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 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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Kellie Darley - Park Hunter, Pinterest Tester, Construction Chaser and Kids Song Writer
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).
Melissa Pazin- killer of air plants, baker and lover of the smell of rain
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.
Claudia Stamfel - Chief Geek, Gardener and Coffee Lover
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.