Are you and your kiddos ready to root, root, root for the home team? Get ready, it’s Mari-time! The Seattle Mariners’ season is in full swing, and 2022 is going to be the best year yet. And not just because T-Mobile Park, home of the Mariners, has more perks than ever before to keep little leaguers entertained. Since you don’t want to make an “error” and miss any kid-friendly activities, photo ops or budget-friendly foodie deals, here are all the reasons visiting T-Mobile Park with kids should be on your list this summer.
1. There's a Free Mariner's Kids Club
Since you’re probably going to make a day (or night) of it, it's best to get to T-Mobile Park a little early to hit all the kiddo hot spots. Make sure to sign your young ones up for the free Mariners Kids Club prior to the game. Kids 14 and under can join for free, and membership includes a free Kids Club t-shirt, a membership badge with lanyard, one free ticket to a 2022 Mariners home game, 10% Team Store discount on hats and apparel and a monthly digital newsletter. It also gives your little ballers access to opportunities such as chances to play catch in the outfield, as well as numerous other pre-game events and special activities. You will also get notice of all the up and coming game day events. Swing by the Kids Club kiosk near Section 191 on the Main Level to sign up or check in to pick up your swag.
Insider tip: If you have signed up a kid or two in the Kids Club in a past season, make sure and re-enroll to get the 2022 benefits, as prior year memberships don’t roll over.
2. Kids Can Meet the Moose
Next, swing, batter batter, swing on by the Moose’s Den right across from the kiosk on the Main Level at Section 191. Kids can make the Moose’s acquaintance at every game—don’t forget to snap that photo. You'll find the Mariner Moose is his Den 90 minutes to 30 minutes before the first pitch, and then catch him back for more photo ops during the 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 8th innings. It’s a moose—errr—we mean a must!
3. Kids Love the Kids Clubhouse Shop
After meeting the Moose, mosey on over to the Kids Clubhouse retail shop to take advantage of that 10% Kids Club discount (good for hats and apparel) in case you need a little extra Mariners spirit. This shop is located just down from the Moose’s Den and has everything a little leaguer might need to be decked out and ready for the game. Oodles of hats, shirts, hoodies, baseballs, souvenir bats, cards, stuffies, stickers...everything a true fan needs. You can't strike out on super cool Mariners swag here.
4. The New & Improved Value Food Menu
You know there will be munchies involved when it comes to baseball. And this season, it's easier than ever to nosh without busting the piggy bank at T-Mobile Park. The Mariners and their foodie partner Sodexo Live! are now offering a Value Menu. Items such as popcorn, bottled water, hot dogs, soft drinks, nachos, Red Vines and peanuts are all priced at $3 and are available at Rolling Roof concession stands around the ballpark, as well as at High Cheese Pizza in Section 329.
T-Mobile Park has also partnered with Coca-Cola this year, so all Coke products will now be at the stadium. And don’t forget…all Coke 16 oz. and 32 oz. fountain drinks at the park come with free refills (maybe don't tell the kids). Fan-facing soda fountains are located throughout the stadium so your kiddos can fill up as much as their little hearts' desire.
Good to know: Parents and adults, you haven’t been left out to dry either. The Value Beers program has also been expanded to include 13 different beverage options (priced at $5 and $6) available at various locations around the ballpark, if that’s your jam. Options include local craft beers, as well as other national brands, Vizzy seltzers, spiked Arnold Palmers and NA Athletic IPA. Local wines from Chateau St. Michelle are also available throughout the Park. Feeling posh during the pitches? Stop by The Chateau by Chateau St. Michelle wine bar in Section 126 for a stylish sip.
5. Visit the Kids Playfield
Nine innings (or more!) makes for quite the day, and with an attention span that’s faster than a Mariner's fast ball, your tiny teammates may need to get some wiggles out. Head back over towards the Moose’s Den in center field on the Main Level and hit up the Mariner’s Kids Playfield. Your kids will have a blast playing on the tunnels, climbing structures, slides, tubes, you name it. Get on in there and let that little slugger get moving. It’s a great park-in-the-Park pit stop to burn some energy if your crew gets antsy in their seats.
6. Tons of Gourmet, Kid-Approved Eats
If you and your tiny team are feeling adventurous, try out some of the new-for-2022 menu offerings at Marination, Catch, Pure Acai, Salt & Straw, Fuku, Edgar’s Cantina and Holy Smoke BBQ. And you can leave the guess work at home. We talked with each vendor and got the nitty gritty on what the best selections are for tiny tummies.
Marination, located near Section 119 on the Main Level, has Hawaiian-Korean fusion dishes you will want to say ‘aloha’ to. Kiddo favorite: the Huli Huli Chicken Luau Plate. It comes with a kid-beloved mac and cheese side, plus slaw and rice. Does the Ohana wanna get crazy? They’ve got SPAM Musubi, too!
For your little fish lovers, Catch by Just Poke and is located near Section 132. It’s a great healthy option. Kiddo favorite: the Hawaiian Ahi Poke Bowl. Ahi tuna over rice, with avocado, onions, edamame and seaweed salad.
Got a chicken tender lover? Check out Fuku in the T-Mobile ‘Pen. Fuku is the fried chicken spin-off of the Momofuku Noodle Bar restaurants. Kid favorite: the chicken strips and fries. They come with a jalapeño seasoning, but you can order it without if your kiddo leans toward the mild side rather than the wild side.
Edgar’s Cantina, another fan favorite, is located in the ‘Pen, as well as Section 216. It’s been updated by the new T-Mobile Park Executive Chef. Kid favorite: the brisket quesadilla. It's got lots of flavor. Plus who doesn’t love a good ‘dilla? Psst... ask about their edible grasshoppers. Your kids will flip.
Holy Smoke BBQ has also been updated, too! Check them out near Section 105 on the Main Level or 313 on the View Level. Kid favorite: the Holy Moly loaded chips, which is Kettle chips topped with pulled pork, cheese and, of course, BBQ sauce. Or for the traditionalist, they also have Beecher’s Mac and Cheese with pulled pork.
7. Delish Sweet Tooth Finds
Let’s talk dessert, shall we? While Dippin’ Dots is always a hit, you absolutely won’t want to miss the special new ice cream flavor at Salt & Straw. It’s a must-try. Check out their matcha ice cream with toffee-brittle mealworms and chocolate crickets. Yep, you heard us. What kid wouldn’t wanna give this buggy concoction a try? And, yes, it is scrumptious.
Located near Section 132 and also in Section 328, Pure Acai is Just Poke’s sister chain that offers frozen acais and fresh fruit. Kid favorite: Nutella Toast. Nutella is spread on multigrain toast and then topped with banana coconut and granola. You will want to get your mitts on this goodness.
8. Make History at the Hall Of Fame
Wanna take you teeny fanatics through the history of baseball? Then work in time during your visit to stop by the Mariners Hall Of Fame, by Sections 135-141, along the third base line on the Main Concourse. Created back in 1997 to honor players, employees and influential contributors to the history of the Mariners franchise, the Hall of Fame might be just the ticket for old-timey entertainment while kicking it at the Park. It features the history of baseball in the PNW, from the 1800s forward and has fun, interactive activities for kiddos of all ages. It’s open during all home games so you can build your crew’s baseball brains any time you visit.
9. Save Money with Value Home Games
Who says you can’t hit the ballpark on a budget anymore? Yes, you can! In addition to the value food and drinks menu, there are also several value games on the 2022 schedule. Bleacher and View Level seats are just $10, Main Level seats go for $20 and Terrace Club seats are only $30 at these special games. Mark your calendars for the June Value Home Games against the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels on the 13th, 14th and 16. Now that is a swing and a hit!
10. There's a Top Level Kids Corner
If the rain stays at bay, pop fly on up to the View Level (Level 300, above the Home Plate entrance) for the bonus children’s activities (weather permitting). Up there you will find good old fashioned baseball fun to be had. Try out the hitting tees, the throwing accuracy, timed base running, kid-sized baseball diamond and great photo ops for the whole fam. Don’t forget to check out the views from up there on a clear day. You can glimpse the Sound, the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline.
Especially for Parents
Don’t forget to get to know the rules surrounding bags and strollers before heading to the ballpark. While most large-sized bags are not allowed through security, single compartment diaper bags (with kiddo present) are. So make sure and bring along the appropriate kind of bag. Any other bags that come into the stadium must be clear or a small clutch.
Strollers are also permitted, but keep in mind you will need to check it into Guest Services (Sections 128 and 329) during the game. Outside food (wrapped, bagged or in a container) is allowed in the park, as is bottled water, if the seal isn’t broken. Vendors outside the stadium also sell munchies that can be brought into the game.
If you've got a baby with you, you can count on diaper changing tables in most ballpark restrooms, and nursing moms can find a private Nursing Lounge at Section 128.
Good to know: Be sure to check out the Mariner’s Promotional Calendar for an extra-memorable visit to the ballpark. Events like Star Wars Fireworks Night, AANHPI Heritage Night, the Mariner’s Juneteenth and Pride Celebrations and a chance for kids to run the bases post-game (the next one is scheduled for July 3, 2022) are tons of fun.
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