Sometimes all you want is to have a nice meal and maybe even an “adult” beverage. This, of course, means that the kids need to enjoy themselves too. Here’s a list of local cafes, clubs and hotels where you can achieve just that.
The Backyard, Concord
Briars Sports Club – 14 Ian Parade, Concord
Spacious, outdoors, contained. Three words parents will always be thankful for and The Backyard has all of these features! When the kids need to run off some steam and get their free-range on, this is the perfect option. The huge green outdoor area has an array of things to play with, as well as other kids to befriend. There’s also colouring and a yummy kids’ menu to eventually tempt kids back to the table.
There is also plenty of parking and room for prams – more words parents love to hear.
728 Victoria Road, Ryde
With a dedicated room for older and younger kids alike that is home to wall toys, puzzles, iPads, PlayStations and more, families will definitely feel welcome at Club Ryde X. There is plenty of space for casual dining and a menu with loads of variety. If you live within 5kms of the club you’ll have to either be signed in by a member or become one but don’t worry – membership is only $5 a year!
Dragonfly Café, Eden Gardens
307 Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park
Eden Gardens is a beautiful spot to spend a few hours, whether it’s walking in the gardens, visiting the playground (features a sandpit, bee-hive cubby house and tube slide), shopping in the nursery, homewares and florist or lunching with the friendly dragon lizard. The cafe does not overlook the play area, so best to work out your game plan first!
181a Ryde Road, Gladesville
With a great little indoor and outdoor kids’ play area and a relaxed vibe, Gladesville Sporties is a great option to grab lunch or an early dinner with the family. Parents can sit at tables right next to a glass window looking into the play area and keep an eye on the kids, all while enjoying a bit of P&Q for as long as you can get it! Nearly all the kids’ menu items are $8.50 and they all include ice cream.
Hotel Pennant Hills
352 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills
This one is a little further afield but definitely worth the drive. With its recent renovation, Hotel Pennant Hills indoor play area is a real winner. It’s big, there’s plenty of tables and chairs close by and they often have a bouncy castle and other kids’ entertainment happening at the weekend too!
North Ryde RSL
Corner Pittwater and Magdala Roads, North Ryde
When it comes to being kid-friendly, North Ryde RSL has nailed it. Tribal Zone, their supervised indoor playground has a huge jungle gym, ball room, mini-carousel, air hockey, arcade games and more. The best bit is that you have the option of leaving children aged 3-17 to stay and play without you for up to two hours for just $6! Staff give you buzzers and will buzz you if there is a problem. There are always several staff members overseeing the area.
Kids’ meals at the Brasserie are all $12 and include a drink and soft-serve ice-cream.
28 W Parade, West Ryde
This hidden gem cafe is located at the front of the Koorong Christian bookstore. It has a great little undercover play area that is gated and a really fun kids’ menu. Service is fantastic and they have a lot of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
68 Frances Road, Putney
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the Parramatta River on one of the many outdoor lounge chairs at Putney Bowlo. Kids’ can play in the fenced play area or even try their hand at bowling. Kids’ meals are around $8 and will hit the spot.
Corner Epping & Herring Roads, Eastwood
There is SO MUCH to keep the kids happy at The Ranch that we had to write a whole article dedicated to it, which you can read here. Besides the always-available jumping castle, games room, shade covered play area (and more), they also offer extra fun every Saturday and Sunday e.g. face painting, superhero appearances, arts and crafts, iPads and so much more!
There’s also loads of parking, tables and menu options. But if that isn’t enough, kids’ meals come free when ordering an adult main meal at lunch Monday – Saturday or all day Sunday.
Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club
117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde
The kids’ play area in the Palm Court bistro could be considered a best-kept secret! Behind glass doors in the newly renovated dining area are two rooms that could keep kids of all ages very happy for quite some time!
The bistro itself is excellent value, especially for members and kids’ meals are around $8.
If you live within 5kms of the club you’ll have to either be signed in by a member or become one, but for $11 a year, you’ll make that back in savings on your meal.
Vikings Sports Club
35 Quarry Rd, Dundas Valley
The Vogue Cafe
Level 3, Macquarie Shopping Centre
Famous for its amazing milkshake creations, The Vogue Cafe was already a favourite. Now that it has a fenced play area full of activities, parents are officially head over heels. Tables are right next to the fence so you can enjoy your coffee/lunch while watching your child play!
The Wentworth, Homebush
195 Parramatta Road, Homebush West
Newly renovated with a fantastic kids play area, this is definitely one to visit! Kids will love the equipment, complete with fairy lights at night. It is outdoors, so rain could hamper the plans.
Open for breakfast (on weekends), lunch and dinner, all kids meals are $10.
Woolwich Pier Hotel
2 Gale Street, Woolwich
Every Saturday, the Woolwich Pier Hotel hosts a “Kids Day on the Lawn” from 1pm – 3pm. An entertainer offers face painting, games and other activities while you enjoy the surrounds and a nice meal. There is also a small alcove with a TV that kids will enjoy hanging out it. To sweeten the deal, purchase a kids’ meal ($13) and receive a complimentary ice cream spider!
The Lawn is pram friendly with easy access.