Monday, December 5, 2016

Our Family Date Night with the Boston Celtics

Disclosure: My family received a complimentary Boston Celtics Family Pack; all opinions expressed are my own. 

One of the things I keep telling myself since we moved back to Boston is that I need to pace myself: there is so much to do here and living in Boston as a single 20-something vs. now in my 30s married with two kids really makes me see the city in a different light. When my family was invited to attend this past Friday's Boston Celtics game for the first time together it made me realize it was just shy of 10 years since I had been to one - the last time was when Mr. Lovebird and I were dating. Suddenly I felt old!

We decided not to tell the kids where we were taking them and opted to take the train downtown - another first. One of the things I love about where we live is the accessibility to downtown Boston: we're able to walk less than 5 minutes to the train and be downtown in 1 stop. It was a mild night and an easy walk from the train to TD Garden. We arrived an hour before the game which gave us plenty of time for pre-game fun: face painting, balloon sculpture and hanging out with Lucky, the mascot. 

Since it was dinner time before heading to our seats we picked up chicken fingers and fries (the Jamaican sauce was our favorite) and a sausage for Mr. Lovebird. Later we went back for popcorn and pizza - it was really good, but Grayson kept stealing my crust! 

Our seats were just off-center behind the Celtics tunnel, and the kids waited patiently for game time taking in the sights and sounds - I think Grayson was a bit stunned! We taught the kids the chants and they especially loved shouting, "Defense!," stomping and clapping. The routines by the dancers and cheerleaders captivated the kids too and gave them a chance to bounce around a bit.

Next time I'll wear some green too!

The Celtics came out strong in the beginning of the 1st quarter, but soon enough the Sacramento Kings caught up and the game was neck and neck into the 3rd quarter when we had to head out with the sleepy kids. When we got home I checked and saw they won 97 - 92

I made this little video of our family night:

If you'd like to take your family to a game they make it easy with the purchase of a Celtics Family Pack which you can purchase here; it includes:
  • 4 balcony seats 
  • 2 Club Green Kid gifts 
  • Meet & Greet with Lucky 
  • $20 credit towards concessions or merchandise at TD Garden

Thank you Boston Celtics for a fun night - we look forward to this being the start of going to more games with the kids and continuing to introduce them to the city. For me, seeing the Boston through their eyes is a great way to get re-introduced!

Have you ever been to an NBA game with your kids? What was it like? Click here to see a throwback to our first NBA game as a family.