There are days when you are exhausted to the bone by 5pm, and the idea of starting to cook dinner sounds horrible. On those days, we love having the ability to go out to dinner and let someone else do the work for us. But the high cost of feeding a family of four at a restaurant can really drill a hole in your budget. Let’s be honest, the days of $1.99 kids meals are long gone. We usually end up spending at least $5.99/a kid’s meal, and that’s on a lucky day. That’s why we LOVE restaurants that offer Kids Eat Free days!
This past weekend we celebrated my husband’s birthday, as well as mine. I knew I didn’t want to cook dinner on my birthday! I wanted the night off. We try to eat at home most nights, but sometimes you just need to get out of the house and let someone else do all the work for you! So instead of going to a restaurant and spending $50+ plus a tip for our family of four, I researched the restaurants in our area with a kids eat free night going on.
With our tip and military discount, our bill only ended up coming to $27.56. It was easier to enjoy that meal without thinking about the insurmountable guilt I would have ultimately felt the next day if we had spent more.
So here is a list of Kids Eat Free restaurants for you to peruse! I hope it helps make your dining expenses more affordable, as well.
*Remember, you should always check to make sure your restaurant location participates in the Kids Eat Free days as some locations don’t! Most of these restaurants require the purchase of an adult meal in order to get the free kid’s meal.
Applebee’s: Participating locations choose which day of the week they offer free kid’s meals.
Bennigan’s: Tuesdays after 4:00PM
Bob Evans: Tuesdays after 4:00PM
Buffalo Wild Wings: On Wednesdays, kids meals are only $1.99.
Chik-Fil-A: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30PM
Cici’s Pizza: Daily, kids 3 and under eat free
Cody’s Original Roadhouse: Tuesdays, two kids eat free for each paying adult.
Culver’s: Kids 12 and under can get a free frozen custard with the purchase of a meal every day of the week.
Dennys: Tuesdays from 4:00-10:00PM
Dickey’s BBQ Pit: Sundays
Firehouse Subs: Wednesdays
Fuddrucker’s: Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:00-9:00PM, kids eat for .99
Golden Corral: Mondays from 5:00-9:00PM
IHOP: Daily from 4:00-10:00PM
Jason’s Deli: Wednesdays
Lone Star Steakhouse: On Tuesdays you can get two free kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult meal.
Moe’s: Each location chooses which day it offers a kids-eat-free deal.
Piccadilly: Kids under the age of 6 eat free on Fridays.
Pizza Hut: Tuesdays
Qdoba Mexican Grill: Sundays and Wednesdays.
Red Robin: Mondays
Ruby Tuesday: Tuesdays from 5:00PM-Close
Shoneys: Kids under the age of 4 eat free on Fridays.
Steak N Shake: Free kids meal with every $9 purchase on Saturdays and Sundays
TGI Friday: Tuesdays
UNO Chicago Grill: Tuesdays
White Castle: Sundays from 4:00-8:00PM.