Guest Post – Dining Out with Kids

I just discovered an AWESOME new website that is super helpful for those of you with kids. Kids Meal Deals shows you what restaurants offer free meals for kids. All you do is type in your zipcode and it’ll tell you what restaurants are close to you that offer freebies. Now isn’t that cool? The creator of this awesome site, Dana Davis, agreed to do a guest post for us on tips to eating out with children. As Isaac is already starting to get a little squirmy at restaurants I was excited to hear what she had to say.

Tips for Dining Out with Children:

1. Choose a restaurant that is hosting a Kid’s Night which can be found by entering your zipcode on You will save money and be able to relax because you will be dining with other families.

2. Go out to eat early! This will help you avoid the dinner rush and prevent any child meltdowns that come close to bedtime.

3. Set behavior rules in the car on the way to the restaurant. Let your children know that dining out is a special privilege that will only happen if they behave and use proper manners.

4. If you have to wait for a table, review the menu while you wait. You can then place your order immediately after you are seated to speed up the delivery of your meals.

5. Bring along a highchair cover or disinfectant wipes to clean off highchairs and booster seats.

6. Ask your server initially for extra napkins so you are prepared in case of a spill or for messy diners.

7. Allow kids to order a special drink they don’t often have at home such as chocolate milk or lemonade for an extra treat when dining out.

8. Have a backpack in the car filled with crayons, coloring books, or magnadoodles (any quiet toys) in case the restaurant does not provide any entertainment.


  1. Amanda Kughn says:

    When my kids were younger we used to take their leapsters equipted with head phones. They were having fun and we enjoyed the quiet break!

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