When I saw that there's a Cal Women's Basketball game with Kids Day on Sunday, January 14, I got excited to tell you about it.
We've been taking our kids to these cheap, local sporting events for years. When it's Kids Day at the venue, Haas Pavillion, extra activities will be set up outside. This week, a game zone and a visit with mascot Oski. At another Kids Day, my kids went home with a puzzle of the team as well.
This weekend kids 2-17 are free when you buy your adult tix at the box office, which means that two parents and two kids can enjoy the game for a total of $14. Before you purchase popcorn, of course.
Bring a package of diapers, if you've got one laying around. A diaper drive to benefit Help A Mother Out will be taking place at the game. Folks who donate at this weekend's game will get a free ticket to a future game.
Warning: When my daughter was about five, we didn't actually make it to our seats as she was terrified by the volume of the PA system and the light dimming that occurred during player introductions. We did return to the same venue the following week for a women's gymnastics meet (free!) and she loved that. She brought her own pompom to cheer with.
Back to the fun part: We've seen all different benefits at various games. Cheer cards have been out on the table for the fans to take; complimentary player trading cards, too. The children I brought loved the action of the game and felt super engaged with all the goodies they had collected before sitting down.
There are two more Kid's Days this year, offering dollar admission for kids under 12 at the box office. Check the schedule at the Cal Bears website. We'll put them on our events calendar, too. We parked in nearby lots for $5 each time, but a more ambitious parent might take BART or find free parking on a Sunday.
I love that we have access to college sports, aka nearly free, live entertainment. I find the student-athletes inspiring, and I hope the kids do, too.