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The integrated playground at Rhodes Waterside shopping centre
The integrated playground at Rhodes Waterside shopping centre

Looking for a shopping centre around Sydney’s North Shore that has a free play area for the kids? Luckily, most of the bigger shopping centres are built with families in mind, and have a play zone to allow kids to let off some steam, mid-shop! Yes, shopping with young children can be challenging, but if you choose a shopping centre with a play area, you have a better chance of getting them to cooperate after they’ve has a play for 15 minutes! Here’s your ultimate list of North Shore shopping centres with free kids’ play areas.


Lower North Shore shopping centres with free kids’ play areas

1. HomeHQ, Artarmon

sydney shopping centres with play areas

If you’re buying up big for the home and need a bit of time out, there’s a Pirate Ship themed soft play area called the HomeHQ Kids Area on the lower ground floor (near Barbeques Galore & Fantastic Furniture). This includes a fabulous pirate ship climbing gym which is recommended for children aged 2-6 years. This free indoor playground in Sydney will provide plenty of fun!

  • Address: HomeHQ, Corner of Frederick Street & Reserve Road, Artarmon
  • Parking: 3 hours free parking. Over 380 undercover car spaces located over 3 levels.
  • Website: homehq.com.au

2. Westfield Chatswood

Westfield Chatswood Kids Play

Westfield Chatswood Kids Play

Westfield Chatswood Kids Play sydney shopping centres with play areas

Westfield Chatswood Kids Play

The Urban Escape Playground is an indoor play centre that features lots of cute animals. structures to climb, cubby house and an impressive slide! The Chatswood Westfield play area is located on level 3, near Din Tai Fung, and is designed for ages 1-8 years. Not that this space is closed between 1pm – 1:30pm for cleaning.

  • Address: Westfield Chatswood, Level 3, 1 Anderson Street, Chatswood
  • Parking: Three hours free parking. Westfield Chatswood uses a parking system that uses number plate recognition technology to replace paper tickets.
  • Website: westfield.com.au/chatswood

3. Chatswood Chase

Play area Chatswood Chase

On the top floor at Chatswood Chase, there’s a small play area for children. There’s a cute wooden train to sit on, and a little cubby that has six iPads loaded with games. This Chatswood Chase playground looks very classy and in fitting with the environment, but probably won’t amuse kids for more than ten minutes. However, it’s conveniently located near a cafe and all the children’s shops.

Upper North Shore shopping centres with free kids’ play areas

4. Westfield Hornsby

Triple-Level Play Centre (Level 2, near Aldi)

indoor shopping centre play area

Huge slide at Westfield Hornsby

westfield hornsby playground sydney shopping centres with play areas

Lots of fun to be had!

Hornsby Westfield has triple-level Play World outside Aldi…. which features largest slides in the Westfield portfolio. It’s suitable for up to 6 years of age and features:

  • Fully fenced around the perimeter with one safety gate for peace of mind (the area near Aldi is close to the carpark).
  • Near to coffee! The adjacent café is Jimini’s.
  • Secure and safe: The area is also monitored under CCTV for additional security measures.
  • Pram parking: Additional pram space is available at the carpark end of the zone for those visiting with younger bubs. This Playworld is also conveniently located down the travelator from dedicated parking with prams on level 2M Orange carpark and up one travelator from the Parents Room.

 

5. Macquarie Centre

sydney shopping centres with play areas

If your little one loves to crawl, toddle or explore, this new play area is for you! Located on Level 1 outside Kmart, it’s full of brightly coloured play equipment, and carefully designed to take into consideration all the issues parents face with play areas.

First up, there’s a large dedicated ‘pram parking’ zone outside the entrance, meaning prams are contained and not left haphazardly for people to trip up on.

There’s also just one entrance and exit to the Play Zone, minimising the risk of a child slipping out unnoticed. Parents can choose to sit on the seating bench inside the play area (don’t forget to pop your shoes into the integrated shoe cubbies underneath the bench!) or at the tables outside if you prefer to get your caffeine fix.

  • Address: Macquarie Centre, Cnr Herring and Waterloo Roads, North Ryde
  • Parking: 3 hours free parking. Up to 5,000 parking spaces available at Macquarie Centre, including Parents with Prams spaces.
  • Website: macquariecentre.com.au

6. Top Ryde Shopping Centre

Top Ryde City’s free play zone is located on Level 1. Incorporating three specific zones combining passive, active and interactive play, there is something for all children aged 0 -12 years old.

The interactive zone contains three interactive screens as well as a book zone with bean bags to lounge in as well as a table for colouring-in.  The climbing zone, a play gym with rock climbing wall, multiple slides, rope ladder and tunnel. And the soft play, a tactile soft carpet with climbing mounds and cut-outs as well as build it blocks.

Even better, you can organise a date night! Savour a delicious and blissfully child-free dinner with your partner at one of our restaurants while your child enjoys a movie at Event Cinemas under the supervision of the professionals from Stay’nPlay.

  • Address: Top Ryde Shopping Centre, Corner Devlin Street and Blaxland Road, Ryde
  • Parking: 3 hours free parking.
  • Website: toprydecity.com.au

7. Rhodes Waterside

Rhodes Waterside playground

Rhodes Waterside playground

Rhodes Waterside has an incredible free play zone that really redefines the whole concept of having a play area for kids in a shopping centre… and we just love them for it! The design encompasses 6m tall climbing towers viewable from the upper level. The Monkey Bar is filled with slides, touch to learn activities, climbing towers as well as a special soft play area for the little ones. It’s suitable for children aged 2-10 years.

This shopping centre is a great ‘destination’ shopping centre for the huge IKEA… and is just a 20 minute drive from Pymble.

  • Address: Rhodes Waterside, 1 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes
  • Parking: 3 hours free parking.
  • Website: rhodeswaterside.com.au

Northern Beaches shopping centres with free kids’ play areas

8. HomeCo. Belrose

Shopping for furniture, homewares or electronics? There’s lots to shop at Belrose SuperCentre! If you’re shopping with kids, there are two excellent options for a mid-shop play.

Outdoor Playground

The outdoor playground is located on the top floor, just by the Food Courts. It features a climbing structure and slides, and is fully shaded. So grab a coffee or some lunch, and the kids can play!

Indoor Playzone

Indoor Playzone at Belrose SuperCentre

Indoor Playzone at Belrose SuperCentre

  • Address: HomeCo, 4-6 Niangala Close, Belrose
  • Website: home-co.com.au

9. Westfield Warringah Mall

westfieldwarringahmall_playarea

Westfield Warringah Mall offers a number of kids play spaces which are available for children to use when visiting the Mall. Visit their Bubs Zone located on Ground Floor outside Mecca Maxima, or play on the giant Snakes & Ladders game outside Anaconda. Alternatively bring the kids, along with a picnic for the open spaces and submerge their senses with the sounds of the ocean and light up pebbles. Kids can climb, hide and spin in the handcrafted equipment located on Ground level near Three Beans Cafe. Westfield Warringah Mall also offers a soft play area located on near Big W on Level 1. 

10. Warriewood Square

Warriewood Square Play area

Warriewood Square Play area

Warriewood Square has a lovely interactive play for toddlers that features native animals from the Northern Beaches area and surf boards. It’s located outside Kmart. There’s also an ALDI, Coles, Woolworths and lots of specialty stores – fashion, toys, gifts, hair & beauty, electronics and more!

  • Address: Warriewood Square, Jacksons Road, Warriewood
  • Parking: 2-3 hours free parking. Warriewood Square offers over 1,400 car parking spaces. Enjoy four levels of multi-deck car parking, with 700+ spaces under cover.
  • Website: warriewoodsquare.com.au

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