Family-friendly Australian Open 2019

It’s that time of year when the best of the best Tennis players from all around the world head to Melbourne Park for the Australian Open. This year promises to be the most family-friendly Australian Open ever with $5 kids’ ground passes and the bigger and better Kids’ Zone and AO Ballpark.

AO Ballpark Photo Credit Tennis Australia
AO Ballpark Photo Credit Tennis Australia

Kids’ Zone and AO Ballpark

The Kids’ Zone and AO Ballpark is in a brand new location at the eastern end of Melbourne Park. There are lots of outdoor activities and entertainment for kids (5-12yrs).

Activities and Entertainment
12-metre waterslide with super soaker play zone
Rock Climbing wall
Daily stage shows
ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Fan Zone and courts
LEGO Play Zone
Australian Ninja Warrior Course
Kids Movies at the Emirates Family Sanctuary

Days of operation
14-27 Jan 10am–7pm
23 Jan 10am-8pm

AO Ballpark_Photo Credit_Tennis Australia
AO Ballpark Photo Credit Tennis Australia

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Fan Zone and Courts

The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Fan Zone at the AO Ballpark is a fun-filled, interactive zone with 12 mini courts for kids to pick up a racquet and have fun. Coaches will be on hand to guide kids through activities such as an Agility Gauntlet, Target Practice, Electronic Reflex Testers, Speed Serve and more.

AO Ballpark_Photo Credit_Tennis Australia
AO Ballpark Photo Credit Tennis Australia

The Emirates Family Sanctuary

The Emirates Family Sanctuary will screen family-friendly films like Cool Runnings, Space Jam and Kung Fu Panda. Look out for the Looney Tunes characters when they come by for the Space Jam screenings on 15 & 23 January.

Screenings daily
15–18 Jan 4pm
19–27 Jan 10.15am & 4pm

AO Kids Club

For the first time ever at the Australian Open, onsite childcare is available. Designed and delivered by KidsCo, the program features a combination of the best of the existing AO events with professionally designed games and activities.

Your kids will have non-stop fun at the new tennis and entertainment program for kids aged 5-12 years. The program features priority access to the AO Ballpark, player practice viewing, a tennis lesson with a professional coach, and lots of other games and activities.

Full day and half day options are available.

AO Kids Club Days of Operation
Weekdays 14-18 Jan and 21-24 Jan 8am-6pm
Weekend 19-20 Jan 10am-6pm
Finals 25-27 Jan 2pm-6pm

AO Kids Club Prices
Half day programs start at $55
Full day programs start at $105

More Information or Book Tickets

Australian Open kids activities
AO ballpark 2018

The Australian Open runs from 14-27 Jan 2019
Location: AO Ballpark Entrance – Access off Olympic Boulevard, between the National Tennis Centre & Richmond Station
Price: Free activities onsite with a Ground Pass or Arena ticket ($5.00 Kids Ground Pass 3-14yrs).
Children aged 3 – 14 concession reserved seat ticket.
Children aged 2 and under are entitled to enter the site at no charge, however, they must not occupy a reserved seat.

Australian Open 2019

We try our best to provide accurate information on kid-friendly events around Victoria, but we do recommend that parents check details directly to confirm dates, times, prices as some details may be subject to change.



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