The New York Mets’ home ballpark Citi Field is one of the most family-friendly in Major League Baseball based on our many visits there and to stadiums around the country, and this year the Mets’ are again working hard to get you and your kids out to experience it for yourselves with its Family Sundays program.
Family Sundays: Giveaways galore
Each Sunday Mets game at Citi Field in 2015 will feature a different kids-themed promotional giveaway, such as children’s sunglasses, posters and wall decals of Mets’ players such as Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson, ball caps and more. At yesterday’s game, we each received a David Wright poster schedule.
Pretty sweet, right?
Let your kid run the bases
The Good Humor Fan Fest area has lots of games and activities for children of all ages. It’s centerpiece is the scale replica Citi Field for wiffle ball home run derby. That’s always a blast for the wee ones, but how often will they ever get the chance to run the bases around a real Major League infield?
They will after every Mets Sunday home game with the Mr. Met Dash. Kids age 12 and under can run the bases and meet everyone’s favorite mascot.
While my boy is 12, he is 5-foot-10 (seriously) and felt odd running the base paths yesterday with kids half his size, but here’s a shot of him doing this after a Family Sunday game a few years back.
Mr. Met’s Kids Club
While there is no charge to do the Mr. Met Dash, as they say, membership has its privileges. One of the many perks of paying $29 to join the Orange Membership level of the upgraded Mr. Met Mets Kids Club is a special membership card and lanyard that gives your child front-of-the-line privileges for Mr. Met Dash. That means no missing a 9th inning Mets’ comeback (like we did a few years back) to get a good spot in line for the post-game run.
Regardless of whether you sign your little slugger up for the $29 Orange or free Blue membership, children who get their membership cards stamped at the Mr. Met’s Kids Club Kiosk on Family Sundays receive recognition (their names on the scoreboard for one) and getter benefits, such as a free Mets cap and player autographs, depending on how many Sunday games the member attends.
Lots of kid- (and adult-) friendly food options at Citi Field. Rather than wait in the endless lines at the Shake Shack in the center field area, we opt for the more accessible staples. Pretzels, Crackerjack, nachos, hot dogs and the kosher knishes (I do wish they’d put the caramelized onions on the knishes again like they did when Citi Field first opened, but …) For adults, try the killer burgers ar Keith’s Grill in the left field corner. They come with a bag of chips and a Tootsie Roll pop you can give to the wee one.
Overall, we give the Mets, Citi Field and Family Sundays a rave review whether they win or lose on the field.
DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post done in exchange for some sweet, sweet complimentary tickets to a Mets’ home game. The opinions are mine, all mine.