Published on February 2nd, 2024 | by Adrian Gunning
Ball Kids from the Australian Open serve up LEGO® fun at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
Fifteen talented ball kids from the Australian Open traded tennis balls for LEGO® bricks in a brick-tastic visit to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, marking the conclusion of the iconic tournament. This unique experience showcased the ball kids’ creativity as they participated in a LEGO® tennis ball build workshop, infusing their boundless energy into the iconic LEGO world.
The event began with a 4D movie, followed by the brand-new interactive VR experience, which added a fun digital twist to their visit. The young athletes then explored MINILAND Melbourne, discovering hidden features, such as Minifigure fans watching a tennis match on the large screen in Fed Square and a small tennis game being battled out behind the MCG.
Master Model Builders then captivated everyone with their craftsmanship, unveiling their specialised creations. The Australian Open logo sign, meticulously crafted over 30 hours using 8000 LEGO bricks as well as a life-sized tennis ball and racket, completed in 16 hours using over 2000 bricks.
The highlight of the morning was a specially curated workshop led by Master Model Builder Jordan Farbridge, where the ball kids engaged in a hands-on “Make and Take” session, crafting their own tennis ball using LEGO bricks.
Putting their skills to the test, the young athletes assessed the LEGO tennis balls for durability and bounce. Despite their creations not meeting the standards of the Rod Laver Arena, the ball kids revelled in the challenge, highlighting their talents and playful spirit.
Mikayla McGlone, Attraction Manager, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, expressed delight in hosting the Australian Open ball kids, saying, “Their creativity, energy, and passion for both tennis and LEGO made for a fantastic day. We’re thrilled to have provided them with a memorable and interactive adventure.”
Connor Giles, Australian Open Ball Kid, humorously remarked, “We did a few rolls of the LEGO tennis ball, but if we had it on court, it wouldn’t go great. It would be pretty fun to serve it on Rod Laver Arena though!”
This collaborative event between the Australian Open and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre highlights the powerful intersection of play and imagination, bringing together sportsmanship and creativity in a unique and engaging setting.
For more information on LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and to book tickets, please visit: www.legolanddiscoverycentre.com/melbourne