How to Enjoy a Charlotte Checkers Game With Kids

5 things to know before you go.
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Tiffany Wolff
Kids cannot help but get hooked into the fast-paced excitement at a Charlotte Checkers hockey game.

As the Charlotte Checkers hockey team gears up for opening weekend, how does a family gear to go with their kids? Here are tips and tricks to make the adventure as smooth as the ice rink.

1. Reference the online promotional calendar prior to the game.

The game on Sunday, March 15 is Ultimate Family Day featuring Family Packs of tickets if purchased online, and Chubby's Birthday. Other promotions through the season include, but are not limited to, giveaways, Pooch Party and Postgame Skate.

2. Wear or bring warm clothes for everyone.

During hockey games, Bojangles’ Coliseum gets chilly. Little ones might even enjoy a blanket or mittens.

3. Treat yourself and the kids.

If the children are getting wiggly, step out for a treat after the first or second period. Kids love Chubby gear, including the polar bear stuffed animal and the furry Chubby hat. Bojangles’ Coliseum not only offers savory snack and dinner fare, guests can also find Dippin’ Dots, cotton candy, ice cream, soft drinks and fan merchandise. 

4. Check out the Red Line Club restaurant, which includes a kids’ menu.

Players walk through at halftime and after the game on their way to and from the locker room, which is exciting for everyone. You might even get a high five from goaltender, Alex Nedeljkovic. If you cannot stand to miss a second of the action on the ice, Red Line Club also offers to-go boxes.

5. Register for a Zamboni ride.

The Charlotte Checkers operate two zambonis prior to and during the first and second intermissions of each home game, and fans ages 7 and older can ride with a $50 donation to the Charlotte Checkers Charitable Foundation. Another $50 upgrade to your evening is to have a special announcement read over the loudspeaker with an accompanying photo display on the video board. The Checkers also list birthdays on the video board free of charge.

Of course, kids also get a kick out of fist-bumping the lovable polar bear mascot, Chubby. 

Tiffany Wolff is the Charlotte Parent calendar editor.