Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday that we all fell in love with the fierce five and were cheering them on to Olympic gold? Surely, you and your kids practiced your “not impressed” faces in the mirror à la McKayla Maroney, or sat transfixed in front of the TV watching the Flying Squirrel make history. In fact, that’s probably what inspired your kiddos to channel their inner squirrel by jumping from furniture to furniture. Well, you don’t need to wait four years until the next Olympics (which seems like a lifetime to kids) or purchase a ticket to Rio when you can check out gymnastics in your own back yard. Head on down to Bruin territory to watch the UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team in action. You just might see the next Gabby Douglass while you’re there!
- Witness first-hand competitive gymnastics at its finest as the Bruins come head-to-head with other collegiate teams.
- Take in the newly remodeled Pauley Pavilion, which seats nearly 14,000 spectators. So, there’s plenty of room to invite lots of friends.
- Meet UCLA’s beloved mascot – the Bruin Bear. Make sure to have your camera ready to snap some great pics of your kiddos getting a bear hug. Literally.
- Following each meet, get up close and personal with the athletes. You’ll also receive a poster for the athletes to autograph.
- Meet the UCLA Women’s Gymnastics Head Coach, Valorie Kondos. Be prepared– she just may want to recruit your kiddo right out of elementary school.
- If you forget to pack snacks you can always pick them up at concession stands. Don’t worry, you’ll find kid friendly fare that will satisfy even the most finicky little spectator.
- Leave the strollers at home; you don’t want to lug that sucker up the bleachers.
- You can park on campus ($11 per vehicle) within walking distance to the Pavilion.
Sunday, March 10 – UCLA vs. Michigan/California/Iowa State, 2:00pm
It’s gymnastics for a great cause. UCLA Gymnastics is teaming up with Camp del Corazon, a non-profit organization that offers year round experiential opportunities for kids faced with the challenges of growing up and living with heart disease, in this fundraising event. Guests are invited to dress up as their favorite super hero, athlete or role model; there will be ticket giveaways and the Bruin Bear mascots will have a dance off with other local mascots.
Sunday, March 17 – UCLA vs. Arkansas, 2:00pm
Got Blue? Support the Bruins by arriving in head-to-toe blue. The Bruins will also be hosting Bruin School Days by offering complimentary group tickets to local elementary schools and junior high schools. Call 310-825-2101 for more information regarding complimentary group tickets, and bring the whole school!
Reserved seating is $10 for kids & $12 for adults, and general admission is $5 for kids & $8 for adults. Kids under 2 are free.
What meets, matches and games do you take your family to? Are there other fun and off-the-beaten path sports that you enjoy watching? Let us know!
— Wanda Ahmadi
Images courtesy of UCLA Gymnastics’ facebook page.