Your Favourite ParraParents Articles and Posts for 2017


By now you may have noticed that we LOVE lists! I don’t know about you, but I find it easier to have a few options in one spot rather then having bits of information all over the place. So we thought it would be fitting to end the year with a special list – the ParraParents articles and Facebook posts you were most interested in this year.

Now we started off the year with about 1k people viewing our site each week and finished with 6.5k weekly users. Plus our Facebook following has grown from 1.5k to 4.8k people. So chances are you may have missed some of our great articles.

It definitely has been a busy year and we LOVE hearing that our information is helping you create more wonderful family memories! So it would be great to know what has been your favourite article and Facebook post in 2017?

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Top 10 Most Popular ParraParents Articles in 2017

These are the 10 most viewed articles on our website in 2017.

ChouChou Bebe opened at Lidcombe Centre in March this year and is an indoor play centre with a difference. It doesn’t have the usual big slides and jumping castles, but rather focuses on imaginative play. There is also a cafe with yummy desserts. Helped by the fact that they don’t have a website or Facebook page, our review is read about 200 times each week.

It seems we love our beaches, even if we aren’t able to just pop down the road to one. With temperatures about 10 degrees cooler on the coast, it is no wonder we enjoy checking out which beaches are closest to Parramatta. And you will be happy to know that there are 16 within a 35km radius.

Christmas lights are just magical, particularly with kids. And we are fortunate to have some great displays in the area – some of which are on display into the new year. We are glad that our top 10 list and handy map helped make finding the lights easier for families.

Who doesn’t love a splash on a hot day. And fortunately for us we are spoilt for choice with over 25 different free water fun options in and around the City of Parramatta. From water playgrounds and swimming spots to playgrounds with water pumps.

5Bungarribee Park | Doonside

Opening in March this year, Bungarribee Park is now the largest park in Western Sydney – and soon to be home to Sydney Zoo. The centrepiece in the new playground is the impressive tower, with multiple slides and ramps. There is also a great sand and water play area. Unfortunately at the moment, the playground is best visited outside of summer as there is very little shade.

6Grounds Keeper Cafe Review | Parramatta Park

Park and cafe combo is almost always a winner with families. Yay! Parramatta Park has a cafe again! And not just any cafe, it is in the heritage listed George Street Gatehouse, has plenty of room for prams, serves up the same delicious food as the other The Grounds Keeper Cafes and is near a playground.

We love exploring, particularly finding a tucked away and little known park. And we were even more excited this year to share with you 30 great local parks and playgrounds that are hidden gems.

It is pretty cool having a waterfall tucked away in our very own ‘backyard’. And the fact that it is super easy to reach, with lots of kid friendly walks makes it even more special. Balaka Falls are nestled in between Carlingford and North Rocks and best visited after rain.

Bare Witness Cafe opened at The Connection in Rhodes in May this year, just near the Bennelong Bridge. It has amazing water views, great, family friendly service and divine food.

It can be hard to know where to look for a Justice of the Peace (JP) to certify your important documents. So earlier this year we collated a handy list of JP’s available at scheduled times in the area and it is great that it is regularly being used.

Most Popular ParraParents Facebook Posts for 2017

Here are our 10 Facebook posts seen by the most people in 2017. And it seems we all LOVE anything new, whether that be a cafe, playground or finding out about some Christmas lights.

11Opening of the Bay Vista Dessert Bar in Parramatta

Photo credit: Bay Vista Dessert Bar Facebook page

We were clearly all drooling when we let you know that Bay Vista Dessert Bar was opening in Parramatta back in August.

12Christmas Light Display at Camellia Street, Greystanes

Seems we were all dazzled by the stunning, over the top Christmas light display on Camellia Street in Greystanes. And rightly so!

A long time in the making, the new Grounds Keeper Cafe in Parramatta Park was a very welcomed addition to the local cafe scene.

14Measles Alert

Sadly a person was diagnosed with measles during the spring school holidays and had visited the Riverside Theatres fantastic Spot On Children’s while infectious.

15Fruit Picking at Canoelands Orchard

Seems you got just as excited as we did with the start of the nectarine and peach pick your own season. Picking your own fruit on a local farm is a great way to help kids understand and appreciate where food comes from. And a trip to Canoelands Orchard can be as little as 40mins from some parts of the City of Parramatta.

The play, food and caffeine combo seemed to be most parents sanity saver. So it wasn’t a surprise that there was a lot of interest in our new map showing over 120 free play areas with cafes nearby.

17New Play Area at NBC Sports Club

New kids backyard at NBC Sports Club (photo credit: NBC Sports Club Facebook page)

We were excited when the Kids Backyard at NBC Sports Club in Northmead was transformed, with the play equipment from Winston Hills Mall and the addition of a giant jumping castle.

Families enjoyed finishing off the spring school holidays with a bang at the Kidtopia Festival in Parramatta Park. And our guide helped parents know what was on offer as well as answered common questions. 

Dundas Valley was long overdue for a cafe – any cafe. So it was extra special when The Container opened there in May this year. And now we can enjoy a yummy breakfast, lunch or sweet treat along with a splash at the water playground across the road in Dundas Park.

We have been on a mission to provide handy details and photos on all the playgrounds in the City of Parramatta. This is because sadly very little information exists online. So we were super excited when we reached the half way mark. Even if we jumped the gun by celebrating at 50 playground reviews when it turns out there are actually 150 playgrounds in the Parramatta Council area. You will though now find 75 reviews of playgrounds in the City of Parramatta on our website – yay!

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I am a Sydney mother to two gorgeous, active boys – Mr funny bunny is now 7yr and Mr cheeky monkey is 6yr...they were 3 and 2yrs when I started writing for ParraParents! We are out every day, rain or shine, and love being park explorers, construction chasers, experimenters, book lovers, Pinterest testers, playgroup organisers, singers, builders, treasure hunters, musicians, cooks, gardeners, bush walkers, YouTube watchers, helpers and lots more.