Hidden in an inner suburban sanctuary, is a small café growing rapidly in popularity. Since the transformation of the Ryde Park café into The Grounds Keeper Café in July 2013, Ryde locals have been thrilled to enjoy their favourite park, while indulging in house-made savoury treats, decadent delights and renown coffee blend Gabriel.

Owner Sam Hayek is focussed on giving locals what he believes they deserve: “Ryde residents should have a place where they can enjoy quality food and coffee in a relaxed and beautiful environment. The café is perfect for families, friends, big group breakfasts or romantic lunches.”

Our Beautiful Locations are: Ryde Park, Address: 30 Argyle Ave Ryde, Inside Ryde Park; or Blacktown Showgrounds, Corner of Belmoral street and Richmond road; or Parramatta Park, Corner of George Street and Oc’onnell Street, Parramatta, George Street Gate House

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There are so many wonderful parks to explore, family friendly events to attend, playgrounds to have fun at and cafes to enjoy in and around the Parramatta district. Yet it can be difficult to find out about them.

ParraParents aims to take away this hassle and connect families with handy local information and great things to do with kids. It is an an extension of the Parramatta District Mums Facebook group – a supportive online community of close to 2,500 local mums – and incorporates the former Ryde Kids website.

Map showing City of Parramatta Council area (purple) and ParraParents main exploring zone (blue)
ParraParents was started by three local mothers, Claudia, Kellie and Melissa, who hang out each week at playgroup with their toddlers and preschoolers. They live, or grew up, in the City of Parramatta Council area and love exploring here and further afield. All three mums write about their adventures on ParraParents as they uncover cool things to do, particularly ones little known to other local parents or written about online. ParraParents also shares experiences and recommendations from other parents in the area (with their permission).
This site is provided as an information resource and community service. Claudia, Kellie and Melissa volunteer their time to share what they know in the hope that it helps other parents take advantage of all the wonderful things the Parramatta district and surrounding areas have to offer.
To help support local businesses reach local families, and cover costs, advertising is available. ParraParents also loves helping out wonderful local charities wherever possible.
We hope you enjoy travelling along this crazy parenting journey with them and look forward to this website helping you create some fond family memories.

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