Ooooh the mall food courts are awful, I don't like them at all lol
If you are based in Hawker, the nearest Southern Cross Club to you is in Jamison. It doesn't have a good indoor play area like the one in Woden but it is child friendly and the food is very reasonable. Also, there are the West Belconnen Leagues Club (with indoor play area) and Magpies (haven't been yet so not sure on facilities) both at Kippax which are child friendly. There is also a Belconnen Soccer Club at Hawker shops which I imagine would be child friendly, although I haven't been myself. I'd definitely be investigating that if you want somewhere local. There are a number of other clubs around Belconnen too.
A fair amount of the restaurants around are child friendly too, maybe not so much the fine dining ones in the city, but there are certainly places out there. Chinese Inn at Kippax is one we've eaten out at with the kids for instance, although I tend to favour the clubs at the moment for mine, as the play areas keep them occupied for longer.
It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins - Chinese proverb
Well we did it and finally went for a meal at Woden Southern Cross, it was nice not to be in a food court or Nando's, although I did get the chicken!
Play area was good for the little one, not massive but at least something! The food was decent, priced reasonably, portions were great and cooked to order. Will definitely go again, but would say that it isn't a 4* restaurant so don't expect fine dining!