Take the kids out to the ball game! Padres baseball season is back, and the smell of hot dogs and the sound of the bat crack make for an unforgettable experience for families. Are you ready to take your little sluggers to their first baseball game? We’ve got your guide to PETCO Park and Padres baseball that will get your kiddos singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in no time.

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Take Baby Steps
PETCO Park caters to even the smallest visitors, so don’t be afraid to take your baby or toddler. In fact, those under 3-feet-tall receive free admission to the park! You may not be able to watch the entire game, but your little one will love seeing the sights. You’ll want to pack the essentials: snacks, water, sunscreen, hats, and a jacket. Bring a blanket, and they may even take a nap in the middle of the game. If you plan to bring a stroller, you can check it at any Guest Services Center located on every level of the stadium.

Don’t forget to pick up a security wristband while you’re there. These bands contain seat locator information – a useful tool just in case your kiddo runs off in search of more baseball fun. Baby changing stations can be found in every restroom throughout the stadium. And we mean every restroom, so even dads can help out with diaper duty!

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Join the Jr. Padres
If your kids just can’t get enough of the ball game, sign them up for the Compadres Kids. This free kids club gives every member (fans 14 or younger) their very own membership card. Swipe their cards and they’ll score great rewards just for attending the games. Every Sunday Compadres Kids can enjoy great events including Sunday Signings, Run the Bases, Play Catch on the Field, Batting Clinic and Photo Day!

Kids can sign up at a Compadres Center during a home game, or register in advance online. Compadres Kids Centers are located at Section 135 and Palm Court Plaza. Centers close at the end of the 3rd inning Monday – Saturday, and at the end of the 9th inning on Sundays.

Special Events
PETCO Park rewards their fans with a great giveaway item on Baseball Night during weekend home games. They offer size exchanges, so younger fans can get a smaller size if they need to. If your child has autism or peanut allergies, check the schedule for Autism Awareness Night and Peanut Free Day. There are also scout nights and other themed games. These select days feature sections dedicated to these fans. Kids will also love KidsFest, an ultimate fun zone every Sunday, complete with an inflatable play area, stilt walkers, face painters and a kids DJ.

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Park in the Park
If you’re intent on watching the game, but your kid would rather squirm in your lap, “Park in the Park” is a perfect solution. This family area is the perfect place to relax, explore, and watch the game all the same time. Lay out on the green grass, get some fresh air, and experience all the sights and sounds of the game on the giant television set. Your kids can run their hearts out, play on the tot lot, and play some ball on the kid-sized baseball field.

“Park” at the Park
Kids love picnics, so grab a blanket and enjoy one while you take in the game at “Park in the Park.” If you don’t want the hassle of packing your own picnic, PETCO Park has a ton of food options. Be sure to check out Seaside Market, a small grocery store that’s filled with healthy, gluten free, and other delicious food items.

Have you taken your little ones to PETCO Park? Tell us your best tips!

— Marissa Mullen