When you need to get out of the house, here's where to take the kids
Eating out with the kids can be tough, hopefully this list makes it a little easier to navigate.See our handpicked guides to Newcastle
Sydney Junction Hotel
Venues in Newcastle don't get much better than the Sydney Junction Hotel in Hamilton when it comes to entertaining the kids and affordable dining for the whole family.
At its very heart, it's your local pub built around with something for everyone. $5 kid's meals Monday to Thursday, is the perfect excuse to get out of the house and let someone else do the cooking! With a paddle pop and activity pack included with the purchase of every kid's meal plus that iconic undercover playground, let them run amok while you catch up with friends, enjoy a great meal and a glass of wine or two!
The beer garden is open and spacious, with a retractable roof so it's ideal for alfresco dining- rain, hail or shine! With a cosy fireplace in the bistro, enjoy a hearty winter meal and make SJs your new favourite family dining venue. You won't be disappointed!
Where: 8 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Lowlands Bowling Club
The newly renovated restaurant space looks great and its massive glass window wall looks directly out onto the adjacent playground in the park.
Where: 98 Dawson St, Cooks Hill
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
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
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
Not necessarily one that jumps to mind but The Greenroof well and truly have 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.
Some of the best Mexican in Newcastle also comes with a caravan out the back for the kids to entertain themslves in.
Where:11 Steel St, Newcastle West
Sunday's - Kids Eat Free
Kids receive a free kids meal with the purchase of any Burger & Co. item, Salad, Main Meal or Meat Plate from 4pm. T&C’s Apply.
Where: 237 Hunter St, Newcastle
The Mexican Cantina
Located in the heart of Carrington and coming with all your Mexican favourites it also perfect with the little ones with the outdoor area coming with it's own playground area
Where: 79 Young St, Carrington
You'll be smiling too with the $5 kids' meals Monday to Thursday at the Sydney Junction Hotel.
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
Kids of Thunder
A cafe that caters to kids, finally! Sit back, have a chat and let the kids get busy.
Where: 114 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
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 kid's 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 and with a 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
Connecting with the community is what The Fernery is all about, and it is ultra kid friendly. The relaxed Forecourt area always has awesome coffee and foodie combines a very kid-friendly atmosphere.
Where: 84 Fern St, Islington
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
Located in Minmi and the place to be for those who like the
Where: 40 Church St, Minmi
Goodness Me Organics
A grocer and cafe, Goodness Me Organics
Where: 617-621 Glebe Rd, Adamstown
Kids eat free every day from
Where: 28 Alma Rd, New Lambton