The oft asked question of baseball fan parents across America... does my kid need a ticket to the game? Well, believe it or not, the answer may vary depending on which ballpark you are headed to. There is no league-wide policy so each stadium's rule and enforcement level is a personal decision.
Besides just the question of whether you have to pay for a ticket, there are many other factors to successfully navigating your way to a baseball game with children. The more modern the ballpark, the more kid-friendly it tends to be. We are going to look at each team's policy and features for kids individually, but here are some general guidelines:
If you are taking small children to a game, as a general rule they will be expected to sit on your lap if they don't have a ticket. Depending on your little 1 or 2 year old, that may or may not sound like much fun! For that reason, you should think about sitting in a less populated area of the ballpark.
If you are going to a sell out game, there isn't much you can do. However, for the average team on the average night you can sit in the upper deck down the lines and find a sparse crowd. This means, you can let your little guy sit in his own seat and give yourself a break.
As a baseball fan, I remember how annoying it could be to have out of control kids next to you throwing things, whining, etc. while you try to watch the game. Therefore, as a baseball fan with little kids, I am sensitive of the fact that not everyone around me is excited to be stuck next to kids.
So, I find it to be less stressful to space out when I can for my sanity and for the sanity of other fans. While we are going to breakdown each stadium below, here are some general guidelines:
- Many ballparks provide an ID bracelet at their Fan Accommodation booth that you can place on your child, in case they are lost. At the very least, another nice safety procedure is to put your kid's ticket stub in their pocket so if they are lost, someone will know where you are located.
- While some ballparks let 3 year olds come in for free, typically if your kid is 2 and under 36 inches tall they don't need a ticket. (all exceptions are below, but this is a general rule of thumb).
- Most ballparks welcome strollers, and if you don't have the small stroller that will fold up under your seat, you can check them at the Fan Accommodations booth upon entering the ballpark.
- A number of clubs have certain days/events where it would be even better to bring kids. For instance, many attractions that may normally cost extra like rides and games are free on Sunday. This is just an example, but there may be a certain day of the week that is more kid-friendly than another.
reserve parking ahead of time
Tell me if you've ever heard this question...
Are we there yet!?
Of course you have.
In fact, my 4 year old always asks how long it takes to get places, with no concept of what my answer means.
Me: About 20 minutes.
Him: How long is 20 minutes?
Me: Just play with your toys.
So if you are headed to a ballgame, it makes a lot of sense to have your parking reserved ahead of time. If not, picture yourself sitting in downtown traffic with the scene pictured above happening in your back seat.
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Booster Seats Help
If your child is a little bigger and can sit in their own seat, I've found that a booster seat can really help. As you can see in the pictures, my 3 year old loved it.
The booster I recommend comes from Keekaroo, and is made in America. Click here to check it out.
They sent me one to try out, and we were impressed. First, it feels like it would be super comfortable. We also sat through a rain delay, so I can confirm their claims that it is water resistant and wipes off easily. Another convenience is the ability to carry it like a backpack, this alone makes it much easier to walk with than something like a Bumbo seat.
- Children over the age of 2 or taller than the turnstile are required to have a ticket for admission. Any child who enters without a ticket must share a seat with an accompanying adult. As the policy may be different by event, please call Chase Field in advance to confirm.
- In an effort to help eliminate the separation of children and parents at Chase Field, seat location wristbands are available at the Guest Relations Centers (sections 128 and 322). If a family chooses to participate in the program, they will be given a wristband with their child's seat location written on it, which their child will wear throughout the event.
- The D-backs Kid's Club is the Arizona Diamondbacks' way of rewarding our younger fans for supporting the team. As a member, kids earn points for coming to D-backs games. As points add up, members will receive various rewards throughout the season. All children age 3-15 can enroll, with their parent's permission, during any D-backs home game at the D-backs Kid's Club headquarters located in the Sandlot near section 332.
- After Sunday home games, kids 3-15 years of age have the opportunity to "Run the Bases." At the beginning of the ninth inning, kids and their families may line up on the east ramp across from sections 111, 203 and 304.
- The Sandlot is a family-focused destination that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle with a variety of fun and exciting activities for fans of all ages. Located on the Upper Concourse in left field (northwest corner past Section 332). It features a wiffle ball field, music stage, and playground. Info courtesy of Dbacks site.
- Children age two and under may be admitted to Braves games without a ticket. However, they must sit in the lap of an accompanying adult. Children three and above require a ticket.
- Scouts Alley is located near the West Pavilion of the Grand Entry Plaza behind the lower left field seats and features interactive games for guests of all ages. These interactive games include 2 speed pitch games (Throwing Heat and In Control) and two hitting games (Pro Batter and Pro Batter Jr.). In order to take advantage of these interactive games, guests will need to purchase tokens from the token booth, also located in Scouts Alley.
- On most Sundays, kids ages 4 to 14 are invited onto the field after the game to run the bases just like a professional ballplayer. No reservations are necessary; just line up on the Hank Aaron Ramp at the end of the game. If you join the Kids Club, you can gain VIP Access for Kids Run the Bases. Visit braves.com/kids for more information on how to join.
- Sky Field - a 22,000 square foot fan attraction that sits atop the outfield roof at Turner Field and features our giant Coca-Cola Bottle, a pavilion with picnic tables and a base path for kids to run. Information courtesy of the Braves website.
- Fold-up strollers should be stored under your seat during the game. If you have a stroller that does not fold-up, please check it at Guest Relations located at Aisle 146 on the Field Level, or at Aisles 420 or 435 on the Upper Level.
- Kids 2 and under can enter without a ticket, assuming they sit on someone's lap.
- Seat ID Bands are available to all fans at any of the Fan Assistance Centers or at the Concierge Desk on the Club Level. ID Bands are especially helpful for children who may be separated from their group while at the ballpark.
- The Junior Orioles Dugout Club is the official Kids Club of the Baltimore Orioles. Kids ages 14 and under who join the Club will receive a membership card, a lanyard and ticket holder, a subscription to Orioles Kids magazine, an Orioles hat, tickets to 10 pre-selected Orioles games, and more, all in a team drawstring backpack! Friends and family members of Dugout Club members can purchase tickets on Dugout Club days for as low as $6 each. And fans can even upgrade to lower level seats. Click here to join.
- The Kids Corner is located near Gate C and features entertainment for younger fans, including a moon bounce, speed pitch, climb and play area, a batting cage, larger-than-life Oriole Bird bobbleheads and much more! Info courtesy of Orioles' website.
- Strollers are permitted inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards. If you take yours with you to your seating area, it must fit under your seats. Larger strollers must be checked at one of our Fan Assistance Centers located throughout the ballpark. The Fan Assistance Centers are located behind Home Plate on the Lower Concourse, in the Warehouse (near Gate H on the first floor), and on the Upper Concourse near the elevator lobby. Fan Assistance Centers operate from the time the gates open until 30 minutes after the game ends.
Boston Red Sox
- Wally's World - Kids of all ages can enjoy a speed pitch, beanbag toss, boardwalk games, kid-friendly concessions and other entertainment at no cost when they visit Wally's World on Yawkey Way during select Red Sox home games.
- Children age two and under do not require a ticket for admission to Fenway Park
- If you lose a child in the ballpark please contact the nearest Security staff member or go to one of the Customer Service Booths located at Gate D, Gate E, and the Big Concourse.
- Strollers and Diaper Bags are welcome at Fenway Park provided that they can fold up easily and can fit beneath fans' seats. Strollers may not be checked once inside the ballpark.
- Fans age 2 and under are admitted to Cubs games without a ticket, provided they are seated on the lap of a parent or guardian.
- As a member of the Chicago Cubs Kids Club, presented by ComEd, kids will receive kid-specific perks, experiences, and merchandise throughout the baseball season. To order your Kids Club membership, go to cubs.com/kidsclub.
- A great way to start your new little Cub off right with a membership in the Cubs Newborn Fan Club. Membership includes a customized photo announcing the birth on the iconic red Wrigley Field Marquee, an exclusive Cubs birth certificate, a Cubs baby stocking cap, and a Cubs "Rookie of the Year" onesie. For information and to place an order, please visit www.cubs.com./newborn.
- Strollers and bags may be checked at no charge for the duration of the game at the Wrigley Field Fan Services Booth located behind home plate on the main concourse. Information courtesy of the Cubs site.
Chicago White Sox
- U.S. Cellular Field offers complimentary admission to children under 36" in height. However, we do require that the child sit in their accompanying adult's lap and do not occupy an additional seat. Promotional giveaways are only available for ticketed guests. Tickets for children taller than 36" are priced the same as adult tickets.
- Young children attending White Sox games may obtain a free ID bracelet personalized with their seat location which allows staff to return lost children to their seats. Wristbands are available during games at any Guest Relations Booth.
- There are lots of fun things for kids to do at U.S. Cellular Field. Visit the Comcast Fundamentals area for coaching clinics, practice areas and skills instruction. There are also Speed Pitch Machines (near sections 162 and 524), the Chicagoland Plumbing Council Shower from old Comiskey Park (near section 161), Rain Rooms (near sections 105 and 546), the Rookie's Club full of great food just for kids (sections 101 and 540), and more! Just ask any Guest Service Representative how to find all of these fun areas and features.
- Select White Sox players are scheduled to sign autographs for kids 13 and under prior to each Family Day, weather permitting. Family Days are held on Sunday day games throughout the season.
- Strollers are permitted inside U.S. Cellular Field, though smaller, umbrella-type strollers are preferred. Fans with larger strollers may check them at the Guest Relations Booths.
- Great American Ball Park offers complimentary admission to children 3 years of age and under. However, we do request that these children sit on their parents' or guardians' laps and not occupy additional seats. Promotional giveaway items are only available for ticketed guests. Tickets for children four years and older are priced the same as adult tickets.
- Reds Heads is the official Kids Club of the Cincinnati Reds for all kids ages 14 and younger. Being a Reds Heads member is a great way for kids to show their Cincinnati Reds pride and be part of the coolest club in all of Reds Country! Membership includes exclusive members only merchandise, four game tickets, and priceless members only experiences at Great American Ball Park. Each membership is only $25 and kids can become a member of the Reds Heads at any Reds game by stopping by the Reds Heads Kids Club booth located at Gapper's Alley or by visiting the Reds Heads Clubhouse located in the Fan Zone. Kids can also join online.
- Located on the Terrace Level along the west side of Great American Ball Park, the Kroger Fan Zone was built on the former site of Riverfront Stadium during the second and final phase of construction at Great American Ball Park. The Kroger Fan Zone features interactive games for kids, a Wiffle ball field, the Bob Evans Reds Heads Kids Clubhouse, a playground, the Mega Concession Stand, Rose Garden, the Concert Stage, the Smokehouse Party Barn and two additional entrance locations for Guests.
- Great American Ball Park welcomes Guests that bring and utilize their own strollers. However, the use of strollers should not in any way inhibit general Guest movement, block any aisle, or be placed under your seats. If not in use, they must be folded up and can be stored in our Fan Accommodation Stations. Strollers are not available to rent. Strollers may be subject to search prior to entry by Reds security staff. Information courtesy of Reds.com.
- Children three (3) years of age and older require a game ticket and must have their own seat at an Indians game. Children under 3 do not require a ticket if they sit on an adult's lap.
- KidsLand is located on the Main Concourse near the escalator. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Kids can enjoy playing with a variety of toys while waiting for an occasional visit from the Indians team mascot Slider. Kids of all ages visiting Step 2 Kidsland will have a chance to win some plush toys in the new Progressive "IRV" claw machine. The cost of a chance to win is $1. Proceeds to benefit Cleveland Indians Charities. There is also KidsLand Concessions where kids can enjoy a treat from the "kids only" menu. The Kids Team Shop that features apparel and novelties especially for kids is located behind Section 117.
- Young children attending Indians games may obtain a free ID wristband personalized with their seat location, enabling Fan Service Representatives to return lost children. Wristbands are available at Fan Service Booths and the Concierge Desk.
- Kids grades K-8 can join the official Indians High Achievers Kids Club for FREE and earn great Indians rewards by doing well in school. High Achievers Kids Club Members also receive priority at Sunday Kids Fun Day activities and in-game experiences. For more information on how to become an official Indians High Achievers Kids Club Member, call 216.420.HITS. Info courtesy of Indians.com.
- Children two and under who are sitting on the lap of an adult do not need a game ticket. Children who have reached their third birthday must have a valid game ticket to gain entrance to the ballpark and are permitted seating access only in their ticketed location.
- Buckaroos - A concession stand for kids featuring child sized items - Section 149
- The children's playground area is located on the Main Concourse, behind section 147, between the Buckaroos concession stand and merchandise store. A parent or guardian must always monitor their child while in this area.
- A lost child will be taken to the Guest Relations Center at section 127. Lost parents should follow the same procedure. Parents are encouraged to place tickets in children's pockets in case of separation.
- Playground - Located below the Rockpile inside the Platte River Rendezvous is Coors Field's newest attraction for our littlest fans (42" or smaller). In order to accommodate private functions, Dinger's Playground will open at start of game or at gate opening when there are no scheduled private events. Kids can enjoy climbing over, under and through Coors Field Favorites while parents can follow the game on televisions located throughout the Platte River Rendezvous.
- You are welcome to bring strollers that fold or collapse to fit underneath seats (larger strollers may be claim-checked at the gates upon entry)
- The Tiger Carousel is located in the Comerica Bank Big Cat Court next to Gate A, (section 119). Children, young and old, can enjoy riding the tigers as the carousel rotates around. Rides are $2 per person, and on Sundays, kids 14 and under ride free.
- Children who are 3 years old or younger and who share a seat with an accompanying adult are admitted free of charge for Detroit Tigers games.
- Children of all ages can enjoy a ride on the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel located in the FOX Sports Detroit Brushfire Grill, located behind section 131. Rides are $2 a person, and on Sundays, kids 14 and under ride for free.
- The Kids Run the Bases event offers children (14 and under) the opportunity to run the bases after Sunday home games throughout the season, weather permitting. To participate in Kids Run the Bases, guests are asked to line up under the scoreboard in left field, at the conclusion of running the field, participants are exited off the field along the third baseline. Check the Detroit Tigers Promotions and Giveaways schedule to verify games involving this event. Kids Run the Bases is weather permitting and may be cancelled due to doubleheaders or other post game events.
- The Tigers suggest that a parent/guardian obtain a Kids ID wristband available at Guest Service locations behind section 130, 210, and 330, to assist event staff colleagues in locating their group.
- For mothers seeking a private area for nursing, they are able to nurse their children in any family assist bathroom as well as First Aid, located at Section 140. Family assist restrooms are located behind sections: 119, 145, 210, 342.
- You are welcome to bring in strollers into Comerica Park. The umbrella-type that folds up and will fit underneath the seat or large strollers may be checked at Guest Services. Info courtesy of Tigers.com.
- Fans age 2 and under may be admitted to Astros games without an admission ticket. However, they must sit in the lap of an accompanying adult.
- The Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Kids Club is the Houston Astros official fan club for kids 14 and under. With two memberships to choose from - the free Rookie membership and the $20 MVP membership - there's affordable fun for everyone. In addition to member-only autograph sessions and a kids press conference with players, MVP members receive four (4) free tickets, an Astros floppy cap, spiral notebook, cord bracelet, and other cool items. Memberships are available at www.astros.com/buddies and at the Community Clubhouse located behind Section 107.
- Now our smallest fans can enjoy their birthday parties in a big league park! The two-hour birthday party, geared toward kids ages 5 to 14, includes a tour of the ballpark, age-appropriate activities and playtime at Minute Maid Squeeze Play. The birthday child receives a special gift from the Astros and all children at the party receive a party favor from the team. To schedule a birthday party, please call (713) 66-PARTY or, for more information, go to www.astros.com/tours.
- KIDS MEALS (Sections 156 & 416) Providing smaller meals for our younger fans!
- You can take a stroller to Minute Maid Park. Fan Accommodations will store it for you. They are located on the Main Concourse at Section 112 and on the Upper Concourse at Section 323.
Kansas City Royals
- Children 32 inches in height and under do not need a ticket to enter Kauffman Stadium. However, they must sit on the lap of an accompanying adult. Fold-up strollers must be stored under your seat. Fans are encouraged to leave non-folding strollers in the car. Please be aware of those seated around you.
- Child ID Bracelets are available in the Guest Service Office located behind home plate on the Plaza and View Level. Child ID Bracelets will be printed with the seat location of their party in case the child is separated.
- Following each Sunday afternoon home game, field conditions permitting, all fans can run once around the bases on the field courtesy of Sprint. A parent or guardian should escort young children. For specific lineup procedures, guests should ask an event associate.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- Children under three years of age are not required to have a ticket at Angel Stadium.
- Every child should be told to contact an event staff member should they become separated from his or her family or group. A lost child will be taken to the Guest Relations Center on the Field Level by Section F107. Lost parents should follow the same procedure.
- Strollers are allowed at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. They must be collapsible to be stored under your seats. If the stroller is too large to fit under your seats, then it can be checked at your closest Guest Relations location.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Children 3 and under can enter Dodger Stadium free provided they sit on a parent or guardian's lap. Should the parent or guardian want a child age 3 and under to have their own seat, a ticket must be purchased. (For promo giveaways you need a ticket)
- In an effort to help eliminate the separation of children and parents at Dodger Stadium, seat location wristbands are available at the Fan Service Stations. If a family chooses to participate in the program, they will be given a wristband with their child's seat location written on it, which their child may wear throughout the event.
- Introducing the Dodgers free kids club, the Jr. Dodgers! For more information please visit www.dodgers.com/jrdodgers
- Kid's Corral is an opportunity for fans to step onto the Dodger Stadium warning track and have a chance to see players up close and in person. Beginning two hours prior to game time, fans are invited to enter the stadium through the leftfield, field level entrance and head over to aisle 27 for a chance to head down to the warning track to take part in Kid's Corral. Fans may enter for the first 30 minutes with any ticket aside from pavilion/outfield seats. Fans will rotate every 10 minutes through the corral. Kid's Corral will end at the conclusion of visiting batting practice. More info at Dodgers.com.
- Children who are 36 months old and younger do not need a ticket for entry to Marlins Park. However, the child must sit on an adult's lap during the game without obstructing the view of any other Guests.
- Billy’s Bunch is the official kids club of the Miami Marlins for kids 12 and under. The annual membership includes several great Billy's Bunch giveaways, as well as exclusive offers and benefits. Children can join by going online at marlins.com/billysbunch or at Marlins Fan Headquarters, located near Section 34 on the Promenade Level, during any Marlins regular season home game.
- Food: Kids Shack - Section 34 (child appropriate servings of traditional ballpark fare)
- Children 12 and under may receive a Marlins "Safe in the Seat" identification wristband featuring a space to write in the child's name and seat location. The "Safe in the Seat" wristbands are available from all Ballpark Team Members and the Guest Services Centers located on the Promenade Level Section 15 and Vista Level Section 318.
- As part of Family Sundays, all kids 12 and under will be able to run the bases on the field immediately following every Sunday home game at Marlins Park. Once the game has ended, kids and parents or chaperons should report to the Promenade Level at Sections 7/8, to be escorted to the field. Billy's Bunch members may also show their membership card to gain access to the VIP Diamond Dash line.
- Strollers CANNOT be brought into Marlins Park. Info courtesy of Marlins.com
- Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket to enter Miller Park, provided they are seated on a parent or guardian's lap.
- Mothers may breastfeed their children in any public or private location where the mother and child are authorized to be present. For private accommodations, please visit either First Aid location (Field Level, next to Guest Relations, and Terrace Level, behind section 419) or any family restroom.
- Bernie's Clubhouse is a special kids interactive playground located on the Terrace Level behind home plate. A concession stand catering to kids and the Brewers Team Store by Majestic on the Terrace Level are nearby. Bernie's Clubhouse opens when the Miller Park gates open and remains open through the 8th inning. The Clubhouse is designed for children under 48 inches of height. All children must wear socks and must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
- Kids Meal - Sections 117, 118, 204, 213, 224, 232, 409, 424, 435 Hot Dog, Chips, Kid's Soda, & a Surprise
- The Field of Sweet Dreams event takes place annually during late summer. Participants are invited to bring their camping gear and spend the night under the stars at Miller Park. The entertaining evening includes the ability to play catch on the field, watch the Brewers away game and a movie on the Miller Park HD scoreboard, access the Kids Zone, a private tour of Miller Park, visits by the Brewers Mascots, as well as great ballpark snacks, dinner and breakfast. Please visit Brewers.com/SweetDreams for more information.
- Strollers are permitted in all concourse areas at Miller Park. Only strollers that can be folded and placed under a stadium seat are permitted in the seating areas of Miller Park. The Brewers are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged strollers. Strollers may be checked at all gate entrances and all levels. More info at Brewers.com.
- The Minnesota Twins offer complimentary admission to children less than 30" in height for regular season games, provided they are accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. These children must sit on the lap of the accompanying adult and not occupy an additional seat. All guests in attendance for a post-season game are required to have a valid ticket, regardless of age.
- Every Sunday home game is Crystal Farms Kids Day. Any kids 14 and under with valid tickets to a Sunday home game may participate in a special pre-game autograph session as well as running the bases after the game. The autograph session is in the South Ramp on the Club level, and typically runs from 11:55-12:15. Any kids wishing to participate in running the bases should proceed to the North Ramp on the Main Concourse (near section 130) at the conclusion of the game. For very young children, we politely request that only one adult accompany the child as they run the bases.
- Children and adults separated from their party will be escorted to the closest Guest Service Center. For assistance in locating a lost guest, contact the nearest Guest Service Representative or security officer. A guest who has become separated from his or her party should proceed to the nearest Guest Service Center. All Guest Service Centers offer wristbands to children and adults. These are blank wristbands which can have seat location, phone number for guardian, etc. written on them, in order to facilitate reuniting a lost guest with their party.
- For stroller drop-off at Target Field, visit one of our Guest Service Centers located across from section 113 on the Main Concourse, at section 204 on the Terrace Level, at the Delta Sky 360 Legend's Club Concierge Desk at section J, or at the Suite Concierge desk near Suite 32. More information at the Twins site.
New York Mets
- All persons entering the ballpark who are 32” or taller require a ticket. Children under 32" do not require a ticket to attend a game, but must sit on a parent’s lap during the game without obstructing the view of other guests. A seat will not be provided without a ticket.
- Young Mets fans can purchase a Kids' Meal for $7.00 which includes Nathan's hot dog, juice box, popcorn and prize. Kids' Meals are available only at concession stands located near sections 114, 121 and 417.
- Fans can store strollers at Citi Field in any of these locations Field Level: Across from the Hyundai Club third base entrance, Section 142, Section 118, Section 306, and Section 412 in the Food Court.
New York Yankees
- Children who are 3 years old and younger and less than 30 inches tall do not need a ticket for entry. However, the child must sit on an adult's lap during the game without obstructing the view of other Guests. This policy may vary for other events.
- Guest Relations provides complimentary wristbands for parents or group leaders who wish to "tag" their children or group members with their seat location. Parents and group leaders may get wristbands at Guest Relations Booths and Kiosks throughout the Stadium.
- A mother may nurse her child in any public location where she is comfortable and authorized to be. Nursing mothers seeking more discreet accommodations are welcome to use the Guest Relations Booth at Section 128, pending room availability.
- Strollers are permitted in Yankee Stadium. Fold-up strollers should be stored under Guests' seats, and non-folding strollers should be stored at the Guest Relations and Ticket Sales Booth, adjacent to Gate 6 in the Great Hall. More info at Yankees.com.
- All guests 24 months or older must have an appropriate ticket for entry to Oakland Coliseum. Toddlers under 24 months do not need a ticket to enter O.co Coliseum, but they must sit on the lap of an accompanying adult. Please be considerate to those seated around you. Strollers are permitted entry. Strollers, however, must be small enough or collapsible to keep out of walkways and aisles and placed under seats, or be checked into the Security Office at Section 126 or First Aid at Section 109.
- Young fans may obtain a free Oakland A's wristband with their name and seat location written on it for identification purposes. Children may also purchase an Oakland A's ID card with lanyard with their name, emergency contact number and seat location written on it. Oakland A's ID wristbands and ID cards are available each game at the Kids ID Booth at Section 120 in the A's Fan Center until the end of the 2nd Inning.
- The Stomper Fun Zone is located on the Club Concourse behind Section 220. Guests may take their children to this interactive area to enjoy the speed pitch game, batting cage, coin operated rides, win prizes and more. The Stomper Fun Zone is open every home game during the summer months of June, July, and August. The Fun Zone is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday home games during April, May, and September. The Fun Zone opens when the stadium gates open and closes after the last out of the 8th inning. Stomper visits the Fun Zone during the 7th inning during weekend home games, for autographs and photo sessions. The Stomper Fun Zone can be reserved for a private birthday celebration for kids 14 and under. For more information please call (510) 638-4900 ext. 2339.
- The Oakland A's Kids Club is for youth 14 and under. For $20, members receive exclusive A's Kids Club merchandise, game tickets and much more.
- Strollers must be small enough to keep out of walkways and aisles or be checked into the Security Office 126 or First Aid 109. More info at A's.com
- Children age two and under may be admitted to Phillies games without a ticket, but need to sit in the lap of an accompanying adult. Children age three and above require a ticket.
- Baby-changing tables are available in all 61 restroom facilities.
- Located in Ashburn Alley near the Right Field Gate entrance, this unique entertainment area features two free games presented by Citizens Bank: Run the Bases and Phan Trivia Challenge. Guests receive coupons for their participation to redeem at the Citizens Bank kiosk (also located in Ashburn Alley) for various prizes.
- Junior Phillies Club presented by POWERADE (behind Section 114 and the left field scoreboard) - For a $13 membership fee, children 14 and under receive a Junior Phillies bag, membership card, player poster, exclusive set of collectible magnets, priority first-in-line privileges during Modell's Sporting Goods Kids Run The Bases, and a one-time 10% discount at the Majestic Clubhouse Store. For more information, call 215-463-1000.
- Phanatic Phun Zone (inside First Base Gate plaza) - Sponsored by Cavity Busters, this play area gives children age eight and under an opportunity to climb, explore, and play games. A junior Phanatic Phun Zone is also available for guests two years of age and under. Weather permitting.
- Phanatic Phood Cart (near Kids Zone behind Section 113) and Phanatic Kid's Corner (behind Section 318, Terrace Level) - Concessions offering kid-sized portions. Available when gates open until the 7th inning.
- Fold-up strollers should be stored under your seat during the game. If you have a stroller that does not fold up, please check it at Guest Services located behind Section 122 on the Main Concourse and behind Section 318 on the Terrace Level.
- PNC Park offers complimentary admission to children under 32-inches in height. However, we do request that these children sit in their parent or guardian's lap and not occupy an additional seat. Promotional giveaway items are only available for ticketed guests. Children's ticket prices are available in certain sections of PNC Park.
- Young children attending Pirates games may obtain a free ID bracelet personalized with their name and seat location, enabling event staff to return lost children to their seats. Wristbands are available for all home games at any Guest Relations location.
- Located on Federal Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before each Sunday home game. The Kids Fun Zone is free to all fans and offers a variety of kids-oriented games, activities and entertainment for Pirates fans ages 14 and under. Plus, each Sunday, meet your favorite pierogy at the gates from 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
- Future Bucs may take a break from the action at Kids Play Land located at the Right Field Gate. Kids Play Land features a miniature PNC Park configuration as well as a multi-purpose play set. Children ages five through ten are permitted and must be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of all our young Guests, Pirates event staff may close the area during inclement weather.
- Following select Sunday games, the Pirates and HK Anderson Pretzels invite all Kids age 14 & under to participate in Kids Run The Bases - right on the field! The line begins forming in the 8th inning on the right field Riverwalk; Bucco Brigade members will be on hand to direct guests. Bucaroos Kids Club Gold Members receive front of the line privileges. For more information on the BKC, please visit pirates.com/bucaroos. Please note that as is the policy for all ticket holders, there is no re-entry once a guest has exited PNC Park. The Pirates reserve the right to cancel Kids Run The Bases in the event of inclement weather or for other reasons.
- PNC Park welcomes Guests that bring and utilize their own strollers however, the use of strollers should not in any way inhibit general Guest movement or block any aisle ways. Strollers are not available to rent. Guests may check strollers at the Guest Relations offices on the Main and Upper Concourses. Strollers may be subject to search by game day security staff. More info from Pirates.com.
San Diego Padres
- Petco Park offers complimentary admission to children under thirty-six (36) inches in height, provided they are accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. These children must sit in the lap of the accompanying adult and not occupy an additional seat.
- Strollers are welcome into Petco Park and if they don't fit under your seat, you can check them at Guest Services near Sections 108 or 313, or at the Concierge Desk adjacent to Section 208.
- Just beyond the outfield fence is the approximately 2.7 acre Park at the Park. During non-event hours, the Park at the Park serves as a neighborhood park. During ballpark events, it is utilized for special functions, guest seating and a social area. A Little League infield, Picnic Hill, kids' play area, groves of trees, as well as the Tony Gwynn statue and brick plaza define this unique part of the Petco Park experience.
- The Park at the Park is open two and one-half (2 1/2) hours prior to game time for guests to enjoy batting practice and other pre-game activities.
San Francisco Giants
- Children under two years old do not need a ticket to enter AT&T Park. However, they must sit on the lap of an accompanying adult. Fold-up strollers should be stored under the seat. Non-folding strollers should be checked at the Guest Services Office located behind Section 119 on the Promenade Level or at the Concierge Desk located on the Virgin America Club and Oracle Luxury Suite levels.
- Located on the Promenade Level, above the left field bleachers, the Fan Lot is an interactive play area for children and adults. Children ages 14 and younger can enjoy a "slide into home plate"? from one of the four slides inside the 80-foot wooden contour bottle. Guests of all ages can stroll up to the world's largest baseball glove, a vintage three-finger classic; and get an autograph rubbing from some of their favorite all-time Giants. Little kids can run the bases inside Little Giants Park. Guests may also purchase pictures of themselves at the ballpark or on the cover of Giants magazine.
- At the Fan Lot Fantasy Photo Booth, ballpark guests have the opportunity to have a green screen photo taken, with a fantasy background of choice added. This is also the ordering and pick up location of prints taken by our professional photographers who roam the ballpark.
- After every Sunday day game, weather permitting, children age 14 and under can run the bases. Please be aware of any particular circumstances that may affect this event such as a change in game time. Refer to the Giants 2013 season schedule for any affected dates. Children and their parents must exit the ballpark after the game and re-enter at the right field viewing portal from the Port walk. After guests have finished running the bases, they will be directed out of the ballpark by event staff behind home plate. See's Candies sponsor Kids Run the Bases and each participant will receive a See's Candies lollipop upon exiting the ballpark.
- The San Francisco Giants have implemented a name/seat location/phone number wristband program to help reunite children with their parents/ guardians if they become separated at the ballpark. Orange wristbands will be distributed at several locations throughout the ballpark during each weekend game. Wristbands can be obtained at the Guest Services Office near Section 119, the Fan Lot, and from Security and Guest Services supervisors positioned around the park.
- Strollers are allowed into AT&T Park. Fold-up strollers should be stored under the seat. Non-folding strollers should be checked at the Guest Services Office on the Promenade Level behind Section 119, or at concierge desks located on the Virgin America Club and Oracle Luxury Suite levels.
- Children, two years of age and under, do not require a ticket to attend a game provided they sit on the lap of an accompanying adult. Fold up strollers should be stored under your seat or checked at a Guest Service Center located at Section 128 or 329.
- As a convenience to our guests with small children, baby-changing tables are located in most restrooms throughout the ballpark. Also, a Nursing Lounge is available at Section 128.
- Guests are encouraged to instruct children in their group what to do if they become lost. If a child gets lost or separated from his or her group, the child should ask the nearest Safeco Field Host for help. A lost child will be taken to the Guest Services Center at Section 128. Parents looking for a lost child should follow the same procedure.
- Children's Playfield: This attraction is located in Center Field on the Main Level and is designed for our younger guests. It features a playground, Moose's Munchies concessions, the Seattle Children's Hospital Wishing Well and the Kid's Clubhouse Store. Television monitors are conveniently located so parents won't miss any of the game.
- From toddlers to teens, the Kids' Clubhouse has cool stuff for kids. Our store features everything a kid could want, including apparel and Mariner Moose items! The Kids' Clubhouse is located in the Center Field Plaza on the Main Concourse.
St. Louis Cardinals
- Children, age 3 and under, do not require a ticket for entry into the ballpark. However, only fans entering the ballpark with a ticket will receive the promotion or giveaway item, if applicable.
- A mother may nurse her child in any public location where she is otherwise authorized to be at Busch Stadium. If the mother requests private accommodations the mother and child should be escorted to a family restroom or First Aid.
- St. Louis Cardinals Alumni Kids Clinics are a great way for kids (ages 7-13) to learn the fundamentals of baseball the Cardinals way. Each clinic is taught by former Cardinals players and coaches. These half-day clinics are held throughout St. Louis' surrounding areas and run from June - August. For more information, visit cardinals.com/clinics or call (314) 345-9500.
- The Cardinals Crew Kids Club is for all fans 15 and under. Each year the club features a different player and members receive great benefits - including tickets to a Cardinals game and an invitation to a private, members-only autograph party at Busch Stadium. Fans interested in joining may visit the special Cardinals Crew area located in the U.S. Cellular Family Pavilion to purchase a membership and get their membership package. To sign up for a 2013 membership, please click here.
- Guests with strollers are welcome in Busch Stadium; however, the use of strollers should not interfere with other guests or block entryways or aisles. Strollers should be stored under the guest's seat or may be checked at Guest Relations. More info at Cardinals.com.
Tampa Bay Rays
- Children two (2) years of age and older must have a ticket to enter Tropicana Field. It is highly recommended that parents with children take advantage of our Tag-a-Kid program at Gate 3 Guest Services. Children will be given wristbands to wear indicating section, row and seat number.
- Grand Slam Alley - Compete against your friends and family with classic Midway-style games. (Free to kids 14 and under on Sundays in left field)
- Make Your Own Baseball Card - Get a card with your name and picture on it, delivered in a protective sleeve, $5. (Free to kids 14 and under on Sundays in left field.)
- Raymond's Art Studio - Kids can create their own arts and crafts, including signs to root on the Rays. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Free in right field.)
- Right Field - The Rookie Challenge features a video batting cage and a speed pitch machine. Open daily, $3 each. (Free to kids 14 and under on Sundays.)
- Strollers are permitted inside Tropicana Field, provided they can be stored beneath a seat during the game. Strollers must be small enough to keep out of walkways and aisles. If the stroller cannot fit beneath the seat or if it is a non-folding type, it must be checked at a Guest Services location (Gates 1, 3 and 4). Tampa Bay Rays are not responsible for lost or damaged strollers. Strollers are prohibited on all escalators. More information here.
- Children 13 years of age or younger are eligible for reduced-price tickets in Upper Reserved and Grandstand Reserved seating areas, and children under 36 inches tall may be admitted free of charge but must occupy a ticket holder's lap. Call 972-RANGERS to purchase children's tickets.
- The Rangers suggest that a parent/guardian place a ticket stub inside a child's pocket or sock to assist Rangers Ballpark staff in locating a child's group in the event of separation. Separated children and parents should contact the nearest Rangers Ballpark employee or go to the Guest Relations office, located behind home plate on the Main Concourse.
- Rangers Captain invites all fans 13 and under to join the Jr. Rangers - the official kids fan club of the Texas Rangers. Members receive a package full of cool members-only items, ticket vouchers to select home games, invitations to Jr. Rangers events, and VIP "Front of the Line" access to every Sunday afternoon Run the Bases. Sign up at the Promotions Kiosk at Section 30, at any Jr. Rangers Kiosk on the main concourse or online at texasrangers.com/jrrangers.
- Housed on the first floor of the office building in left-center field behind Vandergriff Plaza, the Kids Zone features interactive areas for both big and small kids, video games, kids concessions and kid-size Rangers merchandise. Big kids will have fun climbing, sliding, and jumping, and little kids will enjoy stacking boxes, turning the windmill, and appearances from Rangers Captain. Both will enjoy the air-conditioned comfort, and the whole family will appreciate restrooms located within the Kids Zone, including a family restroom. The Kids Zone is open during all Rangers home games. The area is also available for special event rental on non-game days.
- You and your party of 10 or more will be the special guests of the Texas Rangers when you host your very own birthday bash at a Rangers game. Everyone at the birthday party will receive a game ticket, $5 in food and beverage vouchers good at concession stands, and kids 13 & under will receive a Kids Zone wristband. Reserve your party online at texasrangers.com or by calling 972-RANGERS, ext. 3. More info here.
Toronto Blue Jays
- Parents may bring children under the age of two into Rogers Centre for most events without a ticket for the child. These children must sit in the lap of the accompanying adult and not occupy an additional seat. Any guests two years of age or older must have a valid ticket. Children having difficulty seeing from their seat can obtain a booster chair from Guest Services locations, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Booster seats for young children are available at all Guest Services locations on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are asked to leave their driver's license until the seat is returned.
- Baby Change Stations have been installed in all of the washrooms throughout Rogers Centre. For those seeking extra room or privacy, Family washrooms are available near Sections 134, 238 and 539.
- Kids 14 and under get a day all their own at the ballpark with Jr. Jays Saturdays. At every Saturday home game, kids can visit our Jr. Jays Zones located on the concourse, as well as take part in our Outdoor Program that begins outside Gate 10 from May 25 to August 31. Jr. Jays also have the opportunity to be randomly selected by the J FORCE to participate in our pregame Starting Line-Up and Seventh Inning Stretch.
- On Jr. Jays Saturdays and after other select games, kids 14 and under can come down to the field postgame and run the bases like the pros! Jr. Jays are invited to line up following the game at Sections 108, 208 and 508. Each Jr. Jay must be accompanied by an adult and will be able to run the bases once. Adults must accompany their kids, yet unfortunately are unable to run the bases themselves.
- Upon entrance to the stadium, all parents/guardians are encouraged to visit any one of our Guest Services locations to obtain a Misplaced ACE Wristband. The child's section, row and seat number, along with the parent/guardian's contact number, will be recorded on the wristband by Guest Services staff. All Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre staff are directed to escort lost children wearing a Misplaced ACE Wristband to their seats.
- The Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre welcome guests with baby strollers, but kindly ask that all strollers be checked at a Guest Services location and not stored at the guest's seat or at the top of the aisle. Our 500-Level guests who visit the ballpark on the weekend are welcome to stop by our Jr. Jays Stroller Valet, where an Ambassador will gladly check your stroller and provide you with a claim ticket to exchange once you and your family are ready to leave.
- Guests may obtain identification wristbands for their children, indicating their seat location in the event they become separated. Please visit the Strike Zone, near the Center Field Gate, or any Guest Services location to speak to a Nationals representative.
- Children under 2 years of age are not required to have a ticket to enter Nationals Park. If attending without a ticket, they must sit on the lap of an accompanying adult. Strollers must adhere to Nationals Park policies.
- Strollers are permitted in all concourse areas at Nationals Park. Strollers that are unable to fold and fit under a Nationals Park seat must be checked either at a Guest Services location, the Center Field Plaza or behind Sections 131 or 321 If a guest has a stroller that, once folded, will fit under a Nationals Park seat, he/she will be permitted to take it to their seat. However, the Nationals are not responsible for the stroller if it has not been checked.
- Children young and old (ages 3-8 for jungle gym) are invited to visit this kids-oriented play area located near Center Field Gate, adjacent to the Red Porch Restaurant. Here guests will find the Strike Zone and Jungle Gym.
- Family restrooms, equipped with baby changing tables, may be found on the concourses behind Sections 104, 114, 117, 235, 307 and 319.
- Children can join the fun at Nationals Park for Kids Run the Bases after select Sunday home games. Kids Run the Bases begins following the last out of the game. All kids ages 4-12 are encouraged to participate. Starting at first base, kids will be directed to run around the bases. Only one adult per child may accompany runners to the field, with the adult continuing along the warning track and then meeting the child near home plate. More information here.