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By Dorothy Wilkinson - 13 February 2017 10

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Hi Rioters.

I have recently moved to Canberra from Melbourne. I have a 2 year old, and a 4 year old.

I am after some recommendations of child friendly restaurants in Canberra. I’m not really fussed on the location as I’m happy to travel to find good ones.

Thanks.

Dorothy.

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Ask RiotACT: child friendly restaurants in Canberra?
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BabiesWhoLunch 7:57 am
13 Feb 17
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Check out the website http://www.babieswholunch.net – it is designed to answer just that question. You can search by location, or by feature such as places that have a Toddler Play Area.
Welcome to Canberra!

Eleonor (Babies who Lunch)

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dungfungus 9:02 am
13 Feb 17
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I’m glad this was posted. Now I know which restaurants to avoid.

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summerfield 10:34 am
13 Feb 17
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Kingsland in Dickson is a great family environment.

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Serina Huang 11:49 am
13 Feb 17
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Are you after places suited for the kids, or suited for the family? This time of year it is lovely to picnic outside the Yarralumla Yacht Club and enjoy fish and chips from Snapper on the Lake. Lots of space for kids to run around. http://www.cscc.com.au/snapper

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Rollersk8r 3:54 pm
13 Feb 17
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All depends what you are after. My definition of kid-friendly is generally cheap and not very popular so it doesn’t matter if you make a mess and a lot of noise. For this reason we went to Kinh Do Vietnamese at Macquarie for many years.

Now that the kids are slightly older we like places where we can sit outside and let them run around if they must. Tilleys in Lyneham is good for this – and it’s never super busy. However it’s not cheap… Burgers, curries and fish and chips all over $20.

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Chris Mordd Richards 7:39 pm
13 Feb 17
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Can you define “child friendly” please. I think this might mean wildly different things to different people.

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pink little birdie 10:27 am
14 Feb 17
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Most of the sports clubs have a play area for kids – Vikings Erindale, Southern cross club Woden and raiders club in Kippax are among the best play areas standard club fare
Café Injoy in gold creek, the café at Pillago and Rose cottage in Chisholm are good for lunch/brunch with kids areas.
Fish and chips at the yacht club and the café at Weston park in Yarralumla is good for kids to run around.
But it really depends on what you want for the kids.

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Dorothy Wilkinson 5:26 pm
14 Feb 17
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Hi All. Thank you for your recommendations. I’ll definitely need to check out some of these spots.

Chris Mordd Richards said :

Can you define “child friendly” please. I think this might mean wildly different things to different people.

By child friendly I mean somewhere that young children regularly frequent. I don’t want to ruin fellow a diners meal if children aren’t usually part of the scenery. I do get worried when I go to places that don’t have a children’s menu – normally the sign I’m in the wrong place!

I do like places that have play areas. However in Melbourne there are a lot of restaurants that do simple things – like have butchers paper as the table cloth – and have tins of pencils that children can draw with.

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Chris Mordd Richards 5:58 pm
14 Feb 17
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Dorothy Wilkinson said :

Hi All. Thank you for your recommendations. I’ll definitely need to check out some of these spots.

Chris Mordd Richards said :

Can you define “child friendly” please. I think this might mean wildly different things to different people.

By child friendly I mean somewhere that young children regularly frequent. I don’t want to ruin fellow a diners meal if children aren’t usually part of the scenery. I do get worried when I go to places that don’t have a children’s menu – normally the sign I’m in the wrong place!

I do like places that have play areas. However in Melbourne there are a lot of restaurants that do simple things – like have butchers paper as the table cloth – and have tins of pencils that children can draw with.

Fair enough, thanks for clarifying, that sounds very reasonable. Just wondered if you meant by child friendly “ok to make a big mess and not expect staff to be unhappy about that” or some other slightly more unrealistic expectation of child friendly. 🙂

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Tracy 10:35 am
15 Feb 17
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Welcome to Canberra. We did the same move from Melbourne to Canberra 2 years ago. Canberra is very family friendly in general…

I second the recommendation about the Yarralumla Yacht Club fish and chips – my girls (similar ages to your kids) love going there when the weather is nice.

Kusina in Weston Creek (at the Cooleman Court shopping centre) is fantastic for kids – they have colouring in for the kids and a children’s menu with smaller serves of child friendly food like chicken skewers.

I often take my girls to Chinese Kitchen Dumpling House at the Woden Plaza for lunch – doesn’t look particularly child friendly, but they will quickly bring out the plastic dishes when they see you with young children so you don’t have to worry about breakages, the food comes out quickly so the little darlings have less time to get bored and fractious, and they don’t really mind if the kids are a bit loud – particularly if you are sitting in the outdoor section.

Also, we go to the local club a fair bit as they have child friendly food and a play area, which my girls love.

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