For children, baseball games can seem like they go on forever and ever and it’s hard to sit through the nine innings. If you plan on visiting baseball games with your whole family, consider ones that have onsite activities to keep your little ones entertained while you enjoy your sporting event. These are the most family-friendly ballparks.
Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
No matter their age, children will enjoy running the bases on Sundays, Fireworks Fridays, and the free giveways all season long. There’s even a Family Fun Area where kids can climb, race through slides, and cool off with the misting machine. Children under 10 will like the PenFed Kids Fun Zone which has a virtual reality game where they experience hitting a home run.
Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA
Fans 14 and under will enjoy the Fan Lot which is a free interactive play area where they can slide into home plate from one of the four slides inside a giant wooden contour bottle, sit in the world’s largest vintage-style baseball glove, hit softballs, and run the bases inside Little Giants Park.
Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX
Head to the air-conditioned Kid’s Zone, which has a baseball bay slide, interactive games, Vandergriff Plaza’s Wiffle Ball field, pitching games, and tee-ball cages. The Ranger’s Captain (the mascot) even stops by to sign autographs during the 5th inning.
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
Make sure you check out Gram Slam Alley which has arcade games, video batting cages, a speed pitch machine, a make-your-own baseball card booth, and a crafting station for making signs to hold during the game.