Kids Day at the Booth

I may be the only Caps blogger with a kid (two now, actually), at least for now. My four year old is really starting to get into hockey now. He’s accompanied Mrs. Gustafsson and me to several games this year. His favorite activity is skating — ok, running — around the upper concourse with his hockey stick and hockey jersey pretending to be Alex Ovechkin. In fact, that’s what we have to call him, Alex Ovechkin. He’s spied kids donning a goaltender mask and declared that he “needs” one. At home, he’s asking for hockey to be on at many different times throughout the day. Thank you NHL Network!
After the Caps announced their first ever Kids Club, I immediately signed him up. It’s not a bad deal. For $15 you get a membership card, Capitals activity book, pencil case and folder, Chris Clark wall banner, free skate at Kettler, 10% off coupon for the pro shop at Kettler, and a free ticket to two separate Capitals games (you’ve just made your money back on the games) and other special giveaways.
Caps Kids ClubThe first free game you get as a Kids Club member is Saturday, December 8th. The Capitals have announced that December 8th will be Kids Day at Verizon Center. From the press release:

The day is devoted entirely to kids, with special events and features geared toward young Caps fans. Face painting, clowns, jugglers, poster-making stations and photos with Caps mascot, Slapshot, are just a few of the exciting activities planned for all kids in attendance.
Members of the Caps Kids Club receive a voucher for a free ticket to the game as a part of their membership kit and will have the opportunity to take part in additional activities throughout the day, including an exclusive autograph session with select current and former Capitals before the game. They will also receive a giveaway goaltender mask, a chance to have their portrait drawn by a caricature artist, and take part in Slapshot’s birthday celebration.
All Kids Club Day activities are slated to take place on the upper concourse beginning when doors open at 6 p.m. and will continue throughout the beginning of the game. Other exciting features are slated throughout the course of the game, including the announcement of the first winner of the Kids Club “Why I am the Biggest Capitals Fan” contest.

Looks like the little one doesn’t have to wait for Santa to bring him a goalie mask. He WILL, however, have to wait for Santa to bring him a new red Ovechkin jersey. I understand that Santa used a 10% coupon at the Ketter Pro Shop.

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15 Responses to Kids Day at the Booth

  1. maruk says:

    Oh, nice going, Gus. Just put it on the web for the kid to see. Way to spoil the surprise! πŸ™‚

  2. Schultz for Calder says:

    Woo-hoo. Two free tickets to the Eagle’s Nest. As a season ticket holder, this proves my theory: you can’t give Caps tickets away. In fact, you can’t, you have to package them with other things and sell the other things.

  3. Gustafsson says:

    I didn’t mind posting on the web as he’s only four and can’t read. πŸ˜‰ I expect him to surpass Dexter Manley within the next 2 years.
    The tickets actually aren’t Eagles nest. Row H on the ends of the upper deck. Tickets are free for the child and there is a form for parents to order tickets for themselves. We didn’t have to do that because we already have our two full season tickets. I don’t know if that helps or hurts your argument, but at least wanted to pass the info along.

  4. sk84fun_dc says:

    Just curious, is there a discount for the adult ticket or is the adult ticket gate price?
    As someone else noted, another way to sell tickets since depending on the age of the kid, it isn’t exactly like one is going to send the kid to the game alone or have the kid sit alone in a different section if one has season tickets.
    I am glad they have started a kids program, but my first reaction when they announced the ticket component of the program was a single ticket for a kid equals gimick.

  5. Dez says:

    Ok.. So while this is the “first ever Kids Club”, didn’t the Caps used to have a Jr. Caps Club or something in the 80s? I somehow remember being a part of that, and getting little 8x10s of Pivonka, Kelly Miller, Ridley, Gartner, etc. Or was that something completely different?

  6. Gustafsson says:

    There is a VERY SLIGHT discount for the additional tickets.
    Perhaps it is part gimick, however, the Caps are starting to do a number of different things to sell hockey in DC. There have been a number of complaints about some of their initiatives, but they have a hard job and are going in the right direction.
    Additionally, I know a little boy who is going to go nuts when he finds out that he finally gets a hockey mask.

  7. DebCapsFan says:

    Yeah, the first ever kids club stuff cracks me up. They definitely had something similar in the 80s.
    I still have all my stuff from it at my parents house, including the words to the song. πŸ™‚

  8. sk84fun_dc says:

    Thanks for the info; I’m not knocking the Kids Club and the other benefits, I like the idea; I just thought the one ticket aspect was curious since it is for kids under a certain age.
    I am curious to hear what the goalie mask is like (fwiw, the Ducks did a kid goalie mask giveaway at the Ovechkin hat trick game in Jan 2006 that I brought back for some kids, nice giveaway, but of the cardstock variety)

  9. Gustafsson says:

    No worries sk8tfun,
    My comment wasn’t pointed at you, mostly to stuff I’ve read elsewhere.
    I’m hoping since this is not a giveaway for EVERY kid, just the kids in the club, that it’s a quality giveaway. I know a four year old boy that will test its limits.

  10. steph says:

    The only thing that bums me out is I don’t have kids under 14, and I wanted all the goodies (read that with a whine) πŸ™‚

  11. sk84fun_dc says:

    About the giveaway, I hope so, too, I’ll be looking for the update since I won’t be at that game…hope the little guy has a great time.

  12. TG says:

    Not really on topic, but last year my wife and I brought our 9-year old (ADHD diagnosed) nephew to his first hockey game when the Caps played the Rangers. Prior to the game he watched the promotional Ovechkin DVD that the Caps had sent us for being season ticket holders. Our nephew had absolutely no idea what was going on during the game but every so often would excitedly yell out, “There’s number 8!” and point. And of course, he joined in the booing of Jagr, even without knowing why he was booing.

  13. Gustafsson says:

    Nice story, TG.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Grooven says:

    I think the Caps should find a way to get the kids more involved in the action around the game. Okay, I can see how there’s a big issue with having something like stick kids on the bench, but, as an example, for the Wizards, they had a kid making the announcement for the starting line-up, a kid doing the Anthem, a kid in the press box, etc etc.
    If you’re gonna do something like this, go all out.

  15. Gustafsson says:

    “I am curious to hear what the goalie mask is like (fwiw, the Ducks did a kid goalie mask giveaway at the Ovechkin hat trick game in Jan 2006 that I brought back for some kids, nice giveaway, but of the cardstock variety)”
    That’s exactly what the goalie mask was… a cardstock mask. I was hoping that it would be of better quality, but I also did not expect the kids club to have around 500 members in a few short weeks/months.

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