Deals on Dining while making the drive to Disney

We just traveled 4 hours up north with our 4 kids (ages 1,3,5, and 8) for a long holiday.  The drive got me thinking about the 20 plus hour drive we have coming up when we take our kids to Disney this fall!  This will be a first for our family, as we have always flown in the past.  Aside from wondering how I will keep them entertained for that long, in the car, without losing my mind (that is another post all together) I wondered how I could keep our family of 6 fed without having to resort to fast food or having to spend a lot our “Disney fun” money.

I “try” to feed my kids more on the healthy side of things but I have found when we travel I need to loosen my idea of what I consider good for my family as there are many chicken nuggets, chicken strips, and burgers on the road (and of course the kids LOVE THEM…who doesn’t really)!  So one thing I will be doing is packing a cooler of pre-made healthy snacks.  There are many great recipes on Pinterest for healthy and yummy snacks.  Some of our kid’s favorites include:

  1. Peanut Butter and Banana Oat Breakfast cookies with Carob Chocolate Chips http://watching-what-i-eat.blogspot.com/2012/06/peanut-butter-banana-oat-breakfast.html
  2. Homemade Trail Mix I prefer to skip the pre-made trail mix and make my own. Incorporate your favorite nuts and dried fruits, such as unsalted peanuts, cashews, walnuts, or sunflower seeds mixed with dried apples, pineapple, cherries, apricots, raisins, whole grain cereals, and what is trail mix without some M&Ms???
  3. Easter Egg Snack Time This one is more for fun and you can choose what to put inside http://craftingandcreativity.blogspot.com/2012/03/easter-egg-snack-time.html
  4. Fruit Squeeze pouches I love these things mostly, because I have a child that has an aversion to all things fruit and vegetable, BUT he can’t get enough of these!  Another positive is they are so well contained there isn’t much mess factor involved.  http://www.gogosqueez.com/

So with having 6 people in our family I try to find both family and budget friendly restaurants.  On our trip up north we stopped at Applebee’s we were able to get yummy meals for all 6 of us for $22 (normally $41 but we went on a kids eat for $.99 night (plus we used their curbside dining so we were able to grab our food and get back on the road)!  There are many restaurants that offer deals where kids eat free or for a reduced price on certain days of the week or times of the day.  Here is a list of some that I found:

Multiple Days of the week

Cici’s Pizza  Kids 3 and under eat free from the Cici’s Pizza buffet everyday! Older kids eat free at specific dining locations on other nights of the week.  Make sure to check with your location!

Culver’s  Kids 12 and under receive a free custard with the purchase of a kids meal.

Denny’s  On select nights kids ages 10 and younger eat free at Denny’s from 4pm to 10pm.  There is a limit of 2 free kid’s entrees per one regularly purchased adult entrée

Fuddruckers  From 4pm to 9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays at Fuddruckers kids 12 and under can eat from the kids menu for $0.99.  Not all locations offer this deal so be sure to call ahead to verify if your location does!

Golden Corral  From 5pm to 9pm on Monday’s at Golden Corral kids 10 and under eat free. This is limited to 2 kids per 1 adult. Not all locations offer this deal so be sure to call ahead to verify your location offers this! Kids 3 and under eat free every day!

IHOP  From 4pm to 8pm everyday kids eat free at IHOP if they are 12 and under. Kids can get 1 free kids’ menu item per adult entrée purchased. The drink is not included. This deal seems to vary widely based on location it is best to call your location before visiting!

Jason’s Deli  All day on Sundays kids eat free at Jason’s Deli at some locations and on Mondays at others. Call your local Jason’s Deli before you visit.

McAlister’s Deli All day kids’ meals for $0.99 at select locations.

O’Charley’s  Kids eat free Monday – Friday at select locations.

Piccadilly  Kids 6 and under eat for free at Piccadilly Monday through Saturday.

Pizza Hut  Kids eat free 3 and under at Pizza Hut every day on the lunch buffet. Some locations kids younger than three can eat free at Pizza Hut’s dinner buffet as well.

Shoney’s  Kids eat free at Shoney’s every day if they are 4 or younger. An adult entrée purchase is required.

Monday Deal’s

Fuddruckers From 4-9 kids 12 and under can order from the kids’ meal menu for $0.99. Locations and participation may vary.

Red Robin Kids 10 and under eat free. Check with locations on details of the deal.

TGIFriday’s Kids eat free, though offers vary by location. Call ahead or check with server for specific details.

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches Kidswich meals are $0.99 with the purchase of a 7″ small Wich. Kidswich meals include a Wich, treat, and drink. Valid for children ages 12 years and under at participating locations.

Tuesday’s Deals

Applebees Kids eat for .99 Make sure to check with location on promotion details as I have found they are not consistent between all Applebee’s.

Backyard Burger  From 4pm-close kids eat free at Backyard Burger on Tuesday and Thursday! For each adult combo purchased, you get a free kids’ meal.

Bennigan’s  At Bennigan’s kids eat free on Tuesdays. One adult entrée is required.

Black-eyed Pea  After 5pm on Tuesdays, kids 12 and under receive a free kids’ meal with every adult entrée purchased at Black-eyed Pea.

Bob Evans Free Kids’ Meal with every Adult meal purchased after 4pm.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex  All day at Chevy’s Fresh Mex, kids eat free on Tuesdays. You must  purchase a regular price entrée and then kids will eat free. This is good for dine in only and check the website because some of the locations are opting out of the kids eat free program.

Chick-fil-A  At participating locations, kids can eat a free kids’ meal at Chil-fil-A on Tuesdays for Family Fun Night from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. There is a limit of 1 free kid’s meal per adult combo meal purchased.

Fazoli’s  5pm to 8pm on Tuesdays kids eat for .99 (12 and under) from the kids’ menu. The kids’ menu at Fazoli’s includes pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, fettuccine alfredo, meat lasagna and spaghetti with either marinara sauce, meat sauce or meatballs.

Friendly’s  Kids eat free on Tuesdays at Friendly’s. Big kid meals are discounted on Tuesday’s as well.

Fuddruckers  From 4-9 kids 12 and under can order from the kids’ meal menu for $0.99. Locations and participation may vary.

Golden Corral Kids 3 and under can eat for just $1.99.

Lonestar Steakhouse  Tuesdays at Lonestar Steakhouse, kids 12 and under can eat free. This is limited to 2 children per each adult entrée purchased and is dine-in only.

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery  Kids eat free at Perkins all day on Tuesdays

Ponderosa Steakhouse From 4pm to close on Tuesdays, kids eat free at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

Texas Roadhouse On Tuesdays (may be Mondays at some locations), kids 12 and under eat free at Texas Roadhouse.

TGIFriday’s Kids eat free, though offers vary by location. Call ahead or check with server for specific details.

Tony Roma’s  Kids 12 and under eat free at Tony Roma’s on Tuesdays.

Uno Chicago Grill Get 1 free kids meal or gluten-free pizza with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Wednesday Deal’s

Buffalo Wild Wings  From 5-8pm Wednesdays, kids 12 and under eat for $1.99 from the kids’ menu at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Carrow’s Restaurant  Kids 10 and under eat for free every Wednesday and Thursday at Carrow’s Restaurant. There is a limit of 1 kids’ meal per each adult entrée purchased.

Damon’s Grill  At Damon’s Grill on Thursdays kids 12 and under can get a free kids’ meal. 1 free kids’ meal per adult entrée purchased.

Firehouse Subs  From 4-9pm on Wednesdays and Sundays kids 12 and under get to eat free. One free kids’ meal comes with each adult purchase.

Qdoba Mexican Grill  Kids eat free at Qdoba Mexican Grills only on Wednesdays at some locations and only on Sundays at some locations. Check with your local location to see which day of the week kids eat free at  Qdoba’s.

Rainforest Cafe  Kids can eat for $1.99 on Wednesday evenings at Rainforest Cafe.

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches Kidswich meals are $0.99 with the purchase of a 7″ small Wich. Kidswich meals include a Wich, treat, and drink. Valid for children ages 12 years and under at participating locations.

Thursday Deal’s

Backyard Burger  From 4pm-close kids eat free at Backyard Burger on Thursday and Tuesday!. For each adult combo purchased, you get a free kids meal.

Old Country Buffet Two kids’ buffets for $0.99 each with the purchase of an adult buffet. For children ages 11 and under. Participation varies by location. Offer also available at participating HomeTown Buffet and Country Buffet locations.

Ryan’s Two kids’ buffets for $0.99 each with the purchase of an adult buffet. For children ages 11 and under. Participation varies by location.

Saturday Deal’s

Steak n’ Shake  On Saturdays and Sundays kids can eat free at Steak n’ Shake. You get one kids’ combo for free with a purchase of an adult entrée of $9 (excluding drink or shake) or more. This is valid for dine in only.

Sunday’s Deal’s

The Claddagh Irish Pub  All day on Sunday kids eat free at The Claddagh Irish Pub. Purchase of an adult entrée is required but you can get up to 2 free kids meals with that.

Hooters  Kids eat free at Hooters all day long on Sundays.

Mel’s Diner  Kids that are 12 and under get 1 free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased at Mel’s Diner on Sundays.

Qdoba Mexican Grill Kids eat free at Qdoba Mexican Grills only on Sundays at some locations and only on Wednesdays at some locations. Check with your local location to see which day of the week kids eat free at your Qdoba’s.

Souper! Salad!  On Sundays kids 4 and under at free and kids 5-12 for $2.49 at Souper Salad. For each adult purchase you can get 2 free kids meals.

Steak n’ Shake  On Sundays and Saturdays kids can eat free at Steak n’ Shake. You get one kids’ combo for free with a purchase of an adult entrée of $9 (excluding drink or shake) or more. This is valid for dine in only.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe  Kids eat free all day at Tropical Smoothie cafe on Sundays at participating locations.

I am looking forward to our upcoming Disney vacation with much anticipation although, I really wish there was a teleporting device in existence and we could bypass the 20 hour drive.  Never the less I am excited to try eating at some of these restaurants that offer such great specials for families.

Beth Rodgers

Travel Specialist

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