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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 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 kids eat free promos or cheap kids’ meals:

1. Kids eat free at Applebee’s on select days!

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. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s offers a free kids’ meal on Tuesdays.

On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under can eat for free at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s from 4-8 PM with the purchase of one adult entrée. Contact your nearest Beef ‘O’ Brady’s to confirm the promo.

3. At Bob Evans, kids can eat for free after 4 pm on Tuesdays.

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. I called to confirm the offer with my nearest Bob Evans, but it’s always best to call your local chain or contact them via Facebook.

As a bonus, it looks like they’re running a promo during the month of June where you can get a FREE kid’s meal just by ordering in the app!

4. You can get a free treat at Bruster’s without even having to make a purchase!

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.

5. 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.

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

Every Wednesday, your little ones 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.

7. 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 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).

My nearest Chick-fil-A was unaware of the offer but said they could accommodate, and another location was aware of the promo, so just 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 Chik-fil-A location nearest you.

8. Chili’s offers free kids’ meals for rewards members.

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 Chili’s website to learn more.

9. 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. 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.

10. You can get a kids’ meal at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit with a $10 adult entrée.

dickey's barbecue pit kids eat free

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.

11. Famous Dave’s is giving out free kids’ meals on Tuesdays!

On Tuesdays at participating locations, kids ages 8 and under (OR anyone named Wilbur) 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.

12. Firehouse Subs gives out free combos for kids’ birthdays.

firehouse subs kids eat free

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

13. If you live in Texas, at Freebirds World Burrito you can get a free kids’ entrée with any adult entrée on Sundays!

In March 2020, Freebirds World Burrito extended the “kids eat free” offer from just dine-in to include delivery & pickup! And better yet, you can select a free kids’ meal all day on Sundays. This chain also has great low-carb and vegan options to accommodate different diets. 🙌

14. Fricker’s lets kids eat free any time!

Kids 10 years 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 the Fricker’s website here and scroll down to the bottom for more details.

15. 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, although one of my local IHOP locations offers it from 4-11 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Check the IHOP Facebook page for the latest news.

16. IKEA offers 50% off kids’ meals!

Grab a healthy lunch at IKEA on Wednesdays and save 50% on kids’ meals with the purchase of one adult entrée at participating locations. Visit the IKEA website for more details.

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

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

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

19. Kids eat free on Sundays at Moe’s Southwest Grill!

Moe's free kids meal with chips and a drink

On Sundays 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.

You can also score a free birthday burrito when you sign up for their rewards program. 🙌

20. You can get a free kids’ meal at O’Charley’s any day!

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

21. Old Spaghetti Factory gives free kids’ meals to club members!

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.

22. Kids eat free on Tuesday nights at Panda Express!

At participating locations, you can score a free kids’ meal with two adult entrées on Tuesday nights from 5-9 PM. Call your local Panda Express to get all the details!

23. Perkins Restaurant & Bakery gives kids a free meal on their birthday.

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.

24. Piccadilly gives out cheap & delicious kids meals on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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.

25. Score a free birthday meal at 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 the “My Account” menu.

26. Romano’s Macaroni Grill gives kids free meals on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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). Check out your local Romano’s Macaroni Grill Facebook page for details.

27. Kids 12 and under can enjoy a free meal at Ruby’s Diner

rubys diner kids meal

Every Tuesday night 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.

28. Ruby Tuesday serves up free kids’ meals after 5 PM on Tuesdays. 

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.

29. Kids eat free at select McAlister’s Deli locations on Tuesdays.

sandwiches from mcalisters deli

Kids may be able to score a free meal at McAlister’s Deli on Tuesdays from 5 to 9 PM with the purchase of one adult entrée. We were able to confirm this deal is still going on, but only at select locations. Visit the McAlister’s Deli website for more information or call your local restaurant to see if they’re participating.

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

This one looks like it’s super 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!

31. Kids get a free cookie & meal at Zaxby’s on their birthday!

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.

Select locations are also offering TWO free kids’ meals for each adult entrée, but the offer is for drive-thru customers only and we’d definitely suggest calling your nearest restaurant to confirm the deal.

All the best restaurant deals this way…

Brandi has an Associate's Degree and 5+ years of experience writing and creating online content for local businesses.

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Comments 12

  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.

  7. Sara

    McAlister’s kids meals offers seem to be limited to holidays

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Sara! We will get that updated!

  8. Mommy needs a break

    O’Charley’s gives free kids meals for every paying adult meal. All day every day. And free pie on Weds.

  9. cindyann

    At cafe Rio your children can get a free nino (small cheese quesadilla).

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