Game, Set, Match AND Childcare With The Australian Open’s Childminder Program

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Want to spend some quality time courtside in January for the Australian Open, but haven’t got a babysitter? Stress not! The Melbourne Park team have well and truly got you covered—the childminding services and kids club will return - bigger than ever - at the 2020 event.

The Kids Club

The Australian Open Kids’ Club will have spots available for up to 100 boys and girls aged 5-12 for every session of the January tournament.

The 2019 initiative was part of a bid to make the tournament as accessible as possible for families. Australian Open director, Craig Tiley, told News, “we’ve worked extremely hard over the past few years to make the Australian Open one of the most family-friendly events in world sport, and I’m delighted we can now offer this tremendous new childcare program.”

The Details

The childcare program will be run by qualified teachers and will feature half and full-day games and activities, to ­include a magic show, robotics playground, circus acts, a ninja warrior course and coaching by qualified tennis experts.

Kids will get priority access to the AO Ballpark, player practice viewing, a tennis lesson with a professional coach, and a whole heap of other games and activities.

There are a range of sessions available, including long full day, full day, long morning, morning and afternoon—so you can literally pick whichever works best with your ticketing schedule, safe in the knowledge that your kids are being well looked after and entertained while you sit back and relax courtside! For bookings, click here.

Tennis For Free!

On 23rd January, thanks to ANZ, and to celebrate the kids and families that represent the future of our sport, the first 7,000 Kids Ground Passes will allow kids between 3-14 years of age to go FREE.

AO Ballpark

This year, the AO Ballpark is back and is FOUR TIMES the size of last year, taking up both upper and lower terrace of Birrarung Marr in Melbourne, catering for a range of ages for kids, and includes LEGO, super soaker battlezone, sky flyer ride, go karts, stage shows, movies, tennis hot shots and more.

A kids ground pass is only $5 for kids 3- 14 years and free for kids 2 year and under.

Hats off to you, Australian Open! Here’s hoping other sporting events get the same child-friendly treatment soon.

The Australian Open is on from 20 Jan - 2 Feb 2020 at Melbourne Park.

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