If you’re lucky enough to score tickets to go to Wrigley Field and witness the Chicago Cubs’ historic run in person with your kids, you’re gonna need a few tips. So we reached out to the Cubbies for ideas that will make your day at the ballpark memorable and stress-free.
If you have a younger child, write down your name and phone number and stick it in their pocket. If they get lost, anxiety and nerves take over, and kids forget these simple details. Talk over what to do if they do get separated from you.
If your kids do get lost, parents or children can report to Fan Services or alert the nearest Cubs Associate (identified with an official Cubs ID badge and nametag). It’s pretty common for kids to wander off, and the team inside Wrigley is as well trained as the players on the field and will do what it takes to make sure your kids are safe and secure.
Score a memento
Now something cool: First Game Certificates. These are a keepsakes the Cubs offer all season long and are a great way to commemorate your child’s first Cubs game. Head over to Fan Service located inside the Gate F concourse to request a first timer’s certificate and a free Cubs sticker.
Go big before you go home
Get your name on the scoreboard! You don’t have to be a celebrity or on a VIP list. All you have to do is click here, fill out a form, pay a few bucks and you can celebrate your kid’s birthday, first game, congratulations or anything else you want to share with the cheering fans at Wrigley. The messages are usually 3-5 seconds long, but you’ll also get a 8×10 of your message mailed to you. The money goes to the Cubs charities.
Pre-game autographs are a must. Because this is a playoff game and the MLB is running the show, there is no Kids Corral, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your kids into Wrigley early. Fans may seek autographs from players and coaches from the time the ballpark opens until the batting practice cages are removed (about 45 minutes before game time). Fans will be allowed to wait at the Club Box wall on the outfield side of the dugouts.
Watch for fouls
Baseball can be a little slow. Younger fans might lose interest in the game and want to do something else, like play with your phone. If you are going to give your child your phone to entertain themselves, remember that foul balls are flying into the crowd at speeds nearing 100 mph. If you’re not paying attention, you are increasing your odds of getting hurt. While they’re playing Angry Birds, keep your eyes open.
There’s always that one guy at a baseball game who might have had a few too many adult beverages and starts to spout four-letter words or get too carried away with his super fan-level of enthusiasm. Don’t take matters into your own hands. The Cubs have made it very easy to deal with “that guy.” All you need to do is text “Friendly” to 69050 and describe the issue and seat location. Wrigley Field personnel will respond to the request as soon as possible. If anyone is interfering with a fan’s enjoyment of Wrigley Field, you can also contact the nearest Wrigley Field associate for help.
Take a family-friendly seventh-inning stretch
If you’re with a child that isn’t the same sex as you are, and you don’t want to schlep them into your bathroom, there are now family restrooms near Gate F, in the First Aid room behind home plate on the main concourse, on the first-base side of the upper deck and in the upper Budweiser bleachers.