Red Sox Kid Nation 2015!

The Boston Red Sox Kid Nation starts today and there are tons of new kid-friendly initiatives designed to bring children closer to the game in 2015 (and parents lives happier and easier when we do!).

Kid Nation is not limited to the baseball season anymore. Red Sox Kid Nation 2015 will be year long and almost every child in Red Sox Kid Nation can attend one Red Sox game for free (limited to 25,000). Further, entry-level membership in Red Sox Kid Nation will be free too! There will be new kid friendly food (and prices), kid-friendly staff, spaces and entrances; making this, in my opinion, the friendliest family Fenway season yet!

Fenway ParkIf you are a Red Sox Fan and have kids, then you have to keep reading this post! There are some AMAZING new additions to Red Sox Kid Nation 2015.

$9 Red Sox Student Tickets for those 15 and older

There will be $9 student tickets for high school and college students (15+ with student ID) for regular season home games that guarantees at least an entry into standing room, but could also be upgraded to seats on occasions when they are available. Students can purchase $9 Student Tickets on redsox.com/student. Students provide information online and immediately receive a special code via email to complete the purchase.

All tickets purchased through the special student offer will be delivered through My Tickets Mobile, via MLB’s At the Ballpark Application. Students can scan their tickets directly from their phone when they arrive at the ballpark gates, and are asked to bring their student ID for verification to gain entry.

Gate K (For Kids!)

The Red Sox will have “Gate K (for Kids),” a kid-friendly entrance located adjacent to Gate B (the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich Streets) leading into the new Kid Nation Concourse. The right field area of the Big Concourse will be revamped for the 2015 season with special games, entertainment, concession offerings, and other amenities for children and families.

Kid Nation Concourse

The Gate K entrance will lead fans into the newly named Kid Nation Concourse. This roomy area of the original Big Concourse behind the right field corner will feature new attractions for young fans, including a six-foot nine-inch-tall Wally bobblehead, an interactive video wall that allows first-time fans to take photos and electronically sign their name to the video wall, and a Kid Nation welcome station.

The entire area will be dedicated to making children and families feel welcome in a festive environment and will feature a balloon artist, stilt walker, and face painter. Kids will also be able to see how they “measure up” to current Red Sox players by standing near pillars featuring actual size images of current Red Sox players. They can also measure their own tiny footprints against those of the big leaguers on player footprints that will adorn the concourse walkways.

Little Leaguers who imagine what they might look like when they grow up to be ballplayers can see how Red Sox players have changed since childhood by looking at giant baseball cards hung from the upper level of the concourse featuring a current player image next to their Little League photo.

The Kid Nation Concourse will also be the new home for old ballpark favorites such as the historic bullpen cart used in the 60’s and 70’s, the Red Sox Mickey Mouse statue, and the Wally Bench.

Wally Clubhouse

The popular Red Sox Kid Nation Clubhouse, located below the Royal Rooters Club, is being transformed into the new “Wally’s Clubhouse” and will now be open most games. The space will provide a respite from extreme weather, a place to play and walk around, (and get the wiggles out during the game) and a welcoming venue for children to meet Wally the Green Monster.

It will be available from the 3rd to the 7th inning (you know, when kids start having a hard time sitting still?) where children can participate in interactive games and activities. There will be structured games such as “Simon Says” and “Red Light/Green Light” led by Red Sox staff, as well as craft tables, a safe play area for toddlers with toys and a slide, a beanbag toss, video games, and a balloon artist and face painter. Wally the Green Monster will also visit during the third inning of each game, providing kids with a reliable time to meet the popular mascot.

Kids Crew

Overseeing the games and interacting with the children in the Kid Nation Concourse and Wally’s Clubhouse will be the Red Sox Kids Crew, a new group of Fenway Park staff who will greet kids as they enter Gate K, lead children in games, and provide families with assistance and information about kid-friendly activities taking place at the ballpark.

Kid Food 

Red Sox concessionaire Aramark will offer kid-themed concessions for families and children to enjoy in the upper level of the Kid Nation Concourse, highlighted by a $5 kids meal, which features a mini hot dog, cotton candy, and a small juice. Souvenir items as kids mementos will include a Wally ice-cream tray, cotton candy that comes with a novelty bat, and a glove shaped tray with nachos or chicken fingers. Other affordable and bite-size menu items include mini pigs-in-a-blanket, corn dogs, fried Oreo mini churro bites and fried apples.  Healthy options will include fruit cups with different seasonal varieties such as grapes, sliced apples, and chopped watermelon, string cheeses, and other kid-sized items that will rotate throughout the baseball season.

Red Sox Kid Outreach

The Red Sox will also create initiatives in the community throughout the 2015 season. The Red Sox Foundation will support 200 little league teams across Massachusetts, 32 teams part of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program (RBI), and 1200 children in the Rookie League program, representing a commitment of over $220,000 to youth baseball by the charity.

For the second consecutive year, the Red Sox will team up with the Highland Street Foundation and the City of Boston on “Out of the Park,” a free event for families in a Boston park in which a Red Sox road game is televised in an atmosphere reminiscent of Fenway Park’s Yawkey Way. This year’s program will also focus on field renovation as the organizations come together to refurbish 10 fields throughout the City of Boston.

SIGN UP!

Fans can begin signing up for the free membership and tickets on Monday, March 16, on redsox.com/callingallkids. For young fans who wish to choose additional amenities, a paid membership is also available for $39.95 (plus tax). The paid membership includes an extra-early entrance into Fenway Park to watch batting practice, a youth-sized Red Sox jersey, a Red Sox player backpack, a discount at the Yawkey Way Store, and Kid Nation email newsletters.

So the snow is melting, the weather is getting warmed, spring training is underway, so let’s start getting ready to play (and watch) baseball!!!

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