Game, Set, Match AND Childcare With The Australian Open’s New Childminder Program
By: Rosie Stevens, ellaslist
Dec 10, 2018
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—as they’ve unveiled plans for childminding services and a kids club at the 2019 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 14-27 tournament.
The new initiative is 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 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 Thursday 17th January, the first 7,000 kids aged 3-14 can attend the tennis for free thanks to ANZ's Tennis Hot Shots Day.
The AO ballpark is back and better than ever—three times bigger than before. It boasts a 12-metre waterslide with super soaker play zone, climbing wall, daily stage shows, ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Fan Zone and courts and a whole lot more—meaning there's no end of fun of offer for kids at this year's Australian Open.
Emirates Family Sanctuary
Enchanting space for families to relax and a must visit spot during the Australian Open. Leading the way in increased comfort and services for parents, Emirates Family Sanctuary provides premium tennis viewing on a giant screen, kids entertainment and family-friendly food and beverages delivered right to your table. Twice a day, kids movies will be featured at the Sanctuary, as part of the AO Sports Film Festival. Ample seating and shade will allow families to recharge before heading out to soak up the action elsewhere.
Hats off to you, Australian Open! Here’s hoping other sporting events get the same child-friendly treatment soon.
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