

Looking for a unique gift for a Cubs loving family?  For $45 you can encourage the mantra of “Go Cubs Go” with a gift package that includes a onesie, hat, customized birth certificate, and personalized photo birth announcement.

Wrigley Field Tour

Want to be able to check out Wrigley Field behind the scenes and have the ultimate photo shoot? Then check out my guide on taking a Wrigley Field Tour.

I’m sure you won’t be able to stay for the stretch, so be sure to belt it out loud enough so Ronnie can hear you, no matter what inning it is.  Go CUBS go! Hope these tips for taking your kids to Wrigley Field help you enjoy the game as much as possible!

Can’t make it to Wrigley?  No problem!  Here are some fun ways to have a baseball party at home or head across town to see the White Sox play!

Crossing my fingers for a World Series Victory!

Amanda

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Comments

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I have been thinking about taking my little one to his first Red Sox game this year. He’s going to be 8, so I think it;s time.

  2. Christy Maurer says

    You are much braver than I taking a little one to a game! We first went when my son was 15. We live about an hour from Cleveland, so we went to see the Indians play the Yankees. My son is a huge Derek Jeter fan. It’s a bummer that he’s retired. Hopefully we’ll get to a game this season.

  3. Cara (@StylishGeek) says

    I have to say that is so adorable! My cousin who just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl are SF Giants fans. I am sure they will like putting together stuff for baby to commemorate the first time their little one goes to a ball game! 🙂

  4. Liz Mays says

    We actually took our son to Wrigley Field when he was little too. It was an overwhelming, yet awesome experience for him. We never did make it to a kids event though.

  5. Alli says

    I grew up going to see the Atlanta Braves – way back when they had a mascot. I’m a sports fanatic and would love to take my grands to a baseball game. Your tips are excellent.

  6. Kathy says

    My girls had a lot of fun when my husband and I took them to their first game. They really enjoyed it a lot. I’m not to much of a sports fan myself, but it’s fun to go to the games.

    • amandasimkin says

      I am a huge sports fan, but for those who aren’t, there is always great people watching at games!

  7. Jeanine says

    Great info! My oldest is into baseball games but none of my other kiddos have gone. Wasn’t really sure what age to let them tag along with daddy would be so this is great!

  8. lisa says

    The parks in Chicago do a lot of fun stuff for kids for their first ball games. I really like that they do that. We have free pics from our kids first ball games and certificates they print for you.

  9. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    Those fan packs for babies and kiddos are awesome. I didn’t realize they did stuff like that.

  10. Dawn McAlexander says

    I went to Wrigley Field when I was in high school. I don’t remember much about the game, but I do remember the atmosphere was awesome! If nothing else then the kids should at least remember the atmosphere!

    • amandasimkin says

      Sometimes the game is just so boring (the Cubs haven’t been great for a while, unfortunately) that the best part is just enjoying the ball park and the festivities. Hope you sang the 7th inning stretch loud and proud!

  11. Digna says

    Awww,how adorable is that. A childs first game is always precious. I am sure he had an incredible time. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Kirsten says

    Your tips are spot on. The sunscreen is so important and the experience can be great with the right planning. We’ve tried to go early before to see the players, but the Cubs can be inconsistent with the information they provide their fans about access for the kids for autographs. We’ve been to many games at Wrigley and I wouldn’t add a thing to your recommendations. Play ball!

  13. Travis says

    Thanks for all of the great tips on taking a child to their first Major League ballgame. Having the chance to see a game at Wrigley would be magical.

  14. Cassie says

    My nephew is getting to the age when it is time for him to go to his first ballgame and he lives around the Cubs. I think I will pass this on to my brother to make sure he is prepared!

    • amandasimkin says

      Love to hear about kids loving the Cubbie blue! Make sure you get him all of the freebies you can! And make a cute sign so he can get on tv. 🙂

  15. Lynndee says

    Aww, that is so cute! We are baseball fans around here too. Go Braves! But even though the hubs is a big Braves fan, visiting Wrigley Field is on his bucket list. I would love to see it too! 🙂

    • amandasimkin says

      We are so incredibly spoiled having Wrigley at our finger tips. It may be ancient, but it is a wonderful place to see a ball game.

  16. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    Baseball isn’t a thing here in Ireland but its so lovely to get kids involved in loving sport from a young age. That babygro is super cute 🙂

  17. Dogvills says

    Those are great tips for the first game. My son wants desperately to attend a game once. I think it will be a great experience for him

    • amandasimkin says

      Who doesn’t love a day at the ball park? I would recommend going in the Spring or Fall….summer is just too hot for me to sit and bake during nine long innings…

  18. CourtneyLynne says

    Awww how cute :):) we took my daughter to both basketball and baseball games when she was super little! She was such a well behaved baby that it was easy… Plus under 2 being free made it even better! Wish kid tickets were free because it sucks buying her A ticket now lol… Miss when she was free lol

    • amandasimkin says

      It’s funny you say that. Since I am so petite, my dad used to carry me in to sporting events all of the time (before they were such sticklers about the rule) and always bribed me with cotton candy to not say how old I was.

  19. Rosey says

    Well that’s fun. I wonder if there’s something they can sign up for here. I bet there is, I’m going to go look now while I’m thinking about it.

    • amandasimkin says

      I’m sure tons of major sports teams have fan friendly activities like this, especially for the kiddos.

  20. Gabriel says

    Very cool that baby’s first game is at a field as iconic as Wrigley. I think Fenway might be the only other stadium still standing with the history of Wrigley.

    • amandasimkin says

      I would love to go to Fenway to compare the great old ballparks. We are so spoiled with Wrigley!

  21. Toni says

    Thank you for all this info!! I’m hoping to get a wristband for my kids’ first game running the bases. Do you have any idea how early we should arrive to be lucky to get a wristband? TIA!

    • Amanda says

      I would be there right when the gates open. I am always shocked about how quickly promo items are all given away.

  22. Ray says

    I just did the Wrigley Field tour last month while I was in Chicago. Unfortunately, the Cubs were on the road. But the tour was absolutely phenomenal! The Cubs are looking strong in the 2016 MLB Playoffs, so I’ll for sure be routing for them to beat Cleveland. Go, Cubbies!

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