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Published January 15th 2021
Creative new kids' play cafe that adults will also love
Have you visited a new boutique kids' cafe? It's a fresh trend in Sydney, which pretty much gives a whole new meaning to a kids' play centre. Gone are the gaudy primary colours, the massive slides, the inferior stuff they call food and the adrenaline-filled kids stomping all over the littlies.
Instead, everything is soft pastels and light wood. The area is spotless and is constantly being cleaned and monitored. The surfaces are cushioned and safe and the emphasis is on imaginative play. These cafes are generally geared towards kids aged 0 - 6 years, although older siblings can play gently with the younger ones.
A New Wonderful Kids Cafe Is Here | Pic: Lisa Wolff
If you would ask my kids about the play area of their dreams, they would describe Kidsday. It's whimsical and fun, with adorable hot air balloons suspended from the ceiling. There's a mini train (yes, a real choo-choo train that the kids can ride) just as you walk through the entrance and a number of different zones that will keep the kids playing for hours.
Not only do kids love this play area, but it's also a haven for parents too. Firstly it's gated so you can relax knowing your kids can't escape. Also, it's a play 'cafe', meaning the food is just as important as the play. Kidsday offers a varied menu with scrumptious meals and the adult entry includes a hot drink. Kidsday is also spotless and the staff are regularly cleaning the equipment and toys, which makes a healthy change from the germ-infested traditional play centres. The staff are also wonderful and so friendly to the kids.
I wish Kidsday was around when my twins were babies - I really struggled to find a safe environment where I wasn't always petrified some older kid would step on them. But now that my kids are older, I get to sit in the Kidsday cafe area and relax (or take my laptop and work) while they have fun.
Having A Ball In The Ball Pit
There are so many different areas to explore, including a massive ball pit, slide and climbing wall, which was a firm favourite.
There's also a well-stocked supermarket with a huge assortment of toy food and vegetables. My kids adored playing shops, with one manning the cash register and the others picking produce and tossing them into the miniature trolleys.
The Hinoki zone replaces a traditional sandpit. Instead of sand, the pit is filled with tiny wooden blocks as well as construction vehicles and spades and bucket. The kids loved playing in here but babies would need to be watched carefully in case they try and eat the cubes. Toddlers also tended to toss the blocks out of the pit, causing the staff to scramble around picking up the cubes from the floor, which I can imagine would get a bit tiresome.
My kids didn't want to leave Kidsday Premium Kids Cafe - there's enough to do to keep them entertained and active for hours.
Kidsday also specialise in kids' parties and create the most unforgettable celebrations to make the birthday child feel so special. You can check out the gorgeous pics of the parties on their Instagram and Facebook pages.
There are a number of different pricing options, depending on when you visit and how long you stay. Prices starts at $5 for kids under 12-months and $10.50 for one hour of play for kids over one year. This increases o $12.50 on the weekend.
The cost for 2 hours of play is $18 per child on the weekdays and $22 on the weekend and includes a choo-choo train ride.
For all-day fun, the price is $35 for weekdays and $40 for weekends (this option may not be available if the play cafe is too busy).
Adults enter for $4.50, which includes a cafe voucher for the same value.
Kidsday Premium Kids Cafe is designed for kids aged 0-6 years old. Older siblings (aged 7 & 8) may enter at the same prices with younger siblings and play gently. Kids 9 years and over are not able to enter Kidsday due to safety issues for younger children in the play area.
Become a member
If you are a frequent visitor, the best value for money is to join the membership program, which comes with a number of exclusive benefits, including a free 2-hour visit on the member's birthday.
Kidsday Premium Kids Cafe is open 7 days from 9am - 6pm, although the venue does close early on certain days for birthday parties so ensure you check their Facebook or Instagram before you visit.
How To Get There
Kidsday Premium Kids Cafe is conveniently situated in Shepherds Bay Village Plaza in Meadowbank. There is three-hour free parking in the shopping centre but parking tickets need to be displayed inside the car to avoid a fine. The cafe is also easily accessible via bus, train or ferry.