CAFÉ’S NEXT TO PARKS & PLAY AREAS – within walking distance
We all love to keep the kids busy by taking them to a local park. But wouldn’t it be great to grab a quick cuppa to take with you to the park, and not have to stop multiple times, getting the kids in and out of the car?
Here is a list of local parks in the Hawkesbury & Penrith areas, which have cafés opposite or next door (so you can grab a takeaway cuppa and something sweet to take with you). It’s one stop for you, saving you time and hassle. Both mum and the kids are now happy!
Opposite Ugly Mug Coffee House & Café Relish
March St, Richmond
Richmond Park has really come full circle over the years, and the play equipment is fantastic for the kids! There’s a covered gazebo area you can sit under, or you can sit on the bench seats in the sun, or under some beautiful shady trees. You look out onto Richmond Oval – it’s so pretty. Grab a coffee across the road at your choice of two cafes, and sit and relax whilst your kiddies play. My kids loved the modern version of the ‘see-saw’, and there’s a train they can play in. See more on this park here. Read more on this park.
Down the road from Café Lattetude (York Rd)
Batt St, South Penrith
This bright and fun playground will keep kids entertained for a long time. Suitable for kids of all ages, this playground is about 12 months old and it has a nice soft ground, slides, swings, twirly gigs, climbing frame and a scooter path. What’s fantastic and great for kids imagination is the crocodile, lizard and spider lurking on the ground for them to play on!
Older kids may like to kick a ball around on the oval next door, or take their bikes or skateboards to the skate park that is also part of the park. It’s perfect for all ages and that’s a big tick from us!
Directly across the road there’s a take away shop, and if you are looking for a caffeine fix or something sweet, head diagonally across York Road to Café Lattetude (3 min walk). See more on this park here. Read more on this park.
GLENMORE PARK TOWN CENTRE ADVENTURE PLAYAND
Near The Shed Café
Opened in December, the Adventure Playland at the town centre is fantastic! There’s a cute little car kids can sit and ride in, and a big climbing frame they can get lost and wide their way through, whilst you sit and have a cuppa and relax. The Shed Café is up the same end of the centre (The Coles end), and you can grab a take away cuppa and watch the kids play for a while. Being in a shopping centre, you get the chance to grab those bits and pieces you need too, whilst letting the kids have some fun at same time!
Next to Boathouse Café, Bridge St, Windsor
This park is located right on the banks of the Hawkesbury River – just across the Macquarie Bridge from Windsor. There is plenty of parking, excellent toilet facilities, and if the weather is nice you can even go for a dip in the river. In summer this little area for swimming can get quite busy!
The playground facilities are perfect for kids of all ages with climbing frames, slippery slides, swings, bike paths and quite a few picnic shelters. The park isn’t fenced, however the grass area surrounding is quite large, but you do need to keep an eye on the kiddies.
The Boathouse Café is just across the driveway, and offers café style snacks, great coffee, and lunch options that are reasonably priced. This is one of our favourite playgrounds in the Hawkesbury area. It is relaxing, and perfect for a morning out with the family. See more on this park here. Read more on this park.
WATER GUM COMMUNITY PARK
A short walk from H Café – Water Gum Drive, Jordan Springs
A great park to take the dog for a walk, and sit and watch the kids have a play. Note that there a no slides at this park, however there are plenty of other things to keep the kids occupied. This includes a swing set, see saw & flying fox. Keep an eye on the kids as this park isn’t fenced.
There’s one undercover area with picnic table, however there’s also plenty of trees for shade. If you fancy a caffeine fix, H Café is only a 6 minute walk from the park. This means you can have a nice walk to and from the park, without having to get the kids and dog in and out of the car multiple times.
RICHMOND MARKET PLACE PLAYGROUND
The little playground at Richmond Marketplace has been upgraded over the years, and whilst it’s small, it’s great for the kids!. Directly next door is Spears Café, offering yummy cakes, coffee and tea, and a delicious menu if you want to grab some lunch. It’s convenient as it’s all part Richmond Marketplace, so you have lots of other shops at your finger tips too if you need to quickly grab some milk or bread.
The playground is completely undercover and fenced in. It includes two slides, a ‘pond’ set up with fish and a wave the kids can climb on, and some other small climbing obstacles. Not too bad for a shopping centre I think!
Includes play area & petting zoo area, 19 Ross St, Glenbrook
Café 2773 is fantastic for kids, and for the family to have an outing. Situated at the bottom of the Blue Mountains, Café 2773 has a mini farm area with gorgeous little baby animal friends. You could easily spend quite a few hours as a family here, and they have taken the time to think about what families want. There’s a cubby house, space for an outdoor picnic, and directly across the road there’s Glenbook Park, complete with a replica train to play on. The café offers great coffee, or a glass of wine if you prefer, and they have a nice menu including their gourmet wood fired pizza.
HAM COMMON PLAYGROUND
Next to The Hawkesbury Cafe, Hawkesbury Valley Way, Richmond
Your kids will love this park! Fully fenced, this little park is right across the road from the RAAF Base, and has loads for the kids to play on. There’s plenty of trees with shade and seating to sit and watch the kids, and have some lunch or snacks. One end of the playground is geared towards older kids with a climbing frame leading to a large slide & a full-size swing set. The other end is geared towards the younger kids with a toddler & baby swing set, a replica train & plane for the kids to play (which are just awesome!)
If you’re after a cuppa or something to eat, the café is right next door along with the Information Centre. They serve hot food like pies, cakes and coffee. You can sit down to eat, or grab takeaway and eat in the park so you can watch the kids play. Read more on this park.
CLARENDON TAVERN PLAYGROUND
Short walk from The Park Café, 244 Hawkesbury Valley Way, Clarendon
The Clarendon Tavern has just recently opened their brand new kids play area, and it is fantastic! There’s lots the keep the kids occupied – 2 slides, climbing frame, and a tower they can climb to the top of. The Park Café is just a few minutes walk, however the tavern do offer a great lunch menu and drinks where you can sit, eat and watch the kids play. This is the perfect venue for a girls or mums group lunch catch up!