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Taking the Kids Out to Eat for Less

Taking the Kids Out to Eat for Less
Susan Smith

Dining out with kids can get expensive. Luckily, there are several ways to feed your family without breaking the bank. Get your kids what they really want to eat with this handy list of places that offer free or reduced kid’s meals. Be sure to call your local restaurant before assuming that the deal is active; some deals are location based, while others may be on a different night than listed here. Most deals also require the purchase of an adult meal and some restaurants limit the number of kids’ meal per adult entree purchased, so check the fine print.

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Cici’s Pizza – Cici’s pizza offers a lunch buffet daily where kids under 3 can partake for free.  Some locations also let older kids can eat for free on certain night, so be sure to check the Cici’s nearest you.

Denny’s – Kids 10 and under receive a free kid’s meal from 4 pm to 10 pm, but the night varies based on location.

IHOP – Kids 12 and under eat for free from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Shoney’s – Kids 4 and under can eat for free.

Pizza Hut – The lunch buffet offers kids 3 and under a chance to eat for free. Some locations may include the dinner buffet as well.


Fuddruckers – Kids meals (with a drink) are available for $.99 on Mondays from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Golden Corral – From 5 pm to 9 pm on Mondays, kids 10 and under can eat for free.  Kids 3 and under eat free every day!

Moe’s Southwest Grill – Kids can eat for free on 5418474493_779892f630_zMondays.

Quaker Steak and Lube – Bring the kids down to Quaker Steak and Lube from 5 pm to 10 pm on Mondays. Kids receive a free kids meal, plus free video games.


Texas Roadhouse – Kids 12 and under eat for free on Tuesdays.

Bennigan’s – Purchase an adult entree and get a kid’s meal for free.

Friendly’s – Tuesdays are free kid’s meal day. Big Kid meals are offered at a reduced price. Some locations participate in the $1.99 meals on Wednesday deal (listed below) instead.

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery – Head over to your local Perkins location on Tuesdays for free kid’s food. The menu includes items for all tastes including breakfast choices.

Ponderosa Steakhouse – Kids can grab a free meal from 4 pm until closing time on Tuesdays.


Buffalo Wild Wings – From 5 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, bring the family on down for $1.99 kids’ meals. They have more choices than just wings for kids 12 and under, including burgers, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, and corn dogs..

Firehouse Subs – Kids  12 and under eat free from 4 pm to 9 pm. Meals also come with a fireman’s hat!5368456285_c4bd7067a5_z

Rainforest Cafe –Kids’ meals are $1.99 on Wednesday nights.

Some Friendly’s locations participate in $1.99 kids’ meals on Wednesdays. Call ahead to check before heading out.


Marie Callender’s – Get one free kids’ meal on Saturdays.

Steak n’ Shake – Get a  free kids’ meal on Saturdays with the purchase of an adult entree costing $9 or more. This deal does not apply to take out orders and does not include drinks.


Hooters – Free kids’ meals are offered all day on Sunday.

Souper! Salad! – Kids 4 and under eat for free on Sundays, while kids 5-12 can eat for $2.49.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe – On Sundays, kids can eat for free at any time. They do have food too, such as sandwiches, wraps and quesadillas.

This list only touches the surface of the deals that are available. More restaurants offer a similar deal, so check your local establishments to plan out which nights work best for your family members. Visit your favorite restaurant's website for printable coupons or to sign up for their emails list. Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, local newspapers and coupon inserts may contain more great ways to dine out with your whole family. Take a much needed break from the kitchen and spend some quality time with your family instead!


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