If you’re unlike us in the Hansen household and don’t have SportsCenter and local news on every morning, you may not know the Cleveland Indians have been on a roll as of late, making it quite fun to be a baseball fan in and around Northeast Ohio. Thanks to a last minute offer of tickets from a close friend on Friday night, we found ourselves at Progressive Field on Saturday for a rare afternoon game to cheer on the home team. That meant full family day at the ballpark — including our little baby bear, Brenna!
A quick Did You Know: if you have a little one under the age of three, they do not need their own ticket for entry to Indians game. They must be seated on a parent or guardian’s lap. Very cool!
Alright, back to business — and our first order of business once at the stadium — getting some eats and drinks for our group of five. That included:
- Our Barrio order of a taco and two nachos (a mainstay at all of our Indians game visits)
- My Rhinegeist Brewery Semi Dry Hard Cider (which I *may* like better than their Bubbles Rosé Ale *GASP*)
- Hans’ Fat Heads Bumble Berry brew — topped off with blueberries!
Our group (including two of Hans’ sisters, evacuees from Hurricane Irma) settled into our excellent seats — not shabby at all to be along the third base side! That protective netting over the sections closest to home plate made this OCD/generally paranoid mama feel so much more at ease.
Speaking of parenting, here are my tips for getting through a baseball game with baby:
- Order food you know they’ll eat: Our little one is OBSESSED with tomatoes, so she had no problems munching on the tiny, diced tomatoes atop our Barrio nachos.
- Bring QUIET, interactive toys: B is lovin’ on flip books these days, so we brought a few of those – plus a few, small stuffed animals – which kept her entertained for a few innings
- Get on your feet: Babies love the excitement of the game, including the chance to dance to the music in-between innings, and especially highlights like the Hot Dog Race. (Relish won!)
- Recognize when it’s time to get up from your seats and move around: B got antsy around the fifth or sixth inning, so we got to exploring Progressive Field…
…and if you have a child, I advise checking out The Family Deck the next time you’re at an Indians game. The Family Deck an area of the stadium that tailors to families and was specifically designed to keep kids entertained while parents still can enjoy the game. Everyone wins! Like during our first visit, we also checked out the Kids Clubhouse. It’s located within the Family Deck and has a variety of interactive activities for kids of all ages include a pretty neat play area with lots of Step2 toys. But B was more interested in shopping, so we headed the Team Shop on the main concourse.
If only my little Indians game would wear ANYTHING on her head, she would already own this infant size baseball cap. (She picked up – and picked out! – that Chief Wahoo pacifier at her last visit.)
But the best part about Saturday’s game? The Indians extended their win streak to 17 wins! And since, have already added another two games to that total. Tonight, they go for their 20th consecutive win – and you know our little family will be cheering them on along with all of Northeast Ohio!