“Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd”…..
It’s baseball season and that means it’s time to gather the family and head to Victory Field to root on the home team – our very own Indianapolis Indians.
Heading to the field with mitt in hand and hopes of catching a fly ball is an American right of passage. There is something about sitting in the stands and eating a hotdog with the roar of the crowd and the loud voice booming in the background, “Cotton candy! Get your cotton candy!” that just feels right.
My daughter and I were able to catch a game last week with some of her friends and we had an absolute ball – no pun intended.
I was a bit nervous about parking, but as soon as we arrived downtown I was reminded there are plenty of options for parking and I had nothing to fear. We found a spot easily and began to walk toward the stadium – we were getting pumped for the game.
We were there for a Girl Scout overnight event that included the game, a movie and popcorn and a sleepover on the field.
My daughter had a blast with her friends.
Seriously enjoyed some cotton candy (and needed a complete wipe down afterward.)
Had fun cheering on the team.
And oohed and ahhed over an incredible post-game fireworks display.
It was a night I will never forget.
If you are looking for a way to spend a summer evening together as a family, then look no more. At Victory Field, there are different family events taking place all throughout the season. June 10 and 11, is Nickelodeon Weekend and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) will be there to cheer on the team. Fans can have their pictures taken with Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael and the first 2,500 will receive a TMNT drawstring backpack.
Other family events you will want to be sure to put on the calendar include:
Super Hero Nights – July 1 (Captain America appearance)
Independence Day Celebration – July 3 and 4
LEGO Play Ball Tour – July 14, 15 and 16
Star Wars Night – July 15
Super Hero Nights – July 29 (Thor appearance)
Daniel Tiger Appearance – July 30
Super Hero Nights – August 12 (Batman and Robin appearance)
And for those of you with little wigglers who may not be able to sit still for an entire game or if you are the type who would rather lounge than sit in the stands – then the Ivy Tech Lawn may be the perfect spot for you and your family to enjoy the game. Plus, if you are sitting on the lawn, you are able to bring in a cooler with snacks and treats for the family (coolers must be single-handled and no more than 20 inches long.)
If your little one is a true baseball fan, then you may want to consider trying out the Knot Hole Kids Club for ages 14 and under. For just $17 per year (yes, you heard right – $17 per year), your child receives:
- Reserved or Lawn ticket to all Indian home games (based on availability)
- Exclusive Knot Hole Kids Club T-Shirt
- Run the bases after any Sunday home game (weather permitting)
- Chance to be on-field as the Play Ball Kid
So, pick a date (or more) and bring the family for an All-American evening of family fun rooting on our very own Indy Indians. By the end of the night you may just find yourself singing….
“Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don’t care if I never get back.”
Victory Field is located at 501 West Maryland Street. Be sure to visit their website for information on tickets, pricing and game schedule.
Jennifer Thompson is a stay-at-home mom of four spunky, sweet, kind and sometimes a bit wild children. She has a passion for the written word and thinks that libraries and bookstores are the coolest places ever. When not hanging out with family or writing, she can be found enjoying a good cup of coffee, running, spending quality time with friends, working on some type of project around the house, planning the family’s next trip to her favorite destination – Walloon Lake, Michigan, or very possibly – reading a book.
Jennifer enjoys writing about her parenting experience and outings with her children for Indy’s Child as a freelance writer and blogger and also keeps a personal blog, www.trulyyoursjen.com, that she has fun writing when time allows.