Mermaid Beach Surf Club
173 Hedges Avenue
Gold Coast QLD
T: (07)5575 3211
Child Friendly Snapshot:
Pram access? Yes, but could be tricky with the stairs at the entrance - would need two adults.
Kids' menu? Yes
Play area? Fantastic indoor play area
Activities at the table? Yes
Room for kids to move around? Yes
Child friendly atmosphere? Yes
Prices? Very reasonable - cheaper than standard club prices
I am hesitant to share this one, because it seems to be a locals' secret on the GC. But it was so good for family dining, I feel compelled to let everyone know. Great food, excellent kids facilities and very reasonable prices, plus mid week deals apply where kids eat free (phone ahead to confirm). This place was so child friendly that we went there twice over our recent holiday.
The first night I ordered garlic prawns with rice and Mike had rump steak. Our meals were huge and very impressive for club food. The kids had chicken nuggets, but the kids' meals were massive, and included a drink and ice cream. So the second time we went, we only ordered two kids meals and divided them up between the four children, then ordered the extra drinks and desserts. This was more than enough. I ordered the sand crab lasagne on the second visit. It was nice, but no where near the standard of the garlic prawns.
The kids could not wait to get into the indoor play area. We organised to have a table right outside the play room, which has glass walls so you can see what's going on. The play area includes climbing equipment and tunnels, as well as computer games etc. We were there relatively early so it was not busy, but it did get marginally busy around about the 7pm mark. We were able to sit at our table, keep an eye on the kids and watch the Qld Reds game on the big screen. Happy days!!
We also purchased a Little Nippers pack which includes colouring in and activities, that the kids can do at the table or take home. Our four littlies loved this, and it kept them a little bit busy when we had rainy weather the next day!!
I have to say that Mermaid is a fantastic child friendly, family holiday - affordable self contained accommodation of excellent standard (great deals at the moment!!), the beach was not crowded, Putt Putt Golf is around the corner, great parks, the local cafe Gov's, does nice coffee and has a fantastic play area (see past blog http://isitchildfriendly.blogspot.com/2010/09/govs-espresso-and-collectables-2457.html ) and Mermaid Surf Club offers a great kid friendly dinner option.
I would highly recommend Mermaid Surf Club, especially at the moment with the cooler weather. We were able to dine and relax whilst the kids played in an indoor, warm and safe environment. Great family dining, that the whole family enjoyed!!