Families & Supporters Program

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The 11th Special Olympics National Games not only caters for its athletes but also includes events for families and supporters of the athletes to relax together, meet new people or see new venues while in town. The Special Olympics family events are a way of growing your support network or catching up with old friends from previous Games. The program caters for all our family members and includes a Welcome function, Cheese and wine tasting evening, a siblings event and a Family fun day at Adelaide Zoo.

We want to thank our partner, Orana who have supported the program to provide these events to you at highly reduced rates. We invite all registered family members to join us at the Families hub during the Games to escape the heat and sit down for a cup of coffee. Additional benefits include the support from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure who will provide all our registered family members with free public transportation. Each registered family will also receive a copy of the Entertainment Book which allows amazing discounts to all major retailers, restaurants and fast food outlets in South Australia. We have also created a special Gold package that will provide an additional total discount of over $40 for those who purchase the gold package. We look forward to hosting you in Adelaide.

1. Register as a family/supporter

2. Buy Tickets

Important Event Information

Families & Supporters Hub

The Families and Supporters Hub will be open on Sunday 15 April 2018 for registration and collection of Welcome Packs, accreditation passes, tickets and throughout the week of the Games as a drop-in centre. With tea and coffee facilities, light refreshments, newspapers, magazines, activities for the children and both Games and tourist information, the Hub will provide a relaxed atmosphere for people to meet or take a break.

Shuttle Bus services will also depart from this area to the various sporting venues. (More detailed information on this service and Hub opening times provided in the Families and Supporters Handbook)

Date: 15 – 20 April 2018

Venue: Lacrosse Building, Adelaide Shores Resort, West Beach

Free entry to all Family and supporters members in possession of a valid accreditation (Registered family members)


Gold Supporters Package

Adult (beverage package) - $100
Adult (soft drinks package) - $85
Concession or child (under 16) - $75

The Gold package will provide a discount of over $40 for those who purchase the package.

The Gold supporter package includes:

1 x Opening Ceremony ticket
1 x Closing Ceremony ticket
1 x Shuttle Service Pass
1 x Official Games program
1 x Families Welcome Function ticket

Please note this is only available for purchase until 1 April 2018. The drinks package is in refernce to the welcome function only.

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Opening Ceremony

Adult - $25
Concession or child (under 16) - $20

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The Opening Ceremony is a celebration of the start of the National Games and combines formalities with exciting entertainment. Come join us for a two-hour inspiring South Australian welcome as we herald the start of our 2018 National Games. Together with SA Power Networks we will light up Adelaide.

Creatures of our Land

They are cheering for me – and cheer we will!

The rumblings of the drums will welcome the athletes as they enter the stadium. Marching into the stadium is an enormous reward for the athletes, as they are greeted by you, their fans. The formalities of any Special Olympics will be ever present with Opening of the Games including the arrival of the Torch Relay.

Inspired by the 2018 logo, the opening ceremony production is a delight for the senses which has been created to inspire the athletes and all those in the arena.

The lights go down as the new dawn awaits us! The 14 metre screen along with the LED super screens will carry the opening animation awakening the creatures of the deep blue sea! This animation along with our rhythmic gymnasts will tell the story of these creatures bringing water and life to the animals of the sunburnt land. Joined by a number of local dance troupes, and an array of large lantern creatures the athletes and audience will be taken on an inspirational journey bringing energy to their performances of the week ahead.

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Date: Monday 16 April 2018

Venue: Titanium Security Arena, 44a Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023

Time: 04:00pm – 06:00pm (Doors open at 03:00pm)

Entry: On presentation of Opening Ceremony ticket

Transportation: Shuttle service available from Families Hub (require a shuttle pass)

Parking: Parking available from the venue at $10 per vehicle

*Refreshments and National Games merchandise available for purchase at the Arena


Closing Ceremony

Adult - $25
Concession or Child (under 16) - $20

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Celebrate the success of our Special Olympics’ athletes at the Closing Ceremony of our National Games. Review the week’s highlights, rejoice in the highs our athletes have achieved as individuals and teams and watch as the Games’ flame is extinguished and the next host city revealed.

Then put on your best dancing shoes as we light up the dance-floor for a great carnival hosted by City of Charles Sturt and Adelaide Shores.

Disco Done Differently

With the races run and won, with the games played, competitions completed, friendships made – everywhere you look there are success stories to tell. Arriving at the Special Olympics is an achievement and a reward for the hard work done by so many. For all, the athletes, the carers, the volunteers, the families and the organisers – it’s time to dance like no-one is watching!

The athletes again will join us in the stadium and then it’s time to get this party started! Joined by some of South Australia’s very own performers to light up the stage, the event celebration will finish with confetti canons, a DJ and an array of disco balls like you have never seen before!

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Date: Friday 20 April 2018

Venue: Titanium Security Arena, 44a Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023

Time: 04:00pm – 05:30pm (Doors open at 03:00pm)

Entry: On presentation of Closing Ceremony ticket

Transportation: Shuttle service available from Families Hub (require a shuttle pass)

Parking: Parking available from the venue at $10 per vehicle

*Refreshments and National Games merchandise available for purchase at the Arena

**The Carnival is open to all athletes, families and supporters. Food and beverage available for purchase from the variety of catering trucks


Families and Supporters Welcome Function

Adult (beverage package) - $50
Adult (soft drinks package) - $35
Child (under 16) - $30

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While families are experiencing the excitement and anticipation of the Opening Ceremony a magical transformation will be taking place outside the Arena. Shortly after the Opening Ceremony has concluded we invite ticketed family members and supporters to join us in the Orana Marquee for a relaxed evening with entertainment, giant games for the children (and the young at heart) and photo opportunities with our mascot, Sammy.

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Date: Monday, 16 April 2018

Venue: Titanium Security Arena Reserve, 44a Crittenden Road, Findon, 5023

Time: 06:30pm – 08:00pm (Doors open at 06:15pm)

Entry: On presentation of Welcome function ticket

Transportation: Shuttle service available from Families Hub (require a shuttle pass)

Parking: Parking available from the venue at $10 per vehicle

*Finger food and beverages are included in the price

**Finger food include sliders, mini hotdogs, fries, pasties and gourmet sandwidges


Wine, beer and cheese tasting evening

Adult - $10
Adult with dinner - $22

Minimum age of 18 applies

Officially named as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World, South Australia is home to 18 wine regions and some of the world’s most prestigious wine labels. This evening will provide an opportunity to taste some of our local wines Angove, Coriole and Chapel Hill Wineries, boutique beer from Prancing Pony Brewery, Udder Delights cheeses and local produce in the relaxed atmosphere of the Families and Supporters Hub.

                    

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Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018

Venue: Families Hub, Lacrosse building, Military Road, Adelaide Shores Resort, West Beach, 5024

Time: 06:00pm – 08:00pm

Entry: On presentation of event function ticket

Catering: Dinner (Lasagne, fries and salad) is available from the venue at a cost of $12. For catering purposes, dinner options (if required) need to be booked with the event ticket.


Siblings Mini Golf evening

Child - $20

While the adults are enjoying the tastes of South Australia, children can enjoy a night of fun at West Beach Mini- Golf including a Sausage Sizzle and Soft Drink, supervised by some of our wonderful Game Changer Volunteers. A free Shuttle Bus will transport children from the Families and Supporters Hub to West Beach Mini-Golf and return.

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Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018

Venue: West Beach mini golf, Military Road, West Beach, 5024

Time: 06:00pm – 08:00pm

Entry: On presentation of event function ticket

Catering: A Sausage sizzle, and soft drink is included in the ticket price

*A minimum of 30 tickets need to be sold for event to proceed


Family day at Adelaide Zoo

Adult - $30
Child (under 16) - $25

A fun day for siblings at Adelaide Zoo, including a BBQ lunch. Children can take a walk on the wild side and have fun with nature inspired play equipment in Nature’s Playground, visit the Children’s Zoo, check out the cheeky meerkats or any of the 1,000s of animals, birds and reptiles cared for at the Zoo.

Adult supervision will be provided by some of our wonderful Game Changer Volunteers, along with free Shuttle Bus transport from the Families & Supporters Hub at West Beach and return. Zoo entry, reserved area in Nature’s Playground, BBQ, ice-cream and soft drink are included in the ticket price.

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Date: Thursday 19 April 2018

Venue: Adelaide Zoo

Time: 11:00am – 02:45pm

Shuttle departure and return times: 10:15am and 02:45pm

Entry: On presentation of event function ticket

Catering: A Sausage sizzle, ice cream and soft drink is included in the ticket price

*A minimum of 40 tickets need to be sold for event to proceed


Shuttle Services Pass

Shuttle pass - $20

Shuttle services will run (Subject to time and route changes):

  1. Airport to Families and Supporters Hub (EVERY HALF HOUR)
    (Sunday 15 April 09:00 – 06:00pm and Monday 16 April 08:00 – 02:00pm)
  2. Families and Supporters Hub to Titanium (Opening and Closing)
    02:30pm 2. 03:00pm
  3. Equestrian, Tennis, Tenpin Bowling (Tuesday to Friday) – return shuttle
    Departing the hub at a. 08:00am b. 11:00pm c. 03:00pm
  4. Basketball, Bocce, Athletics (Tuesday to Friday)
    Departing the hub at a. 08:00am b. 11:00pm c. 03:00pm
  5. Swimming and Gymnastics 3.
    Departing the hub at a. 08:00am b. 11:00pm c. 03:00pm

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*Shuttles will be arranged based on the number of Shuttle passes purchased before 1 April 2018. No ‘on the day’ bookings can be accepted.

**Shuttles to the various events will be arranged based on the number of registrations for that event. It is important to indicate, even if you have purchased a shuttle pass, to which events you require a shuttle.