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Play a game of Connect Four at Harbord Diggers whilst overlooking Curl Curl beach!
Play a game of Connect Four at Harbord Diggers whilst overlooking Curl Curl beach!

Want to know the local restaurants 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 with playgrounds on the North Shore that have been designed with families in mind! There’s lots of options, so start your dining adventures today!


Eating out with children isn’t relaxing for parents when the kids are restless and bored… so it makes sense to look for child-friendly restaurants, cafes, and pubs with a kids play area – like an indoor or outdoor playground.

It doesn’t matter if they’re babies, toddlers, preschoolers or school-aged, a family-friendly dining spot makes dining out so much easier. When the kids are running off and having fun, parents cam actually relax and enjoy a pre (or post!) dinner drink without noisy kids complaining of boredom. And if a meltdown happens, it isn’t really a big deal, as your no doubt surrounded by other families!

Here’s a selection of family-friendly restaurants. cafes & pubs around Sydney’s North Shore, Northern Beaches and Northern suburbs that offer a kids play area. Use the quicklinks below to skip through the restaurants, cafes and pubs playgrounds on the North Shore near you.

Bars & Pubs with play areas

Bars & Pubs with green space

Restaurants & cafes with play areas


North Shore Pubs with Playgrounds

Magpies Waitara

Magpies Waitara pubs with playgrounds north shore

Magpies Waitara

Magpies Waitara features a great indoor play area, ideal for toddlers and preschoolers. There’s a huge selection of meals, as well as great coffee. You can even enjoy a great crazy shake! It’s located right opposite Waitara station, so very handy for those wanting to travel by public transport.

Asquith Bowling Club

Asquith Bowling Club playground

Asquith Bowling Club playground

Asquith Bowling & Recreation Club is a casual family-friendly dining option, ideal if you have children who love to pay! The club features a large fenced outdoor playground by the bowling greens. Book a table outside, and you can enjoy a relaxed meal while keeping an eye on your kids in the playground.

The menu features pub classics like burgers, schnitzels & tacos… plus dishes like Slow Roast Lamb Shoulder, Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast Lemongrass Chicken Curry and Chilli-lemon Scallop & Prawn Linguine.

The kids menu is $14 (for visitors) and includes Cheese Burger with Chips, Fish & Chips, Napoli Linguine with Cheese and a Kids Schnitzel with chips.

Hotel Pennant Hills

Hotel Pennant Hills play area

This is one of the best restaurants with playgrounds on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. The fabulous Hotel Pennant Hills features an indoor playground with a mini trampoline, four slides. soft play climbing, tunnels and play mats. It’s suitable for kids up to 10 years old. They often have a bouncy castle and other kids’ entertainment on weekends too! You will also find a gelato bar, baby high chairs, and kids’ party packages.

Northern Beaches Pubs with Playgrounds

Forest Hotel

Forest Hotel

At Forest Hotel, the highlight for parents is the amazing outdoor play area that is bound to keep the little ones entertained for hours! The food is top notch too. The Forest Hotel offers an array of options, from light and healthy meals to pub classics with a modern twist. Using only the best sourced ingredients, and house-made elements, their philosophy is all about creating delicious food, at an affordable price.

Belrose Hotel

Belrose Hotel pubs with playgrounds north shore

Belrose Hotel

The Belrose Hotel has the largest indoor soft-play playground of any pub in Australia… and it’s located right here, on Sydney’s North Shore! The Belrose Hotel caters to kids of all ages. There’s a dedicated spare for toddlers (under 4 years old) with a small climbing structure and softplay area. Plus, for the older kids (4-10 years), there’s a huge indoor playground with slides, bridges and climbing challenges. 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! They even do activities during the school holidays, so it pays to check their website.

Terrey Hills Tavern

Terrey Hills Tavern play area

Terrey Hills Tavern was beautifully renovated several years ago to become a fabulous pub with playground. 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! They also have regular special events for kids, so be sure to check out What’s On at Terrey Hills.

    Harbord Diggers, Freshwater

    Major Fun boasts a gigantic and fun-filled play space, with designated age-specific play areas for babies, toddlers and bigger kids. The playcentre provides fun, educational and engaging play-based activities across the soft play zones, their high-level obstacle courses and projector slides and interactive elements like our projection wall, games mat and Max & Mala screens.

    Want to enjoy a meal without the kids at all? Then why not Drop & Dine! Drop & Dine allows parents to enjoy the other facilities of Harbord Diggers while kids enjoy a supervised session at Major Fun. Session entry includes a meal, fun activities, and unlimited play throughout the Major Fun facilities. Children must be aged over 3 years and fully toilet trained.

      The Collaroy

      The Collaroy

      The Collaroy has a range of entertainment for kids, like a Reptile Show!

      The Collaroy is seaside dining destination on Sydney’s beautiful northern beaches. Pop in for a coffee and a healthy green bowl downstairs, while the kids explore the play area. Or enjoy an afternoon drink on the outdoor terrace, where you can take in sweeping northerly views across the peninsula. When it comes to food, there is plenty to choose from – whether it’s a slice from Vinnie’s Pizza, local seafood, vibrant salads and meats or a selection of delicious snacks to enjoy with wine in hand.

      Read Laura’s review of The Collaroy.

      Pittwater RSL, Mona Vale

      The indoor playground at Pittwater RSL

      Potter’s Cafe is situated on their indoor terrace, bright and airy, the perfect place to relax with great coffee and family-friendly food. See the cabinet for snacks and cakes of the day. Green, lush and full of natural light, Potter’s is a great place to relax with a burger and leave the kids to play in the indoor playground. Their kids playground area is completely supervised so you can enjoy a snack or drink at the Potters Café, while the kids enjoy some play date fun. 

      The Newport

      The Newport kids

      Fun & games at The Newport

      The Newport’s waterfront location and stunning Pittwater views have made it a Northern Beaches go-to for decades. With an alfresco marketplace feel, you can choose your own adventure within a variety of food outlets and experiential areas; each with their own style and personality.

      Their large Gymnasium provides the perfect entertainment for the kids with giant-sized games such as Jenga and Connect Four, ping-pong, magnetic scrabble, a bowling alley and more. Make sure to drop in on the weekends for activities ranging from face painting to live reptile demonstrations. It’s one of the best restaurants with indoor play area on the North Shore.

      Northern Suburbs Pubs with Playgrounds

      North Ryde RSL

      North Ryde RSL pubs with playgrounds north shore

      North Ryde RSL

      Welcome to the Tribal Zone! Kids will just love this place, it’s one of the best pubs with playgrounds in the northern suburbs of Sydney. With a huge jungle gym, arcade machines and mini bowling, everyone will have a blast. The Tribal Zone is now free for unsupervised play, so try and get a table nice and close so you can relax back while the kids have plenty of fun.

      The Ranch, North Ryde

      The Ranch pubs with playgrounds north shore

      The Ranch

      The family-friendly Ranch Hotel features a fabulous outdoor kids’ play area, as well as an indoor arcade room. Kids will be entertained for hours, leaving you in peace to enjoy a meal! They also offer weekly activities and entertainment such as reptile shows and petting zoos, plus Family Fun Days and School Holiday programs. 

      Hills District Pubs with Playgrounds

      Glenorie RSL

      The huge outdoor playground at Glenorie RSL

      Drive through stunning countryside on your way to Glenorie RSL. Yes, it’s a little bit beyond the North Shore, but it’s one of our favourite pubs with play areas. It not only features a huge outdoor playground, plus there’s also a huge lawn for kids to run around on. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy some alfresco dining in the shaded outdoor area and listen to live music at the weekends.

      Castle Hill RSL

      Castle Hill RSL outdoor playground

      Castle Hill RSL outdoor playground

      The play area at the Castle Hill RSL is definitely worth the drive! It’s the perfect restaurant with playground. There’s a huge children’s play area in the outdoor courtyard, which is sure to keep the kids entertained. There’s one for the toddlers and one for the big kids.  It’s honestly huge, so make sure your child is feeling confident before they go climbing, as it wouldn’t be a fun place to have to go in after them! There’s so much space inside as well, making this the perfect location for a Mothers’ Group catch up.

      Western Sydney Pubs with Playgrounds

      The Marsden Brewhouse

      Outdoor playground at The Marsden Brewhouse

      The huge outdoor playground at The Marsden Brewhouse

      The Marsden Brewhouse is a premium Western Sydney family-friendly pub, serving great craft beers, perfectly paired with delicious food and lively entertainment. It opened in 2019 and features a state-of-the-art playground that’s guaranteed to get kids (and their parents) excited! The outdoor playground features slides, swings, tunnels, and climbing frames, all under a protective shade sail. They also run fun kids activities every Saturday & Sunday from 12pm.

      North Shore Dining with Green Space… 

      The Greens, North Sydney

      The Greens is no ordinary bowls club! From the cracking live music to the crackling fire pits, The Greens is the ideal destination for your next family-friendly meal. Although there’s no playground, there’s lots of grass for kids to run around on, and hills behind the fence to roll down! It’s also really close to the recently upgraded St Leonards Park Playground for a pre or post play!

      The Diddy, Lane Cove

      The Longueville Sporting Club, more commonly known as ‘The Diddy” was established in 1938 and is a thriving destination in the heart of Lane Cove. Popular for it’s wide open, kid-friendly greens and function areas, The Diddy is perfect for your next family gathering where you need to accommodate active kids!

      The Verandah, Beecroft

      Family Bowls at The Verandah

      Family Bowls at The Verandah

      From Norths Collective who bring you The Greens in North Sydney, they launched The Verandah in 2021 – which is a great option for Upper North Shore families! Book a game of Family Bowls after your meal for a bit of fun…

      North Shore Cafes & Restaurants with playgrounds

      The Glasshouse Artarmon

      Family-friendly cafe Glasshouse Artarmon

      The Glasshouse Artarmon

      Set within sprawling indoor and outdoor productive gardens, adjacent to HomeHQ Artarmon, the open-air urban oasis features local and exotic fruit trees, a kitchen garden, vertical plantings & hydroponic growing systems, planted pergolas, picnic-style areas, kids’ playground and chicken coop. It’s very family-friendly, and urban cool!

      Northern Beaches Cafes & Restaurants with playgrounds

      Frankies Food Factory, Terrey Hills

      Playground outside Frankies Food Factory, Terrey Hills

      Playground outside Frankies Food Factory, Terrey Hills

      Frankies Food Factory at Flower Power nursery 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! Read our review of Frankies.

      The Tasting Deck, Terrey Hills

      pubs with playgrounds north shore

      The Tasting Deck

      The Tasting Deck at Forestway Fresh is a child-friendly cafe where you can enjoy a taste of the fresh food from the premium store. You can follow up a delicious meal with a fresh fruit and veg stock up, and turn your cafe trip into a grocery shop all in one – the promise of a playground and milkshakes post shopping works a treat for the kids!


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