One of the most popular articles on hillsdistrictmums.com.au is our list of cafes next to play areas. Parents LOVE a place where kids are occupied for some of the time. You can then usually eat, drink and even have an adult conversation in relative peace, while of course keeping a responsible parental eye on your offspring! Unfortunately, most of the cafes listed aren’t open for dinner…but don’t stress, the Hills are full of pubs and restaurants with play areas! Here are 20 venues in or near the Hills where the kids can have fun while you do too!
P.S. – A couple of disclaimers on this one: we haven’t tried out all these venues so can’t vouch for the food or service etc. Also, sometimes these kids play areas can get pretty full on and hectic. So do keep an eye on your little ones between sips of your beverage!
The Australian Brewery – 350 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
In a recent quick poll in the Hills District Mums Facebook group, this came out as a favourite for dinner with kids. The Brewery has a kids play area that’s split in two. One side is play equipment and the other side is some games suitable for 5 years to tweens. There’s also a jumping castle and complimentary face painting every weekend during lunch and dinner. The Australian Brewery has a special membership program for HDMs where you receive discounts on food and beverages. Find out more about it here.
Castle Hill RSL – 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill
This is the newest one in the Hills and is totally EPIC! Two separate areas, fully fenced and undercover. The photos speak for themselves!
Ettamogah Hotel – Corner Merrivale and Windsor Roads, Kellyville Ridge
Get ready for this! Jumping castle, rock climbing ($5 for half an hour), pool tables, arcade room and a play gym! This is what’s on offer for kids at the Ettamogah Hotel. And if you love a kids eat free deal, this is on offer on a Thursday night and includes free kids rock climbing.
The Fiddler – Commercial & Windsor Roads, Rouse Hill
The Fiddler had a makeover about 18 months ago now and looks pretty funky. The playground itself didn’t get a makeover but the kids don’t seem to mind. The kids area is spacious and enclose, without any scary equipment or pokey holes to send a hover mum into a spin.
Hotel Pennant Hills – Corner of Pennant Hills Road and Railway Street, Pennant Hills
Again, the kids play area is split in two at the Pennant Hills Hotel, with a toddler area for 2-4 year olds and a kids area for 5-10 year olds. There’s also a jumping castle located out in the courtyard. We were also really pleased to see a healthy kids dinner option on the menu on our last visit (Kids Healthy Platter – ham, cheese, fruit, vegetable sticks and bread) which the kids preferred over the standard deep fried fare.
Baulkham Hills Sporting Club – 11 Renown Road, Baulkham Hills
The Baulkham Hills Sporting Club has a fenced play area for kids in the courtyard. They also have both PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 available for members – just see reception for controllers and games. If you live within a 5km radius you need to either be a member or be dining with a member to enter the Baulkham Hills Sport Club.
Glenorie RSL – 3 Post Office Road, Glenorie
The Glenorie RSL has a gorgeous outdoor area. The fully fenced grassed area has a great playground for younger kids to enjoy and plenty of space for older kids to play footy or tip. Both areas are within sight of your dining table.
Lynwood Country Club – 253 Pitt Town Road, Pitt Town
This one is brand new and a cracker. Called ‘The Farm’, there’s a fantastic playground area and kids can even meet farm animals (Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm and 3pm to 5pm. Saturday and Sunday between 11am to 3pm).
Wenty Leagues Club – 50 Smith Street, Wentworthville
Hills District Mums love this place, apparently the food is great and the drinks are at club prices. There’s an enclosed indoor kids play area with a movie area inside. And for older kids there are arcade games.
Brewhouse Marayong – 6 Cobham St, Kings Park
The Brewhouse Marayong has a cool kids play area that includes a medieval-themed climbing frame, jumping castle and giant chalk board. And if you like a deal, kids eat free on Sundays.
Wisemans Ferry Inn – Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry
This is a great spot if you’re up for a day trip not too far from the Hills. There’s a huge deck perfect for lunch or an early dinner and the kids will love the grassed area and surrounds with a tractor, play equipment and sometimes small animals like ducks or a lamb to pat. On Sundays and in school holidays there’s face painting, a little animal farm and a jumping castle on offer for free.
The Galston Club – 21-25 Arcadia Road Galston
The Galston Club has a kids playground just outside the cafe/restaurant. They also do a kids eat free deal on a Wednesday night – for every main meal purchased receive a free kids meal (including soft drink and icecream).
Kings Park Tavern – 214 Sunnyholt Road, Kings Park
The fully fenced kids play area here is brand new! Located in the corner of the beer garden, it’s a perfect area to eat and keep an eye on your little ones. Kids also eat free on Sundays (buy one adult meal, get one kids meal free).
Lily’s Seven Hills – 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills
The fully fenced playground at Lily’s is brand new and located outside on grass. There’s also a kids arcade room called Gizmo with a variety of arcade games for kids to play.
Hotel Seven Hills – 222 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills
This bistro is cool and apparently never really packed. It has glass all around so it’s like a fish bowl. Recommended ages are 3-12. You can grab a meal and a drink and watch your kids play safely (read: go nuts!). Vicky’s Bistro does kids eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Quakers Inn – 7 Nirimba Drive, Quakers Hill
Quakers Inn has a basic outdoor play area for kids just outside the courtyard. And for those of you that like a bargain, on Monday nights kids eat free!
Rooty Hill RSL, 55 Sherbrooke Street Rooty Hill
The enclosed indoor play area at Rooty Hill RSL is brand new, only opening in July 2016. But this isn’t the only thing for the kids. There is also a brand new the 3 metre projection theatre which will show the latest kids movies and there’s AMF bowling and laser skirmish on site. Worth a trip!
North Ryde RSL – Cnr Pittwater and Magdala Rds, North Ryde
OK so this is officially our furthest one from the Hills but it is worth a mention as you can actually drop your kids and run!! They have an area called the Tribal Zone. You pay $6, check your kids in with qualified staff, you get a buzzer and they buzz you if they need you (or if the kids want you). The Tribal Zone has a big adventure playground with ball room (height restriction of 150cm tall), arcade games, mini carousel and air hockey and is suitable for children and teenagers from 3-17 years old. There is a maximum of 2 hours supervision – (or at the discretion of staff).
The Ranch – Cnr Epping & Herring Rds, North Ryde
The Ranch has a cool little kids area located outdoors, an arcade area, kids ping pong tables and face painting every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday lunch.
Greystanes Hotel – 701 Merrylands Road, Greystanes
Again, The Greystanes Hotel is a little further afield but it also has a brand new outdoor play area which is spacious and fully enclosed.
Did we include your favourite?