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Sydney — By Lauren Katulka on July 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm
Filed under: dining, Family Friendly, restaurant, top-feature

School Holiday Dining Made Easy – Top 10 Child-Friendly Sydney Restaurants

This weekend marks the start of the school holidays, and you know what that means. That’s right: you can say goodbye to time to yourself and hello to a full, noisy household. It even becomes difficult to enjoy that mid-morning coffee break, or lunch with the girls.

It may be difficult, but it’s certainly not impossible to enjoy a great meal with the kids. Just check our handy top 10 list of kid-friendly Sydney eateries!Boy eating sandwich

Little Dynamo’s (corner of George & Allen Streets, Waterloo – map) is the largest indoor playground in the country. While the kids are enjoying the trampolines, cyclone slides, jumping castles, and ball pits, you can relax in the spacious café. There’s a great range of salads, soups, pastas, and sandwiches, and mini burgers and hot dogs for the little ones. The themed party rooms are also perfect for birthdays and other special occasions.

Mamacino (698 -704 Old South Head Road, Rose Bay) is a family-friendly café offering a relaxing environment for parents and their children. Features like pram-friendly automatic doors, pram rockers, change rooms, and mums and babies toilets are welcome additions for parents with very young children. There are also play areas with PlayStation games and educational computer programs. Parents can enjoy delicious meals like salt and pepper squid and Rose Bay surf and turf. The kids will enjoy the bambino menu which offers meals with fries, and jelly and ice-cream for dessert.

The Gladesville Hotel (386 Victoria Road, Gladesville – map) also offers a great play area for kids, with a PlayStation, Xbox, and colouring books. They’ll also love the kids menu, where every meal comes with a free soft drink and a Paddle Pop ice-cream.

The Flying Fox Café (2 Mona Street, Mona Vale – map) is nestled in one of Sydney’s best foreshore parks, Winnererremy Bay Park. Their cubs club menu is great for kids, with choices like fish and chips, chicken nuggets, and Nino Nachos. The café provides toys and blackboards to entertain children while they wait for their meals. The children’s playground is right beside the café, so they can easily play while you finish your meal. It features some awesome equipment for toddlers and bigger kids, including a flying fox, and a spider’s web.

Silver Spur Steak Ranch (123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith – map) is a favourite with kids. And why not? The restaurant offers face painting, a kids multimedia room with a television and PlayStation, colouring-in books, and balloons! All kids meals also come with a soft drink and Chico the Clown ice-cream.

Amigos Play Café (273 Willarong Road South, Caringbah – map) has a great menu for kids and grown ups. There are also plenty of play areas for kids, including a soft baby area for the littlest guest. Amigos’ friendly staff are cool in a crisis and experts at dealing with tantrums.

The Harp (900 Princes Highway, Tempe – map) has fantastic Irish-inspired food for all members of the family. Kids will love the tiny taters menu, where everything comes with chips. They could also win a prize with The Harp’s coloring-in competitions. Even if they don’t win, children will still love to see their artworks on display in the bistro.

Limestone Café and Grill (780 Pacific Highway, Gordon – map) has a great kids menu, with all meals under $15. But they’ll be more interested in dessert: the café is famous for its gelatos served in huge fishbowl-stemmed glasses. You can also rest easy. No tablecloths make it easy to clean up any spills, and with fast service the kids won’t have a chance to fuss. Visit on Tuesday night, when kids eat for free with a paying adult.

Cafe Bondi (624 New South Head Road, Rose Bay – map) The menu has great options for young and old; adults will love the peri peri split prawns and the blackened pepper fillet steak, while kids can choose favourites like fish and chips and spaghetti bolognaise from the Little Nippers menu. The waiters are skilled at handling tantrums, and the beach is just a stone’s throw away if the kids get really fussy.

No Ordinary Café (83 Penshurst Street, Willoughby – map) really is unlike any other eatery in Sydney! There are play mats and toys to keep kids entertained, helping to make a meal more relaxed for their parents. The patient staff are very welcoming, the food is excellent, and the portions very generous.

Image source: Kati Garner @ Stock.xchng

Related places:
  1. A
    Little Dynamo's Indoor Play Centre
    George St, Waterloo NSW 2017, Australia
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  2. B
    Gladesville Hotel
    386 Victoria Rd, Gladesville NSW 2111, Australia
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  3. C
    The Flying Fox Cafe
    Winnererremy Bay Park 2 Mona St, Mona Vale NSW 2103, Australia
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  4. D
    Silver Spur Steak Ranch
    123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith, NSW, Australia, 2750
    View Details and Book
  5. E
    Amigos Play Cafe
    273 Willarong Rd, Caringbah NSW 2229, Australia
    View Details and Book
  6. F
    The Harp Irish Pub
    900 Princes Hwy, Tempe NSW 2044, Australia
    View Details and Book
  7. G
    Limestone Cafe & Grill
    780 Pacific Hwy, Gordon NSW 2072, Australia
    View Details and Book
  8. H
    Cafe Bondi Rose Bay
    624 New South Head Road, Rose Bay NSW 2029, Australia
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  9. I
    No Ordinary Cafe
    83 Penshurst St, Willoughby NSW 2068, Australia
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