The Orioles today announced plans for their first-ever Kids' Opening Day, which will be held Sunday, April 12, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when the Orioles host the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:35 p.m. The celebration will welcome children and their families to a new season of Orioles Baseball with many fun activities and unique gameday opportunities for several lucky kids throughout the day.
Kids' Opening Day will feature a kids-only giveaway, as the first 7,500 fans age 14 and under will receive an Orioles braided rope necklace. In addition, all fans 14 and under will be able to participate in a post-game Kids Run the Bases.
Among the most exciting elements of Kids' Opening Day are opportunities for children age 14 and under to be selected to participate in pre-game experiences. Eleven of the rope necklace giveaways will be specially marked with an Orange Ticket containing a prize: nine children will receive a ticket allowing them to take the field with the Orioles starters for the National Anthem; one child will help deliver the lineup card during the pre-game exchange at home plate; and one child will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.
Children 14 and under are encouraged to enter a video-submission contest held on Instagram, with the winner being selected to introduce the Orioles' starting lineup over the ballpark public address system. Parents should submit their child's video on Instagram using the hashtag #KidsOpeningDay. A sample script and additional information can be found at orioles.com/kids.
In addition, there will be plenty of in-game entertainment for children, including the "Tweet for a Bird Visit" promotion in which fans tweet for the chance to have the Oriole Bird deliver an Orioles prize pack to their seats. Children are also strongly encouraged to show their Orioles spirit with costumes and signs, and some of the most-supportive fans will receive Orioles autographed items for their efforts. Additionally, face painters will be at the Kids Corner near Gate C from the time gates open until approximately an hour after the scheduled first pitch.
Kids' Opening Day offers an affordable entertainment experience for children of all ages to enjoy many activities and events before, during, and after the game. For more information, visit orioles.com/kids.