They may not have as many world championships as another baseball team in town, but the New York Mets continue to lead our city in family friendliness when it comes to taking the kids out to the ol’ ball game.
Here’s what the Metropolitans have in store for families and children in 2018:
Mets Family Sundays return – 13 times!
We’ve raved about Mets Family Sundays in years past with good reason. There are lots for kids of all ages and their parents to do even if the game doesn’t hold everyone’s attention.
It all starts this Sunday, April 1, with the first of 13 popular Mets Family Sundays. These games include two matchups against division rivals the Washington Nationals, crosstown rivals the Yankees, and the popular Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.
The Mets family fun starts two hours before the first pitch of these home games. Hang out at Mets Plaza (in front of the main stadium entrance by the subway stairs) and lets the kids play games, jump on inflatables, get their faces painted or just listen to music.
Family Sundays giveaways
Arriving early for Mets Family Sundays ensures you get a cool gift. Some of this year’s Family Sundays promotional items include: a Build-a-Bear (April 1), a Mets cap (June 24), a W.B. Mason toy truck (July 15) and a Mets lunch bag (August 26).
Runs the bases like a big leaguer
After a Mets Family Sundays game, children ages 12 and under can run the bases at Citi Field just like their favorite major league player. For free! The Mr. Met Dash, as it is known, is quite popular so be prepared to start lining up in the late innings. The event, like all outdoor activities at the game, is weather permitting.
Mets Family Fun at every home game
Sunday is not the only day for family friendliness at Citi Field.
Fan Fest: Once the stadium gates open you can head to the popular FanFest area on the field level beyond center field. Here you can slug Wiffle balls out of scale Citi Field, fire a fastball to drop someone into the dunk tank, play various games, and even get a photo with the one and only Mr. Met and his wife, Mrs. Met. Weather permitting, the FanFest area remains open until the seventh inning.
Kids meals: Young fans can purchase a Kids’ Meal (a Nathan’s hot dog, popcorn, juice box and prize) for just $7 at the concession stand located behind Section 121 on the Field Level.
First game certificates: Make you kids first-ever visit to Citi Field by getting them a First Game Certificate. Stop by any Fan Assistance station to sign-up for one.
Mets Family Fun home or away — Mr. Met’s Kids Club
While everything we’ve mentioned so far is included in the price of admission, you can get a few bonuses if you sign your child up for one of the three Mr. Met’s Kids Club memberships.
First, the team has added a free Kids Club membership for 2018. Members receive a vouchers for two free tickets in the Promenade Outfield section for a select home game along with access to offer tickets offers to home games for the Mets and their Brooklyn Cyclones minor league team.
The $35 “All-Star membership” package gets you four free tickets in the Promenade Outfield section for a select game while the $55 “MVP” package upgrades you to the Field Level seats.
Getting one of the paid memberships does have its perks. The All-Star and MVP packages offer your child a “passport” and lanyard. Bring it on Mets Family Sundays for “Fast Pass access” through the line for the post-game Mr. Met Dash. Also, if you get the passport scanned at the FanFest area any time you go to a game, you collect stamps that make you eligible for cool prizes such as a special cap or jersey.
A paid Mr. Met’s Kids Club membership also gets your kid:
- Two “buy one, get one free” ticket offers, good for most home games throughout the season
- Four complimentary tickets to see the team’s Single A minor league team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, at a select game at their Coney island ballpark
- Mets drawstring bag
- Mets pencil case, bookmark, and doortag
- Pair of Mets wristbands
So enjoy some Mets family fun with your kids at Citi Field in 2018 and, when you do, let them know NYC Dads Group sent ya!