The 10 Best Child-Friendly Dining Places on the Central Coast

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The Best Child-Friendly Places to Dine on the Central Coast

As locals with a young family, we at Sharp Property Buyers understand the importance of finding great places to dine where the whole family is welcome. The Central Coast boasts a variety of fantastic, child-friendly dining options that ensure both parents and kids have an enjoyable experience. These venues allow parents to sit back and relax while the kids have fun in safe, engaging environments. Here are some of our top picks, in alphabetical order:

1. Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club
Avoca Bowling Club has introduced a new undercover and enclosed kids play area, making it a fantastic venue for families. There’s also a large space for the kids to run around and kick a ball, as they’ve converted an old bowling green into a lawn directly in-front of the dining area. The club offers a relaxed atmosphere with a variety of dining options, ensuring a delightful experience for everyone. The large enclosed play area makes it a great spot for those rainy days!
Website: Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club

2. Bateau Bay Bowling Club
Bateau Bay Bowling Club features a spacious, fully enclosed indoor playground, conveniently located next to the dining area. This makes it the perfect spot for families to enjoy a meal while the kids play safely and comfortably. With its weatherproof design, it’s an ideal destination even on rainy days.
Website: Bateau Bay Bowling Club

3. Bateau Bay Hotel
Recently renovated, the Bateau Bay Hotel now boasts a brand-new playground that children will love. This expansive, fully fenced play area features a large section for older kids and a smaller, dedicated space for younger children, ensuring fun for all ages. Parents can relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, modern facilities, and often live music, while the kids play safely. It’s the perfect spot for a family meal and a drink or two.
Website: Bateau Bay Hotel

4. Chittaway Bay Tavern
Chittaway Bay Tavern has been beautifully renovated and now features a timber children’s play area on soft-ground. This aesthetically pleasing, family-friendly venue offers a welcoming atmosphere, making it an excellent spot for a casual family meal. You’ll also often catch live music here over the weekend.
Website: Chittaway Bay Tavern

5. Davistown RSL Club:
Located on the banks of Brisbane Water, Davistown RSL (known to locals as The Davo) is the perfect venue for a drink with friends or a meal. You can sit outside on the sun-drenched deck and take in the stunning views, or sit inside along the windows to enjoy the beautiful outlook. The kids will love the fully fenced yard and sun-shaded play area, and there’s also a large grassed area to kick a ball. They also have a jumping castle most weekends, weather permitting. Davistown RSL offers a wonderful family dining experience with a dedicated kids’ area. The club’s relaxed setting and delicious menu make it a popular choice among locals.
Website: Davistown RSL Club

6. Empire Bay Tavern
Recently renovated, the Empire Bay Tavern has a new playground and an open grassed area, making it a perfect spot for families to eat and drink.
Website: Empire Bay Tavern

7. Erina Leagues Club
A long-time favourite for families, Erina Leagues Club features two age-separated undercover playgrounds located outside with plenty of seating available. The club’s welcoming environment, kid-friendly areas and diverse menu make it the perfect spot for a family outing.
Website: Erina Leagues Club

8. Jasmine Greens (Umina Beach)
Jasmine Greens is a fantastic family-friendly café in Umina Beach, offering healthy meals and a great outdoor area for kids to play. If you’re looking for great coffee, nourishing food, and house-baked sweets right next to a beach and an action-packed park, Jasmine Greens might just be the haven you’ve been looking for.
Website: Jasmine Greens Umina Beach

9. Kincumber Hotel
The Kincumber Hotel is a favorite among families, featuring a huge playground that keeps the little ones entertained while parents can relax and enjoy their meals. The outdoor shaded area is spacious, making it a perfect spot for families, while the bistro offers delicious food. There’s plenty of seating options available, both inside and outside.
Website: Kincumber Hotel

10. Parklife Café (Terrigal)
Parklife Café offers a fantastic outdoor area with a fully enclosed playground, allowing kids to play safely while parents enjoy their coffee and meals. The café’s relaxed vibe makes it a perfect spot for families, and they stock Shhmoakesys Pies (IYKYK – voted Australia’s best pie 2022).  It’s one of our favourite playgrounds on the Central Coast (click here to check out our other favourites.
Website: Parklife Café Terrigal

Bonus because we couldn’t keep it to just ten… 11. The Beachcomber Hotel & Resort (Toukley)
The Beachcomber Hotel & Resort (or The Beachie, as it’s known to locals) is an iconic waterfront destination located in Toukley. offers a beautiful setting for a family meal, it’s the perfect place to gear into holiday mode… even if it’s just for the afternoon. The venue also has a kids area, making it a great choice for families.
Website: The Beachcomber Hotel

The Central Coast is home to numerous fantastic dining spots that cater to families, ensuring everyone has a great time. As locals with a young family we understand the importance of finding these gems. Whether you’re looking for a place with a playground or just a welcoming atmosphere, these venues have something to offer. Happy dining!

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