Best Indoor Playgrounds in Shopping Centres in Sydney
Mums & Bubs
Let's be real. Shopping with kids in tow can be a chore sometimes. Dragging them through the aisles of Coles or Woolworths is exhausting, not to mention the constant interruptions of "Mum, we really really NEED this!". But when a shopping centre blesses parents with a playground, it makes the whole ordeal more manageable.
We’ve found the best shopping centre playgrounds around Sydney, that’ll make shopping with kids A LOT easier.
Westfield Eastgardens Shopping Mall
Right at the entrance on the top level is a play area that’s situated next to a cafe and Woolworths. It’s the perfect place to sit down and relax after shopping, and it’s easy to supervise the kids. It’s not enclosed though so you need to watch out for escape artists. There are also several small rides dotted around the shopping centre that kids can enjoy for $2 a ride. On Level 2, there's a Kids Playworld designed for children aged 2-6 years, open every day of the year.
Where: 152 Bunnerong Rd, Eastgardens
Westfield Bondi Junction
Take a break and let your little ones be entertained in the kids' activity area at Playworld. All children are welcome and entry is free, however, children must be supervised at all times. You'll find Playworld on Level 5 next to Jamaica Blue.
Where: 500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction
Broadway Shopping Centre
Designed for 6 years and under, the Broadway Shopping Centre Playground has recently received an upgrade and features some impressive new play equipment including rock climbing, two ropes courses, a spiral slide, a soft play area, minature trampolines, two climbing structures and sensory play spaces.
Where: 1 Bay St, Broadway
Whether you're looking for an indoor activity where your kids can burn some energy, or a venue to celebrate a birthday or private function, Kids World Playland & Cafe is the perfect venue for children up to 11 years old. Kids will excitedly explore multi-level indoor climbing structures, trampolines, tunnels, a cannonball battle zone and a HUGE inflatable slide. There is also an under 5's dedicated area for your little ones to safely explore and a gourmet cafe, serving yummy treats for kids and adults, including barista-made coffee. For a quick play in the centre itself, there's a small soft play zone right outside Target on the Ground Floor.
Where: Corner Herring and Waterloo Rds, North Ryde
Kiddo Kove is the newest kid on the indoor playground block at Hornsby Westfield. All the usual indoor play centre favourites are on offer at Kiddo Kove, including mega ball pit, climbing structures, slides, imaginative play stations (complete with an ice cream van, mini market and mini kitchen) and sensory play stations. There is also a cafe on site for parents, kids birthday party rooms for hire and loads more!
On Level 4 (top-level) in the homewares precinct, you’ll find a children’s ‘playpod’ rather than a soft play area, where littlies can be entertained with six iPads and a large interactive touchscreen for games and puzzles.
Where: 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
There's a brand new Urban Escape Playground on level 3, near Din Tai Fung. Inspired by nature and the outdoors this space creates fun for all ages. With soft play, treehouse and slide this playground has been designed for kids between 1-8 years.
Where: 1 Anderson Street, Chatswood
Ikea is full of interesting things to see but kids may get bored after a while. Luckily, there’s Småland, Ikea’s free supervised play area – available for kids aged 3-10 for supervised one-hour sessions.
Where: Stores in Tempe, Marsden Park and Rhodes
Located on Level 2 near Woolworths is a free Kids Playworld area for all ages. The Mall also has special kids' events and competitions.
Where: 100 Burwood Rd, Burwood
Alexandria Homemaker Centre
There’s a small but entertaining playground near a cafe here, so after some home decor shopping you can enjoy a coffee while your little ones play!
Where: 49-59 O’Riordan St, Alexandria
Ed.Square Town Centre
Ed.Square Town Centre has a brand new indoor children’s play area with two dedicated spaces for kids of all ages.The junior space for under fours boats a ‘Junior Cube’ with a crawl tube, vertical forest and activity wall plus an inclusive kaleidoscope cubby. Older children will love the hanging pods, which hang up to 3.8-metres off the ground for endless climbing fun, and have an attached slide. There is also a mini trampoline, rock climbing wall and two additional slides in the area to keep everyone entertained.
Where: Ed. Square Shopping Centre, 52 Soldiers Parade, Edmondson Park
Primewest Auburn Megamall
Kids can play at the pirate-themed kids’ space, located on level 1, outside My Baby Warehouse and Smart Choice Furniture.
Where: 265 Parramatta Rd, Auburn
Outside Coles on Level 5, there's a large play area for kids, and a much smaller one on Level 4.
Where: 159-175 Church St, Parramatta
Rouse Hill Town Centre
There’s an interactive play area for children in The Backyard, fitted with musical play areas, an environmental education trail and plenty of room for exploring, climbing and running, as well as a family respite area in The Secret Garden (with water play!). It’s also free.
Where: Windsor Rd and White Hart Dr, Rouse Hill
Macarthur Shopping Centre
The farm themed play zone, Paddock Play, reflects the agricultural heritage of the Macarthur region and is super cute!
Where: Gilchrist Drive, Campbelltown
There is an outdoor play area for children on the balcony area, conveniently near the Chow Bella Cafe and also an indoor play area on Level 1 outside Spotlight.
Where: 92 Parramatta Rd, Lidcombe
Here you'll find an indoor play area for children aged 3-12 years located on Level 1, near Target.
Where: McFarlane St and Pitt St, Merrylands
Dee Why Grand
At Dee Why Grand there’s a great free play area for kids under 5 eyars on the lower ground floor near the food court, open from 9am-5pm every day.
Where: 15-18 Pacific Pde, Dee Why
Westfield Waringah Mall
On the ground level next to the Jacaranda tree, you’ll find a soft play area for children opposite Just Jeans.
Where: Condamine St and Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale
Top Ryde City
There are two free children’s play areas located on Level 1. The 0-2 Play Zone is for the tiny tots who are just starting to explore while the larger playground (pictured above) is for the 3-12-year-olds.
Where: Devlin St and Blaxland Rd, Ryde
Stockland Baulkham Hills
Perfect for children aged 3-12 years, there's a play area called MyFunland conveniently located on Level 1, opposite Little Rock Cafe.
Where: 375-383 Windsor Rd, Baulkham Hills
There are two play areas here, an indoor one for toddlers near the Leaf Cafe and an outdoor one for older children near Michel’s Patisserie.
Where: 2 Sentry Dr, Stanhope Gardens
The pirate-shaped playground is no longer there, but there is a play area on the lower level near MyHouse.. And an additional play area at Westfield Miranda on Level 3 near Target and Leaf Café & co, which is a garden themed soft play and climb and slide structure.
Where: 600 Kingsway, Miranda
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Dec 12 2016
Hi, suggest adding the free indoor play area (and there is an outside under cover one as well) - in Belrose Super Centre. Cafe's / Food nearby ... the indoor one outside Adairs for Kids. They also have a free kids activity program during school term on Wednesdays and other activities during school holidays. La
May 15 2016
Westpoint blacktown has great indoor kids play areas, also during school holidays they have great entertainment on stage or roaming
Dec 02 2015
Thank you for your comment Kellie, it's really helpful. I've added the Parramatta one but I can't find what the North Rocks play area has anywhere.
Dec 02 2015
Thanks Philippa! I've added it onto the list.
Nov 26 2015
Please add the rouse hill town centre - enclosed, free near by coffee shop and toilet.
Oct 30 2015
Thanks for the helpful list. There are a few more though that can be added for western Sydney, such as Parramatta Westfield that currently has two free kids zone and a cafe with an enclosed play area, rouse hill shopping centre and north rocks Westfield.
Oct 28 2015
i would add the playground next to Oliver Browns at Rouse Hill Town Centre.