Edit ModuleShow Tags

Minor League Mania at New Jersey Ballparks


Published:

minor league baseballAt a recent family gathering, my kids’ great-uncle asked them if they were Mets or Yankees fans.

“Neither,” my 7-year-old answered. “We’re Patriots fans.”

No, she wasn’t talking about the New England football team. She was referring to Jersey’s own minor league baseball club, the Somerset Patriots.

If you haven’t checked out your own minor league team, you should. The price is right, the travel’s a breeze, the kid-friendly amenities are plentiful, and the Jersey pride is palpable! There are also a plethora of promotions offered by each one. Here are some of the coolest; check teams’ websites for a full list. The season runs through September.

Camden Riversharks


856-963-2600

May promotions: 

  • 5/9: Opening day and Riversharks cooler bags to first 1,000 fans
  • 5/11: Avengers Night 

Look forward to:

  • 7/11: Atlantic League All-Star Game
  • 8/25: Star Wars Night

Lakewood BlueClaws

732-901-7000

May promotions:

  • 5/12: “Bark in the Park” (bring Fido to the game!)
  • 5/23: Jumbo baseball card giveaway to first 2,000 fans
  • 5/26: BlueClaws visor giveaway to first 2,000 fans

Look forward to:

  • Sundays and Mondays: kids eat free! Sundays are also “Kids Character” days, and youngsters can run the bases post-game

New Jersey Jackals


Upper Montclair
973-746-7434

May Promotions:

  • 5/29: Home opener

Look forward to:

Go to a Friday or Saturday night game (depending on the team) and see fireworks! Check websites for details.
  • “Family fun” Sundays: $1 hot dogs, post-game autographs, and run around the bases
  • 7/6: Jackals batting helmet giveaway to first 1,000 fans
  • Last week in August: Fan Appreciation Week—get special deals on food and merchandise and a surprise giveaway

Newark Bears


973-848-1000

May promotions:

  • 5/17: Opening day

Look forward to:

  • Mondays: “Boys and Their Toys” (attractions like car shows and bike clubs)
  • Sundays: honor the history of the Bears and the Eagles and see other pro-athletes and baseball legends
  • 7/11–7/13, 7/25-7/27: Youth Baseball Clinics:  participants are trained by players and professional coaches

Somerset Patriots


Bridgewater
908-252-0700

May promotions:

  • 5/4: 15th anniversary t-shirts to first 2,000 fans
  • 5/26: Mini-bats to first 2,000 fans 

Look forward to:

  • 6/26: Thomas the Tank Engine
  • 7/1: Pre-game baseball clinic and autographs, post-game time for kids to run the bases (kids can run the bases after every Sunday game)

Trenton Thunder



609-394-3300

May promotions:

  • 5/4: Thunder pillowcases to first 1,000 fans
  • 5/11, 5/21-23: bobblehead giveaways; check website for details and 
other dates

Look forward to:

  • Tuesdays: kids eat free!
  • 7/22: Lil’ Webkinz giveaway to first 1,000 fans 

Renée Sagiv Riebling is a freelance writer from central New Jersey. Her 
family is always on the lookout for new and exciting adventures.

Which minor league team does your family root for?

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

New Jersey Family Giveaways

Enter to win some great prizes now!

Things To Do This Weekend, April 13-16

Celebrate Earth Day, head to the beach, take in a show or put your pinky up at a fancy tea party with your little ones. What better way to start off the spring than by spending quality time with your crew?

Parents Take Note! Seaside Heights Has New Rules This Summer

Thinking about packing up the car and driving the family to the shore for a day at the beach? You may need to carefully consider what you are packing.

Arts & Crafts Fairs in New Jersey

If you've got a knack for crafty stuff (like art and jewelry), we've got just the thing!

Food Festivals in New Jersey

Celebrate food in all its forms at these annual festivals throughout the state.