Your complete guide on where to eat & drink with the little ones
With the social season kicking into gear, you're more than likely going to be in need of some kid-friendly venues to get merry in. Here's a few to get you started...
The Argenton Hotel
The newly renovated Argenton Hotel has a fresh modern feel to it and anyone with kids, or even without, will be loving it. The massive outdoor playground space and beer garden space comes complete with cabanas and a relaxed outdoorsy vibe that's ideal for families throughout the warmer months.
Kids eat free on Monday & Tuesdays from 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: 515 Lake Rd, Argenton
Perfect for those soon to arrive hot summer evenings, The Kingfish at Honeysuckle brings together quality seafood eats with a casual outdoorsy atmosphere that's ideal for taking in those cool afternoon breezes and letting the kids get active on their scooters or bikes.
Sydney Junction Hotel
Kids eat free lunch and dinner Monday-Thursday with a purchase of a main meal.
It's your local pub with something for everyone, and an epic undercover playground that lets the kids run amok letting you eat your meal and catch up with friends. The beer garden is open and spacious, with a retractable roof so it's ideal for alfresco dining- rain, hail or shine!
Where: 8 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Smokin Hot N Saucy
The very relaxed outdoor seated space in Islington has loads of room for the kids to move around in and not bother other diners.
Where: 116 Maitland Rd, Islington
Some of the best Mexican in Newcastle also comes with a caravan out the back for the kids to entertain themselves in.
Where:11 Steel St, Newcastle West
Mondays - kids eat free
Monday Kids Eat FREE for Lunch and Dinner! Includes a Free Paddle Pop dessert. Available with any Main Meal purchase, Burger, Salad or Pasta. T&Cs apply.
Where: 237 Hunter St, Newcastle
Time your pizza outing to Tuesdays when the kids eat FREE!
Where: 53 Bull St, Cooks Hill
Combine your ocean views with your beers, wine and pizza at the Pizza Kiosk at Merewether Surfhouse. Grab a seat inside or take it down to the beach and top it off with a gelato for dessert.
Where: 5 Henderson Pde, Merewether
Not necessarily one that jumps to mind but The Greenroof well and truly has you covered when it comes to the kids with the fab little shed like room in the courtyard. The Shed has everything your kids could want to keep them occupied.
Where 71 Tudor St, Hamilton
Enjoy Californian-style Mexican cuisine with a laid-back vibe. The Little Amigos menu is entry-level Mexican, without the spice, and there's an area for the kids in the courtyard.
Kids eat free weekdays 4 pm-6.30pm. Also, on Wednesdays, kids eat free all day. AND, in the school holidays, kids eat free every day! T&Cs apply.*
Where 135 Darby St, Cooks Hill
*Buy 1 adult meal $15 or more & receive 1 kids meal free.
The Barn Adamstown
Morning coffee, brunch or lunch, The Barn at Adamstown is a gem with little ones.
Where: Cnr Brunker & Mandalong Rds, Adamstown
Revolution Sports Park
Sit back and actually enjoy your coffee and conversation while the kids burn some energy either in the Kindy Gym or Junior Jumpers.
Where: 55 The Avenue, Maryville
The Autumn Rooms
If you still like to keep it a little grown up then head out the back of The Autumn Rooms. A little space has been created to keep the kids entertained, at least long enough for you to enjoy your coffee.
Where: 127 Darby St, Cooks Hill
Every kids idea of heaven, The Hood offers up an awesome range of gelato, waffles, milkshakes and those super cool booths that you can hang out in.
Where: 188 Union St, The Junction
If you love combining some homewares browsing with your morning coffee or lunch, Cafe Habitat have made it easy for you. With a sweet little kids play area in the outdoor garden space, that's well away from all the beautiful things inside, it's a gorgeous setting to enjoy your morning catch up in.
Where: 513 Glebe Rd, Adamstown
Great coffee mixed with some awesome tunes gives Black Circle Cafe its own unique atmosphere. Their specially designated kids area allows you to hang around just a little longer.
Where: 12 Alma Rd, New Lambton
Perry The Feeder
Easy to access for prams, the outdoor grassy space is ideal for mums and bubs. The beautiful little space is perfect for a coffee catch ups, and perhaps even getting your hair done.
Where: 53 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
So many foodie choices and conveniently located at the back of The Rooftop is a children's play area to keep them occupied until the meals come out.
Where: Westfield Kotara
Whether you've got a newborn, toddlers or nearly teens Megamania at Charlestown is the destination to hit. From the multi-leveled playmaze, ginormous slide and jumping castles your kids will be overwhelmed and worn out by the end. The cafe offers up a quality menu and with loads of room you can settle in for a couple of hours.
Where: Pearson St, Charlestown
Goodness Me Organics
A grocer and cafe, Goodness Me Organics caters to all dietary requirements, they also make the kids feel right at home with picnic blankets and tables available to get comfy on in the little backyard.
Where: 617-621 Glebe Rd, Adamstown
Holey Moley Golf Club
With Putt Putt Golf, Karaoke and Ten Pin Bowling you can practically eat and not even see the kids at Holey Moley, most definitely suited to the older kids.
Where: Pearson St, Charlestown
The Olive Branch Cafe
Not only does this cafe help young people new to the industry get hands-on work experience , it also offers a great little menu and a fantastic, fenced in kids area with loads of toys and things to keep them busy.
Where: 67 Cleary St, Hamilton
Chameleon Play Cafe
A family run cafe with kids at the heart of the business. Free to enter the cafe offers delicious food for the big and little kids and an awesome playground area for the kids to get lost in.
Where: 61 Vincent St, Cessnock