Sometimes parents don’t have time to whip together a great meal for the family. And when you take a whole crew out to eat, it can burn your budget. So we looked for restaurants that offer deals and freebies on their kids’ menus. Many of them have age limits, and not all restaurants participate in the deal. We can’t stress enough that it is important to call ahead and ask your local restaurant if they offer these deals. And come closer so we can whisper this into your ear : many local and chain restaurants have free or discounted kids’ meals and don’t advertise them. You must ask your server if they are offering a promotion. Check out our Living on the Cheap network sites for other deals near you.
Applebee’s: Every Applebee’s restaurant sets its own rules when it comes to this deal, so as always call your local Applebee’s to ask about deals on kids meals. Some stores offer free meals with purchase of an adult entree, special menus for kids, or other deals.
Bennigan’s: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree on a select day of the week. Valid at participating locations only, and the day of week could vary by location. Call your local Bennigan’s first and ask about their policy.
Back Yard Burgers: Kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult combo meal. The offer is good only for specific items on the kids menu. Good only at participating locations.
Bob Evans: Kids eat free on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal.
Carrows: Receive two free kids’ meals with the purchase of one regular adult entree. The offer is good only on Tuesdays, 11 am to close. Kids must be 10 years of age or younger.
Chick-fil-A: Not every Chick-fil-A restaurant offers this deal, so call ahead. Many restaurants offer a “kids eat free on Tuesdays” deal between 5:30-7:30 p.m. with the purchase of an adult combo meal. However, some locations may charge a small fee for the meal.
Denny’s: The Denny’s site states that Kids Eat Free Days may vary by location. Many restaurants offer the deal on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 10 pm, and some offer the same deal on Saturdays. The offer is valid for two free kids entrees from the kids’ menu with the purchase of an adult entree for $6 or more. Offer is for dine-in only.
Firehouse Subs: Kids eat free all day on one day of the week – the day may vary form restaurant to restaurant, so always call ahead. Many offer a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult meal.
Fuddruckers: On Mondays between 4 pm to close, kids can eat for $1.99. The offer is good with an adult purchase, and only at participating locations.
Golden Corral: Kids three years of age or younger eat free every night of the week.
Holiday Inn: Holiday Inn guests can eat at the on-site restaurant, and up to four kids ages 12 and under can eat free any time of the day.
Hooters: Many Hooters businesses offer free meals to kids on Sundays from 11 am to 11 pm.
IKEA: Free baby food for every adult meal at the food court on Tuesdays. There are also some specials throughout the year.
Wendy’s : For a limited time, kids’ meals are just $1.99 every day after 4 pm. Choose from several options.