Shopping Centres with Play Areas…Perfect for a Rainy Day

We’ve refreshed this one! We all need to take kids shopping sometimes and luckily we have a selection of shopping centres with some great play areas in the area. We have listed the most popular ones that you can use as a wet-weather activity or for some entertainment before or after doing the shopping.

Broadway Sydney – Soft Play Garden
Broadway Sydney soft play area is located on level 3 next to Priceline. It can be easy accessed from the car park and the Parents Room is beside the play centre and has multiple feeding spaces, a safe play area, a TV with DVD entertainment, microwave, child-sized amenities and nappy change areas. Open Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10 am–7 pm, Thursday 10 am–9 pm, Saturday 9 am–6 pm and Sunday 10 am–6 pm.

Rhodes Waterside – The Monkey Bar
Rhodes Waterside hosts one of the coolest playgrounds around! The playground is a bespoke play area built just for your little monkeys. Located on the ground floor behind Boost Juice, the state-of-the-art playground was built especially for its location. The design encompasses six-metre-tall climbing towers viewable from the upper level. This is connected by an exciting crawling tunnel stretching over the centre’s escalators! The Monkey Bar is filled with slides, touch-to-learn activities, climbing equipment and endless games. It has been designed with children aged two to ten in mind, with a special soft play area for the little ones. The Monkey Bar is just one of the family-friendly activities at Rhodes Waterside, in addition to the free Shopping Nanny service, five-star rated parents’ rooms, a calendar of children’s events and the Mums & Co club. Open Mon–Wed and Fri–Sat, 9 am–6 pm Thursdays 9 am–9 pm and Sundays 10 am–6 pm. The Shopping Nanny is located opposite Kidstuff, near Target, and is available Monday–Friday 10 am–3 pm daily.

Top Ryde City – Play Zone

The play area at Top Ryde City is located on Level 1, which is also home to Cool Kids Cuts, Leaf Café, Ollie’s Place and Read On Books and of course a parents’ room. The play zone is comprised of three interconnected spaces. One contains a book zone with seating plus three interactive screens. There is also a climbing zone with rock climbing wall, slides, rope ladder and tunnel. A third space is designed for soft play with a tactile plush carpet and climbing mounds.  There is something for all children aged 0–12 years old. Open Mon–Sat 9 am–6 pm and Sunday 10 am–5 pm.

Harbourside, Darling Harbour – Caterpillar Lane

Caterpillar Lane has a range of enticing equipment. Caterpillar Lane comes complete with interactive digital panels, climbing towers, slides, light projection games including soft play, climbing towers, slides, as well as interactive panels, light projection games and is over 40 metres long. Located on Level 2,  the play area has anti-slip safety flooring, shoe self-storage and soft foam climbing equipment. For children aged 1–8 years. Open Mon-Sun 10 am to 9pm.

Macquarie Centre – soft play equipment 

Macquarie Centre has two soft play equipment areas. There are cafes close by so you can have a cuppa whilst the kids play. It is suited for kids 1-5 year of age.  Located on Level 1 outside Target and on Level 4 best for younger kids, outside The Loft Cafe. Open Mon – Sun 9:30 am – 9:00 pm.

Kids Playground and Free Workshops – Bunnings Warehouses 

Any excuse to go to Bunnings? If you need a rainy weekend to gather your renovation supplies then head to Bunnings Warehouses at Artarmon, Ashfield, Alexandria, Chatswood and Randwick. They have free craft workshops throughout the weekends (bookings are recommended). All the kids playgrounds are conveniently located next to the Hardware Cafes. Open Mon -Fri 6am – 9pm and Sat-Sun 7am – 7pm.

DFO Homebush 

Keep kids busy on a rainy while you shop for a bargain. Best suited for kids aged 2-7.  Open Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun 10am – 06pm, Thurs 10am -8pm.


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