We have been fans of the Toronto Blue Jays for a LONG time so we were super excited to get invited to attend the inagural TBJ Winter Fest this past weekend! It was a sold out crowd of 15,000 Blue Jays fans in attendance which was a super impressive turn out. Didn’t get a chance to make it? Here’s a little recap of the day!
Jr. Jays Park, Off Season & Spring Training Zone
Field Level was FULL of awesome activities and this is definitely where we spent most of our day. There were places to play, games & even a Merry-Go-Round for little ones.
This area was well laid out with clearly marked lines that moved relatively quickly. There was also lots of visual interest like the HUGE baseball snowman and balloon snowmen throughout.
Plus, if your kids were a little older they could skate or play catch on a huge grassy surface. If this was the only area you visited during the entire day there was more than enough to keep your kiddo happy!
I feel like this was a bit of a hidden treasure (even though there were huge signs for it everywhere) the lines to see the World Series Trophies and other Canadian Baseball memorabilia were quite short (compared with everything else) and it was really neat to get a closer look.
Around the Horn
My little guy loved seeing the grounds crew showcase, it’s not very often you get to see that kind of equipment up close. It was really cool to get a total ‘behind the scenes’ look as well as the chance to see what goes into getting everything just right on the baseball diamond.
Home Plate & First Base
The 100 level was full of tons of great activities but man did they draw a crowd! The Roy Halladay Memorial was a lovely tribute to the late star and the Chalk Wall was a nice place to be able to leave your mark and message to the players.
There was also button making, caricatures, choose your design t-shirts & colouring spots to help keep your kiddos entertained.
One of the coolest things about Winter Fest were the behind the scenes tours that were being offered. They included Media Tour, Clubhouse Tour, Roof Tour & Production Tour. Unfortunately we didn’t get their early enough to sign up for any of the tours (from what I heard they filled pretty much the instant the event opened) but apparently they were awesome. We will have to get there nice and early next year 😉
There were also special ticketed autograph sessions that we didn’t have tickets for. A bit of a bummer but, again, something to keep in mind for next year!
There were lots of fun interactive areas on the third base line including the ‘Kids Winter Workshop’ where little ones could make gingerbread cookies, Face Painting, and ‘Be a Broadcaster for a Day’ where you got the chance to sit behind the broadcast desk for a photo op.
There was also the Jays Care Garage Sale which was an awesome opportunity to pick up some souvenirs at a great price.
And there were two places where you could wait in line to get photos with the players but these lines were sooooo long. We decided to head over to the kids only photo spot where the line didn’t look too bad until we realized they had to split the line and the rest of the line went all the way to the upper level. Needless to say, we didn’t get any photos with players.
If you weren’t in the mood to wait in lines but still wanted the chance to see some players there were a number of talks on the Home Plate Stage featuring different groups of players throughout the day. It was actually really nice that the players rotated through the different stations and activities in groups so there was lots of variety and opportunity to see the players, prospects, and alumni in different settings. The Home Plate Stage shows were quite well attended and very entertaining.
There were also music performances throughout the day that gave a fun energy to the event and periodically changes up the overall feel.
All in all it was a great day and my little guy had a BLAST! We definitely learned some tricks for tackling the event next year so that we can do some of the activities we missed out on this time. We’ve already got our 6-game pack purchased and ready to go, which includes Jr Jays activities on 4 of the 6 days so it’s going to be a blast!
Check out the 2018 Blue Jays Promotions Events Schedule for all of the upcoming 2018 special events!