6 Activities Your Kid Will Love at a Travs Game
Do you know how to find ACE and Otey during an Arkansas Travelers game or where you’re most likely to get a player autograph at Dickey-Stephens Park? When the kids need a break from watching the on-field action, here are six ways to keep them entertained. Plus, multiple insider tips will make your next trip to the ballpark a homerun for family fun.
1. Bounce, Baby, Bounce
Sorry, Mom and Dad. The adults have their beer garden, but the youngsters have the Kids Korner—which boasts inflatable attractions, including a dual slide and an obstacle course in the shape of a train, complete with punching bags and other inflatable hurdles. The main attraction is a custom bouncer in the shape of Otey— kids can jump on the swamp possum’s belly.
Admission to the Kids Korner is $4 and includes unlimited play from the time the gates open until the seventh inning; socks will be provided free of charge for those who aren’t wearing them. Open days dependent on weather.
2. Meet the Mascots
Unveiled in 2014, the Arkansas Travelers’ new mascots Ace and Otey are a favorite for kids. The friendly stallion and his sidekick attend every home game, of course. But do you know where to find them? The duo is introduced to the crowd 18 minutes before the game starts, usually during a drive around the stadium. As soon as the national anthem is over, you’ll find them on the concourse near the first base side, where they typically spend the 1st and 2nd inning taking pictures and meeting fans.
Missed your chance? No problem. Just head to the Information Booth and ask for help; the usher can get on the radio and find out the mascots’ exact location. If you’re enjoying the game in a suite, you can even request a visit from Ace and Otey; ask before game day for your best chance of meeting the mascots in private.
3. Grab a Ballpark Bite
Take me out to the…Bacon Station. That’s right, there is an entire food stall devoted to snacks smothered with bacon. The rest of the ballpark fare is not to be missed either, from the classics (outlined here by our sister publication, Little Rock Soiree) to BBQ nachos. Kids will go for the sweets: ice cream, cotton candy, snow cones, funnel cakes and more. And if you haven’t tried the deep-fried Oreos, you are in for a real treat.
4. Get in the Game
Do your homework before the game and visit Travs.com to find out what special promotions, games and activities are planned for the day of your visit. Weekly promotions include $1 Hot Dog Nights every Wednesday. Plus, every Thursday features a different theme— Christmas in July, Back to School and more. The themed evenings include decorations and activities.
For kiddos who are aching to get on the field, Travs games are full of silly on-field games played by audience members. Request to play one of the games at the information booth located at the home plate gate entrance. Keep in mind, there are age restrictions for different games, but several are kid-friendly.
And after every Friday and Sunday game (except for evenings with fireworks), kids step on the diamond and run the bases. Plus, select Sundays will also feature free pre-game baseball clinics with the pros! On May 27 and July 1, fans can enter the gates 2 hours early to learn skills and drills from the Arkansas Travelers. Kids 14 and under will take turns a different stations—hitting, throwing, fielding and base running. BYO glove and bat.
5. Snag an Autograph
Wait near the player locker rooms (first base side next to the picnic area) and your kids may be able to get autographs from their favorite players. Gates open an hour before game time; the players step out onto the field at different times and they rarely turn down young fans who want a baseball or cap signed. If you miss your chance before the game, try again after the ninth inning.
6. Ride the Travelers Train
All aboard! Little ones can also enjoy the Arkansas Travelers trackless train that chug-a-chugs through the concourse during each game. Hop on near the Kids Korner; the train departs every few minutes!
For more information and to see the schedule of upcoming games, visit www.Travs.com.