Minor league baseball games are fabulous fun with kids. We went to one with our kids when they were babies in Minnesota, toddlers in Wisconsin, and again last year in Mississippi when they were three. Both times they were entertaining although they obviously got more out of the actual baseball when they were preschoolers. Minor league games vary a little from state to state, but in my experience they are consistently family friendly.
1. Watch Baseball
If your kid is a fan of sports or happens to be playing baseball or softball, they will likely be interested in watching some of the game. I wouldn't expect many kids to watch the entire thing, but our kids enjoyed a couple innings even though they have never really played baseball. We talked about the basic rules and what the players were trying to do. They are always big fans of cheering when there is an opportunity.
Baseball food is fun. Who doesn't want to crack open a million peanut shells? Come hungry. We attended an afternoon game and no dinner was needed by the time we left.
At least on the weekend games there are some bounce houses and a little play area for kids. They pack it up towards the end of the game so don't wait too long to check it out.
4. Meet Trusty
If your kids aren't frightened by large mascots, keep an eye out for Trusty the Braves mascot wandering the stands. He will be happy to give high fives, hugs, or snap a photo with your kiddo.
5. Run the Bases
This was a highlight for our kids. At the end of the game they invite the kids down to the field to run the bases. Our kids thought this was the coolest thing plus it got out some of that pent up energy from all the sitting during the game.
*Games are long so don't feel like you need to stay for the entire thing if your kids are super small. Get there a few innings late for an afternoon game or leave early from an evening one.
*Deal packs. If you think you are going to go to more than one game check out their website for some different package options.
*Prepare for the weather. It gets super hot in the afternoons during the Summer in Mississippi. Dress for the weather, pack sunscreen, and consider finding a seat in the shade.
*Wear some red and navy blue. Whether or not you get official Braves hats and shirts, it is always fun to join in rooting for the team by wearing team colors.
*Games start in April and run through until Labor Day.
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