Dining out with kids can be a challenge — between researching places, checking menus for dishes your kids will eat, getting everyone in the car and managing manners, it can feel like running a gauntlet to treat the family to a restaurant meal. Then there’s the cost.
Especially for a larger family, places where kids eat for free or for significantly less than parents can be the difference between going out and staying home to cook. If you’re looking to stretch your family dine-out dollar, the following eateries will help with their free or low-cost kid meal deals.
Many other restaurants offer separate kids meal items at fraction of the cost of adult entrees. Always ask if your dine-out has a kid menu, lower-price half sizes for younger kids or other options. Do you know of a place where kids eat for free or at a steep discount? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While not as good as free, Agave (winner of the Diner’s Choice Award 2017) does offer a great deal just the same. On Sundays, kids eat for $4.99 all day! Locations include Redmond and Kent.
Every Applebee’s restaurant sets its own rules when it comes to this deal, so call your local Applebee’s to ask about kids meal discounts. Some stores let kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée or offer special menus for kids. Renton, Tukwila, Bellevue, Lynnwood, Bothell, Auburn, Federal Way, Covington.
At Woodinville’s Big Fish Grill, kids (age 12 and under) get a free meal with the purchase of an adult entree from the regular menu. Each kids’ meal comes with milk, juice, or soda, and fresh fruit that can be substituted for fries. Not available for take-out orders or during Happy Hour.
Head to one of the Wallingford neighborhood’s favorite eateries on Saturdays. That’s when kids (age 12 and under) eat free from the kid’s menu between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Blue Star Cafe. Limited to two kids’ entrees for each adult entree purchased. One meal per child.
Kids eat free at many Denny’s with adult entrée purchase of $6 or more. Days and participation vary by location and some restrictions may apply. Offer is for dine-in only. Call your local restaurant to confirm their schedule. Locations in Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Auburn, Kent, Tacoma, Poulsbo, Everett and other Puget Sound cities.
It’s Sunday Funday at this barbecue heaven. Kids (age 12 and under) receive a free kids meal with a minimum order of $12 or more in store or by using the code KEFOLO online. Locations include Everett, Bellevue, Bremerton, Gig Harbor, Kent, Port Orchard, Tacoma, Issaquah, Bonney Lake and Puyallup.
On Mondays, kids eat free all day with their paying folks at Farrellie’s. Kids’ meals include carrots, a breadstick, cookie and beverage. Locations include Lacey, DuPont, Sumner, Tacoma, Maple Valley, Puyallup, Silverdale, Yelm and Ruston. Stores soon opening in Silverdale and Lacey.
America’s popular pancake eatery on East Madison offers a free kid meal with purchase of an adult entree and drink every day after 4 p.m. Other IHOP locations may offer the same deal so call head to ask.
Need to make a run to Ikea? Through August 2023, IKEA Family members can get up to two kids’ Mac & Cheese meals for free with any adult entrée purchase. Valid Monday through Friday through August. Meals are for children 12 and under only.
Kids don’t eat for free but they sure eat for cheap at Luna Park Cafe (named after the old amusement park that used to run in West Seattle). Micky Mouse pancakes start at $3.99 and kids dishes top out at $6.49. Do not miss the milkshakes.
Kids meals are half the price of adult entrées every day at Lunchbox Laboratory. $7.95 kids’ meals come with a choice of milk or soda and fries and kids can choose from a cheeseburger and fries, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, or corn dogs with tater tots. Locations include South Lake Union, Redmond, and Bellevue.
Located in Lacey and Yelm, Mayan Family Mexican offers $1.95 taco meals served with rice and beans all day on Sunday and Tuesday with the purchase of an adult meal.
Select locations of this family favorite restaurant chain are offering 50% off kids meals. Red Robin id’s meals include an entrée, side dish, and drink. When you dine-in, it includes unlimited free refills of sides and drinks. Or order online using promo code: KIDSMEAL50. Locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Bothell, Des Moines, Redmond, Tukwila, Renton, Lynnwood, Auburn, Federal Way, Covington, Kent, Everett, Woodinville, Tacoma, Monroe, Puyallup.
It’s a popular spot in Seattle’s Sandpoint neighborhood for a reason: All day on Sundays at Sand Point Grill up to two kids (age 12 and under) will be able to eat free with the purchase of one adult entree. Meals for children come with fresh fruit and veggies.
All day Sunday kids eat for $1.99 at The Ram with the purchase of an adult entrée. Issaquah, Kent, Lacey, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Marysville, Puyallup and Tacoma. Call your location to make sure they are offering the Sunday deal.
Head to Trappers for Kids Eat Free Sundays – that’s when children 10 & younger may order one item for free off the kid’s menu with the purchase of a soda or juice box. Dine-in only. Locations include Bonney Lake, Covington, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Lacey, North Bend, Parkland, Puyallup, Silverdale, Tacoma, and Tukwila.
On Mondays family’s get one free kid meal (burger or sandwich) at Whistle Stop, with an adult purchase of a meal. Ages 12 & under. Located in Renton.
At certain times of the year, kids receive one free kid’s meal for every adult entree purchased — and, psst! There are specials on beer for the parents. Locations in Greenwood, Kirkland and Pier 56. Check the Wing Dome location near year to see if the kids’ meal deal is being offered.
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