Your Guide to Braves SunTrust Park with Kids
If you haven’t taken your family to SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, put it on your bucket list ASAP. The park was built with families in mind, and it shows. From the impressive, carnival-like children’s area to an enormous Atlanta Braves symbol made out of LEGOs, there is so much to see and do before the first pitch. Here are some tips for making the most of your Braves SunTrust Park visit with kids.
The Amenities at SunTrust Park
There isn’t a bad seat in the place. The ballpark is designed to offer optimal, closer viewing of the field from just about any location throughout the concourse areas. You won’t have to miss any action during a food run, restroom break or while checking out all of the attractions.
Parents with young children know how hard it can be to find family-specific restrooms at large venues. Not to worry–SunTrust Park has no shortage of these; there are 11 family restrooms located throughout the stadium.
Forgot your glove? No problem! The one-of-a-kind Mizuno Glove Experience allows fans of all ages to check out a baseball glove free of charge to catch foul balls and home runs during the game. Fans can also purchase the glove at the end of the game.
Monument Garden is a must-see for all patrons, and it’s a beautiful historical presentation of the Atlanta Braves throughout SunTrust Park. It features artifacts, memorabilia, statues and sculptures. Children will especially love the interactive displays and audio features.
Fun for Kids at Braves SunTrust Park
Sure, the Braves are fun to watch but sometimes kids get antsy sitting and watching a baseball game. Kids don’t have to count on the seventh inning stretch to get their wiggles out; SunTrust Park has a zip line and climbing wall. In fact, it is the first professional sporting venue to have these features. You can find them at Hope & Will’s Sandlot by sections 152-155. This kids’ zone also has carnival games and a video simulator. Attractions range from $2-$5, and tokens need to be purchased to play games. To avoid long lines on game day, download the mlb.com Ballpark app to reserve a time slot for the zip line or climbing tower. This needs to be done 24 hours before each game time. Spots go quickly!
Hope and Will even walk around the kid-friendly area, greeting young fans and posing for photos.
Parents will appreciate the kid-fare options at the Sandlot Snacks concession stand within Hope & Will’s Sandlot. The affordable menu features kids’ meals and snacks like hot dogs, mini pizzas, fruit or veggie cups and more from $4- $7. It also offers healthier drink options, including fruit juices and milk.
Perks for Kids at Braves SunTrust Park
If you’ve got serious baseball fans, you will probably want to spring for the $25 All-Star Atlanta Braves Kids Club Membership for kids 14 and under. Kids get things like a Dri-Fit T-shirt, VIP Access to Kids Run the Bases, a BOGO Braves ticket offer and lots of other discounts.
Don’t want to spend $25? That’s okay. They have a free option called the “Rookie Kids Club” which includes a Braves lanyard, passport and the opportunity to win prizes for attending Braves home games.
The Food at Braves SunTrust Park
With all of the delicious food options at SunTrust Park, it’s hard to decide. The concessions are provided by traditional Atlanta favorites like Fox Bros. BBQ, Chick-fil-A and Waffle House, along with regionally-inspired offerings from five neighboring states. Each ticket holder can also bring their own food and one bottle of water into the stadium. The food must fit inside a clear, gallon-sized plastic bag.
If you’re health-conscious, look for the “Farm to Fan” logo at various concession stands for locally-sourced dishes. Also check out Centerfield Market, a convenience store within the ballpark. It features healthy grab-and-go meals and snacks, including fruits, juices and gluten-free offerings.
Kids will love the way their food is presented like the hot dog served in a large souvenir Atlanta Braves helmet and the giant pretzels in the shape of an “A.”
Fun Outside Braves Suntrust Park at the Battery
Families can arrive early and let their children run around the sprawling green space within the plaza just outside the ballpark entrance. If it’s hot, bring bathing suits because the kids can play in the spray ground too.
Families will also love exploring The Battery, the dining-shopping center just outside the ballfield. Get some baseball gear at The Braves Clubhouse Store or Baseballism. Grab some grub at family-friendly joints like First and Third and Antico Pizza.
Parking at Braves SunTrust Park
SunTrust Park has 8,000 fewer seats than Turner Field, and it has over 14,000 parking spaces surrounding the stadium. Be sure to purchase your parking pass online prior to the game, and use the Waze app to direct you to your specific lot, since each lot has its own address. Several lots are pedestrian-friendly since they are within a half-mile from the ballpark entrance. Kids will love traversing the massive pedestrian bridge to safely reach the ballpark. Uber is also an option, and there are designated drop-off and pick-up zones right in front.
-Felicia Barman and Elsa Simcik contributed to this article.