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Here’s where kids eat free at national restaurant chains across the country!

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Tired parents, rejoice… kids eat FREE at these restaurants! 

Dining out at restaurants can get expensive really fast when you have growing kids at home. But, with a little research and planning (don’t worry – we’re here to help!), kids can eat free or for super cheap while parents enjoy a break from meal planning, cooking, and cleaning up. 🙌🏻 It’s a win-win for everyone!

Because we love saving you money, check out the following restaurants that offer free or discounted kids’ meals so that you can enjoy eating out as a family without worrying about the bill. Keep in mind that many restaurants may actually have unadvertised specials for kids, so don’t hesitate to ask!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to call the restaurant where you plan to dine to verify details before packing up the kiddos and making a special trip. These promotions may vary significantly by region and franchise.


Restaurants that offer kids eat free promos or cheap kids’ meals:

At Bob Evans, kids can eat for free on Tuesdays.

Bob Evans kids eat free pig pancake

Every Tuesday, kids can eat free at Bob Evans restaurants with an order of $15 or more via the app. Note that there’s a limit of one offer per customer.


You can potentially score TWO kids’ meals on the house at Captain D’s.

Participating locations may offer up to two free kids’ meals for each adult entree purchase at regular price (for kids ages 12 and under), valid for dine-in only. Contact your local restaurant to verify participation.


Chevy’s Fresh Mex offers $1 kids’ meals on Wednesdays.

Every Wednesday, children 12 and under can get a kids’ meal for just $1 with the purchase of an adult entrée. Plus, kids can get their own tortilla dough ball to play with to keep antsy diners entertained. What’s more, they can also take home an avocado pit to grow their own avocado tree! Head on over to Chevy’s Fresh Mex website for more details.


You may be able to get a free (or 99¢) kids’ meal at Chick-fil-A on Tuesdays.

Chick-fil-A Kids eat free

Kids can eat free at select Chick-fil-A locations on Tuesdays between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm with the purchase of an adult combo meal (note that some locations may charge $0.99).

Our nearest Chick-fil-A was unaware of the offer but said they could accommodate it, and another location was aware of the promo, so just be sure to contact your local restaurant for details, as the day, time, and participation may vary by location. Find the closest Chick-fil-A location nearest you!


Chili’s offers free kids’ meals for reward members.

My Chili’s Rewards members can receive free kids’ meal rewards offers that can be redeemed in-restaurant or online. Check out Chili’s website to learn more.


Kids can get a free meal at Denny’s on Tuesday evenings. 

On Tuesdays from 4 PM to 10 PM (may vary by location), kids can eat free with an adult entrée purchase at participating locations. At select Denny’s locations, kids can eat free every night of the week!

This offer is valid at participating restaurants for up to two free entrées from the kids’ menu per one adult entrée purchase of $6 or more. Head on over to Denny’s website or call your local location for more details.


Famous Dave’s gives out free kids’ meals on Tuesdays.

On Tuesdays at participating locations, kids can get a free Lil’ Wilbur Meal with the purchase of an adult entrée, valid for dine-in only. Check out Famous Dave’s website for more details.


At Freebirds World Burrito, kids can get a free entrée with any adult entrée on Sundays!

Your child can select a free kids’ meal on Sundays at Freebirds. If ordering online, use code KIDSEATFREE. This chain also has great low-carb and vegan options to accommodate different diets, too! 🙌


Fricker’s lets kids eat free anytime!

Kids 10 years old and younger can eat free all day, every day with the purchase of one adult entrée and child beverage, valid for dine-in only. Visit Fricker’s website here for more details.


Kids eat free on Mondays & Tuesdays at Huddle House.

At Huddle House, you can get one free kid’s meal with every adult entrée purchase of $6 or more. This offer is valid on Mondays and Tuesdays for dine-in only.


You may score a free kids’ meal any night at IHOP.

IHOP kids meal

IHOP has a “kids eat free” promotion where kids 12 and under can enjoy a free dinner with the purchase of an adult entrée. This offer may vary by location, but it’s usually valid any day from 4 PM to 10 PM. Select IHOP restaurants may have designated days when this offer applies.

Check the IHOP Facebook page for the latest news.


IKEA offers 50% off kids’ meals!

On Wednesdays at IKEA, you can get two kid’s entrees free with the purchase of an adult entrée! Visit the IKEA website for more details.


Kids eat free at Luby’s on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

At participating Luby’s locations, kids ages 10 and under can get one free kids’ meal per adult meal purchased on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Kids’ meals include one entrée, two sides, Jell-O, and drink, or a Three-Veggie Plate, Jell-O, and drink. Check out Luby’s website for more details.


Marie Callender’s has free kids’ meals on Tuesdays.

At Marie Callender’s, you can get one free kids’ meal for children 12 and under with each adult entree purchased on Tuesdays. This offer varies by location, with some restaurants offering free kids’ meals on Saturdays, too!


MCL Restaurant and Bakery gives up to two free kids’ meals.

MCL Restaurant and Bakery offers free kids’ meals all day Monday — up to two kids’ meals for each adult meal purchased! Check out the MCL website for more information.


Kids eat free every Tuesday at Miller’s Ale House.

At Miller’s Ale House, kids eat free all day, every Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entree.


Kids may eat free at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

dad pouring syrup on kids pancakes

If you have kiddos 12 or younger, they may be able to eat free from the kids’ menu with the purchase of an adult entrée at Perkins. This promotion varies by location, so be sure to call in advance to confirm.


Piccadilly gives out cheap & delicious kids’ meals on Thursdays.

Kids 12 and under can eat for just $1.99 all day on Thursdays at participating Piccadilly locations. Kids’ meals include your choice of entrée, like Chicken Tenders, Fried Fish, or Small Chopped Beef – plus two sides, kids’ drink, and dessert (limit two kids’ meals per adult meal purchase). Visit the Piccadilly website for details.


Kids eat free at Pizza Ranch with an adult buffet purchase.

Although each location is different, as a general rule, your kiddo can enjoy a free buffet along with the purchase of an adult buffet at Pizza Ranch.


The first Wednesday of every month is Kid’s Night at select Red Robins.

From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, kids eat free at select Red Robin restaurants! Get a free Kids Meal and Kids Sundae for each adult item purchased (Gourmet Burger, Entrée, Entrée Salad, Sandwich, or Wrap), and free tabletop games, too!

If your location doesn’t host a Kids Nights, all Red Robin restaurants offer 50% off Kids’ Meals every Wednesday, both in-restaurant or online with promo code KIDSMEAL50.


Ruby Tuesday serves up free kids’ meals two days per week. 

Every Tuesday after 5:00 p.m. and all day Friday, kids can eat free at participating Ruby Tuesday locations. This offer is valid for dine-in with the purchase of an adult entrée (limit one). Visit the Ruby Tuesday Facebook page for more details.


Kids eat free every Wednesday at select Smashburger locations.

Children 12 and under get a free kids’ meal on Wednesdays when you buy one adult entree, side, and drink. This offer is available at these Smashburger locations only.


Steak ‘n Shake gives free kids’ meals at select locations.

This one looks like it’s location-specific, with some offering free kids’ meals any day & others only offering on select days. I was able to confirm with my nearest Steak ‘n Shake that they do offer a free kids’ meal with every $9 spent, but only on Saturdays. It’s best to check with your local restaurant to confirm the promo.

Kids’ Plates, which are served with a choice of fries or applesauce, include the Original Steakburger, Mini Corn Dogs, Macaroni & Cheese Steakburger Minis, Hot Dog, Grilled Cheese, or Chicken Fingers.

Also, Steak n’ Shake does have a pretty cool rewards program, and you get a free milkshake just for signing up!


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About the writer:

Cara has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern State University, with a background in writing about food, culture, and beauty.


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