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 a little different: “Opening Day” is March 29th, but the Parade is April 2nd. As such, there are lots of ways to celebrate the Redlegs all week long!
In fact, 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:
1. Opening Day Storytimes/Kids Events
There are lots of fun Opening Day events for kids happening around Cincinnati:
- Joseph-Beth Cincinnati’s annual Opening Day Story Time is April 2nd at 10:30 am. Kids are encouraged to come in their favorite jersey for the post-story-time parade around the store!
- Trader Joe’s Opening Day Celebration happens April 8th from 12-4 pm, and features kids activities, baseball fare and a Cart Parade.
- On April 14th at Cheers to Art in Madeira, kids 7 and up can create their own Cincinnati Reds Baseball painting on canvas.
2. Findlay Market Opening Day Parade(pictured)
Mon., April 2 at 12 p.m. at Findlay Market
The Findlay Market Parade is a time-honored tradition in Cincinnati — this year marks the 99th Opening Day Parade! Find the 2018 parade route and announcements here.
Mon., April 2 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
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.
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 new exhibit opening in April, which features a catalog of Reds uniforms from throughout the decades.
Sat., April 31 at 1:10 p.m.
Skip the hullabaloo of March 29 and instead get your tickets for Kids Opening Day on April 15th. This special game 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!