Reds Opening Day is an important holiday in Cincinnati. Adults skip work, kids skip school — and there’s a city-wide parade complete with a celebrity Grand Marshall! This year’s Opening Day is Thursday, March 28th, when the Cincinnati Reds take on the Pittsburgh Pirates that afternoon at 4:10 pm at Great American Ball Park.
But you don’t need a ticket to Opening Day to celebrate — there are lots of family friendly (and FREE!) ways to cheer on the starts of Reds season! Here are 5 family friendly ways to celebrate Reds Opening Day:
The Findlay Market Parade is a time-honored tradition in Cincinnati — this year marks the 100th Opening Day Parade! Look out for Float 48 ‘Friends of Findlay Market with Dave Hawkins’. He‘ll be performing his special edition of “Opening Day Parade” for this 100th parade and 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Reds. The 100th Annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade happens Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Noon.
2. Opening Day Storytimes/Events
There are lots of fun Opening Day events for kids happening around Cincinnati:
- Joseph-Beth Cincinnati’s annual Opening Day Story Time is March 27 at 10:30 am. Kids are encouraged to come in their favorite jersey for the post-story-time parade around the store!
- On March 28 at Cheers to Art in Madeira, create your own Mr. Redlegs canvas!
- Cincinnati Pops Take Me Out to the Ballgame Lollipops concert on April 13. During this one-hour, family-friendly concert, kids will hear the classic poem “Casey at the Bat,” sing along to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and, of course, root for the Reds in their 150th anniversary!
3. Opening Day Celebrations at Local Parks
Washington Park: Head to OTR for a free, fun-filled Opening Day Celebration in Washington Park! Festivities begin at 10 am with beverage sales, fun games and live music. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade kicks off at noon and will pass by Washington Park on Race Street as it makes its way through the city. Be sure to stick around after the procession for even more music, family-friendly activities, cold beverages, and delicious food options. Stay all day: the 4:10 game will be shown on TVs located at the Washington Park Deck.
Smale Riverfront Park: Enjoy family-friendly Opening Day Fun from 11 am-6 pm on March 28.
The Reds Hall of Fame Museum is a must for fans. The Museum features loads of kid-friendly activities and a rotating exhibit, which, this spring, is all about Reds uniforms and their colored history! Don’t miss the mysterious new exhibit opening in April!
Meanwhile, just over the river in Covington’s Devou Park, Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Northern Kentucky Sports Legends Exhibitis up through May 12. This exhibit features memorabilia from the professional All-American Girls Baseball League, including a nod to Covington’s own Pat Scott, whose pitching career was memorialized in the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own,” with Madonna, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks. A replica of her 1950s-era baseball jersey, sewn by Scott herself, is just among the many one-of-a-kind sports artifacts which will be displayed in a new Northern Kentucky Sports Legends exhibit at Behringer-Crawford Museum.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience is a must for little sports fans. This outdoor area just opened last year, and features kid-friendly spaces devoted to a variety of sports (including baseball).
Cincinnati Museum Center — a historic spot for the Reds. Cincinnati was home to the very first professional baseball team in the US: the 1869 Red Stockings! Read all about this ground-breaking team and their first exploits at Union Grounds (which is now the site of the CMC)! Afterwards, wander through the newly opened Public Landing and get a sense of the historical context of the 1940s Reds, who played at Crosley Field. (Check out Crosley Field in the next wave of CMC renos!)
Skip the hullabaloo of March 28 and instead get your tickets for Kids Opening Day on March 30th. This special game happens at a family-friendly time of 2:10 pm and features a pregame red carpet parade with Reds players and mascots and more fun activities for kids. Plus — all attendees under 14 get a free Reds cap!