Kid-friendly Pubs in Sydney
Sydney pubs are changing and are fully aware that if they want the punters, they need to cater to the punter's kids too! After all, happy kids equal happy parents.
You'll find there are lots of pubs and clubs with play spaces, cheap meal deals and friendly staff who want you to bring the sprogs on your next Sunday session... or any day of the week really!
Kid-friendly Pubs in Sydney
1. Coogee Pavilion
The play area at Coogee Pavilion is as hip as the patrons, and with features like a giant scrabble wall and ping-pong tables, even the grown-ups might be tempted to join in after one or two of their scrummy cocktails!
There are a few tables surrounding the large play area where you can watch the kids and dine on their delicious traditional pizzas.
Location: 169 Dolphin St, Coogee
2. The Greens, North Sydney
The Greens at North Sydney is officially a registered Bowling Green but feels more like a trendy bar.
They have music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and host Sunday Family Fun Days so you can kick back over a lazy lunch while the kids are entertained with a free petting zoo and face painter from 1-3 pm.
They also do barefoot bowls, and on weekends this place is packed with families – a perfect way to make new friends.
Location: 50 Ridge Street, North Sydney
3. Liverpool Catholic Club
In Sydney’s southwest, parents are flocking to the newly renovated Liverpool Catholic Club to explore its stylish new precinct called The Laneway.
It includes two levels of food and dining outlets and an awesome children's playground. This little wonderland has rope structures, climbing frames and slides, plus there's a range of separate activities for smaller children, with a mini slippery dip and play stations of their own.
Kids will love exploring this enclosed indoor adventure space. It's air-conditioned with abundant natural light and plenty of comfy seating for parents, making it a fun family pitstop all year round.
Location: 424-458 Hoxton Park Road, Prestons
4. The Marayong Hotel
A great spot for little people to run, play and eat, The Marayong Hotel offers plenty of family-friendly attractions.
The kids' indoor play area at The Marayong got an impressive revamp in 2020 and is attracting more Sydney families than ever with slides, tunnels and climbing frames, plus a role-play kitchen and supermarket.
Their Little People menu for under 12s will fill hungry tummies with dishes like fish and chips, popcorn chicken, cheeseburgers, pasta, pizzas and healthy options that all include ice cream!
Location: 6 Cobham Street, Marayong
5. Watsons Bay Hotel
The Watsons Bay Hotel epitomises family-friendly dining in the most beautiful of harbourside locations.
Perched right on the beach where kids can run and splash around while you watch the sunset, the trendy outdoor Beach Club overlooking the ocean belies the traditional old pub out the back!
The Beach Club courtyard has lots of room for families and a fun, relaxed vibe. There is colouring-in and a kids' menu, including fish and chips, nuggets, burgers and pizza.
They also host a bunch of kids' events during school holidays, Christmas and Easter.
Location: 1 Military Road (corner of Marine Parade), Watsons Bay
6. The Marsden Brewhouse
Combine your love of locally brewed beers with the kid's love of an awesome playground, and go for a feed and a play at The Marsden Brewhouse.
The $45-million-dollar family venue serves freshly brewed beer plus a range of food and beverages, live sports, gaming and plenty of free parking!
The cool outdoor play space offers slides, swings, tunnels, and climbing frames, all under a protective shade sail.
Location: Corner of Hawthorne Avenue and Richmond Road in Marsden Park
7. North Annandale Hotel
The revamp of this hotel has seen more families fill the seats for lunch and dinner at the North Annandale Hotel.
The restaurant has been moved to a newly built area towards the back of the hotel and now includes a great little kids' playroom complete with chalkboard, movies on all day, toys and colouring in. What makes this a great stop for families is that the playroom is like a large glass fishbowl, so you can see your children playing from nearly any table in the restaurant.
The children's menu is a winner and loved by local kids, especially the inclusion of a colouring pack and ice cream.
On weekends this place is packed, so be sure to get in early.
Location: 105 Johnston St, Annandale
8. Wenty Leagues
Wenty Leagues has been renovated and is even better than ever!
Big kids will love the games dock, and little kids will love the toddler play zone, not to mention the huge play centre and mini-movie theatre. It is completely soundproofed, so kids can squeal with delight to their heart's content.
They run 'Tiny Tots Tuesday' from 11 am to 2 pm when the club puts on free entertainment that could include anything from arts and crafts, and magic shows to a bath bomb-making workshop and clown parties!
Location: 50 Smith St, Wentworthville
9. North Ryde RSL
The supervised indoor playground at North Ryde RSL is called the Tribal Zone and boasts a huge jungle gym, ballroom, mini-carousel, air hockey and arcade games. The best bit is it's supervised, so children aged three to 17 can stay and play without you for up to two hours for just $6!
While the kids are busy playing, parents can dine at the adjoining brasserie or just relax with a glass of wine or three!
North Ryde RSL can even help with your next birthday party, from just $16 per child, including two hours in the play zone and a kids’ meal.
Location: Corner Pittwater and Magdala Rds, North Ryde
10. Hotel Pennant Hills
If you haven’t taken the family to Hotel Pennant Hills for a meal, can you even call yourself a Hills family?
Hotel Pennant Hills prides itself on being a playground for everyone to enjoy. It has a reputation for delicious foods from the stylish bistro and a fun indoor play space with family-friendly amenities like a gelato bar, baby high-chairs and kids’ toilet/parents’ room.
On Sundays, there’s even a kids’ entertainer between 1 and 3 pm!
Location: 352 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills
11. The Leichhardt Bowling Club
Shhh... The Leichhardt Bowling Club is a bit of a local secret.
Your typical bowling club has been made family-friendly thanks to a great kids' menu (kids eat free on Wednesdays nights) and a huge playground that now occupies the back green.
Most nights of the week, you’ll find locals having a relaxed time at the outdoor tables whilst the kids run freely and play on the equipment, which is suitable for ages preschool and over.
You can even play barefoot bowls for $10! They also run Cheeky Tunes song and dance parties on Fridays from 9:30 am for toddlers and preschoolers.
Location: 88-92 Piper St Leichhardt
12. Castle Hill RSL
On a sunny day, the courtyard at Castle Hill RSL is buzzing with families and mother’s groups taking advantage of the enclosed playground and indulging in coffee and cake at the cafe.
For lunch and dinner, the brasserie menu is available outside and includes a well-priced kids’ menu. All kids' meals in the Courtyard Restaurant come with ice cream and a cool activity pack.
Tuesdays from 11 am are a real family favourite when they have face painting and clowns in the courtyard. Look out for other special kids’ events also, like the kids’ Christmas concert.
Location: 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill
13. The Newport
The legendary Newport Arms was acquired by the Merivale group in 2015, renamed The Newport and fast became an absolute haven for families.
There is so much to do for the kids AND adults, making The Newport more than just a pub. The Shack, the menu, the entertainment, the games – it’s all there for you to have a wonderful day out with friends and family. There's even a mother's group meet-up on Mondays that anyone (with kids obvs!) can come along to.
Location: 2 Kalinya St, Newport
14. The Ranch
Cowboys and cowgirls are welcome! The Ranch is a contemporary, family-friendly venue where the youngest visitors are spoilt for choice.
There are state-of-the-art facilities, including a jungle gym, jumping castles and an arcade room, plus plenty of activities and entertainment every weekend.
Location: Corner Epping & Herring Rds, North Ryde
15. The Belrose Hotel
The Belrose Hotel boasts a large indoor ‘soft-play’ playground, school holiday workshops and a great kids' menu.
Grown-ups can enjoy burgers, pizza, pasta, salad or mains from the grill and a yummy frozen yoghurt for dessert, though you may have to share with the kids.
Sundays from 4-6 pm, they have free face painting, and you can even host your next kids’ party there. Or adults party, for that matter!
Location: 5 Hews Parade, Belrose
16. Vikings Sports Club
The extremely child-friend Vikings Sports Club is great for families with kids of all ages.
There are baby Vikings, and a little Vikings play areas featuring premium soft play spaces, arcade games, air hockey, colouring-in activities and a dedicated TV for Nickelodeon lovers.
You can keep an eye on the kids from the adjacent bistro, where they serve a great range of reasonably priced food and do a Kids Eat Free deal for Little Vikings Kids Club Members every Monday and Tuesday night.
Location: 35 Quarry Road, Dundas Valley
17. The Salisbury Hotel
If the walls could talk at this place, oh the stories they would tell! The 118-year-old Salisbury Hotel had an impressive revamp thanks to an Irish Publican and a Singaporean-Malay Chef!
There is a terrific little 1926 red brewery truck in the very cool beer garden for the kids to play on, entertainment during the school holidays, such as puppet making and shows, and a great kids' menu. And on Monday and Friday from 5.30 pm, they open the kids' loft!
Location: 118 Percival Rd, Stanmore
18. The Crest Hotel
A warm, family-friendly neighbourhood pub in Sylvania, The Crest has a $10 kids' menu that includes a free soft drink, ice cream and activity pack with their meal. There's also an indoor playground.
Location: 114 Princes Highway, Sylvania
19. Taren Point Hotel
An awesome family-friendly pub in Caringbah, Taren Point Hotel has an enclosed playroom, crayons and activity packs for kids, and a Sunday family day complete with a jumping castle, a petting zoo and face painting in the Garden Bar.
Plus, there's a brand new kids' area that will keep the little ones entertained for hours and an Ankle Biters menu and value meal deal.
Location: 105 Parraweena Rd, Taren Point
20. Tradies Gymea
Become a member at Tradies Gymea so kids can play in the super-fun, themed kids' club supervised by trained staff with games, DVDs, craft activities and toys. For $5, children aged three to 12 years can enjoy the fun while parents dine at Tradies Gymea’s Willow Restaurant. Don’t forget to make a booking!
Location: 57 Manchester Road, Gymea
21. Tradies Caringbah
Another family-friendly hotspot from the Tradies team, Tradies Caringbah offers a super family-friendly atmosphere with delicious menus, and a kids' play area, plus, the kids eat free on Sundays - need we say more?!
Location: 28-30 Banksia Rd, Caringbah
22. The Ettamogah Hotel
The Ettamogah Hotel is a premier family-friendly hotel in The Hills district, with a spacious indoor bistro and a beautiful outdoor courtyard.
There are great kids' menus, a multi-storey jungle gym and jumping castles, plus an impressive giant rock wall and arcade!
They also host kids' parties and special events, including school holiday programs and family fun days.
Location: Corner Merriville & Windsor Rds, Kellyville Ridge
23. Greystanes Hotel
With two massive playgrounds and a five-storey maze, you can bet the kids will squeal with delight when you take them to the Greystanes Hotel.
Offering quintessential pub fare for mum and dad and jumping castles for the kids (most weekends), everyone will be happy after lunch or dinner at the Greystanes.
Location: 701 Merrylands Rd, Greystanes
24. The Field at Easts Rugby
When the sun is shining, the kids are restless, and you really can't be bothered to cook, head on over to The Field at Easts Rugby.
This hidden gem is the perfect kid-friendly pub in Sydney where the kids are entertained with games, their own menu and indoor space, and the parents can sit back and enjoy the laidback vibes and yummy food and drinks. What more could you want on a weekend in Sydney?!
Location: Easts Rugby Club, Woollahra Oval, O'Sullivan Road, Bellevue Hill
25. Major Fun
With two locations in Sydney (Harbord Diggers and Mt Pritchard), the Major Fun franchise is making dining out for families at their favourite pub very easy.
The beauty of the Major Fun indoor play venues is that they offer supervision for the kiddies so mum and dad can enjoy date night in peace - sold!
Location: Harbord Diggers & Mt Pritchard
26. Ambarvale Hotel
Ambarvale Hotel's recent refurbishment has put it firmly on the map as one of the best kid-friendly pubs in Sydney!
With an all-new Bistro in The Gardens, a Brewery, Sports Bar, VIP Lounge, The Greenhouse, and a kids' outdoor play area, the Ambarvale Hotel is a great spot to kick back on a lazy Saturday or Sunday when you can't be bothered cooking or entertaining the kids!
Location: 57 Woodhouse Dr, Ambarvale
27. The Log Cabin Hotel Penrith
If you're out and about in Penrith and need a kid-friendly pub, you can't go wrong with the Log Cabin Hotel Penrith.
After undergoing a massive renovation in 2021, the Log Cabin Hotel is back and better than ever with brand-new interiors, two restaurants, incredible views of the Neapean River, and a super-cool outdoor kids' play area.
Location: 20 Memorial Ave, Penrith
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Apr 12 2023
And also Major Fun at Harbord Diggers. Excellent indoor play area & also a gated outdoor area to have lunch afterwards while the kids play some more!
Mar 06 2023
Another one to add to the list: The Ambarvale Hotel in Ambarvale (Campbelltown). Recently refurbed, has a great menu, indoor & outdoor area and two playgrounds for the kids, indoor for smaller bubs, outdoor for older kids. Easily accessible for prams & decent change facilities.
Feb 28 2016
Vikings Sports Club located at Dundas Valley is a little hidden gem. Great for families with kids at all ages. There's a gated baby area, soft play for toddlers, and for big kids with air hockey & coin operated arcades. Bistro is next to it & have dining facility to see & supervise your kids while you dine. Bistro food is also fantastic & price relatively reasonable from pasta, pizza, salads, mains & desserts. We love coming here, we have 3 children (10yrs, 5yrs & 1yr), we find this suits all 3 kids.