Enjoy a Kernels Baseball Game with Kids: Follow These 5 Tips

Summer and baseball are synonymous.

Hawkeye baseball and softball seasons typically end in May, but a family friendly day at the ballpark can still be found just 25 miles north of Iowa City on I-380 at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. An adventure like this can seem overwhelming–especially with children in tow.

Consider these 5 tips for enjoying a Kernels baseball game with kids.

Buy Tickets in Advance

Purchasing tickets ahead of time, instead of at the door, will save you money. Day-of tickets range in price from $13 to $9 depending where you sit, but are $1 less if bought in advance.

Additionally, kids 3 and younger are free to enter if seated on an adult’s lap or on the lawn.

Check Out the Promotions Calendar

From Saturday fireworks to themed games, there is always something fun and exciting happening at the Kernels ballpark. If you have a Star Wars or princess fan in your house, you might consider heading north on a themed night. You’ll also feel right at home in your black and gold gear on Hawkeye Night. And who doesn’t enjoy a night of baseball with petting zoo animals? Your family dog is also welcome on bark in the park nights. These special themes make it a great night to enjoy a Kernels baseball game with kids. 

Follow these 5 tips to enjoy a Kernels Baseball game with kids.

Kids Eat Free on Sundays

Forget packing bags of snacks for the kids. On Sunday home games, kids 12 and younger will receive a voucher for a free popcorn, hotdog and drink. Also on Sundays after the game, kids can run the bases, play catch, and snag autographs with the players.

For the adults (and kids 12 and older) the stadium features a variety of concession options including typical stadium fare like hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, and popcorn, in addition to grilled sandwiches like tenderloins, Philly steak sandwiches, and gyros. Local restaurant Hacienda Las Glorias serves up fresh Mexican nachos and other favorites (like margaritas).

Ice cream and shaved ice are also available, along with gluten-free and healthy snack options at a select stands. Draft beer and other adult beverages are also an option for mom and dad to enjoy–be sure to bring your ID and get a wristband!

Grab a Seat on the Lawn

Bring a blanket (no lawn chairs allowed!) and grab a seat on the grass. This space is perfect for taking in the game while giving the kids an area to run off some energy. In this area, you don’t have to worry about keeping them in their seats or chasing them on the concourse. This grassy area gives them free reign–and may allow for you to take in a few extra innings before the kids decide it’s time to go home early. 

Go On a Monday

 A baseball game may seem like a weekend endeavor, but you and your family will enjoy deep discounts at the concession stand on Mondays. Hot dogs are just $1.50. Chips, popcorn, and ice cream sandwiches are $1.

Family Accommodations

Additionally, it’s important to note a few special accommodations for families:

  • Baby food and snacks for young children are permitted.
  • Changing tables are available in every bathroom, and a family restroom is located in the ice cream stand on the third base side of the concourse.  
  • Several drinking fountains are available on the concourse.
  • A first aid station is located on the concourse on the first base side of home plate.
  • If you are separated from your child (or you child is separated from you) visit the information booth located at the third base end of the concourse near the Bimm Ridder Diamond Store. A lost and found is also located in this space.

To purchase tickets and learn more, visit the Kernels website. And during football season, check out our tips for Hawkeye Football game day with kids!

Have fun at the ol’ ball game!


Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.


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