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49 Kids Eat Free Restaurants: How to Find Free Kid Meals in 2024

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I want every restaurant to say those three little words to me: Kids. Eat. Free. Restaurants that offer these weekly events will forever have my gratitude. Yes, we rounded up every single place that kids eat 100% free in 2024 — no ifs, ands, or buts about it, but we also included some kids eat free restaurants where the meals are “almost free” and detailed those below.

From kids eat free at Red Robin to kids eat free at Chick-fil-A, we found all the deals happening now so you can find cheap meals for the whole family. Don’t forget to check out our constantly updated food promo codes and food deals for all the budget-friendly eats we can find. Since convenience is queen during busy weeknights, here’s a handy guide to all the kids eat free restaurants every day of the week in 2024.

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Kids Eat Free Every Day

people eating pizza at Cici's

Doesn’t matter what day of the week it is — these restaurants offer kids eat free options all week long.

Cicis Pizza: Some locations let children under 3 eat free, while others charge $1 (this doesn’t include a soft drink) for kids 3 and under every day.

Fricker’s: Children 10 and under get a free meal from the Lil’ Fricker’s menu with the purchase of one kids’ beverage and one adult meal. Fricker’s has locations across Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, and this offer is available for dine-in only at participating restaurants.

Golden Corral: Kids 3 and under always eat free at Golden Corral with one adult buffet purchase. Note that for every adult buffet purchased, it’s a two free buffet maximum for children 3 and under.

Holiday Inn: Kids of registered hotel guests eat free when ordering a meal at the hotel’s dine-in restaurant. To get the offer, the child must be accompanied by an adult who’s registered as a hotel guest and the adult must order a main course from the full-priced menu. This offer is limited to up to four children per dining family, per meal, or up to two children per parent, per meal. Be aware that it’s not valid for room service or on rooms booked with group/discounted rates.

Mr. Gatti’s Pizza: Children under 3 always eat free with an adult buffet purchase at this pizza arcade.

The Melting Pot: Thanks to the fondue restaurant’s Great Grades Club, children 12 and under can bring in their excellent report card and get a free kids’ entree with purchase of an adult entree. (This offer cannot be combined with other promotions and participation varies by location). This is just one of many good report card freebies!

Tucanos Brazilian Grill: Kids ages 6 and under eat free every day with a paying adult.

All the Places that Kids Eat Free on Sundays

young child eating chips and queso at moes southwest grill

Arriba Mexican Grill: This popular Arizona eatery offers a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entree. FYI, this deal cannot be used with other coupons or offers.

Blue Mesa Grill: If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and are craving Tex-Mex, children 5 and under eat free at Blue Mesa Grill’s weekly brunch buffet. Dine-in only; no doggie bags!

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Children under 12 get a free kids’ meal with the purchase of one adult meal. What makes this even sweeter is that Dickey’s offers free ice cream for kids, too. (Participation may vary depending on each individual store operator, so be sure and call your local Dickey’s to confirm that it’s offering this promo).

Freebirds World Burrito: Enjoy a free kids meal when you purchase one adult entrée. There’s no promo code needed for in-store orders, but you can redeem this deal for online orders using the code KIDSEATFREE. Note that there’s a maximum of two free kids meals per online order.

Moe’s Southwest Grill: Buy one adult meal and get one free kids’ meal for guests under 12.

Related: Every Kids’ Reward You Can Redeem With a Good Report Card

All the Places that Kids Eat Free on Mondays

Cody’s Original Roadhouse: With every adult entree purchased, one child (aged 10 or under) eats free at this popular Florida restaurant that’s known for its steaks and ribs. On top of that, every adult entree comes with bottomless salad.

Huddle House: With locations in over 21 states, this rapidly-growing restaurant chain offers a very generous Kids Eat Free deal: An adult only has to spend $6 or more on an entree in order to unlock one free kids’ meal. (Because participation varies, be sure to confirm that your local Huddle House is offering this deal).

Mr. Gatti’s Pizza: Kids 10 and under eat free at the buffet after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult buffet at regular price. Not all locations participate in this promotion, so reach out to the one nearest you to find out.

Village Inn: Children 10 and under get a free kids’ menu item with the purchase of an adult entree at this eatery, which has locations in 19 states across the U.S.

All the Places that Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays

the exterior of Perkins

Black-Eyed Pea: Kids 12 and under will get a free meal from the children’s menu at this Arlington, Texas restaurant with the purchase of a full-priced adult entree.

Bob Evans: After 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, purchase one adult meal to get one free kids’ meal.

Chick-fil-A: At participating locations, you can get a free kids’ meal between 5 – 7:30 p.m. when you buy one adult meal. Note that you must dine in to receive this offer, and because not all Chick-fil-A’s participate in this promotion, you’ll want to make sure that yours does before placing an order. For example, my local one in New Jersey does not participate.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse: Kids 10 and under can get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree on Tuesdays at this popular Florida eatery.

Denny’s: Kids 12 and under eat free here every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 – 10 p.m. (Note that days and participation may vary by location).

Famous Dave’s: Purchase one adult entree at this barbecue spot and get a Lil’ Wilbur Meal on the house. (Again, participation may vary by location.)

Marie Callender’s: Get one free kids’ meal for children 12 and under with each adult entree purchased.

Miller’s Ale House: When an adult purchases a $10+ menu item (excluding alcohol), you’ll receive one free kids’ meal. Participation may vary by location and there’s a limit of two free kids’ meals per table.

Perkins: Kids 12 and under eat free from the Perkins Kids’ Menu with the purchase of an adult entree. (Not every Perkins location nationwide participates in this promotion, so be sure to call in advance to confirm).

Ruby’s Diner: Children 12 and under get a free kids’ meal from 4 p.m. until closing with the purchase of one adult entree. Plus, they’ll get a toy, too! Note that this offer is for dine-in only.

Ruby Tuesday: When dining in, kids 10 and under eat free after 5 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal. This only happens on Tuesdays.

Shari’s: Between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m., children under 10 can get a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entree at participating locations. If you’re ordering online, be sure to use the promo code FREEKIDSMEAL to unlock this offer.

Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill: Purchase any adult entree and your child will eat free off the kids’ menu on Tuesdays.

Village Inn: This eatery offers their Kids Eat Free promotion on Tuesdays, too: Children 10 and under get a free kids menu item with the purchase of an adult entree.

All the Places that Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays

someone walking out of a smash burger with a bag

Carvel: When you buy a classic soft ice cream sundae on Wednesdays at Carvel, you’ll get one free. Find your nearest Carvel locations.

IKEA: It’s free to register for an IKEA Family account, and your membership will get you two kids’ entrees free with the purchase of adult entrée. This offer is available to IKEA Family members at every IKEA store nationwide.

Luby’s Cafeteria: Children 12 and under get a free kids’ combo after 11 a.m. on Wednesdays with the purchase of one adult meal at this eatery, which has 40 locations throughout Texas. Some locations offer this special all day long, too.

Skyline Chili: Kids eat free from 4 – 9 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal

Smashburger: Children 12 and under get a free kids’ meal on Wednesdays when you buy one adult entree, side, and drink. This offer is only available in stores (no online orders or third party delivery apps) and participation may vary. Click here to see which Smashburger locations you can use the deal at.

All the Places that Kids Eat Free on Thursdays

Denny’s: Kids 12 and under eat free here every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 – 10 p.m.

All the Places that Kids Eat Free on Fridays

Sorry, no confirmed kids-eat-free Friday specials, BUT be sure to sign up for their emails and join their free rewards app for kids eat free pop-ups that happen a few times a year. For example, on August 2, 2023, Friendly’s celebrated National Coloring Book Day with a free kids meal offer for any kid who brought in a completed coloring page! Look for a similar deal next year.

Some restaurants offer kids-eat-free deals seven days a week! Scroll down past Saturday to see which restaurants made our list.

All the Places that Kids Eat Free on Saturdays

Luby’s Cafeteria: At Luby’s, kids eat free on Wednesdays and Saturdays if they’re 12 and under and you purchase an adult meal.

Marie Callender’s: Get one free kids’ meal for children 12 and under for each adult entree purchased on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

“Almost” Kids-Eat-Free Deals

A child using a crayon to color on the kids menu at a booth in Red Robin.

Carolina Ale House: On Tuesdays after 5 p.m., kids 10 and under eat for $0.99 with the purchase of any adult entrée. This offer is valid for dine-in only.

Chevys Fresh Mex: Children 12 and under can enjoy a kid’s meal for $1 every Wednesday, per adult entrée purchased. This offer is available all day, for dine-in only.

Fazoli’s: Every Tuesday night is Kids’ Night at Fazoli’s, an Italian eatery with over 200 locations across the U.S. You’ll get a kids’ meal for $1.99 (max 3) with an adult entree purchase. Plus, feast on unlimited breadsticks if you dine in.

Fuddruckers: On Mondays after 4 p.m., children under 12 can get a kids’ meal for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entree. Be aware that some Fuddruckers locations offer varying versions of this deal, like 50% off a kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entree. The savings won’t be as good on that one, so we suggest contacting your local Fuddruckers to get specifics on their offerings.

Piccadilly: Kids ages 12 and under eat for $1.99 all day on Thursdays with the purchase of an adult meal. Each meal includes a kid’s entrée, two sides, a kid’s drink, and kid’s dessert. This offer is for dine in only and there’s a limit of 2 kids’ meals for every one adult meal purchase.

Ponderosa Steakhouse: While children three and under always eat free here, kids between the ages of 4 and 12 eat for $1.99 after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entree and children’s beverage. Because not all restaurants offer this deal, confirm that your local Ponderosa Steakhouse does before heading there for dinner.

Red Robin: At participating locations, children 11 and under can get 50% off a kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. When you dine in, this deal also includes unlimited free refills of sides and drinks. Order online using the promo code KIDSMEAL50, and note that it’s limited to four kids’ meals per one adult entrée. (This offer is not valid for orders placed via third party delivery apps.)

Texas Roadhouse: On Tuesdays after 4 p.m., Texas Roadhouse offers “Kids Night,” where families can enjoy $1.99 kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult entrée. Participation varies by location, you’ll want to call your local Roadhouse in advance to confirm that they offer this deal.

Does TGI Fridays Offer Kids-Eat-Free Deals?

So here’s the thing: TGI Fridays definitely offers Kids-Eat-Free specials. But because every location we called offered it on a different night, we’d suggest contacting your nearest Fridays to find out which day they offer the promotion. Every location we called told Krazy Coupon Lady that the Kids-Eat-Free special is only available on dine-in orders, which is good to know. And one TGI Fridays manager also shared that his location usually offers the promo every day during the month of September, so be on the lookout for that during back-to-school time!

Did O’Charley’s Stop Offering Kids Eat Free Every Day?

For decades, families flocked to O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar for their Kids Eat Free deal. Under the long-running promotion, children 10 and under could eat free all day, every day with the purchase of an adult entrée. But sometime during the pandemic, O’Charley’s cut the cord on the daily special. However, they do bring it back on occasion. So far this year, Kids Eat Free was available on Wednesdays during the month of March. It also returned in honor of O’Charley’s 50th anniversary from April 10 – May 7. If you’re a fan of O’Charley’s, follow their official Facebook page because that’s where they usually announce when Kids Eat Free is coming back!

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