The NEW Newport
Is it suitable for kids – answers at last!
I finally got to answer all my questions about the new Newport. Woohoo. I hate not knowing, more so when I’ve asked and got no response. I can confirm that The Newport is good for kids of all ages. Although I imagine that it gets quite busy on the weekends and during the holidays.
What does “child friendly” really mean
I’d been reading all sorts of social media posts from the Merrivale Group about The Newport. The posts all came with really pretty pictures. But when I asked whether it was suitable for my kids I was told it was child friendly. What frustrated me though was that no one could tell me what they meant by “child friendly”.
Child friendly covers a multitude of features, levels of suitability and styles. From only being suitable to teenagers (which I was worried about with The Newport) to only provide high chairs. What does child friendly really mean nowadays really!?!? Maybe a post for a different day.
Although I asked a number of moms on various Facebook groups about their Newport experiences I got uninformative responses.
So one day, when Palm Beach was littered with massive bluebottles I asked my husband if we could take a detour past the new Newport (formerly The Newport Arms). We took the detour and rocked up in our swimming costumes and board-shorts, you’ll see from the photos.
Where is the Newport
The Newport overlooks Pittwater. The official address is 2 Kalinya Street, Newport, NSW 2106.
If you’re driving, you should find free parking onsite. If you’re not keen on driving there is a courtesy shuttle bus. I have included more information about this at the bottom of the post.
The Newport Features
When you walk into the Newport you get the feeling of being at a resort. There is sparking water to your left, a stunning indoor area to the right, bright decor, gorgeous greenery and a whole host of staff walking around the complex smiling.
It’s got a very cool vibe about it.
The layout is a bit similar to The Grounds in Alexandria in that the Newport is one big venue with a whole lot of smaller settings with their own food or drinks outlets:
- For Seafood you go to the Seafood Market which serves Oysters, Prawns or a Crab Omelette
- From the Shack you can get salads, burgers, sandwiches and seafood (seafood different to the Seafood Market).
- The Kiosk serves “a selection of daily smoked and rotisserie meats”.
- For Pizza you go to Vinnie’s Pizza.
There are a number of drinks on offer and you can check out the Menu section of the Newport Website for that. When we got there at 10am my husband had a hard time finding a coke though which didn’t make him very happy.
There is a kids menu but I can’t seem to find any details online. When we visited the kiddies had pizza for lunch and milkshakes. The second or third time we visited the kids got some chips from the kiosk as well. The large chips for $10 are a portion big enough for both kids and me so maybe go with the small if its only for your two kids.
The Newport Suitability for Kids
Now to the crux of my concerns- the suitability for children… dum dum dum
I have a 4.5 year old and a 2 year old (at the time of updating this post) and they had a ball of a time at the Newport.
The kids were able to get stuck into:
- Giant Jenga,
- bowling in the restored little wooden alley
- trying to work out how to play the giant scrabble (there is a wall that you can stick the letters onto).
My husband and I managed to have a game of table tennis when the kids weren’t looking while granny snuck off to get the pizzas and ice-cream.
Where is the Newport Games Room
If you’re trying to work out where this in on the map, it’s called “The Gymnasium”.
The inside area is lovely and open, there is plenty of seating and air conditioning, it’s perfect for little kids and families. This area is even good on rainy days or evenings as you are sheltered but still have fresh air coming in.
There is also an area which serves Coffee and a few pastries and sweet treats to try. I’m not really sure which venue this is or where it’s referred to in the map or on the Newport site.
The Newport Facilities
The Newport, according to its website is wheelchair friendly. You may however find a few places where you need some assistance. The same would go for prams. On the first occasion we visited there were quite a few moms with little babies in prams.
The Newport is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday (11am – 12am).
On the weekends you can get breakfast from the Kiosk Cafe from 10am. Do take note only the Kiosk Cafe is open from 10 – 11am, the rest of the “venues” open around 11am.
The Newport without kids
If you’re looking to have a great day or evening out at The Newport sans kids – you’ll want to know the following:
- there is a courtesy shuttle bus that runs from Manly Wharf, Dee Why, Warriewood and Avalon (you can check out more information on the timetable link from the Newport website.
- the bar and bottle shops is open from 10am daily.
- If you need cash – there is an ATM on site.