Monday, August 6, 2012

Sunday Afternoon at the Ballpark...




Our family enjoys sports...football, hockey, basketball, baseball, bowling, golf, yeah...you get the idea, so for us, a day at the baseball park is ideal.  We try to make the trip to Detroit once a season (got hubby On Deck Circle seats for Father's Day!) to see the MLB (Detroit Tigers) game, but we also try to make the trip to Lansing at least once a year to see the local team (Lansing Lugnuts) play.  Yesterday, on a whim, we looked up the Lugnuts schedule and saw that it was Kid's Day.  To top it off, it was Superhero day, and our youngest is a superhero nut!  That sealed the deal, so we ate a good breakfast, piled into the car, and were on our way.

The Lugnuts play at the Cooley Law School Stadium, which is an outside field that is nice and spacious.  For the kid's day event, we met a few superheros, including Superwoman and the Lugnuts mascot, Big Lug.  My son is all talk because when it came to meeting his heroes, he got super shy.  This is the only picture he let us take (when we first got there) and he was apprehensive about this one, lol.  He sure did get excited though...seeing Flash Gordon and Batman walking around the ballpark (as long as they kept their distance).

We met SUPERWOMAN and BIG LUG!

Kids Day also meant face painting, balloon hats, and the kids dressed up like Superheros being able to intermittently go out on the field for things like a sack race or base race, and Buzz Lightyear...though I'm still not convinced he is a Superhero, sang the National Anthem (he did a great job too!).  Parents who arrived an hour early were allowed to play catch on the field with their little superheros.  On the far side of the park they had big inflatables, like a giant slide, and a 2-man (or should I say child?) obstacle course race.  They had a hitting cage for little ones too...and of course, a park.


It was a little disheartening that the stands were as empty as they were, but that did make it nice for roaming.  We spent part of the game on the bench, and the other part sprawled out on the lawn (good for energetic children).  The Lugnuts always put on a good show...shooting t-shirts into the crowd, providing raffles throughout the game, and having crowd participation for things like the YMCA song (which never gets old when there are a lot of people around to sing it).


All-in-all it was a fun day, and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Anyone else enjoy a good day out at the local ballpark?







8 comments:

  1. How fun are these pictures? The last few made me crack up. So great. We haven't seen a game yet this summer but definitely hope to!

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    1. We like it because it's outside; it's fun, and it's fairly cheap. Plus ballgames just seem 'summery' if that makes sense. I'm glad you liked the pictures. They were fun to take too. :)

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  2. I was surprised to see the Lugnuts on your page! I live about 20 minutes from there.

    We have taken our kids there a few times, but their attention span or lack of interest to the game makes it hard.

    I went there several times before I was married back when it was Oldsmobile park and enjoyed the suites they have there. Who doesn't like a game in a air conditioned room with all sorts of goodies. But being in the stands is fun too, you an walk around.

    This park does a great job having different activities to bring in the crowds.

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    1. A neighbor, hurrah!

      We haven't done the suites, but I did see yesterday that they have very reasonable prices. I think they would be great for buying when the weather is HOT HOT! Yesterday had a nice breeze going which made the heat not so pressing. And you're right, the park does do a great job with keeping everyone entertained, regardless of age. Glad to 'meet' a fellow Lugnuts fan. :)

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    2. Good to 'meet' you as well. Glad you enjoyed it. On Fridays they do fireworks! (a good friends husband helps as he works for the fire department). She just told me that last week. Night games are great and I think they put on a fireworks show on the 4th of July too.

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  3. Sounds like great fun--we're not big baseball fans - Love him "flying" =)

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    1. Yeah, he's BIG on pretending, and really, really big on pretending to fly. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Aw, that's such a special treat for the kids AND the whole family. I love family days at our local ballpark too. Our mascot's name is NUTSY and he's a squirrel.

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