Returning to the ballpark and summer fun

A couple years ago, I wrote a column about attending a baseball game with our then 14-month-old daughter. I feared we’d never be able to enjoy America’s favorite pastime again.

It’s a fear that hasn’t come to pass, thankfully, as we attended several baseball games last summer in Fargo and Minneapolis and even one this spring in Baltimore, Md. But I’ve realized the reason we enjoy the games has changed tremendously (which is good, considering the Twins haven’t given us much to cheer about this year).

Last night, my family of three returned to Newman Outdoor Field for the Redhawks home opener, with our now 3-year-old. The Redhawks put on a fine performance, but for us, last night wasn’t about the play on the field. It was about spending time together as a family. That’s why we got to the ballpark an hour before first pitch, to enjoy the free kid-friendly activities. Including the playground and sandbox and …

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 (There was also an inflatable game, but this particular “bouncy thing” was a bit too big for Eve.)

As we soaked in the evening sun, I thought about not just the baseball games we’ll attend this summer (now remembering to always buy AISLE seats for potty trips and concession runs), but the other family fun the summer months bring. I’ve already added these FREE local events to our family calendar:

Share a Story, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4, Rheault Farm
Safety Safari, 3 to 7 p.m. June 9, Red River Zoo (Also, there’s free admission to the zoo June 3!)
Midwest Kid Fest, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 17, Island Park (Teddy Bear Parade at 10:30)
Community Block Parties, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays May 18 through June 29, various Fargo city parks/locations
Red River Valley Fair, July 8-16, West Fargo (Free gate admission 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Great free exhibits for the little kids, like the petting zoo)

Welcome, summer. We’ve been waiting for you.

What events are your family looking forward to this year?

4 thoughts on “Returning to the ballpark and summer fun

  1. So dig way back to when Eve was 14 months old. Baseball was out, but can you recall what was in? I need suggestions on that one.

    • That was the summer of stroller walks to kiddie swings, letting her begin to try climbing on playground equipment, and just letting her run around in the grass. I’d also suggest the pool at Fargo South H.S. It’s zero depth at the edge of the splash park, perfect for plopping the toddler down and just letting them flail their arms (We didn’t discover this gem til Eve was 2+, but it’s so awesome). I think we also started parent/child swimming lessons at the Y that summer or fall. Indoors, 14 months is a good age for the dinos at West Acres and the toddler room at Yunker Farm.

  2. I’m really enjoying catching up on your blog, Sherri. For some reason, I can’t get yours to stream to mine anymore. Thanks for entertaining me!

  3. I remember Midwest Kids Fest with Evie last year! I am sure this year she will have a blast.

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