As they say, variety is the spice of life. So if you are bored with going to the same venue with your Mothers Group or your Playgroup every week, why not go somewhere new next time you meet up? This is a great list of venues in Sydney, that offer special events just for little people and their carers. It's also a handy list for new Mums who may not have connected with a Mothers Group or Playgroup as well.
This fantastic kid friendly cafe specialises in the most delicious baked goods. The cafe is spacious with both indoor and outdoor seating, and it easy very easy to access with your pram. There are heaps of high chairs available and there is parking underneath the building (access via Ross St) - parking is free for the first 90 minutes. And if you need to do your weekly shop, there is an excellent Coles here as well. During their weekly Mothers Group session you pay $15.00, and enjoy coffee, lunch and dessert whilst the kids are having fun making new friends.
When: 10am - 12pm every Tuesday
Address: Entrada Building, 20 Victoria Rd, North Parramatta
This delightful garden centre cafe loves kids so much that they constantly have fun activities on for them to participate in. And on Monday mornings they host an hour long playgroup where little people can have fun doing craft, colouring in and playing. Mums can sit back and enjoy coffee and cake for $7.50.
When: Mondays 10am - 11am during school terms
Address: 320 Narellan Rd, Mt Annan
Phone: 02 46474429
Located at the back of the Briars at Greenless Sporting Club in Concord, this family friendly eatery serves up delicious Italian inspired fare and excellent coffee. At their weekly Baby Brunch you receive free coffee and cake with every meal that you purchase. Babycinos are also free, as is baby food here! Your littles ones will be thoroughly entertained with toys to play with on an old bowling green, colouring in and there is heaps of space for them to just run around like little crazy nuts! Make sure you RSVP via their Facebook page, to let them know how many of you are turning up.
When: From 11am every Tuesday during school term
Address: 14 Ian Parade Concord
Lollipops in Castle Hill is one of Sydney's premier indoor play centres. There is a specific play area for little people and on Tuesdays they even have craft activities available. So if you and 4 other Mums visit together during the week, you receive adult entry and also a free coffee each!
When: Monday - Friday during school terms
Address: 8/10 Hudson Ave, Castle Hill
Phone: 02 96808868
Your little ones can play and explore nature in this 5 week long fully guided program held in the Australian Botanic Garden. You can just do one class ($20) or all 5 classes ($100.00), and the classes run for 90 minutes. Afterwards you can take the kids for a play in the Botanic Garden's playground, whilst you enjoy a coffee from the on site cafe Melaleuca House. These classes must be booked in advance.
When: Fridays at 9am or 11am
Address: Bowden Centre, Narellan Rd Mt Annan
Phone: 02 46347935
This contemporary art gallery ecourages children of all ages to learn about the beauty and creativity of art. They host free Tiny Tours mornings where Mums/Dads/Carers and their bubs under 18 months in a stroller, can explore the Gallery. They also have Little Looks (18mths - 3yrs) and Preschool (3yrs - 5yrs) mornings where little people can have a guided tour of the Gallery and then make their very own piece of art. The sessions must be booked in advance and cost from $10.00. Afterwards you can grab a coffee in the outstanding cafe on site - the Hazelhurst Cafe and little ones can wander through the Gallery's garden.
When: School terms only
Address: 782 Kingsway, Gymea
Phone: 02 85365700
Your little ones will be entertained with story telling, craft and free babycinos whilst you sit back and relax with an excellent cup of Campos Coffee and chat to your friends. Afterwards kids can have fun with their new friends in the inclusive playground - so it's a win win for everyone.
When: Every Wednesday
Address: Willowdale Rd, Willowdale