As a former Clevelander and a big Cleveland fan, I jumped at the chance to take the kids to the ballpark on a sunny late spring afternoon to watch the Indians take on the Detroit Tigers. Our afternoon started off by parking on Cass Street and a short walk to the ballpark with other gleeful Tigers and Indians fans. With tickets in hands, my little baseball fans were rearing to go!
We were allowed a backpack into the ballpark filled with juice boxes and small snacks for each kid as well as their gloves to catch a foul ball. We got there rather early to watch the Cleveland Indians take batting practice. A few of the players waved as my 2-year-old son called out their names. However, my 5-year-old was ready to take on the Carousel and pick out her favorite Tiger.
Carousel rides are $2 per rider, with guardians riding free for riders under 42″. You have to buy your tickets before you enter the ride, but the line moves quickly. The carousel has plenty of Tigers to choose from. Elise picked a white tiger, while William picked the bench. It was a fun ride and the kids loved waving at the people in the crowd.
We found our seats after the ride. We sat in Kaline’s Korner in the last row. The usher in our row, was very accommodating and wanted to make sure we had a great time at Comerica Park. The anthem was played and the game started. My kids have been going to games since they were 6 months old, so they love the excitement of a ball game. While there was much for Tigers fans to cheer about, the Indians fans had to sit quietly for a few innings.
After going through the backpack snacks, we grabbed some popcorn for the kids to share. The concession stand staff was very friendly and efficient. With popcorn as a bribe, we stuck it out a few more innings until it was time to ride the Ferris wheel.
The Ferris Wheel is also a great deal, $2 per rider, guardians/parents ride free. The line can be about a 15-20 minute wait, but there are flat screenTVs along the line so the parents do not have to miss any of the baseball action.
Once inside the giant baseball, you get a great view of Detroit and a long ride. The kids loved being in the baseball and looking out at the city.
After the Ferris Wheel and the bases loaded for the Indians, we settled down to watch the last inning of the game. Even though the Indians lost, my kids had a great time. My 2-year-old called it the best day ever!
Comerica Park hosts a Sunday Kids Day when children 14 and under can participate in free rides, promotional giveaways, face painting and running the bases (weather permitting). For all the details, check out www.tigers.com.
What kind of field trips are you planning with your kids this summer?
—Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer
*This post was not part of any participation review, nor was I compensated in any way. I just wanted to share our fun afternoon at Comerica Park.