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Parklife Coffee at the Rotary Park Playground, Terrigal

March 5, 2019

When Parklife Coffee opened as a pop-up kiosk inside Terrigal’s Rotary Park 13 months ago we were very excited. When we discovered they were going to stay we were super excited! And each time we grab a coffee in the park and hear of Parklife’s latest news we jump for joy all over again.

With Parklife Coffee recently celebrating its 1st birthday, we thought it time that we bring you an update on all that’s happening down at the Rotary Park, as a lot has changed since its simple beginnings. We love what’s happened, we love what’s to come… and we’re pretty confident you’ll love it too.

Here’s why we love Parklife Coffee…

Parklife Coffee is located within the fenced area of Terrigal Rotary Park!

Yep, you read correctly: you don’t even have to leave the fenced area of the park to order your coffee! We don’t know any cafe anywhere that offers this awesomeness.

They now offer a full cafe menu.

The focus remains local and healthy, but their once small menu is on the grow. Breakfast includes grilled peaches, ricotta and pistachio butter toast, granola, raspberry smoothie bowls, and free-range scrambled eggs with salsa verde (made from herbs snipped from the cafe’s garden).

For lunch kids can grab a snack pack of housemade hummus, carrot sticks, crackers and a free-rage boiled egg, or share in a big hearty bowl of brown rice, charred cauliflower and green pesto goodness with you. Parklife’s wagyu burger is a long-time fave among regulars, so you can expect to find it as a menu staple while other items will come and go each week with the season, harvest or whim of the chef. You might find a mushroom and Swiss cheese croque monsieur, a burrito packed with black beans, rice, chipotle crema and queso or a Korean noodle bowl with roasted Atlantic salmon. Whatever it be, it’s sure to be yummy.

Sweet stuff isn’t overlooked. This week it might be a flourless chocolate cake with lavender cream and the next a saffron panna cotta with fresh lemon curd and Italian meringue. Croissants, muffins and housemade banana bread are staples. The cookies are baked with kids in mind: they’re small and perfect for a treat – not the enormous sugary discs you find in many cafes that fill your kids for dinner and breakfast the next morning.

They’re grinding single origin “Amber Organic” coffee beans from Honduras and serving orange and apple juice from local greats East Coast Beverages.

They provide “table service” to the park and to Banjo’s Skate Park.

Place your order and tell them where you’re sat (or at which play equipment you’re supervising your kids) and they’ll bring your coffee and food to you. As Parklife Coffee-owner Pauly Mac says, we wanted to provide “restaurant service without the bullshit”. This is pure genius and Parklife gets a standing ovation from us for this move.

They also have an awesome little trike that delivers food, drinks and ice creams to Banjo’s Skate Park just down the road. Don’t have cash? No worries, they have a portable Eftpos machine too.

They do drive through.

If you’re stuck with a baby asleep in the car and are in need of caffeination or you’re en-route somewhere and hunger pangs, call Parklife, place your order and they’ll deliver to your car window! Now that’s awesome drive through.

They’re open for dinner on Friday!

Parklife has made Friday nights even better. They’re open til late, projecting kids films on their outdoor screen and serving $25 grazing boards stacked with De Palma Salumi bresaola, pancetta, capocollo, truffled honey ricotta, King Island blue, Adelaide Hills brie, Brasserie breads and housemade pickles. We’re sold; hand us a wine.

They cater for parties in the park.

Parklife Coffee do kids party catering! How awesome is that! If you’re looking for a hassle-free kids party venue then this is it. Parklife will nab a shady spot for you under the trees (so you don’t have to get their hours earlier to bags your spot), provide you with a table (saves you dealing with roof racks) and do all the catering. And, of course, the food they serve won’t leave your kids bouncing off the walls. The yumminess on offer includes the likes of frozen coconut milk ice blocks, wholemeal flatbread pizza, cucumber rollups, rainbow fruit cups, edamame beans, popcorn, muesli balls and jelly cups.

Want to take their party food elsewhere? No worries, they do that too. Kids party food is just $10pp (minimum 10 people).

Click here to see the menu and for more details.

They host fun events in the park each week

Parklife has lined up a heap of fun for you to enjoy in the park each day. Here’s the weekly wrap.

The weekly line up:

  • Tuesdays: The Dilf Club meet here every Tuesday at 9am. (Haven’t heard of the DILF Club? They’re a group of local dads and their kids who catch up at kid-friendly locations across the Coast. Check out their Facebook page here). 
  • Friday Evenings: On Fridays they’re open til the sun sets for grazing boards and films on the lawn. If the weather is looking grim, check their Facebook page for updates.
  • Sundays: Local buskers.

Upcoming one-off events:

  • Parklife Stories: 10am-10.45am every Monday throughout March. Enjoy a morning of storytelling, rhymes and songs at Parklife Coffee as Lindy and Ulf of Heart to Heart Storytelling entertain your tots with fun tales.
  • Free Kids DJ Workshop: Saturday 27 April (10am-12pm). Pauly says, “As a super old-school Dj, I’d love to get kids on the decks. Whether you’ve zero skills or can bring your own tracks, vinyl or digital, we’ll help you with beat matching, sequencing, programming and generally having a blast in the park.”
  • Free Dance Classes for Tots aged 1-5: Wednesday 24th April (9am, 10am and 11am; each class runs for 30 minutes). Rachel from local dance studio Dance Adventures is holding free 30-minute dance classes in the park for young tots. Get there for a bop!

Stay tuned… Parklife Coffee has more planned. Expect to see kids painting classes, chess club and kids yoga coming to the park soon.

No need to bring anything.

There’s no need to race for the few sheltered tables: the cafe has picnic blankets, rugs, chairs and cushions available, so you can take up a spot under the shade of the trees. There are also tables on the covered balcony of the cafe.

Sunscreen is free for everyone to slip slop slap and there’s a toy box packed with spades, diggers, cars and books that can be played with in the park.

They’ve installed a new bathroom within the fenced play area.

When you have a toddler who “needs to go”, you want a toilet close by. The closest public toilets available to the park were beyond the fire station, which required a dodgy walk along the side of the road. Parklife recognised that this was a tricky point for parents, so they installed a new loo on their balcony – complete with change table facilities for babies. Thank you Parklife!

The Rotary Park playground is packed with fun features

The absolute stand-out feature of this park is the gorgeous wooden pirate ship created by Andrew Smith Timber Creations in Somersby. This is a space for little pirates to take to the seas and for imaginations to run wild. The surrounding sandstone and wood is a great circuit for tots keen to work on their balance.

They have two large play structures – one for young children and one for older kids. The toddler one has a steering wheel, rope climb and slippery dip.

The play frame for older kids has a bouldering wall, rope maze, timber-wall climb and slippery dip.

You shouldn’t have to queue too long for a swing as this park has a group swing, both standard and bucket seat swings and an “Expession Swing” – one of those face-to-face adult-child swings which, personally, we just love.

They also have an in-ground merry-go-round and flying fox.

Who’s behind Parklife? The man behind this genius is chef Pauly Mac. He’s the Gordon Ramsey of the Coast – a consultant who trains restaurant staff and designs menus for the likes of Sounds on West at Umina, Pocket Bar at Terrigal, and Six Strings at Erina. He’s also a dad, so he does all he can to make Parklife Coffee an awesome space for parents and carers. You’ll find him spinning the decks, pouring the coffee, baking the biscuits and topping up the bubble machine in the park.

What’s next?

Did you really think that was it for the changes? Not with Pauly Mac in the driver’s seat. Come winter there’s more good news to come. The cafe’s deck will be getting an extension which will double the seating. They’ll also have pull-down blinds and heating to make it a little cosier come the cooler months.

Parklife Coffee and Rotary Park, Terrigal

Hours: Saturday-Thursday 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-8pm (weather pending re evening hours; check their Facebook page for updates). 

Phone: 0410 843 383 (call ahead with your order). 

Stay in the know: Click here to check out Parklife Coffee’s Facebook page

Ages: The play equipment is best suited to kids aged 1-10.

Facilities: Sheltered picnic tables, 2 BBQs, a toilet with baby-change table at Parklife plus public toilets on the other side of the fire station.

Fencing: 99% fully fenced! Bear with us as we explain. The park is fenced from the fire station all the way to the Marine Discovery Centre, which is awesome as it means the grassed area next to the park is also enclosed. The park is fully fenced along the road side, so you needn’t worry about kids with the road – top points there to Council. There is a gap in fencing behind the Marine Discovery Centre – we don’t think this will be a problem for most, but it’s good to know. We felt our kids were very safe in the space.

Shade: There are lots of trees to sit beneath near Parklife Coffee and a couple of sheltered picnic tables near the playground. There is no shade over the playground equipment sadly, but Pauly Mac of Parklife Coffee is working tirelessly to change this.   

Tips: There is no shade over the play equipment, so don’t forget your hats and sunscreen. Most of the ground cover is soft-play or grass, but there is some mulch (every parent hates mulch!).

Parking: Pull up right out the front on Terrigal Drive.

Location: 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal.

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