As I mentioned last spring, I’ve always had a special connection with the New York Mets, as my grandpa Ben (who my son Ben is named for and who passed away in 1975) was a fan. So I was pretty excited that I was able to attend games last year and was invited back this year. We went to see Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. While our team didn’t win, we had a wonderful time.
Strollers are welcome, but you’ll have to leave it at the gate before you walk down to your seat. We decided not to take our toddler since we knew he couldn’t sit for the game. The crowd was friendly and it was actually Bring Your Dog day — so cool to see all the dogs and owners together. There were big dogs as well as little dogs.
Dogs and their owners had to enter through a special gate and they got to walk around the field for a parade before the game started.
We enjoyed the game and we highly recommend catching a Mets Game with your family this season.
My kids got onto the Jumbotron.
Here are some great tips for taking your kids to a major league baseball game.
How to Enjoy Major League Baseball With the Family
1. You are going to want to get there around hour before the game. There are activities outside the stadium and on the Field Level Concourse, near Shake Shack. Most games last the minimum of 3 hours, so make sure your child can handle it. You may need to take them to stretch their legs.
2. Plan out what you are going to eat before you go (to stave off meltdowns). And pack snacks. We felt the quality of the food was good, but prices aren’t exactly large-family friendly. Big pretzels are $5, Hot dogs are around $6.50, Cracker Jacks are $5 for a small bag. Shake Shack was good, but figure on spending $10 to $20 per person. You are allowed to take in a sealed bottle of water (per person) or a soft juicebox (per kid) at CitiField. They will search your bags, but last summer I was able to bring in some snacks without issue.
3. Bring binoculars for your children, this will help them to see the action better. Also pack things for kids to do. A small pad and crayons, tablets, toys… anything that kids can hold in their laps. There is free wifi available.
4. Most likely you’ll buy your child a souvenir or team clothing. If you really don’t want to, buy a MLB branded item BEFORE you go and present them with it. Last year bought my son a hat for $20.
5. Enjoy yourself!
Thank you to the New York Mets for hosting us for this fun game. We were given money for the concession stands and complimentary tickets, no other compensation was received.