10 Shopping Centres with Free Play Areas

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Shopping centre play areas can be a lifesaver on days when it’s hot, raining or if you need an incentive to get the kids to the shops! Here’s the scoop on all our local shopping centre play areas (in alphabetical order).


Birkenhead Point

19 Roseby St, Drummoyne

There are 2 small soft play structures at Birkenhead Point, one located near Muffin Break and the other near Aldi. They are bested suited for children under 4.


Bunnings Warehouse

Between the playground, kids’ trolleys, cafe and craft activities on weekends and school holidays, Bunnings knows how to keep families happy! Rydalmere, Lidcome and Artarmon are the closest centres. 



Carlingford Court Shopping Centre

Corner Pennant Hills Rd & Carlingford Rd, Carlingford

Although small, this little play area offers enough to give parents a bit of respite while resting in the nearby chairs. You’ll find this play area on level 1 opposite to Bing Lee, and it’s perfect for kids 0-4.

Source: Parraparents

Chatswood Chase

Level 2, 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

This little play area is very beautiful looking but will probably only provide you and your little one with a short rest-stop. Features include a wooden train to sit on and a cubbyhouse with iPads. It’s completely open and opposite an escalator so keep an eye on little runners. 


DFO Homebush

3-5 Underwood Rd, Homebush

A neat and modern structure with plenty to keep kids busy. What you save on entertainment you can spend on clothes! Best suited for kids aged 2-7.


HomeHQ, Artarmon

Corner of Frederick Street & Reserve Road, Artarmon

On the lower ground floor near Dare Gallery and By Dezignyou will find a fairly sizeable pirate ship climbing gym that the kids will just love. It is recommended for children aged 2-6 years.


Macquarie Centre

Cnr Herring and Waterloo Roads, North Ryde

Macquarie Centre has two soft play equipment areas – the newest (opened late 2017) is located on Level 1 outside Target, where you will find lots of kids stores and a few cafes close by. It is suited for kids 1-5 year of age. The other is located on Level 4 outside The Loft Cafe and is also suitable for young kids.



North Rocks Shopping Centre

328-336 North Rocks Road, North Rocks

This little play area recently (late 2017) underwent an upgrade and features a play gym maze. It’s located right next to Pronto Cafe and is great for kids 0-4.

Source: Hills District Mums


Rhodes Waterside

1 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes

This play structure recently had an upgrade (mid 2017) and now features slides, a climbing tower, a maze, soft play and more. It certainly packs a lot into a little space! Best for 2-8 year olds. Read more here! 


Top Ryde City Shopping Centre

Corner Devlin Street and Blaxland Road, Ryde

There are quite a few kids play areas at TRC. Firstly, the Piazza does a pretty solid job of keeping kids entertained, often through meal times as it is surround by cafes and restaurants.

The other play area, which opened mid 2017, is on level 1 near Toy Mate. There are 3 sections to the area – an interactive zone with books, screen and colouring, a climbing zone with a rock climbing wall, multiple slides, rope ladder and tunnel. Then there is a soft play area with climbing mounds and cut-outs as well as building blocks. Because of the 3 zones it suits children from 0-10 years of age. Beware as it can get VERY busy.