We love baseball. Major League games are a bit expensive (and aren't located near us). We do have a summer college league close by that has family friendly FREE games. They even let you bring in coolers....so free really is free (you know how much stadium food can cost you)...and you don't feel bad for leaving after a couple innings if the kids get bored or it's a rain out.
My husband's friend used to coach one of the teams in the league, the Sanford River Rats. I made shirts and the girls loved going to cheer on their team. The stadium is close to my in-laws house so each time we would pass it somebody would yell out "1-2-3" and we would all reply "Go River Rats!" Great family camaraderie. Well this year he is coaching the Diamond Dawgs and there is a bit of a rivalry in the family. I made new shirts (although I ran out of D's so Scarlett's shirt just tells Kenne, the coach, how much she loves him)...but there's still some lingering love for the Rats. I was going to take a picture with the girls at the game last night but it was rained out. They were super disappointed!
Look around in your area for college league or minor league teams. The minor league games (and some college leagues) aren't free but they are very reasonably priced. If you are traveling this summer it is worth seeing if one is in the area you're headed. We fell in love with the Madison Mallards while in WI and the St. Paul Saints in MN. The games are filled with kids activity before the game and in between innings - dizzy bat contests, the kids running the bases, etc. And lots of game promotions. Even if you don't like baseball it's a fun family affair.
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