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 your kids to Wrigley Field.
How to Prepare
- 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.
- Slather on the sunscreen, pack hats, and 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).
- 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!
- Bring a sippy cup and SEALED drinks. If drinks are unsealed, they will not be allowed in the park.
- 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.
- Stroller Check/Parking There is a designated stroller parking area on the first floor near left field (across from the fire station). Last season it was moved across the street to Mc Donald’s, and right now it is unclear which spot they will be using for this season.
- 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.
- Family Restrooms are located in the Upper Level Bleachers, First Aid (main concourse behind home plate), and in the Upper Deck on the 1st base side.
- Swing by the Fan Services Book to pick up a free “My 1st Cubs Game” free certificate for your little fan.
- 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 councourse.
Many Sundays throughout the season are designated Kids’ Sundays, with promotions specifically geared towards the littlest Cubs fans. In addition to the great giveaways, after every Sunday afternoon game the first 1,000 kids (with wristband given at entry) are invited to run the bases at Wrigley.
Each year you can sign up to receive a free Chicago Cubs Fan Pack, which may include a pocket schedule, team literature, cards, stickers, and other information.
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.
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.
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!
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