Child Friendly Places To Shop with Play Areas

chermside play area

Shopping with Brisbane Kids is an event in itself.. it can take days of planning.. and taking boys to clothing shops? Forget it! You can avoid the shops by shopping online or take advantage of the shops that have child-friendly activities running or play areas provided to make an outing of it.

On this page, you will find some shopping centres that have helped mums out with either daycare facilities, indoor playgrounds or other child-friendly features to make the journey easier. Here are our top tips for heading to any shopping centre with kids

  • Make sure they are fed and watered before you go and take snacks.
  • Have a plan and let them know what it is. Shopping with kids is not the time to be spontaneous with finding the perfect top for Saturday night. If you plan to go to three shops to find three things, then tell them, count it down with them. The pre-planning with structure will make a huge difference.
  • End with the fun stuff (not the other way round), aka, if there is a play area, use it as a reward for good behaviour (don’t position as a threat removal for bad behaviour)
  • Talk to them about things as you walk around. It will keep their little minds occupied and time will go quicker for them.

Child-Friendly Brisbane Shopping Centres

Westfield Chermside

Westfield Chermside has transformed the upper floor of their centre into a kids paradise. Astroturfed in glorious green, with hills and valleys, tunnels and slides, Chermside’s play area is an example of everything kids need in a play space. It is isn’t so structured that kids run out of things to do and we love the ample parent seating through the expansive area.

Kids Playing at Westfield CHermside SHopping Centre

Child-friendly facilities at Westfield Chermside

  • 8 parents rooms (across 2 levels)
  • An additional parents room at the back of David Jones
  • A small indoor play area on level 1 near Woolworths
  • Outdoor play area in the dining precinct on level 2
  • Free school holiday activities
  • Designated car parks for pram parking
  • Kiddy cars
  • Casual childcare (I know right! Shopping in peace)
  • Event Cinemas and an indoor entertainment venue featuring arcades, bowling, pool, escape rooms and laserzone

Find out more about Westfield Chermside

Westfield North Lakes

Westfield North Lakes have an indoor playground for younger kids and boast an amazing outdoor fenced playground with a 9-metre tower, climbing frames and slides.

Shopping Centre, Urban Play

Child-friendly facilities at Westfield North Lakes

  • 6 parents rooms with private feeding cubicles, changing benches, adult and kid-sized toilets, microwaves and sinks
  • Indoor playground in front of BIG W (crawling to age 6)
  • Outdoor playground near the food court
  • Parents with pram parking
  • Complimentary pram hire
  • Single and double kiddy carts (these do cost money)
  • Free school holiday activities
  • Additional play area within IKEA North Lakes
  • Event Cinemas

Find out more about Westfield North Lakes.

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is home to two free indoor play spaces – Minipilly and The Backyard, which have become a benchmark for indoor play areas in Brisbane Shopping Centres.

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre playground, shopping centre playground

Image courtesy Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Facebook page.

Child-friendly facilities at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

  • Minipilly boasts FREE Childcare every Thursday between 10:00am-1:00pm. Kids need to be aged 3 or over.
  • The Backyard play area, located on Level 1 near Woolworths.
  • Free cinema childcare so Mum and Dad can see a movie in peace (selected times).
  • Children’s storytime events.
  • Monthly Mums and Bubs morning tea events.
  • 5 parents rooms. All Parents’ Rooms are equipped with change tables, private feeding rooms, nappy dispensers and microwave ovens.
  • Parking for parents with prams
  • Event Cinemas

Head to their website for further details.

Westfield Carindale

Westfield Carindale is another big Westfield offering an array of child-friendly services. Their playground, located on Level 1 in the Glasshouse Dining Precinct, includes an artificial grass mound with climbing stones, an embedded tunnel, slide and interactive illuminated stepping stones.

Westfield Carindale playground, shopping centre playground

Child-friendly facilities at Westfield Carindale

  • Kids’ strollers and kiddy cars for hire (for a fee) to make it easier for parents and carers to get around (located on Level 1, near The Coffee Club).
  • Modern parents’ rooms with bottle warmers, microwaves, change tables, private baby feeding rooms, and child-friendly toilets (located Level 1 in Nextra corridor behind Angus & Robertson, Level 1 corridor next to Tree of Life, Ground Level in Best & Less corridor near Lowes, and another on the Ground Level in the corridor between Guzman Y Gomez and Grill’d).
  • ‘The Studio’ – a space to relax while the little ones play, and also home to a series of classes, workshops and the much-loved Storybook Swap.
  • Designated ‘Parents With Prams’ carparking spaces

Find out more on the Westfield Carindale website.

Westfield Garden City

Westfield Garden City features two indoor play areas for kids, along with a variety of services to make your shopping trip with children just a little bit easier.

Child-friendly facilities at Westfield Garden City

  • Five Parents’ Rooms featuring private feeding cubicles, large changing benches, microwaves and sinks, as well as both an adult size and child size toilet (located on Level 1 next to Just Jeans, Level 1 Food Court near Hungry Jacks, Level 2 next to Target, Level 2 opposite Big W, and Level 2 Food Court (smaller space with no feeding cubicles and no play area).
  • Two indoor play spaces – the Jungle Play Area and Activity Zone located on Level 2 near Harvey Norman, featuring interactive screens and a play area, and the Little Kids Play Area located on Level 2 next to Target, featuring soft features for smaller children.
  • Kiddy Cars for hire (for a fee) to make it easier for parents and carers to get around (located at the Concierge Desks on Level 1 and Level 2).
  • Designated Parents With Prams carparking spaces

Find out more on the Westfield Garden City website.

Strathpine Centre

Strathpine Centre has two playgrounds for kids in their shopping centre, a 2 storey playground and a smaller soft playground for younger kids.

Strathpine Centre playground, shopping centre playground

Child-friendly facilities at Strathpine Centre

  • Two parents’ rooms (located in the food court amenities and in the amenities in between Australia Post)
  • Two indoor play spaces (one located opposite Target and the other located directly behind Donut King underneath the Big W ramp)
  • Designated parents’ parking spaces
  • Free, fun activities for kids every Sunday, as part of Strathpine Centre’s ‘Sunday Funday’ program
  • Free school holiday activities
  • Hoyts Cinemas and bowling venue

Find out more about visiting Strathpine Centre with kids.

Robina Town Centre

Robina Town Centre has a reputation for hosting some of the best free school holiday activities in South East Queensland and also have a Rainforest play area suited to kids aged between 3 and 7.

robina town centre

Child-friendly facilities at Robina Town Centre

  • Three parents’ rooms
  • Free holiday activities for kids
  • 50 designated extra wide pram carparks
  • Indoor activity venues offering mini golf, bowling and laser skirmish
  • Event Cinemas

Find out more about the latest happenings at Robina Town Centre.

Mount Ommaney Centre

Mount Ommaney Centre has two play areas that cater for all ages, with an outdoor and indoor option.

Mt Ommaney Centre Playground, shopping centre playground

Child-friendly facilities at Mount Ommaney Centre

  • Two play areas for kids
  • 40 designated pram parking spaces
  • One parents’ room (located near the Kmart entrance, in the corridor behind Michael Hill Jeweller and in the Food Court)
  • ‘Kiddy Cruisers’ available to hire

Find out more about visiting Mount Ommaney Centre with kids.

IKEA

IKEA at Logan and North Lakes provide an ultimate destination for many Brisbane families because of its family-friendly environment.

IKEA playground

IKEA offer wide aisles and an amazing eating area with ridiculously low priced food. Many families head there for a cheap breakfast followed by a browse and buy. IKEA also has an amazing free playroom, SMÅLAND, where you can leave the kids for up to an hour. The kids need to be aged between 3-8yrs and they need to be toilet trained. You will be given a beeper to alert you when the time is up or incase your Brisbane Kids wants their parents back. The only downside of this service is that is you can’t book a time and they will only take the kids if there is room for them. This will mean a wait during peak times. You can help them out by filling in all the disclaimer forms by printing them off from the IKEA website.

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