My son, Isaac, is only 4 so we haven't sprung for tickets to a Red Sox game yet. It's pretty costly and I've suspected that he probably wouldn't be interested enough to sit still for the duration of a game. When he showed interest in seeing a baseball game last summer, I thought of taking him to see one of the minor league teams. Minor league games are way cheaper, so even if Isaac got bored by the fourth inning, it's not like we paid top dollar to see the Red Sox.
Many of the games have fun kid-related events, like running the bases after the game, bobblehead giveaways, dogs catching baseballs, and more. Some also have nut-free days, so if you have a child with a nut allergy, you can rest assured.
There are 3 minor league teams within reasonable driving distance of Boston: Pawtucket Red Sox, Lowell Spinners, and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester.
We decided to go to a PawSox game and we had a blast. The crowd was enthusiastic, so it felt like being at a major league game. l Isaac actually didn't get bored until the 7th inning and by the 8th it was time to line up down by the field because kids got to run the bases after the game!
Here were some of the prices:
Admission: $8/adults, $5/children for general admission. Box seats are $12.
Parking: If you get there early enough, there's free parking. The other lots charge only a few bucks.
Ice cream in a PawSox helmet: $4.50
Beer for Mommy and Daddy: $6
Hot dog: $3.50
The prices really are quite reasonable. Also, if you follow the MiLB teams on Facebook, you can find other great deals and promotions. For instance, if you have 4 people in your party, you can do the "Family Four Pack." 4 general admission tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 bags of chips, and 4 sodas! A total steal.
If your kids are interested in seeing a baseball game, but you don't want to pay Fenway prices, check out the PawSox.