I would have never thought about taking my toddler to a cricket game before I did just that earlier this summer. Cricket is not an activity that would cross my mind as ‘toddler-friendly’. I can only imagine James playing with the folding chairs and not wanting to sit still for more than 2 minutes.
On June 25th, James and I were invited to attend a special family day event at the Kia Oval in London to watch Surrey play Essex. The weather forecast was heavy rain and thunder and I very nearly gave it a miss!
I am so pleased that I didn’t let the rain stop me from experiencing this because as soon as we arrived at the Oval the sun was out and it did not rain for rest of the day.
T20 is the explosive, short-form version of cricket that mixes sporting drama with a party atmosphere, making it a fantastic summer event for all the family. The Surrey Cricket Club have this fantastic new offer that they wanted us to experience and share. Children can go to any of their NatWest T20 Blast matches for just £1.
To my surprise, James sat down and watched the game for nearly 30 minutes before he started to get a bit restless. He played with the folding chairs for a few minutes before we headed to the kids fan zone.
I was not expecting to see much and was pleasantly surprised to see a dedicated area for children with lots of extra activities, including:
- Face painting
- Player autograph signing
- Meet and greet with Caesar the Lion
- A chance to put your cricketing skills against mum or dad
Thank you to Natwest for giving us the opportunity to discover T20 and enjoy a nice family day out. James and I had a terrific time at the Oval and we are going back next Friday for another game. Can’t wait!
Here are a few money saving and practical tips and thoughts from me that you might find useful if you are planning to go to the Oval with your children this summer:
- Food and Water: If you are on a budget, take food with you. You can buy food and drinks at the Oval but it can be pricey. You can bring a picnic with you instead.
- Pram and pushchairs: I carried James in a sling, he is around 11/12 KG so a bit heavy but it was worth the back ache. I prefer back pain over the stress that comes with pushing a pram in London underground on a weekend. If you really want to take a pram with you, you would be wise to take something that folds up nicely.
- Sun protection (hat, glasses, and cream): you are likely to be exposed to the elements while watching the game and you would be wise to take all the protection you need with you.
- Rain: It goes without saying that it might rain (it is UK/London after all) and you will want to make sure you have the rain cover, coat or umbrella (or in my case all three) with you.
- Toilets & restroom: These are located within short distance from the seating rows and are in an ok state. My only recommendation would be to visit during the match as it gets very busy during the breaks and at the end.
For more information about upcoming T20 events and to book your ticket/s, please see this website.