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Orioles to open re-imagined Kids’ Corner at Camden Yards tonight

The Orioles will be opening an expanded and re-imagined Kids' Corner at Camden Yards tonight when the team faces the Kansas City Royals.

The newly designed Kids' Corner will have enhanced entertainment for youths, an area for parents and guardians to relax and new food options exclusive to the location.

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It's another way the Orioles are becoming more family friendly. Before the season, the Orioles announced a program that allows each paying adult to obtain free tickets for two children age 9 or younger in the upper deck of Camden Yards.

The Orioles are hoping their new policy, of allowing kids 9 and under in for free, will bring more youngsters to the ballpark. It's just the latest of several kid-centric attractions the team uses to make the game appeal to the much-younger set and reverse a decline in attendance.

The most-visible addition to the Kids' Corner is The Bird House, a new interactive treehouse activity center and jungle gym, It was built by Daniel's Wood Land in Paso Robles, Calif., and serves as the centerpiece of the new space.

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It is built on the trunk of a 400-year-old, 5,000-pound redwood tree that had naturally fallen. The Bird House consists primarily of redwood and cedar, and measures about 18 feet wide, 30 feet long, and 20 feet tall.

Reclaimed cedar shingles were also used as the roofing material.

"We are investing in our fans' day at the ballpark by creating a 360-degree experience by focusing on local food brands, a variety of sizes and prices for the consumer, and innovative kids initiatives," Greg Bader, Orioles vice president of communications and marketing, said in news release.

A moon bounce, skee-ball, Orioles throwing inflatable, and larger-than-life Oriole Bird bobbleheads remain in the Kids' Corner.

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Concessions options will include snowballs, corn dogs, and chicken nuggets, and they are exclusive to the area. The newly-announced 7th Inning Sorbet will also be available.

For older kids and adults, several new television monitors are available to keep fans connected to the on-field action, as well as additional seating.

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