Earlier this week we were invited to come and meet Bob The Builder at the Australian Open in Melbourne. I was beyond excited to attend as it meant the kids not only could meet and hang out with the ultimate handyman, “Can we fix it?” Bob, but I could also introduce them to the world of international tennis…which differs somewhat from HotShots at our local tennis club 😉
Anyways, we rocked up (late…traffic that I hadn’t anticipated being school hols still, arghhhh) and got hustled over to where Bob was hanging out in the Aus Open BallPark area. The kids went mental for the diggers and blocks there!
After hanging with Bob and his friends for an hour, we moved onto the other activities within the BallPark area…I didn’t get many pics though as so many other kiddies around.
Aside from Bob and the rock climbing, the BallPark area had Lego, both the Friends and the regular sort, massive tables where the kids spent close to an hour (snore), the Medibank bouncy bit but was so hot we didn’t stay long at that. The NERF part was a big drawcard, both undercover (hello shade on a HOT day) and who doesn’t like shooting foam bullets at their siblings? My kids certainly do! They love each other…really!! We also did colouring, face painting, held massive racquets and went back to Bob!
I won’t write about everything we did during our visit as it would be one lengthy post that you wouldn’t want to read without a bottle of wine in hand! But, we were there from 9.30am until 6.30pm and saw approximately 10 minutes of tennis! That is how much stuff there is to do at the tennis! The food and wine quarters which were themed around the four Grand Slams were awesome, though needed more seating and shade, but the actual food and drinks were fab. The Woolworths sensory eating experience was well worth the wait, so much fun and the kids tried and enjoyed foods they probably wouldn’t normally go for.
The Blackmores Wellbeing Oasis deserves a little shout out given how many samples the kids scored from the lovely staff!!! And the cool photo opps!
The whole tennis experience is so worthwhile, especially as it’s only $5 for a child’s groundpass for an entire day! Whether they’re into tennis or not, they will have the best day out. All the activities there are free and there are so many that you kind of need to go for two days, one to do activities and one to watch some tennis! We took heaps of food so and just bought ice creams and cold drinks making it very budget friendly. The day we went (Tuesday) was the hottest day of the Open thus far, but it wasn’t all that bad. There are rad fans that mist water all over you and plenty of taps to refill drink bottles at so it’s easy to keep hydrated and somewhat cool! Such a great family day out, we will definitely go again next year.
Thanks so much Bob for inviting us to meet you and hang out, do some digging, dancing and building! Hope you’re there next year…maybe Anna will be over her phobia by then!
*we were invited to the tennis as guests of Bob, however this post was not a requirement of our visit and all opinions are my own.