Fan for Life: Taking your kids on a baseball pilgrimage

If you haven’t taken your kid on a pilgrimage to Fenway Park yet, what in the world are you waiting for?  Now is a fine time to create some wonderful childhood memories, and every kid remembers their big sporting event. In fact, a great debut game experience can turn a kid into a baseball fan for life. Score a parental home run when you heed the following tricks and tips about how to prep for your kid’s first Boston baseball game.

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Every seat is a good one

As one of the oldest baseball parks in the nation, Fenway offers a great view from practically any seat. Tickets are available at a number of vendors, but you’ll probably get the best deal right on the Red Sox website, advise experts at Magic Beans magazine.

Seventh inning stretch

“Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks, I don’t care if I ever come back.” So go the lyrics to a 20th-century song called “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Penned by Albert Von Tilzer and Jack Norworth, the Tin Pan Alley song celebrates the all-American sport of baseball and is typically played during the middle of the seventh inning. Learn the words to the song before you go to the game, and you and your kid can participate in the singalong at Fenway Park. For a super special baseball getaway, reserve a room and stay overnight at a nearby hotel. Many first-time baseball gamers recommend the Marriott on Huntington Avenue.

Be sure to include a visit to Wally’s Clubhouse at Fenway Park. Find it in the Champions Club on the Kids Concourse. Here, you and your kid can interact with the team mascot, get your faces painted, and enjoy a magic show, too. The climate-controlled clubhouse offers plentiful games for kids of all ages, as well as a caricature artist, Wii games, and a play zone for little kids. You may even meet a player or two, say those in the know at the Boston Red Sox organization.

Origins of America’s favorite pastime

If your kid is a history buff, they may be interested to know that the all-American sport of baseball was invented in the 19th century. At first, three different versions of the game were played on farm fields in New York, Philadelphia and, of course, in Massachusetts. Today, all teams follow the same rules. Original team players did not wear fielding gloves until around 1870. Now, you can buy baseball gloves at any reputable sporting goods shop. We suggest buying a pair of gloves before your first trip to a pro ballgame. There’s nothing like a rousing game of catch to get you and your kid enthused about attending your first Fenway Park game together.

Attendance at a baseball game can be loads of fun, even if you don’t completely understand the rules. Bone up on how the game is played, and you and your kid will have a better time when you attend your first game together.

Photo credit: B Rosen

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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