My husband grew up in a college town where attending sporting events was the obvious answer to any family's need for cheap, wholesome entertainment. Since our kids have passed through the toddling stage, he's enlightened me on the value of the Cal athletic department in our own backyard; my family has been to basketball games, baseball games, soccer and rugby matches, and gymnastics meets, many of which are free for them to attend.
At the Haas Pavillion, home to Gymnastics, Basketball, and Volleyball, kids enjoy scrambling around on the bleachers when they get antsy at the event. There's plenty of room for them to do that.
At the Rugby stadium, you'll find a beer garden and refreshments, including warm pretzels. We have not yet tried any swimming events or track and field. Football is definitely in our future.
Baseball games are also a favorite. When the days are longer, it's fun to sit on the lawn for an early evening game.
Here are upcoming Cal Athletics events to consider:
Women's basketball is especially fun because of “Cal Kids Day” programming which offers activities on the plaza outside the Haas Pavilion. Before heading in for the game (where kid tickets are $1 on Kids Days) families will find free face painting, inflatables, and a Blue & Gold “Bling” Station, as well as appearances by the Cal Dance Team, Cal Band and Oski, the mascot. More about Kids Days at Cal Basketball games >
Related: While on campus, take a ride to the top of the Campanile.