I like eating out, but we don’t eat out for dinner very often; sometimes it is just in the too hard basket. But as my child gets older, and my friend’s children start to enter kinder and school our catch up opportunities really diminish. So… we do dinner! Sure, a home cooked meal is nice, but so is a great pub parma, a cheeky brew and a night out.
Here’s a list I’ve put together of places to eat that meet two important criteria:
- Must be free meals for kids (on at least one day of the week, and not just special events/holidays)
- Must have a play area
Here’s a map to give you an idea of what’s in your area. Scroll through the lists below to plan your next night out!
On Mondays kids eat free at…..
- Tudor Inn in Cheltenham
- Westernport Hotel in Hastings
Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays
- Highways Hotel in Springvale
Kids eat free Monday – Friday
Has a roast of the day on the kids menu!
- Eltham Hotel
- The Manhatten Hotel in Ringwood
On Tuesdays kids eat free at…..
- Amstel Club in Cranbourne
Kids are entertained with face painting, balloon artists and activities
- Knox Tavern
- Tooradin Sports Club
Kids meal includes an activity pack!
- The Sugar Gum in Hillside
Kids eat free every day of the week!
- The Sands in Carrum Downs
On Wednesdays kids eat free at…..
- Chelsea Heights Hotel
For kids menu click here
- Yarraville Club
Kids eat free Monday – Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm
- The Club Hotel in Ferntree Gully
- Mitcham Hotel
Free face painting on Wednesdays too
- The Doncaster Hotel
Kids balloon artist also from 6-8pm
On Thursdays kids eat free at…..
- LongBeach Hotel in Chelsea
Kids eat free on Thursdays but every Saturday Night from 6pm & Sunday afternoon from 1pm kids will enjoy things like face painting, magic shows, and pirates!
- Seaford Hotel
- Boundary Hotel in Bentleigh East
Entertainment on Friday nights too
- York on Lilydale in Mt Evelyn
Children’s entertainers on Thursdays
- Westside Hotel in Laverton
Steak on the kids menu!
- The Bayswater Hotel
Kids entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
- Keysborough Hotel
- The Stamford in Rowville
- The Gateway Hotel in Corio (near Geelong)
On Fridays kids eat free at…..
- Waltzing Matilda Hotel in Springvale
Free face painting on Fridays too
- Mornington Hotel
Kids eat free for lunch and dinner on Fridays with free entertainment on Saturdays
- Prince Mark Hotel in Doveton
- The Village Green in Mulgrave
Buffet and set menu available
- Frankston RSL in Frankston
- Monash Hotel in Clayton
Free kids entertainment Friday nights too
Ooooh risotto on this kids menu
- The Vale in Mulgrave
- Lilydale International
Kids entertainers on Friday nights too
- First and Last Hotel at Hadfield
- Cramer’s Hotel in Preston
- Bundoora Hotel
On Saturdays kids eat free at…..
- The Sandbelt in Moorabbin
Also free dining on Wednesday nights, and both lunch and dinner on Saturdays
- Darebin RSL in Preston
- Morwell Hotel
Kids eat free Tues, Fri and Saturdays
On Sundays kids eat free at…..
- Steeples in Mornington
Kid’s eat free Sunday to Thursday at Steeples, but on Monday there is also free face painting!
- Croxton Park Hotel in Thornbury
Kids eat free Sundays and Mondays
Kids entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays too
- Taco Bill Beaconsfield
I’m not sure how many Taco Bills have playrooms, but this one does!
- Munich Brauhaus in South Wharf
Kids eat free ALL WINTER (all day, every day) but the play space is only on Sundays.
On Sundays between 11:30-3pm there is a petting zoo, disney movies playing, face painting and crafts.
Great sounding kids menu (crispy mac and cheese balls with smokey bacon…yes please)
Honorable mentions. Great kids deals, but no play space
- Brownstone Micro Brewery in Doveton
Kids eat free all weekend!!!!
Plus on Saturdays you can get a beer and a steak for $15 and on Sundays you can get two pizzas for $30
- Lime Leaf Lakeside in Pakenham
Because Thai food is awesome
Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays
- TGI Fridays various locations
Kids eat free Monday – Wednesday
- Hogs Breath Cafe various locations
Kids eat free usually two nights a week, check your local store.
The kid’s meals come with a FREE juice or soft drink, plus 2 FREE scoops of ice cream for dessert!
- Taco Bill various locations
Most seem to have their kids eat free night on Sundays
Honorable mentions. Great play space, but no free meals
- Beretta’s in Langwarrin
This is the biggest free indoor play area in Australia!! Kids have a different special every day, never free, but often meals are $2.
Hope you found this list super handy, and it makes dining out with kids just that much easier. If you have anywhere else that could be added to the list please let me know in the comments below. Happy parma!