About

There are so many wonderful parks to explore, family friendly events to attend, playgrounds to have fun at and cafes to enjoy in and around the Parramatta district. Yet it can be difficult to find out about them.

ParraParents aims to take away this hassle and connect families with handy local information and great things to do with kids. It is an an extension of the Parramatta District Mums Facebook group – a supportive online community of close to 2,500 local mums – and incorporates the former Ryde Kids website.

ParraParents
Map showing City of Parramatta Council area (purple) and ParraParents main exploring zone (blue)

ParraParents was started by three local mothers, Claudia, Kellie and Melissa, who hang out each week at playgroup with their toddlers and preschoolers. They live, or grew up, in the City of Parramatta Council area and love exploring here and further afield. All three mums write about their adventures on ParraParents as they uncover cool things to do, particularly ones little known to other local parents or written about online. ParraParents also shares experiences and recommendations from other parents in the area (with their permission).

This site is provided as an information resource and community service. Claudia, Kellie and Melissa volunteer their time to share what they know in the hope that it helps other parents take advantage of all the wonderful things the Parramatta district and surrounding areas have to offer.

To help support local businesses reach local families, and cover costs, advertising is available. ParraParents also loves helping out wonderful local charities wherever possible.

We hope you enjoy travelling along this crazy parenting journey with them and look forward to this website helping you create some fond family memories.

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Management Team

Kellie Darley - Park Hunter, Pinterest Tester, Construction Chaser and Kids Song Writer

Kellie thinks she must have been a girl guide in another life as she is definitely the ‘Be Prepared’ mumma, always carrying extra’s with her ‘just in case’. Kellie could also have been an explorer as she is out every day with her boys, rain or shine, going on new adventures – but always in her daggy mummy uniform.

She is definitely now a full time educator and entertainer to gorgeous, active 4yr and 2.5yr, as well as chief cook and cleaner…..but she is working on them soon taking over those roles!

The first few years of having 2 kids under 2 saw her lose a fair bit of her sanity and she never thought she would put her 20+yr career as an executive in community health/ development organisations on hold to raise her boys full time. She now loves the challenge of applying her skills, along with a large dose of patience, some creativity and a bit of luck, to raising her boys into passionate, strong, inquisitive, fair and kind men (she hopes).

Kellie and boys

Melissa Pazin- killer of air plants, baker and lover of the smell of rain

Melissa, more commonly known as Mel, is the young mum of our team.

Mel is a mum to a very loud, car and train loving almost 4 year old boy who wants to become a professional strawberry eater when he grows up. She is hoping child number 2 enjoys sleep more then her son.

She is a lover of baking, cats, Gossips “Sweet Lips” moscato, camping and the smell of approaching rain. She wishes she could dance and make jokes that are actually funny. One day she will not kill a plant that is supposedly unkillable and catch something that is not seaweed while fishing at Easter.

You can find her walking the streets of West Ryde, at your local sushi train or chasing after her son who is trying to steal flowers from the neighbour’s front yards.

Regular Contributors

Claudia Stamfel - Chief Geek, Gardener and Coffee Lover

Claudia started the Parramatta District Mums Facebook group and created the ParraParents website. She was part of the admin team until April 2017 when she stepped down to pursue some exciting new projects. Claudia continues to provide technical support for ParraParents as well as write some guest reviews on her favourite places to take her girls.

Claudia is a bit of a geek, before upgrading to motherhood, she worked as a frontend web developer. She has been told by many that she is “quirky” and “good weird”. She has 2 lovely girls. Claudia is looking to get back into the wonderful world of development.

You will find her at local and not so local cafes getting a caffeine fix or near strong wifi connections, studying.

Anna Brzozowski

Anna is a Parramatta local, with a 3 year old daughter and another bub on the way. She works part-time and on her days off, you can usually find Anna in search of a great tasting and Instagram worthy coffee and meal (a child friendly venue is always a bonus). She loves to travel, take photos, hang out with family and friends and have fun. Anna is always on the hunt for new things to do and places to visit and she looks forward to sharing some of her experiences with you.

Mandy Seo

Mandy is mum to a very cheeky, effervescent 2-year-old girl and a smiley, chatty baby boy. Life is full with these two and she often finds herself pondering the deep questions in life, “What to deal with first? The poo on the clothes, the vomit on the floor, the toddler tantrum or the fire in the oven???” If she ever finds the elusive free time ever again she hopes to master the Mandarin language, get fit enough to run a marathon and write and publish a children’s picture book. She embraces the joys and sorrows of being a Sydney Swans die hard, she now plays piano in the air because the keyboard got relegated to the garage in favour of toys and baby swings and she will gladly sell you a hand-reared baby cockatiel. She loves going on ordinary excursions with her kids around this great city of ours and hopes to share some experiences with you!

Sandy Chan

Sandy is a mum of a strong willed 4.5yo girl and a 9mth old boy that hates sleep. Her favourite meal of the day is coffee, she is always in search of an Instagram worthy brunch meal (Instagram @sendee).], and in deciding a place for dinner Sandy always look at the dessert menu first. She has a social work background and has been in the public service for over 10yrs, previously working for Community Services and now for Education (but currently on maternity leave).

Vanessa Julien

Outnumbered in a household of males (husband, two sons, boy cat and a strong suspicion all the fish are male), Vanessa has embraced all the wrestling, feeding frenzies, and nerd-talk her family can throw at her. When not working part-time at a community non-profit, or volunteering at her local school, you’ll find Vanessa and her tribe jamming in as much scootering, park-playing, and brunch-eating as humanly possible. Vanessa and her family enjoy exploring all that the Parramatta and greater Western Sydney areas have to offer, with busy weekends of local markets and community events, balanced with time chillaxing at home baking cookies and watching Netflix. Talk to Vanessa about politics, property prices or trying to make the world a better place…just not before her morning coffee!