Fan Guide for Taking Babies & Little Ones to Their First MLB Game
Mar 27, 2023
What to Pack | Getting to the Stadium | Entering & Admission | During the Game | Getting Home
Going to baseball games in person is so much more fun than watching them on TV. The seventh-inning stretch, the jumbotron close-ups, the peanuts and even the crackerjacks add so much to the experience — and that goes for kids as well as adults! Although taking your little one to an MLB game might seem daunting, with a little pre-planning and a few game-time strategies, it can be an awesome experience for the whole family.
You won’t have much of a ball if the little one is cranky, so here are a few things you can bring to the game to keep everyone comfortable and ensure a smooth experience. It’s good to remember that while it’s tempting to throw everything into a giant bag, ballparks have individual bag policies, so be sure to check the website of your local stadium before you go.
Bring snacks. Many stadiums allow outside food to be brought in for babies and toddlers, so pack some snacks in line with your kids’ dietary needs to keep them happy and satiated. That said, older kids will probably enjoy taking part in the age-old tradition of eating hot dogs and ice cream; check your stadium’s website ahead of time to see all of the on-site food options.
Bring layers, blankets and sunscreen. Temperatures at ball games can vary wildly, even during the span of a single game. Be sure to come prepared and pack jackets, hats, sunblock, gloves and blankets, depending on the weather forecast.
Bring a few of their favorite toys. While adults might be fascinated by the game, little ones might not be quite as interested in the action on the field. Pack some of their favorite toys, games and coloring books to keep them occupied.
Bring baby carriers. Some stadiums don’t allow strollers (not to mention that it’s hardly easy to carry them up and down stadium stairs), so bringing a baby carrier is a great way to make it easier on everyone and avoid having to return to the car to drop off a stroller if it’s not allowed inside. Make sure to check the rules of your local stadium.
Bring ear protection. Because of the sensitive ears of little ones, it’s a good idea to bring noise-canceling headphones or earplugs to avoid damaging their ears and prevent overstimulation.
Bring a baseball glove. If your kid is old enough, bring along a baseball glove and encourage them to be ready to catch any fly balls that come toward them. It’s a great way to keep them engaged — and who knows? They might actually catch one!
Depending on the weather, taking public transportation to the ball field (if you have it handy in your area) can be a great way to add to the experience and avoid stadium traffic. That said, be sure to check the weather first because rain and extreme cold or heat can be tough on the whole family, in which case driving is always an option.
If you decide to drive to the baseball stadium, do some research into the parking situation ahead of time. Some stadiums have their own parking lots and structures, while others have parking on the streets nearby. Consult a map to get the lay of the land and figure out how far you might have to walk with your little one. It’s also a good idea to bring cash for any parking fees in case they don’t take credit cards.
There’s no minimum age for attending MLB games; babies and kids of all ages are welcome. While you will need to buy a ticket for older kids to attend MLB games, most ballparks allow children under three or four years of age to attend for free if they sit in their guardian’s lap. However, policy varies by stadium and there are some exceptions, so be sure to consult the website of your local stadium for its specific ticket policy.
|Team||Stadium||Child Ticket Policy|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Chase Field||Free entry under 3|
|Atlanta Braves||Truist Park||Free entry under 3|
|Baltimore Orioles||Oriole Park at Camden Yards||Free entry under 2|
|Boston Red Sox||Fenway Park||Free entry under 2|
|Chicago Cubs||Wrigley Field||Free entry under 3|
|Chicago White Sox||Guaranteed Rate Field||Free entry up to 36"|
|Cincinnati Reds||Great American Ball Park||Free entry under 4|
|Cleveland Guardians||Progressive Field||Free entry under 3|
|Colorado Rockies||Coors Field||Free entry under 3|
|Detroit Tigers||Comerica Park||Free entry under 4|
|Houston Astros||Minute Maid Park||Free entry under 3|
|Kansas City Royals||Kauffman Stadium||Free entry up to 32"|
|Los Angeles Angels||Angel Stadium||Free entry under 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Dodger Stadium||Free entry under 4|
|Miami Marlins||LoanDepot Park||Free entry under 3|
|Milwaukee Brewers||American Family Field||Free entry under 3|
|Minnesota Twins||Target Field||Free entry up to 30"|
|New York Mets||Citi Field||Free entry up to 32"|
|New York Yankees||Yankee Stadium||Free entry under 4 or 30"|
|Oakland Athletics||RingCentral Coliseum||Free entry under 2|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Citizens Bank Park||Free entry under 3|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||PNC Park||Free entry up to 32"|
|San Diego Padres||Petco Park||Free entry up to 36"|
|San Francisco Giants||Oracle Park||Free entry under 2|
|Seattle Mariners||T-Mobile Park||Free entry under 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Busch Stadium||Free entry under 4|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Tropicana Field||Free entry under 2|
|Texas Rangers||Globe Life Field||Free entry up to 36"|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Rogers Centre||Free entry under 2|
|Washington Nationals||Nationals Park||Free entry under 2|
There’s nothing quite like the electric atmosphere at a baseball game, and there’s usually no shortage of opportunities for your little one to take part in game-related activities. Whether it’s wearing the gear of your favorite team, doing the wave and the seventh-inning stretch, or dancing and cheering for the jumbotron, your kid is bound to have a great time.
It’s also fun to explain the rules of the game to your little ones — try giving them play-by-play rundowns, explaining fly and foul balls and home runs, and identifying each player who’s up at bat.
Although it’s tempting to rush home as soon as the game has ended, it’s a good idea to wait and let the crowds filter out to make it easier to exit the stadium and avoid the stress. On the way home, it can be fun to relive the game and ask older kids what they enjoyed most. Once they recount their favorite moments, they’ll probably start looking forward to the next game!
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