Family Fun at Petco Park: Ultimate Guide to Taking Kids to Padres Games

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Family BaseballKids love baseball. And there may be cheaper places to go, there may be places with fewer beer advertisements, and bathrooms that don’t smell like burps. But there is no more lasting childhood memories than a day a Petco Park. Here are some tips on kids activities, essential tips and information for families attending San Diego Padres games at Petco.

If you are coming with a baby, read our guide specifically for Petco Park with babies, with information on nursing, changing stations and more.


Admission is free for small children as long as they measure under 3 feet (36 inches) tall and are accompanied by an adult. Note: Children admitted free cannot occupy a seat. They must sit on the lap of their parent (beer-belly permitting).

Family Restrooms

Family Restrooms are located near sections 109, 202, 219, 310, and 311. (Restroom Locator)


Strollers are permitted but please keep them out of the way of other fans. Strollers can not inhibit the enjoyment or passage of other guests. Strollers can be checked at Guest Services Centers – there is one on every level of Petco Park. See what else you are allowed to bring

Helpful Hints for Families

What Section To Sit With Kids

For the most fun and the least hassle, try the Park at the Park / “Gallagher Square”. It’s general admission although technically obstructed view (Can you see the game?). But offers fresh air, green grass, all the sounds and smells of the game, and a huge TV screen to watch while your kids run and play in the sun. Facilities include a picnic area, playground and even a kid-sized baseball field. Best of all: admission to watch a game from the Park is cheap. Admission is around $30 per head, depending on some demand-based algorithm determined at the box office.

If you want real seats, the next best option is: Anywhere. As in, the cheapest you can get. Once in, you can wander around and explore all the cool sights and sight-lines inside the park. Time goes by slowly for children and baseball games can stretch on endlessly. You may want to be ready to stroll around.

If money is not an issue, look for seats in the Toyota Terrace, front rows of the 300 level, or any of the sections noted in the Seating Guide.

Padres KidsFest

Keep an eye out for Padres KidsFest on Sundays all season long. It’s a dedicated kids day packed with fun activities the whole family will enjoy.

What To Eat

Kid-friendly food for your child or toddler at the ballpark:
  • A Lil’ Slugger hot dog or PB&J kids meal, which comes with fruit, cookie and a drink, available at most Ballpark Eats ($8.50)
  • Slice of pizza from Pizza Port
  • Dippin’ Dots or ice cream in a classic helmet
  • View all concessions
  • Your best bet may be to bring your own snacks from home

Kids and Childrens Padres Merchandise

Don’t get raked at the gift shop. Buy up some goodies in advance. Shop now!

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