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Kid-Friendly Dining Options and Activities

Kid-Friendly Dining Options and Activities

Mar 15, 2018

You’ve been to the zoo, the beach, the pool… the kids are starting to get stir crazy. We’ve got the answers to all of your problems with our list of kid-friendly dining activities and menus across our restaurants.

2 little boys rolling out pizza dough at the bar at Stella Barra

After the kid’s soccer game in the park, head over to Stella Barra for a hands-on dinner. While you’re on your first glass of wine, let the kids can make their own pizzas right at the pizza bar with our chefs. Once the chefs pop it in the oven, it will be delivered right to your table.

The kid's meals at R.J. Grunts on their tablecloth

After a long day trekking through the Lincoln Park Zoo with the kids, stop by R.J. Grunt’s for a hearty dinner served on old-fashioned cafeteria trays with crayons and animal crackers. No meal is complete without dessert. Choose from endless flavored milkshakes for the kids and boozy milkshakes for the adults.

An overhead shot of the grilled cheese kid's meal at Summer House with the kids menus below it and crayons scattered about

Summer House Santa Monica is committed to helping end childhood hunger. When you choose to dine with Summer House, a portion of all proceeds from kids menu items goes to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Helping others while keeping your kids happy is something that just can’t be beaten.

The french bread pizza kid's meal at Mon Ami Gabi with a side of green beans and apples

There’s no reason you have to stop going out to dinner just because the kids are home. Make believe you are in Paris for the night and hit the town for the evening. Dinner at Mon Ami Gabi means Steak and Frites for you, and French Bread Pizza for them.

A look at the kid's paella at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba with a side of carrots and hummut and fruit

Looking to break your kids out of their grilled cheese and hot dog rut? Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! offers a kid’s menu that is an authentic Spanish dining experience with tapas and paella, and even complimentary pintxos to start and end the meal. The dishes are created with similar ingredients and preparation to the main menu, but without the more exotic and spicy flavors that our adult guests enjoy. Check out more kid-friendly experiences below.

2 toddler boys sitting on the stools in the basement bar of Oyster Bah

CHICAGOLAND

Antico Posto – Oak Brook, IL
As if twirling housemade pasta isn’t already fun, Antico Posto provides its young diners an interactive kid-friendly menu. Favorites include Three-Cheese Ravioli, Brick Oven Pizza, Gnocchi, and more for $6.95. Visit www.antico-posto.com to view full menu.

Beatrix – River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market
Enjoy Beatrix with the whole family! Beatrix menu includes kid-friendly favorites including the Chicken Bebe Tenders, Parmesan Noodles, and Prime Burger served with a choice of fresh-squeezed juice.

Big Bowl – Chicago, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg, IL
Our kids menu includes favorites from the grown-up menu by way of stir fry vegetables with noodles, homemade chicken bites, chicken pad thai, and many other choices.

Bub City – Rosemont, IL
At Bub City, the kiddos get to have just as much fun as the adults! They have their own special menu, country jams and monthly live-music kids shows. Menu options for the wee ones include Phoebe’s Classic Mac ‘n’ Cheese, BBQ Sandwich, Lil Joe’s Chicken Bites, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Cheeseburger and Grilled Cheese. Each kids meal comes with choice of waffles fries or tots, choice of drink and and a cup of soft-serve ice cream for dessert — all for just $7! For more information and reservations, visit bub-city.com

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! – Chicago, IL
Kids can take part in an authentic Spanish dining experience with tapas and paella, and even complimentary pintxos to start and end the meal. The dishes are created with similar ingredients and preparation to the main menu, but without the more exotic and spicy flavors that our adult guests enjoy.

Ema – Chicago, IL
Take a visit to the Mediterranean this summer with the whole family without even leaving Chicago. Ema’s Mediterranean menu also includes a kid-friendly version featuring unique options like Greek Spaghetti, Kefta Kebabs, Hummus & Vegetables, all served with a choice of beverage and greek frozen yogurt for $9.95. Visit www.emachicago.com to view full menu.

Foodlife – Chicago, IL
With 14 restaurants in one, Foodlife is the ultimate dining destination for all ages (and taste buds!) this summer. Whether you’re craving Mac & Cheese and Ribs, Stir-Fry, Sushi or a classic Chicago Hot Dog with fries finding fresh and flavorful options in one convenient place has never been easier. Visit www.foodlifechicago.com to view full menu.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab – Chicago, IL
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab has gained a reputation as dining destination where diners of all ages are welcome. Joe’s offers an entertaining activity menu that includes kid-friendly entrée and side options, a beverage and a brownie sundae. Entrée options include Mini Cheeseburgers, Crispy Fried Shrimp, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Baked Chicken Tenders or Mac & Cheese each priced at $8.95. For smaller diners with larger appetites the menu offers Colossal Lump Crab Cake or Petite Filet Mignon for $16.95. Side options include French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Sweet Corn, Jennie’s Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini or Sliced Apples. Available at lunch and dinner. www.joes.net

L. Woods – Lincolnwood, IL
Visit L. Woods and enjoy barbecue favorites for the whole family! L. Woods’ kids menu includes an assortment of kid-friendly options including Barbecue Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Baby Back Ribs, and more!

Mon Ami Gabi  Chicago and Oak Brook, IL
Kids menu favorites with a French twist, including Mac ‘n Cheese, Steak & Frites, Chocolate Mousse and more. Chicago’s location also offers a special Sunday Brunch menu for kids, complete with Crème Brûlée French Toast, Banana Foster Waffles and more.

Navy Pier – Chicago, IL
Lettuce is at Navy Pier with plenty of kid-friendly options including Big City Chicken, Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice, Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels, and Big Bowl Chinese Express.

Oyster Bah – Chicago, IL
Happy Hour isn’t just for adults anymore. Kids age 12 and under eat FREE during Happy Hour at Oyster Bah. Monday – Thursday 5PM – 6PM and Friday and Saturday 3PM – 6PM. Additionally, Oyster Bah’s kids menu includes entrees for just $5.95 and includes mac n’ cheese, cheeseburgers, fish & chips and more all served with their choice of fries or steamed broccoli. To check out the menu, visit oysterbah.com.

R.J. Grunt’s – Chicago, IL
Lincoln Park stalwart R.J. Grunts isn’t just for the big kids. With free stroller valet, smaller kids portions served on old-fashioned cafeteria trays with crayons and animal crackers and a dozen flavors of hand-dipped milkshakes, this place is sure to please even the youngest of diners. The family-friendly spot — the original Lettuce Entertain You restaurant — is also located just steps from the Lincoln Park Zoo. Visit rjgruntschicago.com.

Stella Barra Pizzeria – Chicago, IL
Bring your aspiring chefs and make a meal to remember at Stella Barra! Kids can make their own pizzas right at the pizza bar with our chefs for $4.95, choosing red or white sauce and any toppings they’d like. Once the chefs pop it in the oven, it will be delivered right to your table. Joining us for brunch? Kids 10 and under eat free at our new chef-inspired brunch buffet, plus can take part in a special pancake bar just for kids.

Summer House Santa Monica – Chicago, IL
Summer House Santa Monica’s menu focuses on feeding kids the food they love, made from scratch with all-natural ingredients. Offering Farm-Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Silver Dollar Pancakes, Hormone-Free Turkey Meatballs, Organic Crispy Chicken Fingers and more, there’s something to satisfy all of our littlest guests. In addition, Summer House is committed to helping end childhood hunger – a portion of all proceeds from kids menu items goes to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Wildfire – Chicago, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, Lincolnshire, Glenview, IL
Kids 12 and under will enjoy their favorite foods, done the Wildfire way.  The menu includes kid-friendly main courses such as Chicken Fingers & Fries, Macaroni & Meatballs, Cheese Pizza, Kids Filet & Mashed Potatoes, and more.  All kids items are served with applesauce, fountain beverage, juice or milk.

WASHINGTON D.C. METRO AREA

Big Bowl – Reston, VA
Our kids menu includes favorites from the grown-up menu by way of stir fry vegetables with noodles, homemade chicken bites, chicken pad thai, and many other choices.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab – Washington D.C.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab has gained a reputation as dining destination where diners of all ages are welcome. Joe’s offers an entertaining activity menu that includes kid-friendly entrée and side options, a beverage and a brownie sundae. Entrée options include Mini Cheeseburgers, Crispy Fried Shrimp, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Baked Chicken Tenders or Mac & Cheese each priced at $8.95. For smaller diners with larger appetites the menu offers Colossal Lump Crab Cake or Petite Filet Mignon for $16.95. Side options include French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Sweet Corn, Jennie’s Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini or Sliced Apples. Available at lunch and dinner. www.joes.net

Mon Ami Gabi  Reston, VA and Bethesda, MD
Kids menu favorites with a French twist, including Mac ‘n Cheese, Steak & Frites, Chocolate Mousse and more.Weekend specials of waffles and French toast are available on a  rotating basis.

Stella Barra Pizzeria – North Bethesda, MD
Bring your aspiring chefs and make a meal to remember at Stella Barra. Kids can make their own pizzas right at the pizza bar with our chefs for $4.95, choosing red or white sauce and any toppings they’d like. Once the chefs pop it in the oven, it will be delivered right to your table. Kids can make their own pizzas 4pm-6pm weekdays and anytime on weekends, and upon request subject to availability. Joining us for brunch? Kids 10 and under eat free at our new chef-inspired brunch buffet, plus can take part in a special pancake bar just for kids.

Summer House Santa Monica – North Bethesda, MD
Summer House Santa Monica’s menu focuses on feeding kids the food they love, made from scratch with all-natural ingredients. Offering Farm-Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Silver Dollar Pancakes, Hormone-Free Turkey Meatballs, Organic Crispy Chicken Fingers and more, there’s something to satisfy all of our littlest guests. In addition, Summer House is committed to helping end childhood hunger – a portion of all proceeds from kids menu items goes to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Wildfire – McLean, VA
Kids 12 and under will enjoy their favorite foods, done the Wildfire way.  The menu includes kid-friendly main courses such as Chicken Fingers & Fries, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Kids Filet & Mashed Potatoes, and more.  All kids items are served with applesauce, fountain beverage, juice or milk.

LAS VEGAS

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab – Las Vegas, IL
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab has gained a reputation as dining destination where diners of all ages are welcome. Joe’s offers an entertaining activity menu that includes kid-friendly entrée and side options, a beverage and a brownie sundae. Entrée options include Mini Cheeseburgers, Crispy Fried Shrimp, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Baked Chicken Tenders or Mac & Cheese each priced at $8.95. For smaller diners with larger appetites the menu offers Colossal Lump Crab Cake or Petite Filet Mignon for $16.95. Side options include French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Sweet Corn, Jennie’s Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini or Sliced Apples. Available at lunch and dinner. www.joes.net

Mon Ami Gabi  Las Vegas, NV
Kids menu favorites with a French twist, including Mac ‘n Cheese, Steak & Frites, Chocolate Mousse and more.

CALIFORNIA

Stella Barra Pizzeria – Santa Monica, CA  and Hollywood, CA
Bring your aspiring chefs and make a meal to remember at Stella Barra. Kids can make their own pizzas right at the pizza bar with our chefs for $4.95, choosing red or white sauce and any toppings they’d like. Once the chefs pop it in the oven, it will be delivered right to your table. Kids can make their own pizzas 4 PM -6 PM weekdays and anytime on weekends, and upon request subject to availability.

MINNESOTA

Big Bowl – Edina, Minnetonka, Roseville, MN
Our kids menu includes favorites from the grown-up menu by way of stir fry vegetables with noodles, homemade chicken bites, chicken pad thai, and many other choices.

Wildfire – Eden Prairie, MN
Kids 12 and under will enjoy their favorite foods, done the Wildfire way.  The menu includes kid-friendly main courses such as Chicken Fingers & Fries, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Kids Filet & Mashed Potatoes, and more.  All kids items are served with applesauce, fountain beverage, juice or milk.  Sunday night is family night and kids eat free after 3pm.  Kids 12 and under can enjoy a complimentary meal from our kids menu valued up to $7.95 with an adult meal.


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