I know Iím much more likely to take my kids to a park when I can grab a coffee and muffin to enjoy while they play, and Iím sure many other parents like to do this too.
So I did some research to find the best local playgrounds with a cafe next door or a short walk away. Take a look:
1) Umina Beach - Sydney Avenue, Umina
This playground is great for children of all ages, with features such as a flying fox and rope/rock climbing for older kids, and a sandpit and pirate ship for babies and toddlers. Thereís also some great play features for kids with disabilities. The section for younger kids is fenced in to stop little feet from running out, and the kiosk next door is a great place for parents to sit with a coffee or they can buy a cup to take away. Thereís also a skateboard ramp and a BMX trail area.
2) Canton Beach Community Park - Beach Parade, Toukley
Designed to be a sensory park, itís bright and colourful and suitable for people of all abilities with wheelchair access. Itís fully fenced and the Fuel Depot Cafe is nearby (not right next door but very close). It also has a path along the foreshore for kids to ride bikes and scooters and rollerblade.
3) Terrigal Rotary Park Playground and Parklife Kiosk
This fantastic newly built playground in Terrigal is a great way to spend a morning letting the kids play whilst enjoying a fresh cup of coffee from the Parklife Coffee shop.
4) Fishermans Wharf Playground - The Boulevarde, Woy Woy
Fishermanís Wharf is a Central Coast icon on Brisbane Waters for fish and chips, but they also have great coffee which you can take to the playground that is just a few steps away. Itís fenced in and thereís lots for kids to climb on plus two slippery dips and a swing. It gets very crowded on weekends and school holidays for lunch so itís better to visit on weekdays.
5) Pearl Beach Playground - Pearl Parade, Pearl Beach
This charming little playground overlooks the beach and is great for a play after a swim. It has a big rope climbing tower and a slide with a climbing wall and is just across the road from the Pearl Beach Cafe and General Store.