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Nationals Park turned into a winter and baseball wonderland for their annual weekend-long fan fest, complete with both indoor and outdoor programs. This is a great event for families who love baseball!
Fans had the chance to interact with players and coaches, hear updates on the team, and enjoy special behind-the-scenes access to several parts of Nationals Park that are typically closed during the season!
Indoor and Outdoor Events:
- Autograph stations with Nationals players and coaches (voucher required)
- Photo station with World Series trophy (voucher required)
- Nationals Youth Baseball Academy clinics with Nationals players and Academy coaches at the Academy field in Center Field Plaza (voucher required).
- Photo stations with Nationals players and coaches
- Q&A sessions with players and coaches
- Kids press conference
- Photos with mascots and WGL Energy Bullpen Cart
- Snow Angel photo station
- Curling station
- Family-friendly activities including: Steal Home Challenge, Jump Like Trea, Snow Fort Building, Rookie Batting & Pitching Cages, Rookie Target Wall, Snowball Fight, Tailgate Toss, and Race the Presidents.
Thank you to the Nationals for inviting us to cover this family-friendly event and celebrate the World Series Champions!
While I am sure this event is fun every year, the unseasonably warm day at the ballpark and World Series high created an electricity that could be felt through out the stadium.
Tips for Families:
- Check the website to purchase vouchers for all the extra things you want to do.
- Arrive early! The lines will get long and the parking will get busy.
- The Yards lot on First St SE & N St SE usually has spots early in the day for $10.
- Fill out the waiver and get everyone’s hand stamped who wants to participate in activities when you first enter.
- Check the schedule and make a game plan so you can hit as many timed activities as possible.
- Go down to the field level first to beat the lines for batting cages, dugouts and clubhouse tour. These activities can easily get lines that last over an hour.
- The batting cages are not easy, so if you think your kid can’t hit a fast ball the cage catch is a better activity.
- The Kids Press Conference is worth the price of admission! Get in line early so your kids can sit up front if they want to ask a question.
- The Youth Baseball Academy Clinics are very popular so get in line early for your time slot for the best experience.
- This event is definitely family-friendly, but the long lines and baseball skill activities are not for all ages. The activities on the concourse are better suited for younger baseball fans.
- Unless you are craving stadium food or have hangry kids, eat before and after. There are so many fun opportunities that sitting to eat would take time away from.
I was there for over 4 hours and still did not get to everything. Managing expectations and making a plan before the event are key to having a fun family day at Nationals Park.
This event will get you through to the excitement of Spring Training and Opening Day!
NATS PLUS Members get discounted pricing and early access to Winterfest! Click here to purchase a 2020 NATS PLUS Membership and get access to several other exclusive benefits.
2020 Winterfest Details
Winterfest opened to the general public from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday, January 11 & Sunday, January 12 with two-day passes for as low as $20 per day for children and $30 per day for adults.
NATS PLUS Members: $23
Adults (13 & Over): $37
Children (12 & Under): $27
Parking in GEICO Garage & Garage C: $20
For tickets and more information, please visit nationals.com/Winterfest.
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