Monday, June 16, 2014

6/16/14: Family Fun at Fenway Park

Do you love the Red Sox but are you concerned to take your kids to a game?  I want to share how Fenway Park is getting more family friendly based on feedback they got from focus groups they held last year that I attended.  So much has developed at Fenway Park since then and I want to share it with you as we went to a game with the kids on Father's Day.
John loves baseball and loves the Red Sox so I knew this would be a great day out.
New this year in Fenway Park is the Kid Nation Clubhouse created to give parents a place to take kids and relax, play games and do some cool activities.  It is open from the third to the seventh inning.  It is available for families Saturday and Sunday day games during the months of April-June and September, and every game during the months of July and August.   Wally even makes an appearance during the 4th inning.  Walter his Dad made an appearance too as it was Father's Day!
This area can be found in the Champions Club by Gate B.  Basically you look for the Wally sitting on the bench and it is right behind that.  Here you can see the arrow pointing to it where it says The Champions Club Presented by Alex and Ani.
 Here is a view as we entered.
Kids can play video games.
Plus some carnival type games.
The key is this is FREE!  You are not paying extra to play these games unlike other parks where you need to buy tickets.
Kids get little prizes like bracelets when they play the games.
There is also Face Painting.
There was a Magician that Lauren really enjoyed.
There is even a Toddler Play Area.
In addition there was s Balloon Artist, Caricature Artist, coloring sheets, play doh to play with, TVs playing the game so parents don't miss the action, and Concessions.  The kids had a blast there and it was a nice break from the game.  
We were also lucky enough to attend batting practice.
It is such an amazing experience being on the field.
To be honest the kids didn't really grasp how unique and cool this experience is.  They enjoyed watching for a little while but were then ready to move on.
Little do they know how much any Red Sox Fan would absolutely love this experience and being a part of the Inaugural #RedSoxMoms allowed me to get this unique experience.
Absolutely amazing!
 Lauren was checking out the dugout.
Posing with Daddy on the field.
Some of the players were giving autographs.
Then we headed to our seats to enjoy the game.  Kids could even run the bases after the game which is another new addition this year.  You can see all special events here.
The kids enjoyed walking through Fenway and seeing some cool stuff.  Here they are in the Bull Pen Cart.
I told you about this in an earlier post but they were also selling tickets to the Ring Raffle.  If you spent $10 for the raffle you could pose with the three Championship Rings.  A perfect treat for Dads.
I can never get sick of this beautiful view.
It was the perfect day for a game.  We didn't even feel so bad that after 11 innings they lost.
They were also celebrating the Pan Mass Challenge when we were there.  You can see bikes riding in front of the flag.
They then dropped the flag to reveal the PMC symbol on the Green Monster.
To add to the fun the Red Sox Foundation was tweeting at @RedSoxFund and I read if you tweeted with the hashtag #orangeapron you could win a prize.  I couldn't believe it when we won!  They came and delivered our prize right to our seat.
Always remember to follow Twitter handles for the organization/attraction during events and you might win something!
Here is a hat that was part of the bag we won!  Lauren was excited to model it for me.
We then walked back to my husband's work and I had to take a picture with this beautiful view of Boston.
I hope you treated Dad on Father's Day and had a wonderful day!
Disclosure:  I received 4 tickets to the game, access to batting practice, and a $25 voucher for concessions while at the game.  These were provided to me as I am a #RedSoxMoms Club member in exchange for promotion.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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