Waldecks Garden Centre Kingsley – Lakeview Café and Playground
Waldecks Garden Centre in Kingsley doesn’t only sell plants and
pots – it also has a lovely café and outdoor playground, which is
a little known gem.
Lakeview café has views of the pretty plants, but none of a lake unfortunately – but who cares when your kids are occupied! It’s the perfect place to have a catch up coffee with a friend, while your kids play.
Waldecks is on the corner or Hepburn and
Wanneroo Road. A large shaded parking area in the front means
that parking is never a problem. You have to walk through the
Garden Shop which is full of interesting gardening accessories,
and you will find the café entrance towards the back. There are a
few tables inside with more tables under a covered patio area
that leads out onto the nursery grounds.
The play area is under the trees with a scattering of tables next to it, allowing parents to sit close to the action. Kids must be supervised.
The playground structure has a long slide, a fireman pole, bridge
and various ladders. Small kids will need help and attention when
climbing up as it is fairly high. Instead of sand there is brown
mulch on the ground so it’s advisable to keep your shoes on! The
play area is partly shaded by some large trees.
A different touch is the stone elephants scattered around that the kids are allowed to climb and sit on – these made a strong impression on my 5yr old. Our kids enjoyed collecting sticks too.
The café serves food from 9am–3pm when the kitchen closes, but
remains open until 4pm serving coffee and readymade cakes and
biscuits, of which there is a tantalising selection. Devonshire
Teas are popular, served with yummy fresh scones. I ordered a
delicious Vanilla Chai Latte and a Raspberry Muffin that hit the
Our two girls shared a Strawberry Milkshake which was served in the shaker it was made in, with two kid size glasses – good value at $4.80. There is a range of coffee and tea options, and soy milk is also available.
You need to order and pay at the counter, then wait for your
drinks which you take to the table yourself. Food from the
kitchen will be brought to your table when it is ready. The
breakfast menu can be ordered until 11am and includes items such
as the Big Breakfast ($17.50), Vegetarian Breakfast ($16.50) and
Kids Breakfast ($8.50), or the Breakfast Sandwich ($11) or
The Lunch Menu has delicious salad and sandwich options, burgers and fish, as well as daily specials such as Quiche with Salad. Most items are under $20. The Kids lunch menu includes Fish&Chips, Chicken Nuggets, Cheese Burgers or Sandwiches which cost in the region of $10.
Highchairs are available and there is a fold down change table in the disabled toilet. In the café the tables are well spaced, so I had no problem getting my large pram around them.
The staff are friendly and didn’t rush us. We spent two very
pleasant hours chatting, while the kids played in the autumn sun
and fresh air. Baby even crawled around the chairs and elephants
practicing her standing skills, and investigating the autumn
leaves and sticks.
If you have time it is also nice to take a stroll amongst the
plants for sale, as well as look at the extensive range of
outdoor pots. Of course there is no obligation to buy anything if
you only want to come to the café, but be careful as you make
your way back through the lovely shop as it is filled with great
gift ideas and pretty garden décor!
A little bird has told me that Waldecks now has a branch in
Stirling that also boasts a café with kids playground. I may just
have to organise another coffee date soon to check it out.
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