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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:

Bob Evans kids eat free pig pancake

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

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.

Chick-fil-A Kids eat free

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

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 Denny’s 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.

IHOP kids meal

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

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 up to 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 on Mondays — 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 a $10 food item (limit 2 per table).

dad pouring syrup on kids pancakes

Kids may eat free at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

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 and may be limited to select days of the week, 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 on Tuesday night with an adult buffet purchase.

Your kiddo can enjoy a free buffet on Tuesday night along with the purchase of an adult buffet at most Pizza Ranch locations.

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 Steak n’ Shake locations offering free kids’ meals any day, and others only offering this deal only on select days. We were able to confirm with our location 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.

Steak n’ Shake also has a rewards program that gets you a free milkshake just for signing up!

Kids eat free at the Village Inn on Tuesdays.

Every Tuesday, kids eat free at The Village Inn with the purchase of an adult entrée!

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About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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  1. Julie Dayhuff

    You can get up to 3 kids meals (including drinks and unlimited bread sticks) at Fazolio’s for $1.99 with every adult meal purchased on Tuesday.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Sure appreciate you letting us know about another freebie, Julie! ❤️

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