“Mom, let’s go see the River Guy! I want to see the River Guy! He shook my hand and.… he sat next to me.… and and and he put his arm around me! I like the River Guy, mom.”
That is the excitement of a 2.5 year old little boy. That is one of my favorite things ever to witness. And that is why I love going to see the Rockford Riverhawks play!
Their mascot is fondly referred to as the River Guy in our house. He’s a big bird and he’s Ryan’s new BFF.
I grew up in Rockford and we’ve had a number of baseball teams over the years. The Riverhawks are a minor-league team that has been around here since 2002, I think. The new stadium in NE Rockford is awesome and looks really nice:
This time, I went with my two kids and my mom – we had a great time (even though the Riverhawks were murdered… 15 to 1!!). Our seats were super close, the weather was beautiful, their was a fireworks show after the game, and… there was Ryan’s second favorite part, the playground:
The first time I went to a Riverhawks game, I was nervous about how it’d go with my toddler. I mean, he can get antsy especially when we are in one spot for a long time – what kid doesn’t? So I was beyond excited to see the playground! It’s really nice, too. There are even two bounce houses. I actually thought we’d never get out of there, haha. But what finally pulled Ryan away? The food!
My kids really had a great time. The Riverhawks season is over, but I can’t wait to go to more games next year. It’s a GREAT place to take a family, it’s awesome for kids, and they have plenty of picnic tables and tents for groups to sit while eating or whatever. That was really nice for us too – to not have to try to eat at our seats with the little children!
Rockford really has a ton of great things for families, you could easily spend a family weekend here. Want ideas? Just ask me
Do you like taking your family out to baseball games?
disclosure: the IOT provided me with complimentary tickets to attend this game, but no compensation was received and all opinions and photos are my own!