Where are kid-friendly dining spots 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 child-friendly cafes, restaurants or pubs with a kids play area such an indoor or outdoor playground or specific kids area.
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 their food while it’s still warm! And somewhere where they are 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 a selection of family-friendly cafes and restaurants in Newcastle, Maitland and Lake Macquarie that offer playgrounds or a kids area. Most offer high chairs, a kids menu and baby-changing facilities.
And don’t forget to check out our Kids Eat Free guide saving you money with an adult meal purchase all week long! It’s super handy during school holidays.
Featured Image Credit: Hotel Elermore
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With a giant outdoor playground and spacious cabana shelters, Argenton Hotel is a top family-friendly dining spot in Lake Macquarie.
515 Lake Road, Argenton NSW
Phone: 02 4958 1060
The Bank Hotel
Relax and enjoy your food and drinks while the kids play at this outdoor playground at The Bank Hotel in East Maitland.
72 Melbourne Street, East Maitland NSW Phone: 02 4934 8284 Website
There’s plenty of space in this large rustic cafe for strollers and prams. Menu features gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Cnr of Brunker & Mandalong roads, Adamstown NSW
Phone: 02 4952 8315
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).
The Parade, Belmont NSW
Phone: 02 4945 0888
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. Please note: Kids play area currently CLOSED (since COVID-19) until further notice.
80 Orchardtown Road, New Lambton NSW
Phone: 02 4957 3454
The Bradford Hotel
The great outdoor area at the The Bradford Hotel has a huge, fenced, bright and colourful kids playground with lots of slides and activities to keep them entertained while you enjoy your meal.
358 New England Highway, Rutherford NSW Phone: 02 4932 1842 Website
The Garden Cafe located within Habitat Living is a peaceful outdoor space that kids will love.
513 Glebe Road, Adamstown NSW
Phone: 02 4952 3887
Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows
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. Please note: Kids play area currently closed while landscaping is being updated.
27 Mawson Close, Caves Beach NSW Phone: 02 4980 9999 Website
Central Park Cafe
Located beside the Maitland Visitors Information Centre, Central Park Cafe offers artisan coffee and locally sourced meals in air-conditioned dining or or alfresco verandah with leafy views. Perfect for a catch up with friends and family while the kids have fun in their secure kids play area.
Cnr New England Highway & High Street, Maitland NSW
Phone: 02 4936 6965
Chameleon Play Cafe
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.
61 Vincent Street, Cessnock NSW
Phone: 02 4025 3747
With delicious food, 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. There is plenty of seating nearby with a brand new area – The Courtyard that is adjacent to the event area with a new playground to explore as well.
5 Lincoln Street, Charlestown NSW Phone: 02 4943 3766 Website
Parents can relax and enjoy their meals while kids are entertained with a large outdoor play area and Kids Entertainment room. This room has been refurbished with free games including arcade games such as Daytona, PAC-Man, Frogger, Space Invaders & much more plus a large TV set screening the Cartoon Network.
458 Lake Road, Argenton NSW
Phone: 02 4911 9500
Enjoy a meal at Redhead’s bowling club. Watch the kids play in the outdoor play area while you relax undercover.
Burns Street, Redhead NSW
Phone: 02 4942 6022
Eat, drink and unwind in Dullboys modern take on the classic American Diner. Afterwards enjoy a game of tenpin bowling, have a game of mini putt or enjoy the arcade games or dodgem cars with the kids.
326 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay NSW Phone: 02 4954 2477 Website
Edgeworth Tavern have an enclosed play area for kids.
General Washington Hotel
Catch the ferry over to Stockton for a meal at the General Washington Hotel and enjoy your meal while the kids play in the enclosed kids area towards the back of the restaurant. They’ll find plenty of toys and books to keep them entertained. Afterwards, head across the road for a play at the Stockton Active Hub.
1 Mitchell Street, Stockton NSW Phone: 02 4920 1001 Website
The Golden Goat
This boutique espresso bar is located close to a fenced kids play area in Kotara Homemaker Centre. Known for its delicious coffee.
Kotara Homemaker Centre, Kotara NSW
Phone: 0427 699 561
Hexham Bowling Club
Enjoy your meal at Hexham Bowling Club while kids are occupied in the indoor kids play area.
290 Old Maitland Road, Hexham NSW
Phone: 02 4964 8350
Heritage Gardens Nursery Cafe
If you and your kids love plants, visit the cafe at Heritage Gardens Nursery. The cafe features delicious lunch packs for kids with real food. There’s plenty of space for kids to run around and in bad weather, there’s a little play kitchen on the side verandah.
Cnr New England Highway & Four Mile Creek Road, Ashtonfield NSW
Phone: 02 4036 1550
Hotel Elermore (formerly The Shaft Tavern)
The Shaft Tavern has been completely transformed. This family-friendly venue now features a fenced undercover play area. The new kids play area is oen that kids will love as it has slides, tunnels, climbing and more. Parents will love the huge glass wall that enables you to see your kids from almost anywhere in the café/restaurant.
145 Croudace Road. Elermore Vale NSW Phone: 02 4951 4587 Website
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.
73 Ntaba Road, Jewells NSW
Phone: 02 4948 9100
Kahibah Sports Club
Enjoy some mini golf with your meals. Bistro 63 has a mini golf range for kids and families, barefoot bowls, and a kids play games room in the restaurant area.
63 Kenibea Avenue, Kahibah NSW Phone: 02 4943 2987 Website
Kurri Kurri Bowling Club
This bowling club features an indoor and outdoor kids play area and a special toddler play area. The Kookaburra’s Brasserie menu features a variety of kids meals as well.
Tarro Street, Kurri Kurri NSW
Phone: 02 4937 1676
Enjoy a meal at indoor play centre Little Sandpiper at Westfield Kotara. It has plenty of room and equipment for kids to run around and play and use up all of that excess energy while parents can relax with a drink or meal.
Westfield Kotara, Kotara NSW Phone: 02 4048 2984 Website
Lowlands Bowling Club
A 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.
98A Dawson Street, Cooks Hill NSW Phone: 02 4929 3046 Website
The Mattara features an indoor play area for kids and is a good place to keep kids busy before and after their meal.
333 Charlestown Road, Charlestown NSW
Phone: 02 4943 3911
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.
672 Medowie Road, Medowie NSW
Phone: 02 4943 3911
With their kids menu and a great outdoor playground, enjoy lunch or dinner outside on a sunny day while the kids play.
Ferodale Road, Medowie NSW Phone: 02 4981 8474 Website
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.
30 Pearson Street, Charlestown NSW
Phone: 02 4923 8700
Mischief Kitchen is a family-friendly cafe with a large undercover terrace area and garden which is fully fenced and has lots of play options for the kids. They offer craft every Wednesday morning and messy play every Tuesday during term time as well as running a great range of activities during the school holidays which range from slime making to rock painting. Their menu is designed to offer fun and imaginative food for adults and children alike with an emphasis on being simple, seasonal and yummy! They serve coffee Glitch coffee roasters, locally roasted & fully fair trade.
787 Pacific Highway, Belmont NSW
The historic Neath Hotel features a playground, grassed area and a games room all in a secure area. Great spot to visit to or from the Hunter Valley wineries.
28 Cessnock Road, Neath NSW Phone: 4930 8739 Website
Newcastle Food and Flower Market
Drop in to the Newcastle Food and Flower Market. There’s a dedicated kids playroom. After parents finish tasting the yummy food and coffee, you can finish it off with a gelato and a stroll through the market.
28 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate, NSW Phone: 1 300 760 460 Website
Olive Branch Cafe
The Olive Branch Cafe in Hamilton is run by the Salvos and provides young people with the opportunity to develop hands-on work skills. It has a large fenced indoor play room at their cafe, suited to 0-5 years. You can also pay forward a meal or coffee for someone in need.
67 Cleary Street, Hamilton NSW
Phone: 02 4969 8066
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.
1 Piriwal Street, Pelican NSW
Phone: 02 4971 2165
Reader’s Cafe and Larder
Located inside East Maitland Library, this cafe features a playground at the back. Take home tasty home-style meals, curries, soups, jams, pickles, relishes and chutneys.
3 Garnett Road, East Maitland NSW
Phone: 02 4933 5644
The Regal Inn
Heaps of outdoor tables to choose from overlooking a large open space for kids to run around plus a fantastic playground.
33 Metford Road, Tenambit Phone: 02 4933 2475 Website
Reload Cafe at Wests 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.
32 Industrial Drive, Mayfield NSW
Phone: 02 4903 6100
Royal Crown Hotel
Check out the Royal Crown Hotel at Dudley. It has a new kids cubby style play area, a kid friendly courtyard / beer garden and a basketball hoop out the back.
94 Ocean Street, Dudley NSW Phone: 02 4944 7698 Website
Sal’s By The Lake
Next door to the massive Speers Point Playground, Sal’s By The Lake is not for profit cafe with all proceeds going back to the community via The Salvation Army. Opening up onto the playground, it’s a top spot to enjoy a coffee or a meal and a coffee while the kids play next door. Also, there’s plenty of space for mums groups to meet up.
15 Park Road, Speers Point NSW
Phone: 02 4908 1108
Combine art with coffee at Seraphine Cafe located at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Wander through the gallery and then enjoy some food. There’s a large outdoor area where kids can roam. Go on a Sunday to enjoy free art activities during Free Art Sunday.
230 High Street, Maitland NSW
Phone: 02 4934 7264
The Shortland Hotel
269 Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
Phone: 02 4951 1844
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.
Spirited Play Cafe
This cafe overlooks a huge indoor kids play area with spaces for babies and toddlers, younger and older kids. Choose from the extensive cafe menu. Frozen meals are also available to take home.
2/12 Innovation Close, Taylors Beach NSW Phone: 02 4982 2065 Website
Keep the kids entertained as they play in the playground area while you relax and enjoy your meal.
20 Broadmeadow Road, Broadmeadow NSW Phone: 02 4961 2084 Website
Sydney Junction Hotel
Keep the kids occupied with a large undercover Kids Zone area with play equipment at the Sydney Junction Hotel.
8 Beaumont Street, Hamilton NSW
Phone: 02 4961 2537
The Prince of Merewether
As part of a major renovation at The Prince, they’ve created a small ‘kids room’ next to the bistro dining space. Designed to be a chilled out space for kids to enjoy while waiting on their meal, it allows parents to relax and enjoy their dining experience. The room includes at two-storey cubby with space to read a book, watch TV or just have some quiet time, and The Prince ‘Café’ down the bottom which is decked out with wooden café food and appliances. There’s a book wall, a table and chairs to enjoy the ‘café food’ or play a board game, a chalk board wall, a big tv showing kids programs, beanbags and a cosy swing chair.
1 Morgan Street, Merewether NSW Phone: 4963 1722 Website
Toronto Workers Club
Check out Pirate Playland at Toronto Workers Club. This indoor play area for kids features a double slippery dip, an assortment of obstacles and a steering wheel. Perfect to keep kids occupied while you enjoy your meal. Please note that the entry requirement is that children must be 120cm or less in height.
9 James Street, Toronto NSW
Phone: 4959 2011
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.
5 Tyrrell Street, Wallsend NSW
Phone: 02 4951 7000
Warners at the Bay
A relaxed family-friendly spot, Warners at the Bay has a fenced play area visible from the dining area and good kids meals!
320 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay NSW
Phone: 02 4956 6066
Young Street Hotel
Younger kids will love the fenced kids play area featuring a play shop, cubby house and slides
132 Young Street, Carrington NSW Phone: 02 4023 5906 Website
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Here are more articles you may be interested in:
- Wondering where kids eat free in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter? Visit the Kids Eat Free Guide.
- Looking for some affordable family fun? There are lots of free and low-cost things to do in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.
- Need a list of local playgrounds? Check out the Parks and Playgrounds section on Newy with Kids.
- Looking for an indoor play centre? Read through our Indoor Play Centre guide.
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