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Toddler-friendly dining locations

By Jack Kirby - 6 January 2010 45

Attempting to take a toddler out for cake, coffee, a meal or even a drink can be difficult for everyone involved!
I’m searching for toddler-friendly dining/drinking locations around the Canberra region.
Some I’ve already discovered include:
Tulips Cafe; – has fantastic enclosed shady playground.
Cafe in the House; – enclosed courtyard for a lazy breakfast – just watch the fountain!
Oaks Brasserie; – let the kids run around the park while enjoying a relaxing breakfast – however we’ve experienced less than prompt service.
Hellenic Club Woden; seems to have a fantastic play area

[Ed] Hopefully some better suggestions than this story.

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Toddler-friendly dining locations
sb14 7:59 pm 06 Jan 10

My mum takes my nephew to Brand Depot. Apparently there is a playground in the food hall and he loves watching the planes. She sits there, drinks a coffee and lets him do his thing.

Felix the Cat 7:52 pm 06 Jan 10

Maccas

Thumper 6:52 pm 06 Jan 10

west belconnen league club has a big glass fronted kids only playroom next to the bistro.

probably the reason i no longer go there, but others seem to like it 😉

A Noisy Noise Annoys 6:01 pm 06 Jan 10

Keep your snotty-nosed brats at home, mate, at least until they turn 18. I’ve had a gutful of you arrogant, selfish creeps having kids and expecting the taxpayer to pay every step of the way and also expecting us all to put up with them when we go out to lunch or dinner.

peterh 5:00 pm 06 Jan 10

grunge_hippy said :

surely there are places other than clubs? i am soooooooooooooooooooooo sick of clubs!

there are, but if they are a play centre, you pay through the nose for your littlies to have entertainment, and the food is geared towards them, not parents. Coffee at The Fun Factory is pretty good, as is kid city and monkey mania. lollipops is a bit too sparse for my kids re entertainment…

MWF 4:56 pm 06 Jan 10

peterh said :

if you want something that has food and drink and kiddy entertainment, even the play centres are ok for a cup of coffee and basic food.

Ah, the Play Centre, I remember it well. My personal idea of HELL 😉

rosebud 4:36 pm 06 Jan 10

There’s a great playground at Rodney’s in Piallago. You can sit under a Golden Ash tree and sip non alcoholic beverages and eat lunch and snack type cafe food.

grunge_hippy 4:26 pm 06 Jan 10

surely there are places other than clubs? i am soooooooooooooooooooooo sick of clubs!

peterh 4:26 pm 06 Jan 10

Jean Mc said :

It’s interesting that these suggestions are all clubs.

I have always found Canberra’s clubs to be very supportive of the community and families and their needs.

My suggestion would be Kuta’s at Vikings Erindale. Secure, smoke-free play area; really friendly staff and nice food.

Any of these food places should consider applying for a Purple Tick http://www.purpletick.org.au

Jean Mc

Didn’t mention erindale for one reason, there are no ramps down to the play area, and it is near impossible to move a double pram down to the lower level when it is full of toddlers…

LlamaFrog 4:06 pm 06 Jan 10

I can’t believe people are suggesting clubs with pokies, no matter what the clubs say there are no real restrictions in place between where children are allowed and the gambling/Alcohol areas. It is a disgrace and parents that take their kids there are just as much at fault.

Jean Mc 2:33 pm 06 Jan 10

It’s interesting that these suggestions are all clubs.

I have always found Canberra’s clubs to be very supportive of the community and families and their needs.

My suggestion would be Kuta’s at Vikings Erindale. Secure, smoke-free play area; really friendly staff and nice food.

Any of these food places should consider applying for a Purple Tick http://www.purpletick.org.au

Jean Mc

peterh 2:08 pm 06 Jan 10

if you want something that has food and drink and kiddy entertainment, even the play centres are ok for a cup of coffee and basic food.

peterh 2:05 pm 06 Jan 10

mawson club – they have a ramp to the play area. perfect for prams and strollers.

pptvb 1:31 pm 06 Jan 10

+2 Hellenic. The climbing structure ( including the plastic balls in the pit ) is/are individually disinfected monthly.
It caters for teens too with the video games.

sloppery 1:10 pm 06 Jan 10

Canberra Southern Cross Club or Hellenic Club. Excellent kiddie facilities.

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