INSIDE: Everything you need to know about the best restaurants with playgrounds Gold Coast style.
Looking for restaurants with playgrounds on the Gold Coast?
Here’s a list of the BEST Gold Coast restaurants with playgrounds, both indoors and outdoors.
Or play rooms.
Or inflatable jumping castles and the like…
Take a look below.
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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Guide to the Best Restaurants with Playgrounds Gold Coast Style
Check out the family and kid friendly restaurants below.
They are organised by suburb or area of the Gold Coast.
The Central zone, Northern Suburbs and Southern suburbs as a general guide.
Hot tip: Pancakes on the Rocks in Surfers Paradise doesn’t have a playground, but it’s another winner with kids. Who doesn’t like pancakes, and free kids drawing books at the table?
Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated
CENTRAL GOLD COAST
No.1: Robina Town Centre Lakeside Restaurants
Pick your favourite restaurant on the Promenade in front of the outdoor fenced playground, so you can keep an eye on the kids while you are dining at lunch or dinner.
Choose to eat from:
- Yum Cha Robina
- Sushi Break
- Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
- El Camino Cantina
- TGI Fridays
The kids LOVE the playground here, so you won’t have to eat in a hurry.
Image credit: Benowa Tavern
No.2: Benowa Tavern
There’s lots of delicious kids meals at the Family Bistro, and a super fun outdoor playground under shade sails.
The indoor play area has a big screen TV, and three two-player PAC man arcade games.
Every Saturday, kids can enjoy the free jumping castle too!
For eats, mums and dads can enjoy Chicken Schnitzel, Chicken Parmigana, Beer battered fish and chips, Angus Beef burgers, Cajun spiced salmon, pizza and pasta of the day.
Delicious tavern food to fill you up at decent prices.
Address: 117 Ashmore Rd Benowa, QLD, 4216
Telephone: (07) 5557 9090
Image credit: Burleigh Town Tavern
No.3: Burleigh Town Tavern Gold Coast
This family style restaurant and tavern has a huge outdoor playground.
Plus there’s a games room with Playstations.
Keep an eye out for special events, including Retro Cruise nights with food trucks and music, Tuesday Trivia nights,
Sunday Funday brings out the jumping castle, and face painter from 12pm to 3pm, plus kids eat for 3 with every main meal purchased.
Address: Cnr Tsipura & Township Drive, West Burleigh
Telephone: (07) 3558 3302
No.4: Dog and Parrot Tavern Robina
Looking for a family restaurant in Robina?
The Dog and Parrot pub in Robina is one Robina restaurant with a playground.
Kids can play on the outdoor playground, OR in the indoor games room with PlayStations.
On Sunday nights, kids eat free from 5.30pm.
There’s kids entertainment every Friday and Saturday nights too, and special events such as the Easter Saturday kids party with free show bags, glitter tattoos, colouring competitions and crafts for the kids.
Keep an eye out for $5 kids meals on offer during special events too.
Adults are well fed with wood fire pizzas, racks of ribs and seasonal dishes to make you swoon.
Address: 2 Scottsdale Drive Robina 4226
Telephone: Call 55757955 to book
No.5: Lonestar Tavern
Head to Lonestar Tavern in Mermaid Waters for a family meal, and a fab kids menu.
If you are lucky, it might be a FREE movie night – Kids tonight eat free, and there’s free popcorn too!
Plus, every Tuesday kids eat free (with any main meal purchased).
Visit during school holidays and you may just find $5 kids meals for everyone!
From time to time, they also host family shows such as Dinomania. Tickets are reasonable, making it an affordable night out.
OR it could time for the ULTIMATE Disney Trivia night!
There’s both indoor and outdoor kids playgrounds, and a playroom with Playstations for the teens too.
Open 10am to 4am daily.
Address: Cnr Markeri & Sunshine Blvd, Mermaid Waters
Telephone: (07) 5572 2000
SOUTHERN GOLD COAST
No.1: Currumbin RSL
Known as ‘the best little club in the world’, Currumbin RSL sits next to the beautifully stunning Currumbin Creek.
The best thing about this family friendly restaurant in Currumbin is the indoor Kids Club open 7 days, and the outdoor play area.
Plus, kids eat free Wednesday!
AND there’s a gelati card with 8 different flavours to try.
For parents, there’s Pasta night Tuesdays, Burger and Beer nights on Wednesday and Thursday steak nights, plus lots of free entertainment and music.
Keep an eye out for upcoming school holiday workshops.
There’s low cost activities for kids with meals included. (Book tickets in advance for these)
Hot tip: Check out Currumbin Community Markets when it is held.
Address: 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin.
Telephone: (07) 5534 7999
No.2: Junior Club Twin Towns & Club Banora Kids Zone
Stop by Juniors Twin Towns to enjoy a meal at their outdoor beer garden, with plenty of room for kids to play.
There’s a free fun park at Club Banora and they hold a free kids day on the last Sunday of each month from 12pm to 3pm. Kids of all ages welcome to join the fun.
The children’s outdoor play area is open 7 days a week and has:
- Putt Putt Golf,
- Totem Tennis
- Table Tennis
- a sand pit,
- playground toys and more.
There’s also a separate sparkling Olympic size pool if you want to make a day of it.
Address: Cnr Leisure Drive & Fraser Drive, Banora Point NSW.
Telephone: 07 55 362277
No.3: Dune Cafe Palm Beach
Right next to the amazing Pirate Park playground in Palm Beach Parklands.
While not technically connected, they might as well be.
Dune Cafe in Palmie is great for coffee, and lunch.
Pick up your coffee and goodies and wander the 100 metres to the park picnic tables, or if you have older children, eat here first, then wander over.
Address: 945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4223
Telephone: 07 55 210 951
No.4: Tabatinga at Seagulls
Seagulls Club at Tweed Heads is home to Tabatinga indoor play centre.
On weekend nights, you can book your kids into Tabatinga and enjoy dinner at the club kids-free!
THIS is a top spot for kids, with awesome food options for adults, and SO MUCH to do for kids including a black light ballarium game, glow in the dark putt putt, indoor playgrounds, bumper cars and more.
Read our review here for all the details including how to get there, menus, prices etc.
NORTHERN GOLD COAST
No.1: Frenzy Food Court at Southport Sharks
The best thing about dining at the Southport Sharks buffet is Wobbygongs kids club.
Kids can choose their dinner from the menu, head off to play, come back to eat, and then go back to play!
Click here for all the details including menus, how to get there, and more.
Image credit: Nerang Hinterland hotel
No.2: Hinterland Hotel Nerang
The Hinterland hotel in Nerang looks after little visitors with yummy meals that include a drink and dessert, and activity packs to keep the little ones busy.
Be sure to stop by for $15 roasts on Sundays, $10 steaks on Tuesdays or $15 pasta nights on Thursdays.
Plus on Mondays, KIDS EAT FREE!
There’s a huge undercover playground for kids to explore while you enjoy a meal and drink, plus interactive screens for kids to keep them occupied for longer!
Check out the kids menu with all the family favourites including nuggets, cheeseburgers, fish and chips, pizzas and all the special treat desserts.
Address: 53 Station St, Nerang
Telephone: (07) 5557 1699
No.3: Oxenford Tavern
Families love the carpeted indoor playroom, with fort, slides and tunnels.
But it’s the food that brings you back.
$15 Steak night Mondays
$20 Parmy nights (including chips and salad)
AND most importantly, kids eat free with a main meal purchase on Thursdays.
Check it out!
Address: 179 Old Pacific Hwy, Oxenford
Telephone: (07) 5573 1224
No.4: Eagle Heights Hotel Gold Coast
Eagle Heights Mountain Resort has a HUGE area for kids to run around with views and a lovely country atmosphere.
Plus, they bring out the big new JUMPING CASTLE for kids on weekends too, and the brightly coloured beanbags to lounge on!
Look out for special events too, such as Easter Sunday fun where there’s the jumping castle, free face painting, and free entry.
There’s FREE ice cream every Wednesday night with every chicken schnitzel or parma ordered.
Address: 1683 Tamborine Oxenford Road, Mt Tamborine.
Telephone: (07) 5545 3388 (call to check on jumping castle operating times before you go)
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