There are many great playgrounds and other play areas for kids to enjoy right here in Sydney. In relation to this question, it is not about child care centres. This question is in relation to the best public places for kids to play in.
There are a couple of retailers who did take this idea on board. They provided small, colourful plastic tables with some crayons and colouring in pencils for kids to entertain themselves. Therefore their parents can enjoy clothes shopping that little bit more. You see this sometimes. This is seen in many club bistros and some restaurants.
Many of Sydney's beaches and parks provide great play options for kids to enjoy themselves. Gone are the days where kids just had a simple swing to play with, in addition to some monkey bars. Think play equipment with toys inside of them and sand pits.
Many of Sydney's best parks also have BBQs near the kids' play area to encourage families to come to the park more often, and it's working. The play areas at Pirrama Park, King George Park and at The Corso in Manly are getting the idea.
A couple of kids playing inside the kids zone at a Qantas club lounge in Sydney
For those of you parents out there who travel domestically fairly often, the kids' play area at the Qantas Club in the Qantas domestic terminal at Sydney Airport is fantastic. Kids can actually use their own Apple Mac computers with books to read and other toys to play with. This is so you can enjoy some peace and quiet before the flight. Kids can also sit on one of the plush couches and enjoy playing some computer games on a flat screen. Fruit bowls are also provided.
Now it's over to you. Where do you believe is the best place in Sydney for kids to play and enjoy themselves? A great discussion is meant to be enjoyed, and this is designed to give parents many more options without necessarily needing child care.
Fruit, plush sofas, ample play space and game consoles - how cool
For those in the know, The Australian Museum has a fantastic resource for parents. There is a huge play area on the second floor for kids. One part of it is for toddlers and is petitioned off and filled with soft toys and mats. Then the rest of the space is for kids up to about 5 or 6. There are other interactive educational areas for children in the Museum as well. (One of my girlfriends practically raised her 2 preschoolers there!) There are staff members from the museum supervising - and though I wouldn't leave my kids alone there, you can sit and get some time out while they play in a safe and really stimulating environment.
Another place with cool areas set up specifically for kids to play in, is the Powerhouse Museum. There is an area for little kids resembling a building site, where they can shuttle bricks around and play at creating an environment. There are areas to sit and colour in and loads of interactive sites throughout the museum. They have a great climbing feature for kids outside on the deck as well.
Top Ryde City is a shopping centre in Ryde that offers a fairly large free indoor play area for kids. It is located in their kids precinct and is perfect for the 3+ age group. There is even a coffee shop right beside it with ample seats for us weary parents. Around the corner is a soft play area for the littlies and it seems loads of mothers groups. If you are prepared to leave your plus three in the equivalent of a Wizzy World playground where they have accredited carers for around $10/hr you can have the kids babysat essentially whilst you shop.
I absolutely agree Top Ryde City shopping centre has an awesome indoor play area for kids :)
Lily Padhttp://www.lilypadtopryde.com.au/play-centre/ is also located at the shopping centre & has a child minding (play park) while you shop for your 3-10 year olds. Great for xmas shopping!!!