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Tired parents, rejoice!

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 and mom can 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 you plan to dine at to verify details before packing up the kiddos and making a special trip as these promotions may vary greatly by region and franchise.


Restaurants that offer free or cheap kids meals:

1. Applebee’s

Kids can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée on a select day of the week at participating locations. The day of the week will vary by location, so be sure to follow your local Applebee’s on Facebook or call your local restaurant before heading over there.


2. Bob Evans

Bob Evans kids eat free pig pancake

Every Tuesday, kids can eat free at Bob Evans restaurants after 4 PM with the purchase of an adult entrée. Visit the Bob Evans website for more details.


3. Bruster’s

Ice cream for dinner? Yes, please! At Bruster’s, kids up to 40 inches tall (that’s almost 3.5 feet) can get a free Baby Cone – no purchase required. There are more than 200 locations, so check out the Bruster’s website to find one closest to you.


4. 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.


5. Chevy’s Fresh Mex

Every Wednesday, kids 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, and they can also take home an avocado pit to grow their own avocado tree! Head on over to the Chevy’s Fresh Mex website for more details.


6. Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A Kids eat free

Kids can eat free at select locations on Tuesdays between 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM with the purchase of an adult combo meal (note that some locations may charge $0.99). Be sure to contact your local restaurant for details as the day and promotional participation may vary by location. Go here to find the closest location nearest you.


7. Chili’s

Chili's storefront

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


8. Denny’s

On Tuesdays from 4 PM to 10 PM (may vary by location), kids can eat free with an adult entrée purchase at participating locations. This offer is valid at participating restaurants for up to two free kids’ 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.


9. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey's BBQ pit sandwich

Every Sunday, get one free kids’ meal (for children 12 and under) per $10 paid adult meal, valid for dine-in only. This offer is not valid with other offers or promotions. Visit the Dickey’s website for more details.


10. Famous Dave’s

On Tuesdays at participating locations, kids ages 8 and under (OR anyone named Wilbur) can get a free Lil’ Wilbur Meal with purchase of an adult entrée, valid for dine-in only Check out Famous Dave’s website for more details.


11. Firehouse Subs

Have a kiddo celebrating a birthday? Go here and sign up your kids for a Free Kids’ Combo with purchase of a Medium or Large Sub, Chips and Drink! Or, you can also get a Free Medium Sub with purchase of an additional Medium or Large Sub, Chips and Drink.


12. Fricker’s

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


13. IHOP

IHOP kids meal

IHOP currently has a “kids eat free” promotion where kids 12 and under can enjoy a free dinner with the purchase of an adult entrée (details found on the IHOP homepage).

This offer may vary by location, but it’s usually valid every night of the week, from 4 PM to 10 PM. Check the IHOP Facebook page for the latest news.


14. IKEA

On Tuesdays, get up to TWO free kids meals for kids 12 and under (regularly $2.49 each) with the purchase of one adult entree at participating locations. Visit the IKEA website here for more details.


15. Luby’s

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 Three-Veggie Plate, Jello, and drink. Check out the Luby’s website for more details.


16. Marie Callender’s

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, get one free kids’ meal (excluding drink) with each adult entrée purchased for dine-in only, valid at participating locations. Visit the Marie Callender’s website for more details.


17. Moe’s Southwest Grill

Moe's free kids meal with chips and a drink

On various days at select locations, kids can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée (limit one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased). Be sure to follow your local Moe’s on Facebook to see participating times and locations.

Choose from Power Wagon (hard or soft taco), Mini Masterpiece (cheese quesadilla), or Moo Moo Mr. Cow (burrito). Each kids’ meal includes a cookie, beverage, plus free chips and salsa.


18. O’Charley’s

Participating O’Charley’s restaurants give kids 10 and under a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entree—all day, every day. Contact your local O’Charley’s restaurant for more details.


19. Old Spaghetti Factory

Join The Old Spaghetti Factory Birthday Club, and kids 12 and under will receive a free kids meal on their birthday and a free treat on their half-birthday! Find a location nearest you.


20. Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

dad pouring syrup on kids pancakes

If you have kiddos 12 or younger, sign them up for the Perkins Kids Birthday Club, and they’ll get a coupon for a free kids meal during the week of their birthday.


21. Piccadilly

Kids 12 and under can eat for just $1.99 all day on Thursdays and 11 AM-4 PM on Saturdays 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.


22. Red Robin

Whenever you join Red Robin Royalty, kids will get a FREE burger or entrée during their birthday month. Sign them up in the kids and teen club by logging in to your Red Robin Royalty account and select Teen/Kids Club from My Account menu.


23. Romano’s Macaroni Grill

All day on Mondays and Tuesdays, kids ages 12 and under can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée (excludes 3-course lunch and Romano’s Kitchen Counter Express Lunch or Dinner). Go here or check out your local Romano’s Macaroni Grill Facebook page for details.


24. Ruby’s Diner

rubys-diner-kids-meal

Every Tuesday night for from 4 PM until close, kids ages 12 and under can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée, valid at participating locations only. Limit one free kids’ meal per adult entrée purchase. Visit the Ruby’s Diner website for more details.


25. Ruby Tuesday

Every Tuesday from 5 PM to close, kids can eat free at participating Ruby Tuesday locations with the purchase of an adult entrée (limit one). Visit the Ruby Tuesday website for more details.


26. Ryan’s (&HomeTown Buffet or Old Country Buffet)

ryans-hometown-buffet-kids

Kids ages 4-11 can eat at Ryan’s for only $1.99 on Thursdays from 4 PM to close (up to 2 children per regular-priced adult or senior buffet purchased).

They’ll also get to enjoy treats like cotton candy, soft-serve ice cream, and more. Visit Ryan’s website, the HomeTown Buffet site, or Old Country Buffet site for all the details.


27. Steak ‘n Shake

Kids can eat free at Steak ‘n Shake any time on any day of the week with a qualifying purchase at participating locations across the country. There is a limit of one free kids’ plate to children 12 and under for every $9 spent, valid for dine-in only. Visit the Steak ‘n Shake site for more details.

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.


28. Zaxby’s

boy and mom holding hands by Zaxby's

Whenever you register for the Zax Kidz Club by mail, your child will receive a free Cookie Card for joining and a free Kidz Meal Card on their birthday. Kids must be 10 years of age and under to join.


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Comments 8

  1. Jana Cope

    Kids eat free (2 kids meals per one adult meal) at McAlister’s Deli on Tuesdays from 5-9 and Half price Tea (free refills) everyday from 2-5. Order tea before 5 then order meals after 5. HUGE savings!! All that I’ve been to have Tuesdays nights, kids eat free, but some have other nights as well. For example, another location in our city has Tuesday nights and Sunday nights. 🙂 Also, you usually get a survey on your receipt for $2 off your next meal purchase. I keep the receipt surveys and if my family of 4 (2 kids) hit this at the right time we can all eat for around $12, tea included! 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us! Good to know!

    • Annie

      Thabk for you this tip!

  2. Allison

    Love this list! Our Firehouse Subs locally does free kids meals on the weekends. Some of them are on Saturday and some of them are on Sunday. And our local Chick-fil-A is owned by stingy people so they don’t give anything away for free if they can help it.

  3. grace

    Steak n shake is only on the weekends according to their website

  4. heiAt

    Slims chicken also does the kids eat free with an adult entree on sundays,!

  5. Tess

    Panda Express every Tuesday kid meal is free with a purchase of adult entree, dine in only.

  6. Kristina

    The restaurant at Bass Pro Shop has a free kids meal with an adult meal. It’s everyday in December.

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