Family-friendly dining: Cafes, pubs & restaurants with playgrounds or kids areas in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter
Dining out with kids? 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 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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Lincoln Street, Charlestown
With delicious food, a kids play area and a central location, the Charlestown Bowling Club 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.
Burns Street, Redhead
Enjoy a meal at Redhead’s bowling club. Watch the kids play in the outdoor play area while you relax undercover.
Corner of Main Road & Minmi Road
Edgeworth Tavern have an enclosed play area for kids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
Keep the kids occupied with a large undercover Kids Zone area with play equipment at the Sydney Junction Hotel.
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.
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!
Have we missed a great local place that features a playground or kids area? Comment below or send us an email on email@example.com and we’ll add it to the list.