Want a sneak peek at what's happening with the Chicago Bears under new Head Coach Marc Trestman, while still making sure your kids have a good time? Head to Soldier Field on Aug. 3 for the 2013 Comcast Bears Family Fest, where kids get a chance to play games, win prizes and watch fireworks, while the hardcore Bears fans in the family get to check out some of the Bears' new moves for the season.
I've been taking my kids to the Family Day for the past several years and found it a great way to introduce young kids to Soldier Field and the Bears at a minimal price. The games and booths outside Soldier Field get kids in the mood for some football, and when the stadium doors open, they're ready for some action.
Watching the players emerge from the Soldier Field tunnel amid the smoke and mini-fireworks feels like being at a real game, as does watching the Bears' drumline perform.
Be aware that family night is an actual practice for the team, so you'll get a chance to see what the players do to prepare for a game, but you won't actually see a game or a scrimmage. For my two football fans, that was more than enough. For my not-so-interested football fan, I made the decision after the first Family Fest that she was better off hanging out at home.
Food and drink are available during Family Fest. We've sat through some 90-plus weather where we spent more than $40 on water bottles alone, so while the tickets are cheap, you may find yourself still shelling out the bucks in concessions and parking.
After the fest, there's a fun fireworks show that's a great way to culminate the night.
One more note, we found that even when we waited until the last minute to buy tickets, we still had decent seats and were able to see the action on the field easily.
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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