Anyone who knows Tony, knows that he LOVES the Toronto Maple Leafs. So this year for his birthday I thought I would surprise him with tickets to a game they were playing in Ottawa. R
Not only was this his first time ever seeing them live (he had always missed the games because he was working so much), but it was also Penelope’s first time too. So the first thing I did was research what age gains free admission, and I found out that it really depends on each arena but for the most part they were mostly all 2 years and under. I did see one that allowed children up to 4 years of age to be admitted for free! So make sure you do your research prior to buying your tickets.
I also researched hotels and how far they were from the arena, parking and if there were any public transportation available. Since we were way to far from home we would be spending the weekend at a hotel in Ottawa, and our preference was that it needed to have a pool and a gym. The Westin Hotel in Ottawa was our first choice and I was so happy with the hotel that I would definitely recommend it to friends and family.
Preparing for the Game:
Make sure you get in all naps, and even an extra nap if your child’s bedtime is close to the start of the game, like Penelope’s is.
Pack your bag light and easy for the staff at the game to check when your going through the gates.
Bring an extra bottle, change of clothes and a carrier! The carrier was the best thing ever.
Eat before because most likely your baby will be too busy to eat properly during the game, and the line ups for the bathrooms are always long.
What To Bring to the Game?
I brought a back pack instead of a purse or diaper bag.
I cannot recommend bringing a baby carrier more! It was a life saviour as she got tired and she even fell asleep in it while the game was still going and loud. We have the Ergobaby Carrier and I love it because it has a lot of support, especially when your baby is heavy like P is.
Extra Bottles, depending on the age of your baby or if your breast feeding or not. I was told they had a quiet room for moms but I could’t find it and no one knew where it was.
A few diapers, I brought 3 extra ones just incase but I only used one. Again because I couldn’t find the quiet room for moms, I had to change her in the kind of gross bathroom on the change table that was in the way of everyone.
A snack or buy something to munch on.
A Binky, Soother or whatever your child uses to self-soothe in moments when they are unsure or a little overwhelmed.
Your phone to take pictures to remember the special moment and I also downloaded a movie on my phone just in case she got restless.
I made sure she had her runners on so that we could walk around if she needed to stretch or was getting sick of sitting down.
I got a friend who lives in Ottawa to recommend hotels, places to eat and visit while we were there. My first choice from the list we got was The Westin Hotel in Ottawa for all the amenities and the amazing view of Parliament from your room. Not only was there a salt water pool that over looked the city and hot tub, but there was a great gym with peloton cardio equipment that I of course had to test out. They offered massages, room service from several in hotel restaurants and they even lend you gym clothes if you forgot them for only $5! Needless to say we plan on coming back in the late summer to do more outdoor activities that we didn’t get to do because of the winter like weather that weekend.
We had the best time at the game! and we were so impressed and proud of how well Penelope did. She enjoyed watching the guys play hockey, she clapped when everyone else clapped and even kept her ear muffs on the whole time. She eventually fell asleep during the final period and woke up when we got to the car. It was a long day for her but she was so well behaved and to my surprise I saw a lot of other babies there around her age that looked just as content. So in conclusion there’s is no need to be stressed out or worried like I was.