Visiting Chicago and watching a baseball game were on our Summer Bucket List! So we started our Chicago adventure off with a bang by heading to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game on Saturday. The boys did very well. This was Elliot’s first major league ball park visit, Quinn has been to Chase Field (or BOB if you prefer ;-)) to see the Diamondbacks once or twice. Attending a major sporting event can be a big adventure with little kids, so I am sharing my tips on how to visit Wrigley Field with kids!
10 Tips to visit Wrigley Field with Kids
1) Bring your own snacks. Prices are high and lines are long. Splurging on a ballpark favorite (nachos, anyone?) is fun too but it’s best to come prepared and save a little money in process.
2) Bring your own water. It’s hot and again prices are high. You are allowed to bring in sealed plastic bottles or bring your own empty bottles to fill in the stadium. Street vendors also sell water near Wrigley Field, they’re a little cheaper than inside the stadium but make sure you have cash.
3) Wear lots of sunscreen. Most of the seating has at least some (if not a lot) of sun exposure. I recommend sunglasses and a hat too.
4) Don’t bring a stroller. The stadium is historic and popular. Read: Lots of crowds and not stroller friendly. At all.
5) Take the “L” to Wrigley Field. The CTA red line takes you directly to Wrigley Field, get off at Addison. It’s super easy, I promise. Plus riding the elevated train in Chicago is just another fun experience for the kids. We actually picked our hotel for the night based on how easy it was to walk to the red line!
6) Get in the spirit and wear Cubs gear or at least Cubbie blue!
7) Have fun, sing and dance to the game music and celebrate with the crowd. If you have fun the kids will too!
8) Small distractions might help younger kids stay longer. I let Elliot use my phone a few times when he was restless. Taking pictures or playing a game might help extend your time at the game.
9) Accept the fact you won’t make it through the whole game. It’s ok, I promise. We made it to the bottom of the 6th inning with my boys (3 and 5) and I was happy with that.
10) Get a “First Visit” photo. When we entered Wrigley, an ambassador pointed us towards a booth where all the boys (it was Peter’s first time at Wrigley too) received a free photo of Wrigley Field celebrating their first visit!
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