All of my wild children love a speedy water slide. And in fact, I don’t mind one myself.
Oh, I do love North Sydney Pool, and my love has been true for almost 25 years.
I used to live at Milson’s Point and would have a swim here in the mornings before dashing up to work on The Midday Show With Ray Martin at Channel 9.
Those were the days!
When my big boys were wee boys we lived in North Sydney and they did some swimming lessons here just after the indoor pools were built.
I love a great idea for a post from a reader. Hello Ramona!
Ramona emailed to ask if I could recommend any good bike tracks for young children. Yes!
This list is more or less off the top of my head.
All of the places here are described in detail in Sydney For Under Fives, except Brightmore Reserve, so I have put the map of that in the post. Where there’s a post on the playground or nearby attraction, I’ve put a clickable link.
So, this is the summer of sea swimming for me. It’s been decided.
I don’t quite know why but the notion has fixed itself firmly in my noddle.
I’ve enjoyed swimming all my life and would always have said – yes, even as a child in Bonnie, Chilly Scotland – that I loved sea swimming.
And Sydney excels. EXCELS, I tell you, when it comes to swimming laps outside.
A must see!
Whether you’re a visitor to Sydney or you’ve lived here all your life, a visit to the Zoo is always a good day out.
Oooooohhhh… where to start? How to end?!
And how on earth does she to have four children aged 5-9? That’s four kids in four years!
When I was a wee girl growing up in Bonnie Scotland, beaches were all about seaweed and stones.
There are sandy beaches in Scotland, but we spent most of our time at the more typically Scottish sort. And we four kids loved them!
We went to many, many beaches. Dad loved his boat and we spent our summer holidays sailing around the Hebridean islands. We scrambled over boulders, climbed cliffs, and loved to turn over rocks to chase the wee beasties that leapt about like fleas.
Mums and dads, you NEED to know this information!
Is there anything better than a takeaway coffee in the playground?
Yes, actually there is.
Drinking a coffee in a cafe, with your bottom firmly on a seat, whilst your kids play in a playground within eyesight.
As your kids get bigger, this is feasible.
I know, things you thought would NEVER happen!
Here’s a list of my seven fave cafes which are right beside playgrounds.
This isn’t exhaustive, if you know of others PLEASE let me know and I’ll share the info; lots of mums and dads will be VERY grateful!
Cars are nowhere close. Lets the kids roll down the hill and run off to the playground whilst you enjoy the views and the green glories of the park.
And I see that I don’t have a photo of the cafe itself to load up… must go and take one.
This is a lovely spot for children of all ages, even teenagers will find this playground fun…. and what parent or carer wouldn’t love the cafe?
Slap bang beside the playground and with plenty of outdoor seating, this is a great spot if your children are old enough to play by themselves.
And OK, OK, you couldn’t really sit here and watch the kids in the playground. It’s too far away and – ahem – across a carpark.
But I love this cafe and it’s a great one for before or after the playground.
This is a lovely cafe which revels in water views as well as playground views.
It is practically inside the huge, fenced playground, and serves its family clientele well. All details here.
And here’s another good one, but from north of Sydney:
This enormous playground has just got a new cafe, the icing on the cake!
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I think another post about some of the garden nursery cafes which have playgrounds could be next!
In the meantime, I would be so delighted to hear of other great cafes beside playgrounds. Please do let me know your favourites.
Spread the word! Other families will love you for it.
My family has been having fun at Putney Park for over a decade…..mostly nude!
The humungous slide is a big draw for the older children, little ones need to sit on mum or dad’s lap though, it’s pretty scary.