Fun dining experiences for kids
- Written by Jane Ewings Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
Eating out with kids doesn’t need to be stressful. Keep the whole family happy by visiting one of these great kid-friendly places for lunch or dinner in Penrith.
If the quaint location tucked away inside Penrith’s Flower Power nursery isn’t enough to entice you to Little House of Coffee, then surely the new fully fenced outdoor play area will? They also offer a super cute selection of kids’ meals (or Lil’ Gardeners meals) which all come with juice or a water bottle and includes a selection of delicious treats such as pancake dippers ($10) Cheesy fingers ($6) and even a healthy snack plate ($8) of seasonal fruit, veggie sticks, cheese and crackers.
If you’re after restaurant quality meals in a family-friendly setting then head to The Coffee Club at the Nepean River. It’s conveniently located opposite Tench Reserve so it’s perfect for when you’ve finished the Great River Walk or have just docked after a cruise on the Nepean Belle. All kids’ meals are served with an activity pack and there’s a great playground to keep them busy while the adults finish eating. An added bonus is Babychinos are free – winning!
If your kids like to spend more time exploring than actually eating, then Daily Break could be for you. While there are lots of good food options for kids, it’s the cool outdoor playground that will impress the most. The playground is fully fenced and has loads of climbing equipment, slippery slides, a sand pit and swing, and every Saturday there’s even a free jumping castle. A large number of outdoor tables means parents can keep an eye on the kids while enjoying their meals in peace. Tick, tick tick!
Having recently undergone a refurbishment, O’Donoghues is a premier pub destination in Penrith and it’s the type of pub where families come first, and kids are most definitely looked after. Not only do kids have a $10 kids’ menu which includes delights such as Cheeseburger and Chips, Battered Barramundi and Chips, Boscaiola and more, there’s also a great new playground area for kids to romp around while parents eat. And every Sunday is fun day with a petting zoo, pony rides and face painting from 12pm!
Not to be outdone in the family-friendly department is the Jamison Hotel Bistro. There’s plenty of fun for the kids here including an indoor playground, colouring in station and on Sundays there’s even a jumping castle. Throw in an extensive kids menu featuring all the favourites for $10.50 including Calamari Rings, Spaghetti Bolognese and Chicken Parmigiana and the Jamo’ (as it’s affectionately known locally) is definitely one to visit.
For little kids who need room to run around, then Cafe at Lewers is guaranteed to please. The cafe is set within the beautiful Penrith Regional Gallery with heritage gardens wrapping around the building and cafe, providing kids with plenty of opportunities to explore and discover. They have a cute kids’ menu as well as easels so kids can let their creative juices flow, and lots of fun workshops. After eating, everyone can have a wander through the free art gallery, or perhaps cross the road to enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful Nepean River.
The Italian tradition of sitting around a table with the family and enjoying a meal together lives on at Panarottis (located at Penrith Panthers). Kids are made to feel special here with their own menu of meals including pasta dishes for $7.00, pizzas for $8.50, and combo meals (which includes a meal, drink and dessert) for $12.00. There’s play areas and activity sheets provided to keep busy hands occupied at the table. If you thought it couldn’t get any better, you’re wrong. On Wednesdays, kids eat free with a paying adult!
Against a backdrop of the picturesque Leonay Golf Course is Emu Sports Club which is a haven for families with kids who like to move (don’t they all!?). The alfresco dining area overlooks the 18th hole and the kids’ playground, and it’s the perfect place for parents to sit back and enjoy the view. Every Sunday there’s free face painting from 12.30pm -2.30pm as well as a free kids disco on the last Sunday of the month. There’s a kids’ menu which offers meals for just $8.00 and even better, kids can eat free with a paying adult from Monday to Thursday.