Kid-friendly dining: Cafes, pubs & restaurants with playgrounds or kids areas in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter

Eating out with babies and kids isn’t always easy. So it makes sense to look for local kid-friendly cafes, restaurants or pubs that offer kids an indoor or outdoor playground or kids area and it’s a bonus if kids eat free. It doesn’t matter if they’re babies, toddlers, preschoolers or school aged, a family-friendly dining spot makes it so much easier. Choosing the right spot means kids are happy and occupied, and gives parents a chance to actually eat the their food while it still warm! And somewhere, with other kids – so if meltdowns happen, crying ensues or food goes flying, it’s just no big deal. We’ve all been there right!

Here’s some places in Newcastle, Maitland and Lake Macquarie that offer playgrounds or kids area. And don’t forget to check out our Kids Eat Free guide which gives you information on saving money all week long!

Argenton Hotel

515 Lake Road, Argenton

With a giant outdoor playground and spacious cabana shelters, the newly renovated Argenton Hotel is a top family-friendly dining spot in Lake Macquarie.

Belmont 16s

The Parade, Belmont

Delicious meals, lake views and a kids play area make Belmont 16s an ideal place to go with your family or mothers group. The family dining area is located in a separate area and features a kids play area (best suited to kids under 6).

Play area at Belmont 16s

Blackbutt Hotel

80 Orchardtown Road, New Lambton

If you’re looking for a relaxed no-fuss pub that’s kid-friendly, head to the Blackbutt Hotel in New Lambton. It features a small indoor playground for kids.

Black Circle Cafe

4/12 Alma Road, New Lambton

Get to Black Circle Cafe for your caffeine fix. Includes a kids area in the back to keep little ones entertained.

Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows 

27 Mawson Close, Caves Beach

With ocean views, Caves Coastal Bar is a relaxed and casual spot with plenty of room to sit inside or outside close to the outdoor kids area.

CBD Cafe

471 Hunter Street, Newcastle

The CBD Hotel is a relaxed family-friendly option in the middle of Newcastle. The hotel features an indoor kids playground in the beer garden ensuring that parents can enjoy themselves while kids are entertained.

Chameleon Play Cafe

61 Vincent Street, Cessnock

Enjoy a play at Chameleon Play Cafe. It’s a family friendly cafe with a full kitchen and drinks menu available plus a large playground area for the kids to enjoy.

Club Charlestown

5 Lincoln Street, Charlestown

With delicious food, a kids play area and a central location, Club Charlestown is a top spot to go with your family or mothers group. It’s a large club with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of space to park prams and strollers. Located outside but still undercover, this playground is best suited for kids aged 3 to 7.

Charlestown Bowling Club

Club Redhead

Burns Street, Redhead

Enjoy a meal at Redhead’s bowling club. Watch the kids play in the outdoor play area while you relax undercover.

Edgeworth Tavern

Corner of Main Road & Minmi Road

Edgeworth Tavern have an enclosed play area for kids.

Jewells Tavern

73 Ntaba Road, Jewells

Jewells Tavern is well set up for kids with a large outdoor play area. The outdoor area features lots of picnic tables so you can sit out there and keep an eye on your children playing.

Lowlands Bowling Club

98A Dawson Street, Cooks Hill

A recent renovation has made Lowlands Bowling Club even more family-friendly. Next door to the large playground at Centennial park, parents are able to watch older kids play through the big glass window in the club or from the outdoor tables.

The Mattara

333 Charlestown Road, Newcastle

The Mattara features an indoor play area for kids and is a good place to keep kids busy before and after their meal.

Medowie Macadamias

672 Medowie Road, Medowie

Enjoy a cafe meal at this family-owned macadamia farm in Medowie. It features a large, outdoor play area that will keep kids entertained while you enjoy a coffee and some macadamia cakes and slices.


30 Pearson Street, Charlestown

Instead of being a restaurant with a play area, Megamania in Charlestown Square is an indoor play area with the restaurant. It’s a popular spot for families.

Pelican RSL

1 Piriwal Street, Pelican

Pelican RSL is a family friendly venue offering outdoor entertainment area and an awesome fully equipped children’s play room. It features a secured toddlers area, kids gym, and arcade games.

Reload Cafe at Wests Mayfield

32 Industrial Drive, Mayfield

Open every day, the open-air Reload Cafe features great coffee and healthy light meals. It includes an enclosed soft play area for toddlers and young children.

Shortland Pub

269 Sandgate Road, Shortland

Enjoy a family meal at Shorty Pub. It features an indoor play area for kids aged 0 -6 as well as arcade games for older kids.

Sunnyside Tavern

20 Broadmeadow Road, Broadmeadow

Keep kids entertained as they play on the free electronic games provided in the childrens play area. Located in the adjoining courtyard area, parents can keep an eye on them.

Sydney Junction Hotel

8 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

Keep the kids occupied with a large undercover Kids Zone area with play equipment at the Sydney Junction Hotel.

Wallsend Diggers

5 Tyrrell Street, Wallsend

With a large play area in its outdoor area, Wallsend Diggers is a great spot for meet ups of mothers groups or families looking for a kid-friendly option.

Warners at the Bay

320 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay

A relaxed family-friendly spot, Warners at the Bay has a fenced play area visible from the dining area and good kids meals!

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