Target Field is the Twin's Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It begins the west end of the Green Line light rail line. Visiting with kids can be a great family outing. But parents have questions:
- What Can I bring to Target Field (and what isn't allowed)?
- Can I have strollers at Target Field?
- Can you bring a purse into Target Field?
- What is the Target Field water bottle policy?
- What is the Target Field food policy?
We have gathered some of the Target Field's policies and information that are of most concern to families with small children and share it below:
Birthday Parties at Target Field
Located in Target Field's lower level, adjacent to the right field foul pole, the Great Clips Great Seats is an ideal location for groups looking for a traditional ballpark experience, with the comforts of a social atmosphere. With great flexibility regarding the size of group (minimum of 25) it's the perfect locale for celebrating birthdays.
Free Stuff For Kids:
Freebies: Check the Promotions Schedule for Gate Giveaways. We've received some really great Twins items at the gate. The year we got knit caps, they came in handy! We still use them.
Photos with the Mascot: Kids can get their picture taken with T.C., the Twins' mascot, at the 3rd inning of every game. Line up at T.C.'s Clubhouse (the playground near section 229).
Publications: My husband loves to reminisce about keeping scorecards with his dad. Be sure to pick one up for free throughout Target Field.
Not Free, But Fun: If your kids LOVE Twins Baseball, consider signing them up for T.C. Sluggers Kids Club. A $30 annual membership includes special extras (like t-shirts, lunch bags and lanyards), discounts and access to exclusive T.C. Sluggers Kids Club events.
Children's Admission/Tickets for Twins Games
The Minnesota Twins offer complimentary admission to children less than 30" in height for regular season games, provided they are accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. These children must sit on the lap of the accompanying adult and not occupy an additional seat. All guests in attendance for a post-season game are required to have a valid ticket, regardless of age.
Sundays are Kids Days at Target Field
Every Sunday home game is Kids Day. Any child 14 and under with a valid ticket can participate in a special pre-game autograph session and run the bases after the game.There are also kid-friendly activities and food deals on Sundays.
Autographs: Find the autograph session in the South Ramp on the Club level, between 11:55-12:15.
Running the Bases: After the game, kids can line up on the North Ramp of the Main Concourse (near section 130) for a chance to run the bases. For very young children, parents can (and should) run the bases with them.
Meal Deals: It's good to know that Kids Meals are $4.00 on Sundays. Kids meals include a hot dog, choice of apple sauce or chips and choice of milk, soda or juice box. They come in an activity bag with a box of crayons.
Pregame Face Painting: To get excited for the game, kids can have their faces painted for free on the Target Field Plaza.
Family restrooms are located on the Main Concourse at sections 111, 123, 132, 134, as well as across from the camera platform above centerfield; in the Grandstand section 238; on the Suite Concourse near Suite 14 and Skyline Suite 2; and on the Terrace Concourse at sections 208, 214, and 220. If a more private environment is desired, please visit the nearest Guest Service Center.
TC's Clubhouse Playground
TC's Clubhouse is a small play area available indoors and away from the elements for children 48 inches tall and shorter. Find it on the club level near section 229. All kids can meet here to get their picture taken with TC at the third inning. There is nice seating for parents all around the structure and there are nearby restrooms.
Mothers in need of private accommodations while nursing are welcome to do so at any Guest Service Center (near sections 113 and 204). But also, according to Minn. Stat. Sec. 145.905. "A mother may breastfeed in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding." and Minn. Stat. Sec 617.23, subd. 4. "It is not a violation of [indecent exposure laws] for a woman to breastfeed." So feel free to nurse wherever you are comfortable.
Baby Changing Stations
Baby changing tables are available in all restrooms and family restrooms. Family restrooms are located on the Main Concourse at sections 111, 123, 132, 134, as well as across from the camera platform above centerfield; in the Grandstand section 238; on the Suite Concourse near Suite 14 and Skyline Suite 2; and on the Terrace Concourse at sections 208, 214, and 220. If a more private environment is desired, please visit the nearest Guest Service Center.
Target Field allows soft-sided purses, bag, backpacks and other containers that are smaller than 16" by 16" by 8". (Remember a sheet of paper is 8 1/2 x 11, so that is a good measurement tool if you are unsure.) Security has the right to inspect your bags and containers as you are walking in, but I've rarely had this done and it was a quick peak. For more detailed information on what can be brought into Target Field see Entry Guidelines.
Fans can now keep personal items such as a cell phone, keys, wallet, clutch, etc. in their pockets while going through security at all Target Field gates.
Yes. Guests can bring their own foldable strollers, but target field rules prohibit blocking aisles or interfering with the movements of other guests. This is a great time to pull out the cheap umbrella stroller. Once in the stadium, you will be asked to leave your stroller at the base of the 200 seating section nearest to your seat. Target Field does not rent strollers to guests, so if you want one, you will need to bring your own.
Outside Food Policy
Same as with purses, keep your cooler 16" by 16" by 8" or smaller and soft-sided and be able to fit under your seat. Hard-sided coolers are not allowed in the ballpark. Security has the right to remove any package or container or their contents.
Sealed water and children's drinks only. Sealed, bottled water 32 oz. or less, and soft sided single juice or milk containers for children are the only outside beverages permitted into Target Field. Flavored water, performance beverages (Gatorade, Powerade, etc) are NOT permitted into Target Field. Guests may bring liquids required for legitimate medical purposes into Target Field. I do bring in my empty water bottle because there are filling stations tucked near some of the restrooms. If you really want a flavored drink, you could probably bring in individual powder packets, like Gatorade.
Woo hoo! Target Field allows outside food as long as items are consumed in the general seating areas. Outside food cannot be brought into any restaurant, club lounge or suite. If you are bringing apples or oranges, slice or section them. Foods that could be thrown as a projectile could be confiscated.
Inside Food Deals
- Obviously, any food you purchase inside the stadium is permitted in the stands. These are some of the best deals:
- If you don't want to carry in food, but want to stay in budget, note that Twin's Dogs are $1.00 on Wednesdays! This is a better price than popcorn (which isn't too bad either).
- You'll get scalped on beer and pop, which you can't carry in, but see the Beverage policy on how to make drinks more affordable, too.
- Kids Meals are $8.00 (except Sundays when they are half price) and include a hot dog, choice of apple sauce or chips and choice of milk, soda or juice box, activities and crayons.
- Concession stands located near sections 133 and 327 have added family-friendly value-priced menu including $5 Budweisers; $4 hot dogs, and $2 pops.
- Pick seats in the alcohol-free family section, and get a free hot dog and pop with your seat!
What is NOT allowed in Target field?
Target Field rules prohibit the following items:
- Ball retrievers
- Balloons (sorry kids)
- Bats (small souvenir bats are permitted)
- Beach balls
- Boom boxes
- Brooms (because you were thinking of cleaning while you were there?). But small whiskbrooms are okay.
- Hard sided coolers
- Laser pointers (this is just good manners)
- Lawn chairs
- Noise-making devices (again, good manners)
- Weapons (should go without saying)
- Wooden sticks, or rods.
If you do accidentally bring one of these items, you have the option of surrendering it at the gate or you can run it back to your car and then come back. If you choose to surrender the item, you won't be getting it back.