Summer means baseball. But what major league baseball means is different for each person. To my husband, it means life and embracing America’s pastime. For me, it means fun, fresh air and the only time I have a delicious hot dog. The meaning is evolving for my daughter. It used to mean cotton candy and some squirming. At a Chicago White Sox game last weekend, it meant unexpectedly running into friends at the ball park, fun Instagram opportunities, discovering new players and cheering more than I’ve ever seen her do before.
I feel a little silly admitting this, but I was surprised by just how much fun we had as a family last Sunday watching the Sox. I knew it would be a good time, but we had a ball. (And it’s not just me, both my husband and teen said the same.) It was one of those perfect carefree, sunny summer Sunday afternoon. It was the kind you dream about, especially when the snow is flying.
In hopes of helping you capture that same kind of warm weather magic, here are a few ways to enjoy summer family fun with the Chicago White Sox.
You, your kids and your wallet can love baseball with Family Sundays presented by Coca-Cola. They include kid-friendly activities such as children’s running the bases postgame (weather permitting), face painters, balloon artists and a caricature artist. Family-friendly pricing includes tickets as low as $5 in the Upper Level and $15 in the Lower Level. The $10 parking (half of what it usually is) makes me happy. Kids ages 10 and under eat free off the kid’s menu at ChiSox Bar & Grill on Family Sundays. Additional information is available at whitesox.com/Sundays.
Children’s autograph sessions
Offered on select games with the next one this weekend on Sunday, July 2, kids can receive autographs from current White Sox players. The first 100 kids (ages 13 and under) to enter the ballpark through the Chicago Sports Depot entrance (located near parking Lot B and Gate 5) when gates open will be given a wristband and directed to a special area for the autograph session. A regular game ticket is required to participate. More information and future dates are available at whitesox.com/Autographs.
Sox fans ages 13 and under can become Kids Club members and get the chance to receive complimentary game tickets, official Sox gear and access to special events. More information about the two memberships options (one is free) is available at whitesox.com/KidsClub.
Fun Theme Nights
There are also some really fun theme nights and giveaways ahead, including:
- MLB Play Ball Bat & Ball Set giveaway on Sunday, July 2
- Christmas in July on Friday, July 28
- Rock N’Roll Night & Topps baseball card giveaway on Friday, August 11. All fans will receive a pack of baseball cards upon entry to the ballpark that evening.
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