Balmain’s hidden escape for kids

It’s not all pubs and cafes, Balmain has hidden appeal for the youngsters too.

One of the best-kept secrets on the Balmain Peninsula is a family-friendly not-for-profit centre for young kids – that’s according to BresicWhitney director Adrian Oddi.

Adrian recently became a proud sponsor of the Little Nicholson Street Play Centre, a space for children aged 0-5 and their parents and carers. 

‘Little Nichs’ or ‘Balmain’s Biggest backyard’ as its affectionally called, offers all the facilities of a playground/playgroup/daycare centre but unlike other play centres, it self operates, with members letting themselves in and out.

“There is nothing like it in all of Sydney as far as I know”, Adrian says.

“Being so different to an open playground or the park, you can take younger kids there and let them entertain themselves, socialising together in an enclosed and safe space.

“It’s become my first choice for somewhere to take my youngsters, and a great escape for me too.”

LNSP began as local play centre over 40 years ago, and although members no longer collect a key from under a neighbours mat, the charm of the centre has remained.

President of the Volunteer Committee Kerrie Fergusson says this community spirit ensures Little Nichs has a special place in the hearts of local families.

“It’s a place where parents/carers can take a breath, socialise and strengthen their community bonds and support networks,” Kerrie says. “And the kids love it from the fully-equipped playroom to the art cottage, sandpit, bikes, swings, play equipment and fenced toddler area – so much to do and many friendships to be made.”

“The key thing is, we are member run and rely on the support of the local community for larger investments and upgrades. We can’t thank Adrian Oddi from BresicWhitney enough for sponsoring the much needed upgrade to our playroom. After extended Covid closures the assistance really helped and has put many, many smiles on many little faces.”

Little Nicholson Street Play Centre is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Memberships can be purchased online at with a day pass costing $10.

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