If your family is a fan of baseball, then KidsFest before the San Diego Padres game is the perfect summer activity. We were recently hosted by the San Diego Padres to attend a game and share our experience with you. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
KidsFest before the San Diego Padres game
If you’re familiar with Petco Park, the event is held in Gallagher Square, which used to be Park at the Park. KidsFest is held 2 hours before every Sunday home game, and admission is included with your game ticket. All of the activities are free – just tip as you go for face painting and balloons.
***Tip – make sure to stop at guest services first to get a wristband for your kids with your seat location in case they get lost.
Another fun thing for the kids to do is “Kids run the bases.” They do this most Sundays and the kids can start lining up by the Toyota Beach ramp after the 8th inning. If that wasn’t enough, you can even sign your kids up for Compadre Kids, which is a loyalty program for the tikes, 14 and under. They can build up points to be eligible for player signings on Sundays, and cut to the front of the line for Kids run the bases.
Themed game days
We went on Kelsey’s birthday, and it just happened to be Star Wars themed. There were Star Wars characters all over the park! So many people were lined up to take pictures with them, and they even went out on the field with the Pad Squad to toss out goodies to the crowd. Make sure to check out the Padres website for specific theme days.
Food at Petco Park
Petco Park was named the number 1 ballpark in America by USA Today, and I can totally see why. It’s super kid friendly, the food is amazing, and the views are spectacular. Like America’s Finest City spectacular. Now back to the food… There’s a bunch of great restaurants from around the city that have booths or stands at the park. Cardiff Tri Tip is one of my faves, but we haven’t had Hodad’s in a long time, so we went for a cheeseburger there, and the kids are on a pizza kick, so we got a couple of Lil’ Kid Meals from Pizza Port.
San Diego Padres game
When the kids were younger, we would get tickets in the grass area, which is now Gallagher Square. As long as items were packed in a clear bag, you’re able to bring in your own snacks and water. And don’t forget to add #timetoshine to your Instagram and/or Twitter pictures to get on the screen!
We’ve been going to San Diego Padres games since Carter was a baby, and I’m so happy we can continue to go and all still enjoy it. Make sure to tag me (@spousesproutsme) in your pictures next time you go, so I can follow on your adventures too.