Family Fun at Major League Baseball

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Taking your family out to the ballgame isn't what it used to be. With prices skyrocketing (tickets for 4 to a Major League game can run you hundreds and hundreds) and the media increasing product sales, the motivation to make it to a game can run low. If the blatant propaganda doesn't throw you (we're Yankees fans here at Momtrends), then please read on for ways to make an outing to MLB a family-friendly, fun event.

It can be a hassle to schlep everyone out to the park. However, there are still ways to make it memorable and affordable. Being a Yankees season ticket holder, I do my best to make it to as many games as I can. But even I know it can be stressful getting to and from the Bronx and I don't have any children to tote (yet) . After visiting more than half of the Major League Stadiums in the country, I've learned a thing or two about what makes going to a ballpark fun- what to seek out and what to steer clear of. Learn how you can get everyone out for some classic summer entertainment without the headache.

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You've decided to do it- take your family to a ballgame. But what team? Which park? Depending on where you live and where your allegiances lie, you have a few options. The home of the Yankees is in the Bronx, the Mets are at Citi Field in Queens, the Cyclones are in Coney Island, and the Staten Island Yankees are, of course, on Staten Island. All four parks are accessible by train and certainly easy to get to by car. Once you'??ve chosen your team, getting tickets can be another story. Of course you can always buy them directly from the team'??s website, but an easier and most of the time cheaper way is to use a ticket purchasing site like stubhub.com. There are great deals for pretty much any team you'??re interested in and usually you can get them within a few days.

Yankees tickets are going to cost you- anywhere between $11 a head(bleacher seats) to anything $20 and up for stadium seats. However, Children who are less than 30 inches tall and can walk freely under the turnstile or children who are 30 inches tall and are carried into Yankee Stadium do not need a ticket for entry. Here's the story: The child must sit on an adult's lap during the game without obstructing the view of any other guests. Strollers are permitted (fold 'em up strollers and stash them under your seat). Leave the big bulky models at home or you'll have to store them at the Guest Services Booth.

So is it worth it? Without being biased, I can honestly say that it is. There are plenty of exciting things to see and do like the batting practice cages located on the ground level throughout and during select games in the season, they offer a kid'??s scoring lesson where players and employees teach children 4 years and older how to keep score!

Tips for making the game a bit easier on you:

  • Opt for a day game. 
  • Try to get there a little after the game starts so you don'??t have any time where there'??s nothing going on. Plan to leave early since Yankees games are notoriously long. 
  • Bringing your own food is the best way to eat healthy and on the cheap. You'??re allowed to bring in food as long as you put it in a plastic shopping bag (which they'??ll provide for you once you get to the gate). Just no bottled beverages of any kind. 
  • Baseball games are long and can be confusing for little kids, so bring one toy that they can focus on in between exciting moments. 
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If you'??re not hellbent on seeing the Yankees (we won'??t take it personally), then seeing a Minor League team is just as fun. Taking the ferry out to Staten Island might be exciting for kids who are a little older. But the Brooklyn Cyclones in Coney Island are a good choice for the younger ones.  While they ARE a Met'??s farm team, they do put on a good show. The park is entirely family friendly and children who are 3 years old and younger do not need a ticket. They will not have a specific seat, but they can sit on a grown-up'??s lap. The downside: you can'??t bring your own food into this one, so you will be paying for your munchies.

Hope to hear your tales about making it out to the ballgame'?¦and remember, go Yankees!

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