Packing for the old ballgame
In our house, Baseball Season (yes, with capital letters) is the most wonderful time of the year.
My husband and I are both fans (although of different teams) and our girls learned to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as soon as they could speak.
My husband is a sports writer, so we don’t always have a chance to go to games together as a family, but we sometimes make it work. Other times, I will try to get one of the girls out for a mommy-daughter date.
Recently, I took a day off work during my 5-year-old daughter Pumpkin’s spring break so she and I could see the Dodgers play during Spring Training. Any activity with kids requires supplies, so here is what we packed.
Snacks for Pumpkin – all packed inside a large Bumkins Batman snack bag (Batman seemed appropriate for baseball – get it! – but Pumpkin did choose a Superman shirt, she said it represented Super Dodgers!)
- Cheddar bunnies (in a small snack bag)
- Granola bar
Snacks for Momma – all packed inside a large Nixi snack bag
- Almonds (in a small snack bag)
- Kind Bar
Snack to share Cracker Jacks (of course!)
Change of clothes for Pumpkin (packed inside a wet/dry bag to keep organized – bag comes in handy in case of soiled clothing)
Splat Mat (this goes under the blanket, in case of wet grass)
This list is quite similar to what we pack for any outing – but certain elements are interchangeable. For instance, the splat mat, snacks, water, and sunscreen also come with us to watch Pumpkin play soccer. And soon, Peanut (my 3-year-old) and I will be going to a game at Chase Field, which has no lawn seats, so we will bring pretty much the same gear, minus the blanket and splat mat.
It was in the 90s the day Pumpkin and I watched the Dodgers, but we still had a great time! She snagged autographs from players before the game, and we cooled down halfway through with a frozen yogurt.
What are your must-haves for outings with your kids?