6 Of The Most Fun Dining Experiences For Kids In Brisbane
By: Carolyn Tate, ellaslist
Nov 23, 2018
When you have kids, you’re usually in one of two camps: either you love dining out with your magical unicorn kids who sit still and use the correct fork, or you dread taking them out lest the little terrors embarrass you in public and knock down some very expensive display that you now have to pay for.
If you fall into the latter group, but want to graduate to the former, we’ve got six great places to take your kids where the pressure is off them to behave, there’s something fun for them to do, and you can sit back and relax for a change. You’ve earned it. We all have.
Here are our favourite dining experiences for kids in Brisbane:
Victoria Park Bistro
You’re almost in the minority if you come to Victoria Park and you don’t have kids (but you can totally borrow ours if you like – no returnsies). Once you’ve finished your round of putt putt (or even if you couldn’t be bothered playing), head along to the bistro for great kids’ meals, wood-fired pizzas and a great wine list (not for kids, obvs). And when your little angels can’t keep still any longer, let them go off and play in the wooden cubbyhouse, farm tractor, giant chess and jumping castle.
Website: Victoria Park Bistro
Where: 309 Herston Road, Herston
When: Every day except Christmas, Monday – Tuesday 7am to 3pm, Wednesday and Sunday 7am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday 7am to 9pm
Price: See menu
As a parent, three of my favourite words are “kids eat free”, and you can hear those words at the Pineapple Hotel. Take your kids along any Wednesday or Friday for lunch or dinner, and the tinies’ meals are on them.
The Piney also has a huge lawn out the back for running your little treasures ragged, and there is also a compact but fun playground. If you ask the staff nicely they’ll seat you near it so you can kick back with a wine while you watch the children play. Sweet.
Website: Pineapple Hotel
Where: 706 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
When: Monday – Friday from 11am, Saturday 11:30am to 9:30pm, Sunday 11:30am to 8:30pm.
Price: See the menu
Samford Valley Hotel
Children aren’t just allowed at Samford Valley, they’re welcomed with open arms. The venue has a great playground to keep the little ones entertained while they wait for their kids meal off the excellent extensive menu. The playground is fenced and also has a grassy area for kicking a ball around, or whatever takes their fancy (as long as they’re not bothering you, am I right?).
The Pancake Manor
There’s no playground to speak of, but trust us, the kids will be thrilled to be allowed to eat pancakes as a main meal – and the kids’ meals are extra fun with funny faces and caterpillars. The Pancake Manor is in an old church in the city and has been striking children with the wonder of its high ceilings and stained glass windows since we were tiny (trust us, we remember). Not much has changed and the Pancake Manor is thrilling a new generation of children. If you bring your kids here on their birthday, they’ll get a sparkler in their pancake too.
Hit the Tuscan Terrace with your kids at Sirromet for a relaxed dining experience (Restaurant Lurleen’s is delightful too but perhaps better suited to those magical unicorn children who sit still and know what a salad fork looks like). Dine on delicious Italian outside under the trees, and watch the kids run around and kick a ball, and spot wallabies hiding in the bushes.
Sirromet also host a series of family events throughout the year, including an Easter egg hunt, and wonderful Mothers and Fathers Days.
Website: Sirromet Winery https://www.sirromet.com/
Where: 850 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton
When: The Tuscan Terrace is open for lunch Wednesday – Saturday 11am to 3pm and Sunday 11am to 3:30pm. See website for other opening times at Sirromet.
Cost: See Tuscan Terrace menu
Ah, the Hammo. You might remember it for different reasons (I’m flashing back to midori cocktails and stirrup pants in the early 90s), but the Hamilton Hotel is now a great place to bring your children. Great kids’ meals and a kids’ entertainment room open from 11:30am each day, but these are the least of the wonders of the Hammo because on the first Sunday of every month, it becomes the best place in Brisbane to bring your kids, with a theme party as part of their Club 4 Kids. Activities change each month but include pony rides, cupcake decorating and petting zoos. Fun!
Want more ideas to keep the kiddies entertined? Check out Brisbane’s:
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- The Top Kid-Friendly Cafés With A Play Area
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Image credit: Pancake Manor