At our house, tennis falls on that list of activities that we hope our kids will love. So we’ll be bringing our future Federers to the annual Rogers Cup for its Free Community Weekend August 2 and 3.
Before the world’s top men’s tennis players hit the courts at the Rexall Centre at York University, tennis fans can take part in free clinics, meet the pros at autograph sessions (maybe meet Milos?) and participate in tons of family-friendly activities.
Even the non-tennis types in TOw can keep busy with scavenger hunts, face painting, air guitar competitions and stage entertainment. On Sunday, there is a ball-hockey game between ATP and NHL players.
Getting there: The Rogers Cup takes place at Rexall Centre on York University Campus. Check out the driving and public transit options. Parking at York University is $12 per day/session. There is a free shuttle service from other parking lots to the Rexall Centre entrance.
Getting around: Consult this site map. Grounds are stroller-friendly.
The low-down: Access to the Community Weekend is free. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come first served basis. They cannot be reserved. The all-you-need-to-know for the rest of the week is in this Fan Guide. And for those with tickets to the matches (kids two-and-under are free; over 2 get a 10% discounted ticket), stop by the Family Practice Court for clinics and other tennis-related activities.
Potty time: Rexall Centre has family washrooms with baby change tables.
Snacks: Outside food is not allowed but there are kid-friendly food options on site.