New South Wales
Want to know the local spots where you can take the family for a great meal… while the kids can let off steam in a nearby play area? We’re a big fan of restaurants, cafes and pubs that have been designed with families in mind! Happy kids, happy parents, right? All of these options are within a 20 minute drive from the North Shore, and well worth trying for a meal that everyone enjoys.
5 Hews Parade, Belrose
The ‘crème de la crème’, The Belrose Hotel has the largest indoor soft-play playground in Australia. It’s split with a toddler room (under 4) and a kids room (4 – 10 years old), and is a ‘must try’ for any North Shore family. It’s a great venue to meet with other mums during the week (lots of room for prams), and always bustling at the weekend. Be sure to book a table! Website.
2 Aumuna Road, Terrey Hills
Terrey Hills Tavern was beautifully renovated throughout several years ago. In early 2015, they also upgraded the kid’s play area to include an indoor climbing frame, cars, soft play and TV screens – all safe (and quiet) behind a large glass wall. Parents can sit on one side and watch the kids. You can’t hear the screams through the glass, which has its plusses and minuses! Website.
352 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills
The recently renovated Hotel Pennant Hills features an indoor soft playground, which is split in two with a toddler area (ages 2-4) and kids room (5-10yrs old). They often have a bouncy castle and other kids entertainment happening at the weekend too! Read the NSM review.
Magpies Waitara (formally Asquith Leagues Club) features a new indoor play area, ideal for toddlers and pre-schoolers. There’s a huge selection of meals, as well as great coffee. It’s located right opposite Waitara station, so very handy for those wanting to travel by public transport. Read the NSM review of Magpies Waitara.
Corner Pittwater and Magdala Roads, North Ryde
With a huge jungle gym, arcade machines and mini bowling, kids will have a blast! The Tribal Zone is supervised by trained staff, so you can relax and enjoy the other facilities. Website.
997 Pacific Highway, Berowra
The Berowra RSL features an outdoor play area with slide, and an indoor area with colouring in and TV. On Friday nights, kids eat free and they have a huge jumping castle for the kids! Website.
67 Ryedale Road, West Ryde
The Coffee Playground is new cafe in West Ryde which features a soft play area, ideal for kids aged 1-5 years. So you can sit back and enjoy a coffee and their delicious food while your little ones play nearby.
Hills Flower Markets, 287 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills
Features an enclosed playground, so parents can relax with a nice meal and glass of wine, whilst keeping an eye on the kids. Website.
Flower Power, 277 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills
The Vines offers fresh and tasty breakfast and lunch options plus a range of light bites, kids meals, sweet treats and delicious beverages, you’ll find something for every tummy grumble while the kids enjoy the adjacent playground. Lots of beautiful homewares to browse through in the shop after too! Website.
1 Turner Road, Berowra Heights
Enjoy the sunshine in the beergarden, while watching the kids enjoy themselves in the playground. There are umbrellas, and outdoor heaters in the winter.
Plus, on Thursday nights kids eat free with every adult main meal. Website.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport
Set on the stunning shores of Pittwater, The Newport is a vibrant gathering place for all ages. Nestled amongst idyllic gardens, and incorporating various outdoor dining spaces and bars, the sprawling grounds include areas perfect for whiling the day and night away. For the kids The Newport features a games area reminiscent of a vintage gymnasium – think badminton, ping pong, a giant magnetic Scrabble board, and exercise bikes that can charge mobile phones. Website.
66-78 Evans Street, Freshwater
Harbord Diggers is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. There is an excellent garden area that kids are loving at the moment with picnic tables on one side and a grass area with games, including a giant snakes & ladders game, twister, massive blackboard and connect four game as well as a Freshie SLSC boat, all overlooking Curl Curl Beach. It makes it a great area for kids and adults alike. Website.
Corner Epping & Herring Roads, Eastwood
The family-friendly Ranch Hotel features a new kids play area and arcade room. Plus, kids eat FREE every Monday to Saturday lunch and both lunch and dinner on Sundays. Click here to read the NSM review, by Melissa of Asquith.
Corner Lane Cove and Fontenoy Roads, North Ryde
There’s a beautiful natural playground near the cafe at Eden Gardens, which features a tube slide and sand pit. The playground is not within sight of the cafe, so it’s a great place to let off steam before or after dining.
30 Argyle Avenue, Ryde
Sit back at your table and, if the kids are old enough, you can let the kids play in the playground which you have full sight of them. More information on their Facebook page.
353 Galston Road, Galston
There is a large outdoor playground to keep the kids entertained. In the corner under the shade of some huge leafy trees, and in full view of all tables there is a large, well laid out set of play equipment with three slippery dips and soft fall.
77 Castle Street, Castle Hill
There’s a huge children’s play area in the outdoor courtyard. Every Tuesday from 11am-2pm, they have a face painter and clown! It’s a great location for a Mother’s Group catch up. Website.
So go forth and try somewhere new this weekend!