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Subject: What are the best baseball parks to bring kids to?
Category: Sports and Recreation
Asked by: keithc-ga
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Posted: 10 Jul 2005 16:32 PDT
Expires: 09 Aug 2005 16:32 PDT
Question ID: 541936
What are the best baseball stadiums for kids to visit?  

(e.g., we just went to the Phillies new park which had many things set
up specifically for kids... Met's do some things with their Fanfest on
weekends...  the Yankees are great to see, but don't make a special
effort for kids in any way so I wouldn't include them...)
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Subject: Re: What are the best baseball parks to bring kids to?
From: omnivorous-ga on 10 Jul 2005 16:37 PDT
KeithC --

Actually, among baseball fans it's generally agreed that the minor
league teams do the best job of attracting families and keeping kids
interested with run-the-bases competitions; launching free tee shirts
and hot dogs into the stands; having areas behind the grandstands to
play catch; and generally a promotion per inning.

Best regards,

Subject: Re: What are the best baseball parks to bring kids to?
From: jmwong982-ga on 26 Jul 2005 10:06 PDT
It depends on the type of experience you are looking to bring your
kids too.  I recommend the O's Stadium in Baltimore.  They have theme
nights, some often themed for children, The players usually make
themselves avalible for autographs before the game starts and after
the game.  Not to mention they have a goofy mascot that really gets
the children involved in the game.  Also, it is only a few blocks from
downtown baltimore.  Your children could spend some time at port
discovery (children's museum) or the espn zone! children usually love
these activites and if you plan the day out right...You could have a
great full day with the kids.
Subject: Re: What are the best baseball parks to bring kids to?
From: greyboy-ga on 29 Jul 2005 00:14 PDT
Here's a great summary of major league ballparks - with ratings on
Seat Comfort, Hot Dogs, Concessions, Signature Food, Beer, Bathrooms,
Scoreboard, P.A. System, Fun Stuff, Souvenirs, Tickets, Exterior,
Interior, Access, Ushers, Trading Up, Fan Knowledge, 7th Inning
Stretch, Local Scene, Wild Card, Total rating.

Based on the overall ratings... which I'd agree with (having been to
at least 75% of these parks) PNC Park (Pittsburgh) tops the list,
followed by SBC Park (San Francisco), Camden Yards (Baltimore) and
Coors Field (Denver).

For "Fun Stuff" - which would be for ths kids, the parks with highest
score are:  PNC Park (Pitt), Coors Field (Denver), Edison Field
(Anaheim), Comerica Park (Detroit), The Ballpark in Arlington, Miller
Park (Milwaukee), Pro Player Stadium (Miami), Bank One Ballpark
(Phoenix), SBC Park (SF), Fenway Park (Boston), Jacobs Field
(Cleveland), and Turner Field (Atlanta).

Furthermore, each link has more stats on Editor's comments and
explanations for each rating.

Enjoy the ballparks!
Subject: Re: What are the best baseball parks to bring kids to?
From: goalieref-ga on 26 Aug 2005 11:29 PDT
You can check out a post at which lists
some kid-friendly activities at different ball parks.

Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philly just added a new "Make your own
Phanatic" area for kids where the kids can make their own personalized
Philly Phanatic stuffed doll.

(among other kid-related attractions):

Citizens Bank Games of Baseball
Guests can Run the Bases, play Ballpark Pinball and try Pitch 'Em &
Tip 'Em in the unique Citizens Bank interactive games area located
near the Right Field Gate entrance.

Make Your Own Phanatic 
Guests, young and old, can pick out a miniature Phillie Phanatic,
stuff it and dress it in one of the Phanatic's outfits. This exclusive
Citizens Bank Park feature is managed by Build-A-Bear Workshop and is
located on the Main Concourse near Section 135.

Phanatic Attic 
The second level of the Majestic Clubhouse Store, located adjacent to
the Third Base Gate, is dedicated to Phanatic retail merchandise and
geared to kids. The store, which features an 8-foot fiberglass
Phanatic, is open on non-game days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
through Saturday.

Phanatic Phood Stand & Phanatic Kid's Corner The Phood Stand, located
in Ashburn Alley, and the Kid's Corner, located behind Section 318,
offer portions just the right size for young Phillies guests. Pick up
Phanatic Phun Meals, kid-sized hot dogs, pretzels, drinks and a whole
lot more.

Phanatic Phun Zone 
Located near the First Base Gate, the Phanatic Phun Zone gives
children eight and under an opportunity to climb, explore, play games
and have the slide of their lives as they venture through the largest
Softplay area in Major League Baseball. A junior Phanatic Phun Zone is
also available for youngsters two years of age and under.

Phanatic Shoe Slide
A giant Phanatic Shoe Slide for youngsters (4-9 years of age) is
behind Section 317 on the Terrace Level.

Rock Climbing 
Kids can enjoy scaling a giant inflatable baseball climbing wall,
located on the Terrace Level behind Section 317.

Sunday Starting Nine
Kids 14 and under who wear Phillies colors to Citizens Bank Park on
Sundays could be randomly selected for this unique experience. Nine
lucky youngsters are introduced pre-game by PA announcer Dan Baker and
stand on the field with the nine Phillies starters for the National

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