Ever since my boys joined a baseball team, complete with adorable uniforms—and cups!—they have been all about living the baseball life. I mean, I even caught my six year old trying to use his glove as a pillow when I tucked him in for bed. So when the Kane County Cougars invited us to check out one of their games, we were SUPER excited. Our expectations were high and I’m happy to report that the only minor league baseball team in Chicagoland CRUSHED it. Read on for why your family needs to attend a Kane County Cougars game.
This post is sponsored by the Kane County Cougars. All opinions are my own.
Typically when you attend a non-MLB game, the quality of the baseball you watch isn’t too impressive. But when you attend a Kane County Cougars game, that simply isn’t the case. These players are doing their best to earn a spot on the Arizona Diamondbacks (Kane County is their minor league affiliate) so you are seeing stolen bases, home runs, and strike outs. This year’s team is DOMINANT and will give fans young and old lots to cheer about. Still need to be convinced? Then let me leave you with this: Kyle Schwarber and Wilson Contreras, two Cubs favorites, were once Cougars.
The Plethora of Activities
So, let’s say that you aren’t as obsessed with baseball as my kids are. NO PROBLEM. Why? Because there is so much going on at a Kane County Cougars game.
Want to get out of your seats and stretch your legs? Then take a walk down to the Kid Zone to check out the budding baseball players testing how hard they can pitch a ball, how well they can hit a ball off a moving tee…or simply climb through obstacle courses.
There are also raffles to take part in, playgrounds to climb all over, as well as face paint and balloon artists throughout the park to visit. Don’t forget to take note of special guests and activities at the Cougars game during the many theme nights throughout the season.
Antsy kids can bring their own glove and try to catch a ball while camping out in the grassy areas alongside the right and left outfields. The Cougars outfielders (and the visiting team, too!) are kind enough to toss a ball to kids every once in a while so stay alert for those, as well as those pesky fly balls.
The Post-Game Extras
If your kids can last long enough, stay until the end of the game to take part in two of the best post-game extras available: fireworks and the chance to run the bases at Northwestern Medicine Field. The fireworks display is one of the best you can find and is coordinated to upbeat music that will wow you–even more so than some 4th of July fireworks. Seriously, the Cougars display is THAT GOOD.
And when it comes to running the bases, ANYONE can do it. So if you are jonesing for some dirt on your shoes so you can relive your ball playing days, go for it! I honestly think the dads in our group had much more fun than the kids. Don’t forget to follow the spectator signs so that you can step out onto the gorgeous field to get the best photos and videos possible.
The Ways You Can Stretch Your Budget
While we may love heading to Cubs and White Sox games, it can get SUPER expensive for the four of us—and did I mention how much my kids eat? But when you go to a Kane County Cougars game, you can really S T R E T C H your budget.
Use code QUEEN for buy one, get one free tickets for a reserved or lawn seat and then try to catch a Sunday game when KIDS EAT FREE! When entering the gates, kids between the ages of 3 and 10 receive a voucher for a free hot dog and small drink. There are also discounts in the Kids Zone on Family Sundays which makes for the perfect Sunday Funday for your family.
Other promotions include “Micro Mondays” when premium and craft beers are half price and tickets are only $5, as well as fan favorite “Taco Tuesdays” when tacos and margaritas at the South of the Border Cart are half price, and finally “Thirsty Thursdays” that feature $1 hot dogs, small sodas, and select beers. Check out their other weekly specials here.
A Family Four Pack Giveaway
Want to check out Northwestern Medicine for yourself? Then simply comment on this post with your favorite thing about attending a baseball game to be entered! Contest ends Tuesday, June 11that 8 p.m. CST. Winners will be contacted via email.
Enjoy the game and GO COUGS!
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