These fancier indoor play centres with a cafe are all the rage at the moment! They focus more on imaginative play, replacing the bright plastic and large play gyms of traditional indoor play centres, with lovely wooden furniture, different themed play rooms and softer colours. And often refer to themselves as kids cafes.

Nubo Indoor Play Centre Alexandria
Nubo in Alexandria

These new breed of indoor play centres are specifically designed for little ones (under 5/6 years), have air conditioning and a cafe. But also come with a higher price tag! Most have an hourly entry fee (from $10 to $15) and an all day fee (from $15-$49), which vary depending on when you go (weekday/ weekend) and the age of your kids.

Planet Minto Chatswood
Big ball pit and target/ throwing game wall at Planet Minto in Chatswood

There are nine of these boutique indoor play centres to choose from at the moment (including one in Wollongong), with one more opening soon! Wannabees at Frenches Forest was by far the first of it’s kind. And a few years ago, they opened another Play Town at Hornsby Westfield. Sadly though, due to covid19, they permanently closed both of their play towns in June 2020.

Wannabees Hornsby
Wannabees Play Towns are now CLOSED

In early 2017, ChouChou Bebe opened at Lidcombe Centre and then in late 2018, Twinkle Kids Cafe Burwood come on the scene. And in 2019 both Kidsday Kidscafe Meadowbank and Planet Mino at Chatswood opened. More recently, Tada Kids Cafe opened at Top Ryde Shopping Centre, Vitaland Kids Cafe at Rhodes Waterside and Cuto Kids Cafe at Marina Square in Wentworth Point.

Cuto Kids Cafe Wentworth Point
Cuto Kids Cafe at Marina Square in Wentworth Point opened 26th November as limited free 90min sessions. They open fully on 29th November

Most are in a shopping centre, which goes towards their higher entry fees. This adds to their convenience as you can combine a play with a shop. Plus there’s usually lots of parking. And all offer party packages!

Top Tips for Visiting

  • Make sure you take socks with you! All kids cafes require everyone to take off their shoes before entering and to wear socks. Some even require that you wear grip socks. They each sell socks but this obviously adds to the cost.
  • All of the boutique indoor play centres have a cafe and have a no outside food rule (except the Early Start Discovery Centre in Wollongong).
  • It’s common for the kids cafes to close early or for specific times on weekends for a private party. Best to check their social media to make sure they will be open when you go.

Sydney Kids Cafes/ Boutique Indoor Play Centres

We’ve visited all but one of the boutique indoor play centres listed here (just not been to the one in Hurstville). The combination of location, price and special features will make them more or less suitable/ attractive to your family. I’ve ordered them, starting with our most favourite.

I’ve listed the most current entry prices that we know of at the time of writing this article and recommend you check their website for updated prices and specials.

This is our closest one and the kids love the train, fishing and different play rooms. Even at 6 and 7yrs, my boys can easily spend two hours here! I like their Korean inspired menu, the staff are very friendly and it’s very clean.

  • Address: Shepherds Bay Village Plaza, Shop 6.4a, 11a Bay Dr, Meadowbank
  • Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm daily
  • Best suited: kids under 6yrs, slightly older siblings are welcome with their younger siblings
  • Parking: Yes, in Shepherds Bay Village Plaza – entry on Bay Drive.
  • Baby area: Yes, small area just for kids under 2 yrs
  • Baby Entry: Under 6 months is $5 all day; 6-12 months is $5 for an hour and $10 all day
  • Kids (1yr+) Entry: $10.50 for 1hr on weekdays and $12.50 on weekends; $35 all day on weekdays and $40 on weekends
  • Adult Entry: $4.50 and you receive a $4.50 drink voucher
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram |

2Cuto Kids Cafe | Wentworth Point

The newest kid on the block! And possibly the cutest, though also one of the smallest.

  • Address: Marina Square, Footbridge Boulevard (opp. Wentworth Point Library), Wentworth Point
  • Opening Hours: Open daily from 9am to 6/7pm
  • Best suited: 0-6yrs, though older siblings can join if they play gently for $5.
  • Parking: The first three hours of parking is free in Marina Square shopping centre.
  • Baby area: gated, separate area
  • Baby entry: $5 for 90mins and $10 all day
  • Kids (1-6yr) entry: $12 for 90mins on weekdays and $15 on weekends; all day unlimited play is $26 on weekends and $38 on weekends
  • Adult entry: $4.50, with drinks voucher
  • Facebook | Instagram |

Vitaland Kids Cafe is a nice combo of the good things from the other local kids cafes.

  • Address: Rhodes Waterside
  • Opening Hours: Open daily
  • Best suited: 0-6yrs, though older siblings can join if they play gently.
  • Parking: The first three hours of parking is free in Rhodes Waterside shopping centre.
  • Baby area: small, separate area
  • Baby Entry: $4.80 for an hour on weekdays and $5.80 on weekends
  • Kids (1-6yr) Entry: $10.80 for an hour on weekdays and $12.80 on weekends
  • Adult Entry: $4.50 on weekdays, $5.80 on weekends
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram |

4Nubo | Alexandria

Nubo is truly a gorgeous play space! It offers a great range of different types of play – from building blocks, pretend kitchen and a lovely reading area to physical play with the big slide and climbing tower. And they have the most awesome octopus sink in the toilets! Their flat entry fee is also fantastic. It’s just a shame Nubo is all the way over the eastern side of Sydney!

  • Address: Unit 201 building 2/160 Bourke Rd, Alexandria (best entry is via O’Riordan St onto News Direct Road)
  • Opening Hours: Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Due to covid, there are two 4hr sessions a day and it is recommended that you pre-book online.
  • Best suited: 0-8yrs, though they say up to 10yrs.
  • Parking: There’s a designated parking area next to Nubo for people visiting. The big signs though only mention Sky Zone, which is in the same building.
  • Baby area: not recall there being a separate area
  • Baby Entry: $15
  • Kids (1yr+) Entry: $20
  • Adult Entry: 1 adult entry is included with each child entry. Extra adults can visit for $5 each.
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram |

This was our fav until Kidsday opened (which is closer) and we visited Nubo (which is a lot bigger). My youngest just loved the ball pit – nice and deep! I really like the open design, which makes it easy to keep an eye on your kids from the seating area. And the big toy animals are a lovely touch. But the thing I like best, is that if you spend over $20 in their cafe you got an extra hour of play for your child, which makes it a lot more affordable. Plus their pricing is probably amongst the cheapest.

  • Address: Burwood Plaza, shop 48A, 42 Railway Parade, Burwood
  • Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm daily
  • Best suited: Under 5yrs, though they say up to 10yrs
  • Parking: There’s parking in the Burwood Plaza (entry via Wynne Ave), but we’ve always found it very busy even on a weekday. The trick also is getting a spot near the lift that takes you right next to Twinkle Kids Cafe. Note: from memory, you only get the 1st 2hrs free for parking
  • Baby area: yes (from memory)
  • Baby Entry: Free, under 12 months
  • Kids (1yr+) Entry: $9.99/ hr or $17.99 all day on weekdays; $11.99/hr or $24.99 all day on weekends and public holidays. Note: second child entry half price for the same family.
  • Adult Entry: $4, with drink voucher for the same amount.
  • Facebook | Instagram |

6Tada Kids Cafe | Top Ryde

Tada Kids Cafe is the newest kid on the block. It’s got a cute, custom built train themed climbing play gym and lovely big ball pit with a throwing/ target games wall.

  • Address: Ground level, Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, corner Devlin St and Blaxland Road, Ryde
  • Opening Hours: Open daily from 9am to 5pm (last entry is 4pm)
  • Best suited: 1-6yrs, though slightly older siblings can enter
  • Parking: Plenty of parking at Top Ryde City Shopping Centre (1st 3hrs free)
  • Baby area: no
  • Baby Entry: $5, under 12 months
  • Kids (1yr+) Entry: $10/hr or $25 all day on weekdays; $15/hr or $35 all day on weekends. Note: older siblings (7yrs+) enter for $5 each but must play gently.
  • Adult Entry: $4.50, including a drink voucher of the same value
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram |

7ChouChou Bebe | Lidcombe

ChouChou Bebe was the first kids cafe to open in Western Sydney. It’s probably the smallest though but good for little ones.

  • Address: Lidcombe Centre, shop 1-108, 92 Parramatta Road, Lidcombe
  • Opening Hours: 9:30am to 6pm
  • Best suited: Under 4yrs
  • Parking: Plenty of parking at Lidcombe Centre
  • Baby area: no
  • Baby Entry: 1hr free, under 12 months (birth certificate required)
  • Kids (1yr+) Entry: $10.50 for 1.5hrs and then $4 for each extra hour on weekdays; $10.50 for 1.5hrs and then $5 for each extra hour on weekends
  • Adult Entry: $4.50, including a drink voucher of the same value
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram |

8Planet Mino | Chatswood

Unlike the other kids cafes, Planet Mino isn’t within a shopping centre. And it’s definitely the largest in terms of space, spanning over two levels. There’s a large throwing/ target wall in the ball pit (but the ball pit is very shallow). Unfortunately, there’s only very limited seating and it’s hard to see your children from there unless they are in the ball pit.

  • Address: 10 Smith Street, Chatswood
  • Opening Hours: 9am to 4pm on Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5pm on Friday to Sunday
  • Best suited: 0-8yrs, though they say up to 10yrs
  • Parking: Parking can be difficult. They have a small parking garage on our ground floor with about 17 spaces (entry via Smith St). And then there’s limited street parking.
  • Baby area: yes for children under 2yrs
  • Baby Entry: $10 all day on weekdays and $15 all day on weekends, plus free if coming with an older sibling
  • Kids (1yr+) Entry: Kids 1-3yrs are $11/hr or $35 all day on weekdays and $$13/hr and $45 all day on weekends. Kids 3yrs+ are $13/hr or $39 all day on weekdays and $15/hr or $49 all day on weekends
  • Adult Entry: 1 adult entry is included with each child, $6 for extra adults
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram |

This is the only kids cafe in the list that we’ve not yet visited, so are unable to provide a description at this stage.

  • Address: R213/7-11 The Avenue, Hurstville
  • Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm every day except Thursday when they close at 12pm
  • Kids Entry: $9.90/hr or $18 all day on weekdays and $11/hr or $20 all day on weekends
  • Adult Entry: $4 with drink voucher of the same amount
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram |

Other Boutique Indoor Play Centres

10Early Start Discovery Space | University of Wollongong

Early Start Discovery Space is on the University of Wollongong campus. It’s definitely not like the other kids cafes listed above. it’s more like a kids interactive museum. The Early Start Discovery Centre is a massive space with both fun indoor and outdoor areas. There are over 15 interactive zones (or experiences as they describe them), including a construction site, grocery store, emergency services, train, reading pod and digging site. We highly recommend a visit – it’s well worth the 1.5hr car drive!

  • Address: Northfields Ave, University of Wollongong (Early Start Building 21, off Ring Road)
  • Opening Hours: Reduced open hours due to covid – 9am to 12pm on weekdays (CLOSED on Monday); 9am to 12pm and 12:30pm to 3:30pm on weekends
  • Best suited: 0-8yrs, though slightly older kids will enjoy it too.
  • Parking: Yes, within the University campus. You can park in the special car pool area, just past the Early Start Discovery Centre on the right, when visiting.
  • Baby area: Yes (crawlers beach), for kids under 2 years
  • Baby Entry: Free, under 12 months
  • Kids (1yr+) Entry: $15 all day
  • Adult Entry: $15
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram |

Map of the Boutique Indoor Play Centres – Kids Cafes