A few weeks ago I featured ideas for “Foodie Field Trips”
for kids as part of my “Kids in the Kitchen” series. I shared in that
particular post that I had so many ideas for “Foodie Field Trips” just for kids
and had to break it down into multiple blog posts. Well today’s “Kids in the
Kitchen” is a twist on the “Foodie Field Trip” and is all about fun restaurants
that cater to kids (and I’m not talking Mickey D’s or Chucky Cheese).
friendly and have children’s menus, there are still many people who feel they
can’t bring their children out to eat for whatever reason, whether they will
get dirty looks from other diners, worry the restaurant won’t have an
acceptable children’s menu or proper seating for kids, etc. But good news, there are restaurants out
there that are for kids and their parents; perfect for a kids “Foodie Field
Trip,” family outing, or special birthday celebration.
I will first apologize that most of them are in Texas, since that is where I
am, but I wanted feature places I have been to or have heard great feedback
about from friends and family. But the good news is some are chains with
locations nationwide, and if not, well I guess you are just going to have to
plan a vacation! And if there is a great restaurant in your neck of the woods
that caters to kids please share in the comments!
for years! I remember even when my younger siblings were kids and that being a
top choice for their birthdays. With locations nationwide, the Rain Forest Café
offers up unique rainforest themed décor, complete with live plants, mist,
waterfalls, thunderstorms, star gazing, and robotic animals and insects.
Keeping with the theme, staff are dressed in safari guide attire. I will admit
though, while a fun treat, for being a children’s restaurant it is on the
pricer end, however full of quite a few choices for kids and adults. Before you
leave, if your budget allows, be sure and stop by the restaurant gift shop full
of all sorts of rainforest souvenirs.
kids! California Pizza Kitchen offers free special kitchen tours just for kids.
The tours teach the kids the ins and outs of pizza making as well as provides
each child with an activity book, pencil, and a coupon for a free meal on their
next visit. The catch? These tours are only available for schools and
lust after the American Girl Dolls, and the books, and the magazine, and the
whole company. My sisters and I each read every single book, got dolls for
Christmas one year and obsessed over accessories. Years after I out grew the
dolls they started building a handful of American Girl Stores which include the
American Girl Café and American Girl Bistro (12 locations nationwide). I have
never been but have heard that little girls will have the grandest time
visiting. With an elegant atmosphere, full of special seats and place settings
for your child’s doll, and a menu with everything from Macaroni and Cheese to Tilapia
with Pineapple Relish, this place will surely make every young girl’s dreams
with my family growing up. But this is not any restaurant, diners enjoy dinner
surrounded on all sides by a 150,000 gallon aquarium full of sea life. And
while the adult menu caters to all taste buds with a variety of seafood dishes,
steaks, and salads; the kid’s menu is actually quite basic with fish sticks,
grilled cheese, and burgers. Oh and prepare to stay a while, this is not only a
beautiful restaurant but also has games, rides, and educational exhibits (all
for additional fees).