After having kids, eating out usually feels like much more work than it's worth. From corralling impatient kids, to explaining that yes, dinner will be here soon, to having to eat your meal cold because you were helping your kids the entire time, dining out isn't the relaxing experience it once was in your pre-kid days. Luckily, probably because they know how hard it is on parents, some restaurants do their best to make it easier on you. There are many restaurants where kids can eat for free (or at least super cheap) that take some of the stress out of fine dining for families with kids, and at the time of this posting, these places are just some of them.
Although many of these restaurant's policies will vary depending on location (be sure to call before you go), the majority of them offer daily, weekly, or seasonal specials for kids, usually under age 12. Whether you're looking for a quick meal, a fancy dinner, a birthday party location, or a buffet style, this list has a little bit of everything, for every taste.
Even if there's a 75 to 100 percent chance that your kid's meal will end up on the floor, at least you can say it was free (or almost free).