Going out for dinner with little ones can be challenging on a number of fronts. Where can adults and children go that will give each diner what they enjoy both in atmosphere and food options? Are there family washrooms with change tables available? Are there healthy options for little ones? Well, we did the research for you, dear Reader, so you can get to dinner just a little faster.
Winnipeg has a great number restaurants to suit a variety of tastes and palates. But these choices narrow when dining with kids. But even among the family-friendly restaurants there are some that want to make sure parents and kids can have fun at dinner. Here are our top picks for places kids can eat FREE in Winnipeg.
Perkins has long had its Kids Eat FREE promo but what makes this one of the best is that kids can eat free* TWO (2) nights of the week—Monday and Tuesday, from 3 pm to 10pm. These kids eat free nights are lifesavers for me when the kids have swimming or skating and I’m just too tired to cook after or planned poorly for the beginning of the week (please tell me this happens to you too). My girlfriend and I use it a reason to get together during the week with the kids and enjoy each other’s company complete with dinner and no washing dishes! #Winning
There are some great choices for kids. Steamed veggies are an option as a side, and milk is available as a beverage choice. Kids also receive cookies as dessert and we save those for lunch kits the next day.
The restaurant is licensed for parents who want a glass of wine with dinner too. *Kids meal is free per each adult entrée.
Family and BBQ sauce. Wood smoked, low and slow. What could possibly go better together? Our family loves Lovey’s because not only they family friends but they do the best Southern-style BBQ in the city. Everything is house-made with local ingredients. And you can’t help but love Roger, the owner. He’s truly not happy if his customers aren’t happy. Platters are great for sharing and their kid’s meals have something for even the pickiest eater. The kids eat FREE offer is one free kids meal per entree on Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m.*
*for kids 10 and under.
My middle child loves big hats and tables you can draw on. So when we asked where he wanted to go for dinner one dreary day, he answered Montana’s. We hadn’t been for a while but it was a pleasant surprise to learn that kids eat FREE on Tuesdays when an adult entrée is purchased. They have a great menu to choose from, including healthy steamed vegetables. BONUS: On your birthday, you get to wear the giant moose hat while wonderful Montana’s staff sing ‘Happy birthday’ to you. Fun times, my friends.
The neighbourhood bar and grill has undergone a makeover lately. Family friendly is still the tune at your local Applebee’s. With three locations in Winnipeg, one is near your neighbourhood and this means a reprieve from the kitchen. Kids eat free on Wednesday with the purchase of an adult entrée at Applebee’s.
Aaltos is the restaurant offering from the Canad Inn hotel chain based in Winnipeg. Kids under 3 eat FREE anytime; and when an adult buffet meal is purchased one child per adult can eat free too. Aaltos Garden Cafe has a variety of buffet options with each night a different theme to satisfy many types of tastes. The kid favourite at Aaltos is always the sundae bar where they can make their own sundaes and top with sugary, fun toppings from chocolate sauce to sprinkles. With locations in each corner of the city, you’re never too far from a Canad Inn and Aaltos Garden Cafe.
With 3 locations in Winnipeg now, kids 10 and under can eat FREE at Mongo’s Grill every Tuesday from 4pm to 9pm. We love this deal because for every adult meal purchased, 2 kids can eat free. This is great for a family of 5 or more for sure. Mongo’s Grill is where healthy eating is in the bowl, and meals here are a fun way for kids to pick what goes into their meal and to watch it get made right before their eyes! Who can resist the sizzling sounds of their famous grill? Fun for all ages. Try their newest location at 1412 Ellice Avenue just a few minutes from Polo Park Shopping Centre.
Looking for a staycation? Try the Gas Up and Save package starting at $129.95. The Holiday Inn Winnipeg South offers a great low rate plus a bonus $25 in free gas for every night you stay. Price is based on double occupancy and with this deal (and other stays at Holiday Inn), kids eat free!
The home of the Grand Slam, at Denny’s kids eat free after 4 pm on Tuesdays. There’s a limit of two kids per adult entree ordered. The Kid’s Menu includes Denny’s classics like the Build Your Own Jr. Grand Slam, Chicken Nuggets or Spaghetti. The Winnipeg location is in the Sandman Hotel on Sargent. Please note the Denny’s website does not advertise the kids eat free promotion; we had to phone the location for details.
9. Pony Corral
The Pony Corral isn’t just for grown-ups. With their kids eat FREE promotion on Wednesdays from 3-9 PM little cowpokes can get in on the fun too!
This one might be one of our favourites. Yes, Mondays can be challenging but a place where kids eat free on Fridays? YES, please! Every Friday children 10 and under receive one child meal per adult meal valued at $6.95 or more. The food is very kid-friendly, the service is fantastic and it’s a great night to stay out of the kitchen. Their Winnipeg location is on the southwest arc of the perimeter highway at McGillivray Boulevard.
The iconic restaurant chain where kids 10 & under eat FREE on the weekends off the kids menu. The offer is valid for one kid per adult and adults must purchase an entrée worth $12 or more. There are several options for kids and drinks are included with the meal.
12. Harvey’s/Swiss Chalet (946 Corydon Avenue)
Every Wednesday with the purchase of a regular adult entree from either Swiss Chalet or Harvey’s kids get a corresponding FREE meal.
In Ikea’s cafeteria, with the purchase of any adult meal parents get FREE baby food. There is also a great kids’ menu with smaller versions of their signature meatballs and mashed potatoes as well as their creamy mac and cheese.
Twenty-two years ago, Nikos was purchased by the Katiniaris family. Today, it is still a family-run restaurant, serving simple but plentiful Greek cuisine. Now kids eat free is on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. One FREE kids’ meal per adult and the menu must be off the kids’ menu.