The Australian Open is a family-friendly event for all ages.
$5 Kids Ground Passes are available throughout the tournament for children aged 3 – 14 years.
Children aged 3 - 14 as of 1 January, 2019 are entitled to purchase a 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.
The AO Ballpark is the ultimate family experience at the Australian Open. A mini theme park with a huge array of adventurous activities, stage shows, and roving entertainment will provide endless fun for kids and families.
In a brand-new location for 2019, kids and parents can also pick up a racquet and play tennis on the clay courts.
Plan Your Day
Get ready for a day of fun and excitement with a range of activities kids can enjoy.
- Top Tips – Kids should be prepared for fun by wearing their sneakers and bring your bathers for the water activities. Have a go on the Rock Climbing Wall, Australia’s Ninja Warrior Course and Kia Junior Drive before you get wet!
- Godzilla Water Slide – 55-metre long ride for kids and adults, must be 110cm or taller
- Daily stage shows – Check out the daily schedule next to the stage
- Super Soaker Play Zone – Perfect for the little kids too small for the water slide
- Kia Junior Drive – Go Kart track for the big kids, must be 130cm or taller, don’t forget to wear closed toe shoes and be completely dry
- Rock Climbing Wall – Must be wearing closed toe shoes and be completely dry before participating
- Australia’s Ninja Warrior Course - Recommended for kids 7-15yrs; children under 7 years must be accompanied by an adult, don’t forget to wear closed toe shoes and be completely dry
- ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Courts – Play like a pro tennis star, must be wearing sneakers
- Emirates Family Sanctuary – Sit back and relax, great spot for the younger kids, huge colouring in wall, photo opportunities and LEGO Play Zone. Kids movies play each day from 4pm for the AO Sports Film Festival
- La Roche-Posay - Free Sunscreen to help you stay sun smart all day
Days of operation:
Saturday 12 January – Kids Tennis Day: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday 13 January: Closed
Monday 14 January- Thursday 24 January: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday 23rd January: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday 25 January: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 26 January: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday 27 January: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
*Please note, in case of extreme weather, certain activities within the AO Ballpark may need to be closed for the safety of staff and patrons.
From the Eastern Plaza all the way to AAMI Park Tram Stop
AO Ballpark Entrance - Access off Olympic Boulevard, between the National Tennis Centre & Richmond Station
Free activities onsite with a Ground Pass or Arena ticket
$5.00 Kids Ground Pass (3-14yrs)
ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Day
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.
Date: Thursday 17 January
Cost: Kids aged 3 – 14 enter for free on a Kids Ground Pass
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 Kids Club
Want to make sure your kids have an amazing summer? Book them into the new AO Kids Club and let us entertain them with an unforgettable Grand Slam experience!
For the first time ever, onsite childcare is available at the AO.
Your kids will have non-stop fun at our 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.
Children are kept safe and entertained by qualified and experienced educators who provide optimal levels of fun and interaction, ensuring a memorable time is had by all. Spaces are limited at this Grand Slam first – be sure to book soon!
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
Children may be separated from parents while attending the Australian Open. Once reported, our staff work together to reunite the parties as quickly as possible. Within Rod Laver Arena, the designated meeting point will usually be the Information Desk at Door 6, and for Margaret Court Arena, the Information Desk is located opposite Door 7.
Prams and strollers are not permitted in Arena or court seating. Both can be cloaked at any of the cloaking booths, however space is limited.
Baby change facilities
Baby Change Facilities are available at the below locations:
- Rod Laver Arena - Male and female toilets near Doors 10, 14, 15 & 19
- Margaret Court Arena - Accessible toilets on Level 2
- Melbourne Arena - Accessible toilets on concourse
There is a vast array of food and beverage offerings available onsite including some of Melbourne's best restaurants as well as family-affordable choices, which can be purchased at all arenas and pop-up restaurants on Grand Slam Oval, AO Festival and AO Live Stage.
Fans are permitted to bring food to the venue, however eskies, hampers, chairs and stools, large containers in excess of 1.5 litres, glass (including bottles), drink and food cans are not allowed.