There’s nothing like walking hand-in-hand with your kids into the United Center for their very first Chicago Bulls game. Seeing their wide-eyed wonder makes it hard not to think back to your own first game, especially when the arena lights dim and the intro music (“Sirius” by Alan Parsons Project) begins, bringing with it some serious goosebumps as memories of Bulls legends — Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Luc Longley, Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman — come flooding back. It’s a magical mix of nostalgia and hometown pride.
The Bulls organization has long understood that, for fans, the experience of being at the game is just as important as the game itself. And these days, the Chicago Bulls are making it easier than ever to give Chicagoland families access to that same magic of days past with their Family Days.
Tipoff for these family-focused afternoon games is 2:30 p.m., making it a manageable time for most members of the family. And for only $25 per ticket, which includes a jumbo hot dog, potato chips and a medium-sized soft drink or water, it’s a steal.
As sports watchers, you’ve probably come to expect a fun halftime show, but the Bulls kick it up a notch, especially on Family Days, with fun and entertainment from the moment you enter the United Center.
At stations located around the 100-level, you can get your face painted with the Bulls logo, make your own signs (Psst … write a fun message or draw a picture to up your chances of making it on camera on the scoreboard!), and get balloon bull horns to rock during the game.
Once the game has begun, the high energy Incredibulls (hype men and women, basically) are out on the court during just about every timeout tossing t-shirts into the crowd and hosting dunking and dribbling contests. There are also performances from the BullsKidz dancers, the Luvabulls, the Chicago Bulls Acrobatic Squad and more. And don’t forget about Benny the Bull. Spy his crazy antics throughout the game as he weaves his way throughout the crowds, playing tricks (ever had a gigantic bag of popcorn dumped on your head?) and causing fun-loving mischief that kids go crazy for.
New this season is the opportunity for kids to join the Bulls Kid Nation. This yearly membership includes some Bulls-themed swag and special perks, including on-court opportunities such as meet and greets with Benny the Bull and the Luvabulls, high-fiving the players as they run onto the court, contests and post-game free throws.
Signing up is easy and there are two membership levels to choose from: Rookie, which is free to join; and All-Star, which is $35.
The current Bulls team is young, energetic and full of promise, so make it a tradition to get to the United Center often and watch them grow, beginning with Family Days.
If you go:
Chicago Bulls Family Days
Jan. 15, versus the Miami Heat
Jan. 28, versus the Milwaukee Bucks
April 1, versus the Washington Wizards
Good to know: There is a new bag policy in place at the United Center. To avoid any confusion, review the new rules before heading to the game.