Looking for somewhere to take the kids on a rainy day? An indoor venue for a playdate or parent’s group catch up? Or if you’re just after somewhere special for a family day out where the kids can play safely and have fun. There’s a great selection of local indoor play centres in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter to choose from and something suitable for all ages from babies to teens and adults. Most of them can host and cater for birthday parties too.
Chameleon Play Cafe
61 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW
Website: Chameleon Play Cafe
Enjoy a play at Chameleon Play Cafe. This local family-friendly play café offers two play spaces including slides, obstacles and a large ball pit. The age-appropriate play areas are divided into ages, one for under 2’s and another area for kids aged 2+. There is a full kitchen offering all-day breakfast and lunch along with dinner on Friday nights. Entry is free (kids require socks in play area) and there is plenty of seating with highchairs and wheelchair accessibility.
Climb Parc (Cooks Hill)
Cnr Darby Street & Tooke Street, Cooks Hill NSW
Website: Climb Parc
Featuring 19 climbing walls of varying difficulty, Climb Parc is a fantastic indoor centre to enjoy with your kids aged 6 and over (Kids aged under 8 must have a paying, supervising adult with them). Each climbing wall has a safety harness with auto self-belay, making the climbing of and transition between walls safe and simple. Located inside the Genesis Fitness building, opposite Ninja Parc, casual passes or group sessions are available and there are trained staff available to assist. Read more about Climb Parc here.
Gravity X Indoor Trampoline Park (Rutherford)
18 Bradmill Avenue, Rutherford NSW
Website: Gravity X Indoor Trampoline Park
Make the trip to Rutherford for gravity-defying fun for the whole family. From first-time jumpers to experienced professionals, Gravity X has something to suit all ages. For little ones up to 5 years of age (or under 110cm tall) there is a Junior Trampoline Space and the Little Astronauts Playground. For the older kids there’s a Free Jump Space, a Games Space (trampoline basketball or soft-ball dodgeball) and a Big Air Bag. Experienced and skilled jumpers can challenge themselves on the wall trampoline while parents can relax with a coffee at the Infinity X Cafe. They also have a dedicated parents room with change facilities and offer hosted or unhosted birthday party packages.
Inflatable World (Maitland & Warners Bay)
37 Hinkler Avenue, Rutherford NSW
314 Hillsborough Avenue, Warners Bay NSW
Website: Inflatable World
If you have children who love to jump and bounce, they’ll love Inflatable World. The best thing about Inflatable World is that older kids, as well as parents, are all encouraged to join the younger ones on the inflatables. Boasting home to the biggest indoor inflatable playgrounds in Australia, Inflatable World offers 2-hour play periods, a loyalty passport program and birthday party packages.
Kids World Playland (East Maitland)
Stockland Green Hills, 1 Molly Morgan Drive, East Maitland NSW
Website: Kids World Playland
With a designated under 5’s area (0-4 years) and an over-5’s zone (5-11 years) and free entry for adults, Kids World Playland is the perfect place to take your little one to burn off some extra energy, for a playdate or to meet up with your parent’s group. Fully air-conditioned with ample seating, wheelchair access, baby-change facilities and a gourmet cafe menu, Kids World Playland has all bases covered.
Little Sandpiper (Kotara)
Shop 1067/8 Westfield Kotara (located below Target), Cnr Park Avenue & Northcott Drive, Kotara NSW
Website: Little Sandpiper
Little Sandpiper is an amazing marine-themed play centre spanning two levels. On the upper level you’ll find a baby and toddler play area suitable for little ones up to 4 years of age, an older kids play area featuring an amazing ball pit, a parents room and a cafe. Downstairs houses over 30 arcade-style games, which are played using tokens or a card purchased from reception, and four large party rooms. Little Sandpiper is suitable for kids up to 12 years of age. They offer a range of kids birthday parties including Kids Cooking Parties.
30 Pearson Street, Charlestown NSW
With a large playland, cafe, family restaurant and party rooms, Megamania has been popular with local families for many years. Little ones will enjoy the fenced toddler area with ball pit, sensory games and soft surfaces to bounce and play on. Older kids up to 12 years of age will love the huge play area with it’s mega slide and obstacles to navigate and climb. Mums and Dads will love the air-conditioning, extensive menu and the fact that Megamania is licensed after 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Ninja Parc (Cooks Hill)
Cnr Darby Street & Tooke Street, Cooks Hill NSW
Website: Ninja Parc
Kids can swing, jump and climb like a ninja at the Ninja Warrior-inspired Ninja Parc. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to walk, run, jump, hang, swing and fall over the soft-fall padded obstacle course featuring over 20 obstacles. Kids under the age of 8 require a supervising adult unless they are attending one of the Mini-Ninja or Little-Ninja classes. If your kids are over the age of 8 you can choose to join them or observe from the seated cafe area. Ninja Parc also offers bookings for schools, school holidays, corporate events and kids birthday parties. Read more about Ninja Parc here.
Pulse Climbing (Adamstown & Warners Bay)
10/122 Garden Grove Parade, Adamstown NSW
305 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay NSW
Website: Pulse Climbing
For kids who love to climb, you’ll find Pulse climbing at two great locations locally and they cater to beginner level climbers to the more advanced in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Minimum climbing age is strictly 5 years old and kids must be aged 12 and over to belay (hold the ropes). With climbing walls from super easy to outrageously hard, Pulse Climbing has the perfect challenge for everyone and experienced staff are always on hand to assist.
Revolution Sports Park (Maryville)
55 The Avenue, Maryville NSW
Website: Revolution Sports Park
Revolution is a 3-in-1 Sports Park, comprising a trampoline park, a bubble soccer field and an inflatables field. The main area of the trampoline park features a main arena with 50 interconnected trampolines, a foam cushion box and more, a performance arena, a basketball arena, a dodgeball arena and a kiddies arena (for kids under 120cm). The inflatables field features over 15 inflatables from slides to mazes and is open Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays. The bubble soccer field is a dedicated 400sqm space for the exhausting (but fun) sport of bubble soccer. They have a great cafe and a large, seated cafe area. Revolution Sports Park offer Playgroup, Kindy Gym, Junior Jumpers, Trampolining, Parkour and take birthday party bookings so, no matter what your child’s age, you’re sure to find an activity suitable.
Spirited Play Cafe (Taylors Beach)
2/12 Innovation Close, Taylors Beach NSW
Website: Spirited Play Cafe
It’s worth the extra drive to this great indoor play centre located at Port Stephens. Parents and carers can relax and enjoy a coffee, cold drink or something from the extensive cafe menu while they watch their toddlers play in the dedicated toddler area or while older kids play in the large play area featuring padded climbing equipment, obstacles and slides. Spirited Play Cafe also offer Creative Play art sessions in the art room, Music, Movement & Rhythm classes, birthday parties and special events. On the way out, busy parents and carers can even buy a delicious, frozen, take-home meal for dinner.
26a Oakdale Road, Gateshead
A trampoline, gymnastics and parkour park in one, Springloaded offers casual bounce sessions in addition to their regular classes. A casual session allows one hour of all access play for all ages across the trampolines, foam pits, ninja-style obstacle course, parkour zones, gymnastics equipment and more. Kids under 6 years of age must have a supervising parent or guardian and all sessions are supervised by accredited Springloaded coaches. Bookings are essential.
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Meg is a born and raised Novocastrian whose interests include gardening, reading and writing poetry. In between writing for Newy With Kids and working casually as a School Learning Support Officer, Meg enjoys camping and travelling with her family and exploring Newcastle and all it has to offer. Meg has two energetic kids and is passionate about kids having the opportunity to be outdoors as often as possible.