Shopping Centres with Child Minding in Sydney

  • Mums & Bubs

It’s hard work trying to wrangle a child in a shopping centre, especially at this time of year. You’re buying presents, they want another LOL Surprise. You're in line at the checkout, they need the toilet. You’re calling out their name, they’re hiding under the clothes rack. No parent is a match for the lure of the toy aisle, so save yourself the stress and offload your offspring so you can get some serious shopping done.

Here’s our list of shopping centres with child-minding.

Parenthood360 Hood Creche

Parenthood360 Hood Creche
Stockland Shopping Centre, Balgowlah

Parenthood360 is all about empowering parents to take time out for themselves, so they not only supply the coolest creche service, but they've also teamed up with service providers to get you an awesome deal. The Hood Crèche is an hourly childminding service and when you book in your little one you also unlock a suite of exclusive retailer offers, including discounts off groceries, coffee, and nails and spa treatments, plus when you choose a Hood Service Provider, you get special credits that assist in reducing the cost of the crèche. 

The Hood Play Centre is a fully supervised and safe interactive space for children to engage with other kids from their 'hood'. Their specially designed play zones cater for kids from 6 months through to 5 years, to enable you to shop, relax and take a time out. Pre-book or drop in!

Hours: Monday - Friday 10am – 2pm
Cost: $20 for the first hour, then $15 each additional hour up to three hours. Discounts for parents with multiple children.
Find out more about The Hood Creche.
Get 10% when you book with discount code ella10.

Kiddos Station

Kiddo Stations
Westpoint Blacktown

Craving some solo shopping time? Need to sweat it out in the gym? Hanging out for an overdue manicure? This new concept in child-minding is created with one thing in mind - bringing quality childcare to parents so they can take some time out and reconnect with the joy of being in a shopping centre. Kids are also getting a fun, new shopping centre experience of their own, in a totally different way! Kiddo Stations creates an engaging and affordable place for kids to hang out and have fun in the safest hands, so parents can feel confident leaving them there. Not your average creche, Kiddo Stations thoughtfully designed playroom is split between Junior (1-5 years) and Senior (5-12 years) sections and full of toys, board games, books, Lego, gaming consoles and more for kids of varying ages to interact with. There are special events throughout the week including art and craft classes with local artists, kids yoga, storytime, Homework Club and slime making. They are open every day including Thursday late night shopping with flexible, affordable care options from an hour to a full day and no booking is required (though recommended). They also offer school holiday workshops and birthday party packages.

Hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm; Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm; Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: From $12 for 1hr to $75 for a full day
Find out more about Kiddo Station.

Mummas Little Secret Miranda

Mummas Little Secret
Westfield Miranda & Bankstown Central

Get everything you need in one place - child- and guilt-free! Mummas Little Secret is a safe place for kids to play, supervised by a team of experienced carers. Created by mothers for mothers (and fathers!) Mummas Little Secret offers a reliable, fun environment that kids will want to come back to. You can get things done while they engage in fun activities including Playdoh, music and movement, arts and craft, Lego and more for up to two hours. 

Hours: Miranda: Monday – Wednesday & Friday 9:30am – 6pm; Thursday 9:30am – 9pm; Saturday 9am – 6pm; Sunday 10am – 6pm. Bankstown: Monday – Wednesday & Friday 9am – 5.30pm; Thursday 9:30am – 9pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 10am – 4pm. 
Cost: $20/hr per child
Book now for Mummas Little Secret.

Shopping Nanny Birkenhead Point

Shopping Nanny
Birkenhead Point

When two little words come together to make magic, you have Shopping Nanny. Plus, there’s an extra sprinkling of fairy dust - it’s FREE! Birkenhead Point is a bargain mecca by the sea with some cool cafes and coveted brand stores - so lap it up without the chore of dragging children around with you. Kids between 6 months and 10 years old will be well taken care of by professional carers from Sydney's leading nanny agency, in a fun and safe play area.

Hours: Monday – Sunday from 10am – 3pm (excluding public holidays).
Cost: FREE
Bookings are essential for the Birkenhead Point Shopping Nanny.

Please note: The Shopping Nanny Service is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Shopping Nanny Rhodes Waterside

Shopping Nanny
Rhodes Waterside

The Shopping Nanny strikes again at Rhodes Waterside shopping centre. With big-name stores, loads of restaurants and a cinema, you can tick off your shopping list, splurge on a fun girls lunch or sneak in a flick, while the Shopping Nanny swoops in to take the little ones off your hands. Get up to two hours of childcare in the dedicated central play area which has a collection of educational toys, or if you have a younger child, the roaming nanny service offers a pair of helping hands to come with you while you shop. Plus, it’s FREE! 

Hours: Monday – Friday from 10am – 3pm excluding public holidays
Cost: FREE
Bookings are essential for the Rhodes Waterside Shopping Nanny.
Please note: The Shopping Nanny Service is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Smaland Ikea Tempe


Ikea is synonymous with cheap, easy solutions, right down to the struggle of taking kids shopping! So while your browsing through their flat-pack wonderland, choosing a new kitchen or getting your Swedish meatball fix, you can ensure the kids don’t get lost in the home decor labyrinth. Drop them at Smaland where they can play in a supervised play area disguised as a magical forest. Children 3 to 9 years old can explore the fun zone, including a ball pit, for up to 90 minutes (or two hours for Ikea Family members). You can book ahead or try your luck when you arrive! Stores in Tempe, Marsden Park and Rhodes.

Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 7:30pm*; Saturday - Sunday: 9am -7:30 pm*. *Last child signed in one hour prior to Smaland closing time
Cost: Free
Book for Ikea Smaland.

Please note: Smaland is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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