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Family fun at the ballpark
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For more than 60 years the Modesto minor league baseball franchise has been a destination for devoted and casual baseball fans alike. - photo by Photo Contributed

Summer break is just around the corner, replacing school days with vacation days and giving families a chance to enjoy their free time together. So what is there to do?

Sure, trips to the beach and other destination vacations can be fun. But what does the local area have to offer? What kind of fun can families get into that fits a budget and doesn’t take hours upon hours of planning?

The Modesto Nuts have an answer for that—several to be exact.

For more than 60 years the Modesto franchise has been a destination for devoted and casual baseball fans alike. 2014 is no different for the Nuts, who have put together a much anticipated lineup of games and events that are sure to draw big crowds over the summer.

“Modesto Nuts baseball is all about family fun, so we want people who are interested in spending three to four hours together as a family. We want them to come out and have a great time,” Nuts General Manager Tyler Richardson said.

Granted there’s a home game, the Nuts has entertainment covered Monday through Sunday.

It all starts with ‘Make Mondays Matter’ where fans can receive a complementary ticket of admission by swapping either two clothing items, two canned goods, or two children’s books for access to the a ballpark.

The deals continue on Tuesday with ‘Two for $25 Nights.’ Not only will fans get upper box tickets and $15 worth of concession credits for the price of $25, they’ll also receive a pair of movie passes that can be used to watch any movie that has been in theatres for 14 days or longer.

“It’s been pretty popular, it’s a real good deal,” Richardson said.

Wednesday’s reign supreme in the hearts of children and adults alike with ‘One Buck Wednesdays’ where a single dollar can buy hotdogs, soft drinks, snacks, children’s wristbands for bouncy houses and slides, and beer for adults from 6-8 p.m.

The generosity continues on Thursdays with the ‘Nuts Souvenir Giveaways’ with items varying each week, but the fun truly explodes Friday and Saturday nights with post-game fireworks and theme nights geared towards an truly enjoyable family experience.

As if all that isn’t enough, families get the chance to get in on the action, literally, on ‘Super Sundays’ when parents and children will be able to take to the outfield and play catch for the first 30 minutes after the gates open.

“I think fans are looking for fun, affordable, family entertainment. And hopefully they continue looking at us for that,” Richardson said.

The Nuts’ next home game will be played on June 3 against Lake Elsinore with the first pitch set to be thrown at 7:05 p.m.