bringing a 2 year-old to australian open

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  1. Rjtennis

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    It is really hot that time of year, but It's far from unbearable. The evenings will be gorgeous though. The only thing I would really worry about is the flight. That is a long flight even for me and im an adult. I'm sure the hotel would know of daycare services if it's too hard to bring the kid to matches.
     
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  2. tennis tom

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    It appears the OP has wisely departed the thread, perhaps putting her baby up for adoption and arranging to tie her tubes and a vasectomy for hubs. We all owe her thanks for livening up the TT board in preparation for the excitement of the penumbral eclipse. Hopefully she has not gone into hiding and appreciates the valuable role she played livening things up and sharpening folks typing skills--thanks!

    Perhaps a solution can be worked out benefiting all. They could hire Suresh as a nanny, buy him a ticket in a nearby seat and he could deal with the future Andrei or Steffi.

    This thread reminds me of an endearing family tennis scene I witnessed once while vacationing on Kauai. It was of a lovely family taking a private lesson with mom, dad and two youngins. They had a toddler in diapers who couldn't yet barely walk, doing his role hanging onto the rolling ball-picker-upper contraption for support, gathering up the balls--very cute.
     
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    Great Place to take children

    Being born and bred in Melbourne i can assure you that Melbourne Park is extremely child friendly and very easy to access from CBD Hotels.
    The Open venue has a great grass relaxation area with ample shade if you choose to attend daytime sessions and at night they have many activities including a giant screen showing the main arena matches.
    Being that the Open dates are during our school break, there is no shortage of teenage babysitters looking for work so should you need to have your 2yo sat then there wont be a problem.
    If you want any advice at all on accomodation/restaurants etc. l will be only to happy to offer you local recommendations.
    Enjoy your trip.
    David
     
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  4. BlueB

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    Don't do it! I brought my 5 year old to Indian Wells last year, wasn't fun...
     
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    Many thanks to sureshs ,rigoler &VaththalKuzhambu for your support. We are planning to take our daughter regardless of those useless comments.

    If you have constructive suggestions, post it, otherwise peace out.
     
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  6. tennis tom

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    Pack a lot of Valium & bingies.

    G'luck!
     
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    In other words, I'd already made up my mind to take her and I just wanted confirmation from the masses on what a good parent I am.
     
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    ^^^ + 1

    I did not want to say anything first, because I am fearful of the forthcoming snarky comments.
     
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  9. sureshs

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    AO explicitly welcomes 2 year olds and under

    Q. What is the minimum age for a child to require a ticket?

    Children two years and under are admitted free to the Australian Open but must be nursed in seated areas. Please see Tennis Australia’s child and concession policy for additional information.

    Children aged 2 and under as at 1 January 2013 are entitled to enter the events at no charge; however they must not occupy a reserved seat.
     
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  10. Cindysphinx

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    Yeah, I will give you a constructive suggestion.

    My kids are now 21, 18 and 15. I am really, really, really glad I did not take them on expensive, demanding, exotic trips when they were toddlers. It wouldn't have been fun for them or for us. Instead, we took cheap trips to the beach and let them dig in the sand.

    The money we saved in not taking them to Wimbledon is the money we now use to take expensive, demanding, exotic trips with them.

    Deferred gratification. It's a beautiful thing.
     
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  11. sureshs

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    ^^^ You are assuming she is as financially restricted as you were at the same point in life.

    BTW, most brain growth occurs in the first few years of life. It is good to get varied experiences during this time.
     
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    One thing you didn't mention was whether your sole purpose for visiting Australia is to watch the Aussie Open or if you have other plans. If your sole purpose is to watch the Aussie Open, I think you will enjoy it more if it were just you and your spouse. Yes, the venue is baby friendly. There are lots of couples who have done the same. From what I have observed though, there were a lot of couples who look like they could have enjoyed their time there more if they didn't have their baby with them. I've even seen some who appeared to be having arguments over the littlest things like who's turn it is to do something.

    By the way, don't forget the very long flight. It can be quite uncomfortable.

    If there is any way you can go with only your spouse, I think overall you will find the trip more enjoyable. Of course, if you have other plans while in Australia like visiting relatives who want to see your baby or if you don't have any one you can leave your baby, you don't have much choice.

    Good Luck!
     
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  13. sureshs

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    That is life. That is what it takes for the species to survive.

    Most of the fights I have had with my wife is over the kid. It looks silly and trivial to others, but it is inevitable. Not everyone can fly an entourage of nannies around the world and stay in 5 star places like Fed and Mirky.
     
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    Whilst I think taking your child to the AO is a bad idea, I'll take a shot at a constructive tip that makes travel for you and the rest of the plane bearable:

    1- Get an iPad and load it up with learning apps, puzzle games, appropriate movies etc. This will buy you about 4 hours.

    2- Get him/her comfortable - and this may mean to travel with a "sit and stroll" - we found that a car seat type restraint helps in keeping ours to sleep and rest easier than the adult sized seat.

    3- Buy a bunch of little gifts, and wrap them individually. The unwrapping during the flight buys some more time.
     
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  16. sureshs

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    Best tip for taking children on a plane: use ear plugs during take off and landing (you might need to hold them in place for the child). Otherwise it is 20 minutes of non-stop crying (for the child and the other passengers).
     
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    ear plugs for EVERYONE on the plane?

    :)
     
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    We must all get together and find out from the OP how fun it was to take a 2 year old to the Australian Open after the open is over!
     
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    Fun, fun, fun.

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  20. Cindysphinx

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    Yes, I am assuming she is not a one-percenter. You know why?

    True one-percenters do not need to drag their kids to the AO. They travel with their nannies. You know how I know this?

    A nanny I knew from SF was the nanny to a well-known American tennis pro. Part of her job was traveling with the family and caring for the kids. This meant hanging out with stressed out, jet-lagged kids in some area underneath the stands at Wimbledon while the parents were off enjoying themselves.

    She hated the job.

    So. Another constructive suggestion. If you decide to do this and you are loaded, bring a nanny. If you can hire a young relative you trust who could be lured by the promise of a free trip to Australia, that could work.

    This young person will perhaps be naive enough to not fully grasp how horrible the job would be.

    Seriously, I am not kidding; people do it all the time. I had a nanny for a long time, but she didn't travel with us. On her subsequent job, her employers were invited to a wedding in Ireland and decided to take the kiddies and the nanny. The employers flew by private jet with the happy couple. The nanny and kids flew commercial.

    I hear the whole thing was awful and she didn't see much of Ireland.
     
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  21. sureshs

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    Because I already mentioned that Fed and Mirky travel with nannies and you read the post?
     
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  22. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    what a narrow minded and sanctimonious response from the OP!!

    I WAS trying to be helpful!

    I'm a parent, (of 4), and a regular at the AO. I just told you what I thought.

    good luck, and I STILL agree with Cindy..
     
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    I generally find your responses to be thoughtful even when I disagree with them. In this instance, I think you are being kind of a jerk. Your snarky comment about new parents being adorable was certainly condescending. Frankly, all of us are new parents at some point, and we are mostly doing the best we can.

    Personally, I like parents who tend to take have their kids experience life rather than do the easy thing and stay home all the time. I think taking a young child to something like the AO is worth the effort, knowing that it may be a gigantic fail. Heck there are some parents who can't manage their kids on a 2 hour plane flight. Does that mean that no one should fly anywhere with their kids? Of course not. Bottom line, like anything, is it depends how you manage things. To try and fail is better than to never have tried at all.

    YMMV.
     
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  24. tennis tom

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    I thought Cindy's reply came from honest and heartfelt experience and was in no way snarky. NO, not all of US are parents, I've never been one and hope NOT to ever be one--global warming stops with my carbon footprint. I got nothin' against kids, as long as they don't interfere with my right to quiet tranquility--don't splash on my book in the hot-tub, don't play marco-polo while I'm trying to relax by the pool, don't kick the back of my seat, and don't ruin my dinner banging their spoon on their high-chair.

    Believe it or not, there are parents who are totally uncaring or oblivious to what their rug-rats are doing, maybe because they are too busy swilling their wine while little johnny and judy are running around annoying everyone in the county-- and if you call them on it they call you a ****. The system today is not set up to remedy any of these situations, due to mass cowardice, short of calling the sheriff.

    I just don't want to be a party to someone else's GIGANTIC FAIL! That two year old is NOT going to remember ONE thing from the AO. Take a car trip where you only inflict your child's understandably childish behavior on only yourselves and not a plane or stadium load of people.

    Peaced out.
     
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    sorry, the correct answer is MSNBC.
     
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    I am sorry you don't agree with me on this. Consider this, however. You wrote this:

    The problem with what you wrote is there is no mention of several concepts I consider essential in responsible parenting.

    It is very important that parents work hard so their kids are not a bother to others. Taking kids where their unpredictable but age-appropriate behavior may spoil the experience for others is unacceptable in my book. Other people paid good money for their tickets and deserve to enjoy what could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience without dealing with someone's kid. Please do not subject those people to your "gigantic fail."

    It is important for the parents to recognize they chose to have children (presumably), and this means there will be countless sacrifices that must be made. One of those things is that you have to perhaps give up or postpone things you would like to do in favor of what your kids would like to do. I hate beaches, but they are appropriate places for toddlers. So we went to the friggin' beach. Having kids doesn't mean you have to stay home. It does mean you have to recognize that you have kids.

    There are plenty of vacation options for families. The choice is not "go to AO with a toddler" v. "stay home."

    It seems that most folks think the OP's plan is not a good one. My reaction is nothing compared to the reactions of the other spectators if this toddler starts acting up at the AO.

    But hey, whatever. Do me a favor, though. I am going to IW in 2013. Please take your toddlers to the park and not the tennis tournament for the second and third round matches.
     
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  27. sureshs

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    Your points are moot because the AO has specifically addressed the issue of 2-and-under kinds in their FAQ. If they don't have a problem, then it is the problem of the spectators who get offended. The correct thing for the spectators to do is not to attend the match if they don't like the policy. Once you buy a ticket, you must abide by the rules.

    What is the worst thing that can happen? The parents take the kid out and watch the big TV outside, while still enjoying the party atmosphere.
     
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  28. db10s

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    They will have a problem.... crying... Kid won't remember it anyways, and if you travel halfway around the world, I don't think you want to watch a match on a tv... Save your money and go in a few years.
     
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  29. Cindysphinx

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    Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD.
     
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    Exactly, its called morals.
     
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    If people had more morals, we wouldn't need so many laws.
     
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    Are you a member of the Eloi?
     
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    No, I voted for Harry Truman, the last honest Democrat.
     
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    children are simply egomaniacal poop factories, nobody wants one around a tennis court
     
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  35. Maui19

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    No problemo. My kids and their kids will be nowhere near IW. ;)
     
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  36. Cindysphinx

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    I have been to IW three times for the M/T/w matches. I can't recall seeing any babies and toddlers. I will keep my eyes open this time and take a census.
     
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  37. sureshs

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    It is well known that IW tends heavily to the "mature" demographic. Not only are they not babies, but also past the age when they can have babies :)
     
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