Take the kids out to the ol’ ball game this summer in Des Moines! Baseball is a quintessential summer pastime that many people just can’t get enough of. The smell of hot dogs and the sound of the bat crack make for an unforgettable experience for families. Luckily, Des Moines is home to the Iowa Cubs, a Triple-A Minor League baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. With 39 home games left in the 2016 season, here are a few tips to have a fun family outing at an I-Cubs game this summer.
Know Before You Go
The Cubbies play downtown at Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get there, so you are not rushed. Visit the Iowa Cub’s website or call (515) 243-6111 for game time, tickets, special promotions or if you need additional information.
Tickets for all I-Cubs events are available at http://www.milb.com/tickets/tickets.jsp?sid=t451. Child (13 and under), Senior (55+), and Military ticket pricing as well as handicap accessibility seating are only available by calling the Iowa Cubs Ticket Office at (515) 243-6111 or (800) GO ICUBS. Children 3 and under do not need a ticket if they sit in the same seat as an adult.
Surface parking at the stadium costs $8.00 and attendants accept cash ONLY. There are also parking garages located in the area and street parking is available as well. The stadium area is pretty compact, but be prepared for a hike, there can be a lot of walking between the car, stadium, and your seat.
No food or beverage may be brought into Principal Park. The stadium offers a wide variety of food and beverages for purchase at their concession and restaurant locations.
While You’re There
The great thing about a minor league baseball game is that you can see future (and every now and then rehabbing current) major league stars. The intimacy of sitting behind home plate, the joy of meeting mascots, the great atmosphere and the inexpensive ticket prices make seeing the I-Cubs a home run.
Attending an Iowa Cubs baseball game is always on our family’s summer bucket list. We usually attend a few games a summer. We love going as a family, but it’s also fun to go with friends and larger groups. We usually arrive a little before the game gets going (gates open 90 minutes before start time) and hit up the concession stand before heading to our seats for the afternoon or evening.
You’ll find the typical baseball fare at Principal Park. Cubbie Dogs, fries, nachos and beyond—it’s all there. Plus, like any good ball game, vendors are walking up and down the aisles with staples like peanuts and popcorn as well as cotton candy and snow cones. I love that the I-Cubs post their Concession Stand Prices on their website!
Even the greatest baseball fan can get antsy, and Principal Park has the answer with their kids’ play area. In the First Base Concourse, there is batting and pitching games along with a large climbing/jungle gym-type structure. If your little fans tire of that, there is also a perfect place for the kids to cool off at the fountain in right field. The fountain shoots water after home runs and other exciting plays. Be prepared and bring a swimsuit or change of clothes or go home with wet kids;).
Besides watching the game and dancing along to the pulsating music, there are other activities to keep kids interested. Fans are chosen at random to participate in activities like limbo, memory games and baseball trivia, with prizes to boot. It’s also a great idea to check out the Iowa Cubs promotions page on their website. There are lots of free giveaways, Friday Night Fireworks and Family 4 Pack nights. And if that wasn’t enough, it is an I-Cubs tradition to let the kids run the bases after each and every Sunday game.
Tickets to an Iowa Cubs baseball game are fairly affordable and can be purchased at a number of different price points. Home Plate Club seats are $20 each. Club Box seats are $10 each. Field Box seats are $8 each. Reserved Grandstand seats are $8 for adults and $6 for children 13-under. General Admission seats are $6 for adults and $4 for children 13 and under.
Kids (ages 13 and younger) can join the Knothole Gang for $12.00. They will receive: tickets to 11 Sunday Iowa Cubs home games, free small soft drink and frozen treat at each of those games, Knothole Gang T-shirt and membership card and a Free Knothole Gang clinic with Iowa Cubs players (July 16). The Iowa Cubs also hosts kid’s birthday parties.
Go Cubbies Go!!!
Have you taken your little baseball fans to an I-Cubs Baseball Game at Principal Park? Tell us your best tips!