Baseball season is well on its way now that we are about halfway through May. I remember going when Miller Park was just built back when I was in grade school. We took a field trip to Milwaukee and followed up with an afternoon Brewer game. What a fun day! Going to baseball games was a big part of my childhood, even traveling to Wrigley Field a couple times, but nothing beats tailgating in Milwaukee.
Fast forward to today, and attending a Brewer game is a day well spent! We have taken our kids to quite a few games, and they always want to go back. They get so excited on the ride in from Lake Country and squeal when they can see the roof. We like to guess whether the roof will be open or closed for the game. And when we arrive, the atmosphere and energy is intoxicating. There is nothing like tailgating on a sunny afternoon, grilling out behind your vehicle, and hoping for a W! If you haven’t taken your kids yet, this is the summer to do it!
We like to take the kids to Brewers games on Sunday afternoons. The games are at 1:10 pm, which is perfect, because it doesn’t interfere with bedtime like a Saturday night or weeknight game. And we’re done with naps. (It’s exhilarating to not have to plan social events around nap time!) We can also arrive a couple hours early to tailgate beforehand. We always park in the preferred section. It’s less expensive to park in the general parking, but that can be quite a hike for little legs.
Also, if you show up early – you can get autographs from Brewers players by third base. Check out this local Oconomowoc girl who hopped the rails with two other kids to dance with Jeremy Jeffress before the game. How awesome! We usually tailgate almost up to the start of the game, so have yet to experience this in real life.
Before all Sunday home games from May 27 through September 30, families are welcome to stop by Helfaer Field and play catch on the field prior to the Brewers game inside Miller Park.
Another great thing about Sunday games is that they have specials for kids. In 2017, they gave away free lunches, and in 2018, at every Sunday home game, all kids 14 and under will receive a free ice cream bar, courtesy of Blue Ribbon Classics.
After the game, all kids ages 14 and under can come down to the field and run the bases at Miller Park, presented by Aurora Health Care. The postgame Kids Run the Bases line begins along the first-base line on the Field Level. Tip – the line gets very long. Don’t wait until the end of the game to get in line.
More Brewers Kid Fun
Kids Crew, presented by U.S. Bank
All Brewers fans ages 14 and under are eligible to join the Kids Crew. For just $25, membership includes six game tickets, all sorts of awesome Brewers swag, access to exclusive events, special perks and more! For more information, please visit brewers.com/KidsCrew or call (414) 902-4000. *Sorry, all Kids Crew packages are sold out for the 2018 season. Please check back in November for 2019 Kids Crew memberships.
Aurora Health Care Kids Zone
The Kids Zone is a special kids’ interactive playground, located on the Terrace Level behind home plate. It remains open through the 8th inning. The Kids Zone is designed for children under 48 inches of height and age 10 and under. All children must wear socks and must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Other applicable rules are displayed in the Kids Zone.
U.S. Cellular® Power Playground
Located on the Field Level near the right-field corner, the U.S. Cellular® Power Playground includes a batting cage, pitching cage, replica Bernie Brewer slide and clubhouse, a “Race to First Base,” as well as many photo opportunities. The U.S. Cellular® Power Playground is open from the time the Miller Park gates open until the end of the game.
Kids & Senior Citizens Discount Days
Kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save 50% on tickets for all weekday afternoon home games at Miller Park. Excludes Opening Day, Cubs Games, the Miller Lite Beerpen, All-Inclusive Areas, Platinum, and Uecker Seats. For more information, visit brewers.com/KidsAndSeniors.
Lastly, if it is your child’s first game, they can get a certificate commemorating the day!
You can carry in!
“Guests may bring personal-size food items into Miller Park using appropriate containers and all fruit must be sliced. Aerosol cans (sunscreen, hairspray, etc.) are prohibited. All bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller and are subject to inspection. Hard-sided coolers are not allowed in the ballpark. Only food purchased within Miller Park will be allowed into Suite areas.”
Please note that they also do not allow flashlights. Which is not a big deal for us, but a number of people in front of us in line had their flashlights confiscated. #nowyouknow
We love to sit on the first level if possible. It’s close to the kid activities and has great views of the game. However, this past April, we bought tickets on the club level and the kiddos thought that was pretty amazing, too! We had row 1 tickets so no one was in front of us, offering great views. We’ve sat in the bleachers before, but not with kids. With kids, having an actual seat helps to contain them a bit to their own seat or standing in front of their seat. And when they start to get wiggly, we get up and explore.
If you are nursing, the new Miller Park Nursing Suite is located on the Field Level inside First Aid (next to Guest Relations). Mothers may also nurse their children in the Mamava Suite, presented by Aurora Health Care, located on the Terrace Level near Guest Relations.
Find their schedule here.
Plus, always be safe! Our friends at Children’s Hospital of WI have some safety tips to share before you head out to your next game.