Many a parent who's actually taken the family out to eat knows there's no secret sauce to complement a public meltdown, no side dish that will enhance your little one's Jackson Pollock-inspired splatter of red sauce on his shirt (and yours), and no dessert that can make other diners un-see the grilled cheese carnage that your 2-year old has strewn across and around her high chair. And, let's face it, spending money on these shenanigans is sometimes like adding insult to injury. The good news is, you may not have to.
We've rounded up our favorite family-friendly restaurants where you can feed your little ones for FREE (or almost free)! Pair our picks with a little practice, advance planning, and quick thinking, and next time you dine out you may even be able to avoid that steaming plate of this-may-have-been-a-mistake along with a side of get-me-out-of-here.
For each chain, offers may vary by location, so be sure to check with your local restaurant.