My family loves the Annual Seahawks Family Football Fest! We've been going since I was pregnant with Owen and we always are impressed with how well-run the event is. This year's tickets sold out quickly and they were expecting the biggest crowd to date. They seem to add new elements and continually improve each year. This year was no exception.
New this year was the Delta Dental photo booth. They had a Seahawks staff member taking photos with personal cell phones in front of the Superbowl display. All I had to do was post my photo to Instagram with the hashtag #HawkSmiles and it was printed minutes later and a staff member taped it to the frame. Pretty fun keepsake for our family!
Out on the field was where all the athletic activities took place. Last year, our toddler Owen was only 18 months and while he enjoyed running around on the turf, he wasn't able to really participate in the activities. This year, at 2.5 years old, he was the perfect age to test out some of the areas! The staff members were so patient and experienced when it came to toddlers and preschoolers, ensuring that fun was had by all.
I was really surprised how interested Owen was in all the activities. He seemed a bit nervous at first, but after watching the kids in front of us in line, he took off! He even said "more!" and emphasized it by signing it as well! We did several activities twice because he was having so much fun!
We ended the event by going back inside and hitting up one last photo op. I really appreciate that they offer plenty of activities so people can pick and choose the right ones for their family. Other activities offered that we didn't get a chance to experience include player autographs, photos with the Sea Gals, face painting, balloon artists, caricaturists, and the bouncy houses.
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The Seahawks are a big deal in my family. My husband has been a life-long fan and I became one when we met (after attending the Seahawks Football 101 event). Owen was supposed to be born on Super Bowl weekend, but he came early and was able to watch the Seahawks win their first Superbowl.
We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to take our son to Seahawks Training Camp every year of his life, so far. The first year, I got a ticket to the sold-out event from a co-worker of a family friend. Owen was 8 months old and I strapped him in my baby carrier. It was a really hot day and he was a bit overheated. I happened to bring his little customized Seahawks jersey that said "Lil Cheung" on the back and Marshawn Lynch autographed it for him! This was a big deal because this was the first practice he had attended and he only signed autographs for a few fans.
The next year, I was able to secure tickets for our family and another family with a newborn. We thought ahead and brought a blanket to sit on, lots of sunscreen and snacks. Owen enjoyed it even more because he was able to dance to the music and do a lot of people watching.
This year, we're planning on bringing a blanket and getting there early so we can sit closer to the fence. We will also bring water, sunscreen and lots of snacks. There are also usually inflatables for younger kiddos. I'm also going to bring a photo matte board and see if I can get players to autograph it. Then, I'll put a photo of our family dressed in our Seahawks gear in it and hang on our wall.
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