Fun Zone Boosts Families’ Game Day Experience

A young Ducks fan plays in the bouncy house at the Long Island Ducks game on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. At Bethpage Ballpark, a new kids zone was created to entertain children. Photo by Olivia Mintz.
A young Ducks fan plays in the bounce house at the Long Island Ducks game on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. At Bethpage Ballpark, a new kids zone was created to entertain children. (Photo by Olivia Mintz)

At Bethpage Ballpark, there’s action everywhere you turn: on the field, at the concession stands, and especially in the new Fun Zone for kids.

For kids who may not find baseball as fascinating as their parents do, there are now brightly-colored bounce houses filled with beaming kids.

Families can pay five dollars for a wristband to get into the zone.

“The baseball is important, but the most important thing is making sure that those who come out to the ballpark have a fun time, have a great experience, want to come back and invite other people back with them,” said Michael Polak, director of media relations and broadcasting for the Ducks.

With the new Fun Zone, there are more options for families to enjoy their time at the game, whether it’s bouncing in the bounce house or witnessing a home run.

“Watching the kids have fun is the best part,” Kristen Magro, a mother of four, said.

The new area is also a life-saver for parents who are now able to relax and enjoy the game. 

“These activities are great at keeping the kids entertained so I can watch the game,” Amanda Ziolkowski, said.

On the other side of the park, the adult zone has beer and wine options. The zone is a place for older Ducks fans to relax and enjoy a drink.

A young Ducks fan jumps through an obstacle course at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. A kids zone was set up at the ballpark for family fun. Photo by Lily McInerney.
A young Ducks fan jumps through an obstacle course at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. A kids zone was set up at the ballpark for family fun. (Photo by Lily McInerney)

The bustling Fun Zone, featuring the DuckTail Slide, Bounce House, and Obstacle Course, matches the kids’ energy.

“I like the zone better than the game,” said eight-year-old Elizabeth Lane.

Not only does the Fun Zone keep kids entertained, it is also a safe area for children to play.

“[The employees] have a lot of security and people watching the kids,” said Kristen Brennan, a parent.

Polak suggested adding a Fun Zone to the ballpark reflects the Ducks’ family ideals of being together on a day or night off.

“For the families that just want to have a nice night out … [Bethpage Ballpark] offers something for everybody, young and old,” he said.

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