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Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Grand Rapids

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by Melody


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As of October 2012, these are restaurants around West Michigan (that we know of) with special Kids’ Nights.  Due to the ever-changing nature of these deals, it’s your responsibility to call ahead and verify that details have not changed.

Applebees has Kids’ Night every Tuesday night.  Two kids eat free with the purchase of one adult entree.

Quaker Steak and Lube on 28th Street has free kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult meal Sunday thru Thursday from 4-10 pm.  Ages 10 and under.

Buffalo Wild Wings has kids’ nights on Wednesday nights.  Times vary by location, so call ahead. Features $1.99 kid’s meals with ice cream bar, plus entertainment (balloon maker, face painter, raffles, games, crafts for the kids, plus cartoons on the televisions).

The Corner Bar has kids’ night on Tuesday nights.  2 kids free per adult. Plus, they have a balloon man creating balloon animals for kids.

On Tuesdays from 4-10 pm, one child eats free with purchase of an adult meal at Texas Roadhouse.  Expect arts and crafts, face painting and more.  Check to see if your location participates in Kids’ Night.

Sunday and Wednesdays at Uccellos kids eat free with adult meal purchase.

Peppinos on Kalamazoo offers that kids 10 and under eat free with adult purchase on Sundays.

At Pizza Ranch in Hudsonville, kids (9 and under) eat free on Thursday nights from 5-7:30 pm.  Get one FREE Kid’s Buffet with the purchase of an Adult Buffet at regular price.

Bagger Dave’s offers half price kid meals on Sunday for kids 12 and under.

Another Tuesday kids night is Bob Evans, where kids 12 and under can eat for FREE with each paid adults meal.  With a picture menu it’s easy for kids to pick their own meal.

Heading to a Wednesday night Griffin’s game? Kid’s eat free with each paid regular priced entree or sandwich at the 5/3 Bank Vault Restaurant and Bar located inside the Van Andel Arena on Wednesdays!

Sundays Fuji Yama Japanese Steakhouse offers a free kids meal with the purchase of two adult entrees.

Choose your video game entertainment at Time Out Grand Rapids and enjoy one free kids meal with each paid adult entree!

Tuesday night is kids night at Fazoli’s! For each adult entree purchased receive up to two kids meals at only 99 cents each from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM.  They also offer kids crafts and coloring pages.

For some local Italian deals, Uccello’s offers a buy one adult entree, get one kid’s entree free all day on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Saturday from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM get a free kids meal with every adult meal purchased at Ritz Koney.

Peppino’s Pizza in downtown Grand Rapids and on Eastport Drive in Kentwood both offer a kids eat free with adult purchase  on Sundays.

Hankering for a shake with that burger? For every $8 spent at Steak and Shake on Saturday and Sunday receive one free kids plate, dine in only, for kids 12 and under.

Do you have another place to add?

Melody V

Melody V

Melody started grkids.com in 2009 on a whim. The site has grown leaps and bounds since then and she is just as amazed as everyone else. She enjoys listening to audiobooks, creating with chalk paint, tickling her kids and enjoying our wonderful city.



  • Tamara Abboud

    Thanks for this great article Melody! Here’s a couple more:

    Bob Evans — Tuesday nights is family night after 4pm. One free kids meal with every adult entree and they have an arts and crafts table (haven’t seen yet, but that’s what I’ve heard).

    Culvers — Tuesday night family night (different fun themes) and $2 off kids meals.

    Tamara :)

  • Abby Warmington

    Thanks for the list! FujiYama on the Beltline {used to be Famous Dave’s} has kids eat free on Sundays. A great place to get a meal AND entertainment at the hibachi grill tables!

  • Jenny

    Seasonal Grille in Hastings offers a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal.

  • Kate Randall

    Kids eat free on Tuesday nights at Time Out GR (44th Street in Wyoming). They offer board games, ipads, PS3s, and TVs in different sections of the restaurant to keep everyone entertained!

  • Paul

    I think TCBY still does a free kids scoop on Sundays with adult purchase.

  • Mellissa Ramirez

    Kids meals are $1.99 at mcdonalds(select locations, so call ahead to check) from 5-8 on Tuesday’s. Also, Fazolis has kids meals for .99 on Tuesday’s from 5-8.

  • Krista

    Kids eat free on wednesdays and sundays at uccellos with the purchase of an adult entree

  • Jen L

    We ate at El Haragan on Northland Drive (by West River) on Sunday, and my daughter’s meal was free because it was a Sunday.

    Also, doesn’t Steak ‘n Shake have days or times when kids are free?

  • Angela

    Carino’s has family nights on Mondays. Get a family platter for 1/2 price. This easily feeds my husband and I as well as our two children.

  • Kimmy Gee

    Ritz Koney kids eat free on Saturdays 11am – 4pm w/ adult purchase

  • Kristi

    Old Country Buffet has kids night on Thursdays where kids eat for .99 with the purchase of an adult meal. There is cotton candy, balloons, and sometimes a magician!

  • Lisa

    The Score has free kids meals on Wednesday nights 4-9PM.

  • NicoleVH

    Sun-Wed You can get a free kids meal with a purchase of a meal 6.99 and above at Main Street Pub in Allendale!! :O)

  • Leslie

    Peppino’s in Allendale offers $1.99 kids meals at all times. The meal includes a kid friendly main dish (pizza, spaghetti, chicken tenders, grilled cheese, etc), choice of side, and even a drink!

  • Kay

    Steak n shake is Saturday and Sunday kids eat free with a $8 purchase.

  • Kay

    Applebees has kids eat free on Tuesday 5-8p and free desert on their bday.

  • Betsy B
    Betsy B

    Thank you for all the information, everyone! Some information may have changed since comments were made. We’ve updated the guide with all the current verified information.

  • Christy

    My family of 4 just ate at the Quaker Steak and Lube, on a TUESDAY, and were told the kids meals were not free. The waiter told us they no longer had that on Tuesday’s because it was so busy. Free kids meals is the only reason we dined there. Anyone with small children knows it is no fun to eat out with kids! Free meals makes it a bit more tolerable! Next time I’ll be sure to call ahead.

  • regan

    The kids meals at Buffalo Wild Wings on kids days: Sun & Weds are now $2.49

  • Monya

    Steak N Shake has a free kid’s meal for every $8 spent all weekend. Plus I’ve never had difficulty combining coupons.

  • Ysidra

    Kids eat free from 4pm-10pm on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s at Denny’s on 28th st. Two kids per adult.

  • Amber

    Could we get this list updated since it’s been a year now? It would be nice since this is my go-to reference for everything and I totally trusted it until my bill came back triple! :-)
    Thanks ladies!

  • Rachel

    Rio Grand Steakhouse has a free kids meal for each adult meal purchased on Sundays only.

  • Kelly

    Amore Trattoria on Alpine (AMAZING) finer Italian restaurant has $5 kid pastas and pizzas. They are to do for.

  • Heather

    Quaker Steak and Lube of Grand Rapids no longer has free kids meals Sunday- Thursday but does have free kids meals on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. Every Wednesday they have Kids night which includes not only a free kids meal with a purchase of an entree, but free sundae bar and balloon animals for the little ones!

  • Jessica Schleh

    Newly remodeled Village Inn Pizzeria Grand Rapids at 2215 44th st has free kids meals all day with purchase of adult meal. Great article.

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