Little Manly Beach Kiosk – Sydney’s Best Beachside Cafes For Kids {Updated}

Little Manly Beach cafe kiosk A safe harbour beach, a netted pool with fantastic places to climb and leap joyfully into the water. A kiosk and cafe with fantastic views. You’d seriously have to be bonkers not to get straight down there with the kids.

Little Manly Beach is a beaut spot in itself, but having the cafe there too really makes it a family mecca, and it’s as good on sunny winter days as it is in the ice block melting scorching days of summer.

There’s something there for all ages of kids. My daughter loves the rock pools with their crabs and anemones. Rusty Rocket loves leaping off the shark net walkway.  Dexbox wore goggles and chased fish for ages.  Giant Teen loves jumping too, showing off for the pretty girls I suspect.

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Camping At The Basin on Pittwater- Sydney’s Best Secret Camp Site

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Please welcome today’s guest poster, the lovely Robyn from MrsDPlus3. Robyn and her family have just celebrated three years of living here in Sydney. They have found lots of great spots to visit, and here is one of them: The Basin up on Pittwater, a wonderful spot for family camping or just for a gorgeous day trip.

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South Curly Beach Cafe – Child-Friendly Beach Cafes in Sydney

South Curl Curl Cafe beach Love a cafe right by the beach.

I’m updating this post as South Curly Beach Cafe is under new management and has a lovely new look with excellent coffee.

This post also needs a lovely new look, some of the photos had terrible watermarks on them – all cleaned up now.

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Governor Phillip Park And Dunes Kiosk At Palm Beach

1 Governor Phillip Park Palm Beach 3Here’s another informative and inspiring post from Northern Beaches insider Carolyn Darragh of Desire Empire.

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Freshwater Beach, Sydney – Sydney’s Best Beaches For Kids (Updated)

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G’day and welcome to one of my family’s very favourite local beaches here in Sydney.

We have twin friends who live near to Freshie and there’s nothing better than a multi twin trip down here to swim and play.

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Queenscliff Beach and Rock Pool on Sydney’s North Shore

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Of course, we should never play favourites, neither with beaches nor with our kids.

But can I confess a little love affair with Queenscliff beach and rock pool? Mainly it’s because they are so close to the fantastic Lagoon Park Playground.

But also, I’ve sneaked down here when the kids are all at school, swum some laps in the pool and then gone for a coffee to the Jellyfish Cafe just along the road.

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Mona Vale Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

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I’m just a little bit in love with Mona Vale beach, is it one you know too?

It’s special for me because it’s where I did my ocean swimming with Can Too last summer, and reignited a long dormant love of adventures on the ocean.

It really had been a long time (and four children) since my last watery adventures, and since I last felt so exhilerated... and so scared at times too.

The first time we did our ocean swimming at Mona Vale, a pod of dolphins came and swam alongside us.

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Sydney Coastal Walks With Kids – Dee Why To Curl, Curl

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It’s become a habit to always do something good for me on the day before school holidays start and the day after they wend.

And yesterday I especially needed a treat, a bit of a boost.  I’d found the last couple of days of the holidays really hard and had been very weepy.

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Wannabees Family Play Town – Sydney’s Best Indoor Play Centres

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Wannabees is a play centre deluxe, with the added benefit of play leaders and fantastic dress ups and imaginative play spaces.

The play centre has been set up like a small town, a play leader takes children to visit and play in different areas. It’s such fun.

Wannabees Play Town

C1/ 1-3 Rodborough Road, Frenchs Forest

Websitewww.wanna-bees.com.au

Facebookwww.facebook.com/Wannabees1 (special offers posted here/post comment for free coffee)

Opening Times: Mon-Tue 9:30 to 2:00 pm, Wed-Fri 9:30 to 6:00 pm, Sat-Sun 9:30 to 5:00 pm

This indoor play centre with a difference is really a delight for young kids. We visited recently with the twins, who are six years old and they really enjoyed it. There were lots of younger children there and some older ones too.

It’s best to book in and to arrive in good time for either the morning or afternoon session to start. Our session started at 10am, with a play leader gathering the children around the stage and starting off with the Wannabees song.  She then explained some rules like always tidying up what has been used, and keeping shoes on in the play rooms.

Here’s the list of all the places the kids can play:

Post Office
Honey Room cafe
Police Station
Fire Station
TV Studio
Supermarket
Doctors Surgery
Bank
Gym
Fashion shop
Beauty salon
Interior Design room

There’s also a large stage, a climbing wall, soft play areas and, of course, the huge play structure.

My two started in the fire station, they enjoyed dressing up in fireman’s jackets and hats and LOVED hosing out the (fake!) flames. Next they did some shopping at the supermarket with play money and then playing doctors and nurses, with me as the patient patient.

It’s lovely to do some imaginative play where the kids are also picking up some real life skills.

Cafe: large cafe has good menu and free wifi

Baby change: Yes, in children’s toilets

Parties are run by the play leaders

Map:  Click here

the supermarket at Wannabees

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menus at Wannabees Play Town

I took a bazillion photos, click here to see more.

Have you been to Wannabees? 

Are you a play centre lover or loather?

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Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary {formerly Oceanworld Manly} Review

Myself and Minnie the Minx and her friend just had a very lovely time visiting the recently re-launched Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.  The girls hadn’t been before and they had such a ball looking at, and even touching, lots of sea creatures.

See below for a full description of all the information you need to plan a great family trip to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

And stand by for my next post which will be a family pass giveaway  to this fishy-and-fun destination.

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Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary Photos

Just a wee taster of some photos for Wordless Wednesday.I’ll be posting all the info you need for a terrific family visit to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary next week. Plus a great giveaway, a family pass to the Sea Life Sanctuary. 

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Sydney Photo Friday – Dee Why Beach Rock Pools

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Passmore Reserve Playground – Best Playgrounds in Sydney’s North

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One of our favourites for years, we love the bushy feel of this fully-enclosed playground.

With lots of wooden play structures, and plenty of space for playing, it’s a playground where kids imaginations, as well as their little bodies, can run wild and free.

Have gone a bit mad with the camera here, but I hope you can forgive me!

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Post Update: Terrey Hills Tavern – Sydney’s Most Child-Friendly Cafes + Restaurants

Sometimes, we mums and dads just need to go to the pub.  And if you live in the north of Sydney, you’re luck to have a few family-friendly ones to visit.

Here’s a good one!  The Terrey Hills Tavernhas a small kids’ play area, lots of wide open spaces inside and out, a Balinese style beer garden, plus a kids’ menu.

Avalon Beach – Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids

Ah, another lovely day on Sydney’s Northern Beaches!

Avalon is always a bit of an escapist fantasty for me. It has such a lovely little shopping village, full of cute shops and groovy cafes. There’s a bit of Byron Bay about it, must be a splendiferous place to live.

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Collaroy Beach – For Kids and Their Families


Collaroy is a splendid spot for families, one of the really great places on the Northern Beaches.

It’s the combo of family-friendliness that makes it special; the winning trifecta of beach, rockpool and good playground.

And lets not forget the kid-friendly cafes close by.

There are heaps more lovely photos of the beach here.  All these photos were taken on an early autumn morning when very few families were around. Never mind!

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Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids – South Curl Curl

South Curly has a special wee place in my heart. My big boys used to do Nippers there every Sunday when they were little.

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Hidden Gems- My Top Five Secret Beaches of Sydney

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.

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Sydney’s Best Cafes for Kids- Cafe Piemonte, Terrey Hills

Isn’t this the kind of sign you just love to see.

‘Kids playground at rear’ has a certain ring to it.

Cafe Piemonte is my new local. The kindy mums from the twins’ school are meeting here after dropoff regularly.

And of course I have to go each time, such are the onerous duties of the class mum.

How do I manage? I just don’t know. Tough, tough life.  Not!

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Sydney’s Best Cafes for Kids – Flying Fox Cafe

Such a very lovely cafe, it’s been designed to be very family-friendly and it succeeds very well.

It’s slap bang alongside a very large, fully-fenced playground, with lovely water views, in an extensive park.

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