Charlotte Knight day games are one of the more family-friendly events around. We went this past weekend on a picture-perfect Memorial day and enjoyed the laid-back, if not downright sleepy atmosphere.
Just before arriving, our two-year old fell asleep in the car, which wasn’t a problem since we were able to bring in a stroller. Allowing our little angel to finish his nap was a key factor in our collective enjoyment level for the rest of the afternoon. Bonus points to the stadium for being stroller friendly!
We also (for once) chose our seats wisely, out of the hot sun, which was gratefully covered now and then by a passing cloud. One dark cloud was gracious enough to sprinkle a few drops and keep us all comfortable.
While our nearly 8-year old son was fully engaged in the game and hanging out with friends, our 6-year old daughter got bored pretty quickly. A trip to the kiddie park and a $1 ride on a decrepit carousel that couldn’t even bring itself to play a tune while it crawled around in a circle entertained her for about three minutes. After that, it was only the promise of Dip-n-Dots that kept her moderately interested.
Meanwhile, pee-wee woke up and I enjoyed a long stroll with him. He’s familiar with the team’s mascot from a stuffed animal that we have at home and was beside himself with excitement that Homer was, in fact, a real dragon. While our little guy couldn’t get enough high-fives and hugs, I’ve also seen kids who were absolutely terrified of him, so consider yourself warned.
On the way home we swung by the Springs Farms farm stand to snag the last of the season’s strawberries and the first of the season’s peaches. The wait in the air-conditioned car was too much for our older two kids – I looked back to see them both passed out, mouths open, catching flies.
The Charlotte Knights can’t be beat for a family-friendly, budget-friendly (and yes, stroller-friendly!) outing. If your kids are up to it, they have fireworks shows every Saturday night. Tickets start at $8. For the schedule and more information, visit: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t494.
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