Shayna’s Take: Washington Nationals Kids Games

This passed weekend my family and I attended the Washington National’s Kids Opening Day game against the San Diego Padres. It was our first time at Nats Park and a perfect day for us to go to explore all of the new kid centric fun!

From Prince William County the drive to the Nationals’ stadium is a little under an hour depending on where you are in the county, and parking is fairly easy. I used the app “Spot Hero” to purchase parking close to the stadium. Entry is super easy and can even be done through the Apple Wallet.

This particular game was one of the Nationals kids giveaways, so my kids all got a super cool Nationals digital watch. There are four more games this season with a kids giveaway (May 26th, June 23rd, August 18th, and September 15th). For more information on the giveaways visit, as there are quite a few other themed days, giveaways, and events planned throughout the season that kids would definitely love.

Behind center field is a brand new kids play area. Most of the actual play structure is covered, so it won’t be crazy hot during the summer games. The one thing I really liked about the play area is there were several staff members stationed at the entry and within to manage how many kids were inside the area at any given time, and they also had a time limit for each group. Even if there are a lot of kids at the game your family wont be too crowded, or wait too long to play.

There are also a ton of different food options. There are separate kiosks for kid friendly foods, gluten free, kosher items, and what I would call “food truck” foods. Those ones would be “Bao Bao”, Cantina 202, DC Empanadas, Medium Rare, and a few others.

The Nationals have also added a really nice Nursing Mothers Lounge. It is pretty spacy, has a lot of seating, and is air-conditioned! The park also has sensory training, and offers sensory bags at Guest services.

There are seriously so many cool things going on at the National’s stadium this year, and I would highly recommend checking our their website or app to find the right game for you and your family.


Shayna is a mom to three children and one dog, avid reader, and lover of food and live sports. Having lived in Prince William County for only a year and a half, she is always looking to explore new and exciting places and events in the area.