The New York Mets was the first baseball team I ever remember. My late grandfather, Ben Glassman, was a fan and took me to a game when I was probably either 3 or 4 years old (I still have the Lady Met doll). So, when The Mets recently contacted me and asked me attend a special blogger game, I was thrilled, because it has special meaning for me.
I attended with my oldest child, Ben (named for my grandfather), and my brother and his daughter. We entered through the BullPen gate at CitiField and went to check out the Mets Fan Fest – it was a cool little area with a kid-friendly “Dunk Tank”, and a mini-sized field. Staff was on hand to help the kids play baseball — there was a TBall tee and kids got to hit the ball and run around the bases. It was cute and a great way to involve kids in the game. (Read more after the jump).
We got to meet and take a pic with Mr. Met!
After indulging at Shake Shack (yummy burgers), we walked around to find our seats. I was pleased to see several Kosher Grill Stands (for my kosher friends and readers), a Dunkin Donuts, and plenty of places selling peanuts and crackerjacks.
Need to take your stroller? No problem, just stash it right at the gate before you walk down to your seat (we didn’t bring a stroller on this day because I didn’t have my toddler with me).
We enjoyed the game and we recommend catching a Mets Game with your family this season.
Tips on Enjoying a Baseball Game with Your Kids
1. The games are long, so teach your children about the game and take them for a short walk around the stadium if they get really fidgety. Realize you may not be able to stay for the whole game.
2. Take some snacks and choose a couple to buy. Food is expensive at stadiums (like $5 for a big pretzel or a bag of peanuts), but most likely you’ll still buy some snacks. 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 I did bring in snacks (my oldest one, the picky eater, gets ridiculously hungry sometimes and I didn’t want to spend a fortune).
3. Bring activities for kids to do, like a notebook and crayons, anything that kids can hold in their laps. Or you may have to fork over your iPhone if they get really bored.
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. I bought my son a hat for $20, if I had let him buy everything he wanted, I would have easily spent much more.
5. Have fun! I appreciated being able to take my child to a Mets baseball game, just like my grandfather had taken me when I was young!
Moms and families Day is this Sunday, April 28. Tickets are now $29 each and it’s a good deal!
Private Meet-&-Greet with Mr. Met from Noon – 12:30 p.m. in the Mets Cafe
Enter the Mets Cafe behind Section 104-105 beginning at 11:45 a.m.
For just $25 ($29 if ordered after April 19) package includes:
- One (1) Field Level ticket
- One (1) hot dog, One (1) soft drink, popcorn and peanuts
- Receive a Mets Lanyard with ticket holder
- Exclusive photo opportunity with Mr. Met
Get tickets here: http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/group_offers.jsp?group=momsandfamilies
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.
Deanna U says
Sounds like fun! We are in San Diego, so we go to Padres games often. Thanks for sharing!
Candace (NYStateofMoM) says
Hey I had no idea you were there! I will be there on Sunday would love to meet up irl. Can’t believe I’ve been a NYer all my life and had never been to a baseball game 🙁 but great tips for keeping the little one’s entertained it can be a little long
The Mama Maven says
My husband will be there this week (I’ll be away), would love to meet up another time!