The week has been so long and busy already, and the weekend is in reach but not quite here. It stands to reason that parents want to grab a quick meal out for the family and avoid the hassle of cooking and dishes on Thursdays. This may leave you wondering, “Where do kids eat free on Thursdays?”

If you’re making Thursday dinner plans that include the kids, we’ve provided the following article to help. We’ve compiled a list of restaurants where children eat for free (or at least at a steeply discounted price) on Thursdays.

In This Article:

  • Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free (Or Almost Free) on Thursdays

  • Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Every Day

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free (Or Almost Free) on Thursdays

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos 

  • The deal: Kids eat free.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: Thursdays after 4 PM.
  • Restrictions: One kid’s meal per adult meal purchased. Deals may vary by location; call to verify the promotion details at your local restaurant.
  • See the Wahoo’s Fish Tacos menu (click on the “Menus” tab at the top and select your region from the drop-down menu).
  • Find a Wahoo’s Fish Tacos near you. Wahoo’s has locations in California, Nevada, Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nebraska, and Japan.
  • Although not specified on the Wahoo’s Fish Tacos website, we reached out to customer support to verify this information.

Fryn’ Pan Family Restaurant

Tomatina

Piccadilly

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Every Day

Café Rio

  • The deal: Free kids’ quesadilla for children under six.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: Every day.
  • Restrictions: Only for kids six and under; the only food option available for the deal is the cheese quesadilla.
  • See the Café Rio menu.
  • Find a Café Rio near you. Café Rio operates 100 locations in Utah, California, Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Idaho, Montana, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.
  • Although not specified on the Café Rio website, we reached out to customer support to verify this information.

Cici’s Pizza

  • The deal: Children under three eat for free (at most locations).
  • Days and times the deal is valid: All day, every day.
  • Restrictions and other information: Cici’s also offers a kid’s buffet price for children ages four through 10, and many locations have a special night where older kids eat for $0.99 or free. Call your local Cici’s restaurant to inquire about specific deals and pricing.
  • See the Cici’s menu.
  • Find a Cici’s near you.
  • Although not specified on the Cici’s Pizza website, we reached out to customer support to verify this information.

Holiday Inn

IHOP

  • The deal: Kids under 12 eat free.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: Kids Eat Free promotions apply every day from 4 PM to 10 PM, but tend to run for a limited time. Check with your local IHOP restaurant to find out if the deal is currently available.
  • Restrictions: The deal includes one free kid’s entrée with each adult entrée purchase. Free entrée is valid for kids 12 and under on the “Just for Kids” menu items at participating restaurants. Drinks not included unless otherwise specified. Not valid with any other discounts or coupons. Dine-in only.
  • See the IHOP menu.
  • Find an IHOP near youIHOP has locations nationwide.
  • Although not specified on the IHOP website, we reached out to customer support to verify this information. The IHOP corporate office invites customers to call toll-free at 866-444-5144, and a representative will gladly check with any IHOP near you for current promotions.

On the Border

  • The deal: On the Border offers limited time only Kids Eat Free programs at participating locations, but kids are always entitled to a free sundae with the purchase of a kid’s meal.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: Kids Eat Free is valid for lunch or dinner every day during promotional periods (which may vary by location).
  • Restrictions: The deal is available with the purchase of an adult entrée. Mention the offer to your server to receive the deal. Limited to five free kid’s meals per table, and one free kid’s meal per adult entrée. For dine-in only. Not valid with any other coupon or promotional offer. Note that the special may not be available year-round; contact a local restaurant for details.
  • See the On the Border menu.
  • Find an On the Border near you.
  • See more information about the kid’s special on the On the Border website.

Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation

  • The deal: Kids under two eat for free.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: All day, every day.
  • Restrictions and other information: A variety of coupons are available online to reduce the price for the whole family; for members of Club Veg, coupons are emailed directly to the customer’s email inbox and don’t need to be printed — they can be used right from the customer’s phone.
  • See the Souplantation menu.
  • Find a Sweet Tomatoes near you; find a Souplantation near you. The restaurant operates as Souplantation in Southern California and Sweet Tomatoes elsewhere in the United States.
  • Although not specified on the Sweet Tomatoes or Souplantation website, we reached out to customer support to verify this information.

Steak n’Shake

In Summary

The list above should give you some great options for restaurants where kids eat free (or nearly free) on Thursdays, and on other days of the week too. If you don’t see something that appeals to you and your family, many other family-friendly establishments run promotions and specials at different times of the day or week, so it can definitely pay to make a call to your favorite restaurant or ask your server the next time you visit if there are any current deals. You can also follow your favorite local eateries on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current deals and promotions.