Taking the family to a San Francisco Giants baseball game at the iconic AT&T Park is always a treat. This season the games got even more fun for kids with some new activities and special days at the park. Here are some tips for making the most of your experience with kids:
Sunday is an extra fun day for kids! While players often sign on their own after batting practice down near their dugout, Sunday is a designated autograph day at AT&T Park. Giants players, coaches and alumni will sign from the Bullpen Boxes in Sections 104/105 and 126/127 after the gates open and batting practice is over. A limited number of autograph tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis to kids 16 and younger. Kids with a ticket are guaranteed one autograph from the person who is signing that day. After the Sunday games, kids 14 and younger can run the bases, giving them an entirely new perspective on the field and the ballpark. Kids and their parents exit the ballpark and line up along the Portwalk outside of the right field wall (next to the ferry loading) to re-enter the field after the game is over. After running the bases, each child will receive a See’s Candies lollipop as they exit the park.
Little Giants Park is open to children under 42” in height. It is a small replica of AT&T Park’s main field where kids can hit whiffle balls thrown by staff or the childs' accompanying adult and then run the smaller-sized bases. You can also get a delicious Ghirardelli hot fudge sundae and root beer float at the nearby cart. A Kid's Meal is available for $5 which includes a hot dog, snack, juice pouch, and Giants toy. There is also a Value Meal available for $7.75 which includes a hot dog, small ballpark peanuts, small soft drink.
Next to the Little Giants Park is the Coke Bottle Slide which is free and open to children 14 and younger. It has multiple viewing platforms and four slides. There is also a photo booth during home games where fans can get their photos taken on a baseball card, AT&T Park or Giants Magazine backdrop. Fans can also get autograph rubbings in this area off of plaques with former Giants' autograph etchings.
Fans of all ages and heights can sharpen their batting skills in the soft toss batting cage located inside the Marina Gate. You can even request a special visit at your tailgate, seat, or special event from the beloved Giants’ mascot, Lou Seal! (Based on availability and for a fee). First time fans at the game can receive a free souvenir certificate at the Guest Services Office. This is also where the Lost and Found is located and identification wristbands can be requested to put on your children in the unlikely situation that they are separated from you during the game.
Children under two years old are allowed into the ballpark for free, and must sit on the lap of an adult with a game ticket. Fans of all ages can watch the game for free (up to three innings or longer depending on the size of the crowd) from the viewing portals located off the Portwalk in the right field wall.