Kids Eat Free (or Practically Free) in Kansas City

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If you're visiting Kansas City with your children (under the age of 12) and are looking to save money on eating out with your family, you're in luck! Many fine eating establishments around Kansas City provide nights and evenings when kids can eat for free (or practically free) so you can better budget your family vacation.

In most instances, kids eat free off the children's menu with a purchase of at least one adult entree unless otherwise specified, but in some cases, the restaurants merely offer a discounted child's meal on special nights.

Still, most days of the week you can visit IHOP, McAlister's Deli, or O'Charley's and get a discount or free meal for your child with the purchase of an adult meal—just remember to always tip your waiter based off of the total price the meal would have been if your child's meal wasn't free!

Please note that all Kids Eat Free programs, prices, and details listed are subject to change without notice. If you're relying on a free or cheap meal for your child, you should call in advance to confirm participating restaurant details in order to avoid any unexpected costs.

Daily Deals, Discounts, and Free Meals

No matter what day of the week you and your family want to go out to eat, you can find at least one restaurant in or near Kansas City that participates in the Kids Eat Free program, which provides cheap or free meals to kids 12 and under with the purchase of one adult meal.

On Mondays, you can visit J Murphy's Pub & Grille, all Godfather's Pizza and Planet Sub locations, Firehouse Subs (also Thursdays), Ted's Cafe Escondido, Golden Corral, Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, bd's Mongolian Barbeque (for $2.99, also Tuesdays), or the local Buffalo Wild Wings or Cici's Pizza chains for a cheap meal for your kids.

On Tuesdays, you can head to one of the Backyard Burgers, Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-a, Denny's, or Fuddrucker's locations near Kansas City, buy an adult meal and get a free kids meal, or you can check out one of the local businesses like Cinzetti's, Salty Iguana, Brew Lab, Hy-Vee Market Cafe, and The Peanut—Kansas City's oldest bar and grill.

Wednesday nights are great nights for families to visit Pepperjax Grill, Chartroose Caboose, Zarda Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q, which each also offers a discount or free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal, and on Thursdays, take your family to Hy-Vee Market Grill, Firehouse Subs, or McAlister's Deli for the same deal.

There only options on Fridays are IHOP and McAlister's, which are also available on Saturday (along with The Other Place). On Sundays, you can visit these as well, but you should check out some local spots offering free or cheap kids meals like Sunset Grill, SPIN Pizza, Talk of the Town, Melting Pot, Rusty Horse Tavern, Pie Five Pizza, The Rub Bar-B-Que, Rancho Grande Cantina, La Mesa Mexican Restaurant, and Tommy's.