We all dote on our kids, we want them to experience everything. One thing that isn’t always a great “experience” is dining out with your kids. Most restaurants cater to adults, which, let’s face it, isn’t very fun for the little ones. But we’ve found some great spots that were designed with kids in mind. These restaurants guarantee a wild and crazy time your kids are going to love ….and remember always.
Kids love trains so a visit to Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant in Kansas City, KS. is a must! The menu is simple – burgers, dogs and other sandwiches (and a small breakfast menu til 11 A.M.). But the experience is worthy of five stars. Booths line the restaurant, and each one has its own mini jukebox so your kiddies can pick out their favorite music. Also you’ll notice a phone. This is to place your order when you are ready. Then the magic happens. Trains running around the ceiling on suspended tracks carry your order to the table and a delivery car lowers it down. Kids love watching the trains, waiting for their “special delivery”. Each child gets a conductor hat, so they feel like they can act the part. Dinner delivered by train…wow! All aboard.
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Ahoy, me hearties! This next restaurant is perfect for all your little pirates. Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, CA. is a Broadway style dinner theater offering up to two shows a night. Set on a Spanish Galleon in a 250,000-gallon lagoon, the “World’s Most Interactive Dinner Show” contains aerial feats, swordplay and tons of special effects. Your lads and lassies will have a jolly good time cheering and singing along with the show. The tickets are all-inclusive and include your bountiful pirate feast with passed appetizers and an unlimited pre-fixe menu. Special upgrades can be purchased to enhance your evening. With a sister location in Orlando, FL. Your little “mateys” can enjoy their adventure on each coast!
If you are sporting a budding flying ace in the family, check out The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs, CO. Housed in a refurbished Boeing KC-97 airplane, the restaurant has booths down both sides. Kids can even take a trip to the cockpit and operate the controls. The staff are dressed like pilots and stewardesses and play the part to perfection. The menu is extensive, offering burgers, pastas, ribs, seafood and steaks, basically anything your child could want. The Airplane Restaurant offers your little one dinner in the sky….on the ground of course! Now all you need is a wingman.
What kid doesn’t want to dine in their very own bat cave? Better yet, a bat cave that’s a bona fide old-school saloon, complete with hitching post for your horses out front. The Rattlesnake Saloon in Tuscumbia, AL. is affectionately called the “watering hole under the rock”. It is built right into the side of a cliff, and in summer months you can dine right under the stone ledge. They offer all your kid’s favorites, with some very interesting menu names. How about a basket of Prairie Fingers with a side of Haystacks? The Rattlesnake Saloon offers live entertainment nightly and a selection of beer for you older folks. We promise, your kids will love the novelty of dining in a cave. Spelunking anyone?
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If your little tyke can’t get enough of things that go bump in the night, we suggest Jekyll & Hyde in New York City. The restaurant is adorned with gruesome works of art, some of which are animated and interactive. There’s daily entertainment, including reenactments of Frankenstein’s Monster. The restaurant is dark and dimly lit, the perfect setting for all your child’s “bizarre encounters”. And the menu is full of American classics your little ones are sure to love. Jekyll & Hyde will show your family a frightfully good time. While you’re there be sure to visit the bathroom…if you can find it.
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Our next restaurant is sure to give your kids an eyeful. The Bubble Room on Captiva Island, FL. Offers three floors full of kitschy decorations. Working electric trains circle high on elevated tracks and every room offers a different theme. You can choose to dine in the “It’s always Christmas” room or the main dining room surrounded by photos of all the celebrity visitors. Your kids will love looking over all the antique toys and you can relax listening to sounds from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s…music that never goes out of style. The menu is an array of American cuisine with quirky names taken from TV, movies, books and music. We recommend you try a Flaming Socra Cheese lit on fire tableside by your “Bubble Scout”. They say kids eat with their eyes and the Bubble Room will make them dig in.
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Dining on pillows on the floor and eating with your hands? Sounds like a restaurant made with kids in mind! Imperial Fez in Atlanta, GA. is a restaurant that offers a traditional Moroccan experience. Shoes are left at the door. Diners lounge on low pillows and eat meals with their hands. The food is couscous, kababs, grilled meats and fishes all seasoned with exotic spices. Most dishes are served family style, giving you little ones the opportunity to help themselves. And what Moroccan style dinner would be complete without belly dancers? Starting at 7:30 P.M. these lovely ladies in their glittering costumes out on a show your kids will love. Be sure to stay for the flame dancers.
Castles, knights and princesses. Sounds like the stuff of fairy tales and what kid doesn’t love a fairy tales? You can get all this and more at Medieval Times in Lindhurst, N.J. Medieval Times has locations in eight different states across the country, and each one is a replica of an 11th century castle. Dinner is a three course, pre-set menu that you eat with your hands because there were no utensils in Medieval Times. The show includes jousting on horseback, sword fights, falconry and shows of horsemanship. Diners get to meet the king and queen, stop by the weapons room and check out the mews. And every kid gets to be the king of the castle with their very own crown. Medieval Times will treat your little ones like royalty.
Kids love the ocean and they are fascinated by sea life of any kind. The Downtown Aquarium Restaurant in Denver, CO. let’s your kids eat in an underwater wonderland. In addition to the many aquarium exhibits filled with plants and animals from around the world, the park features a ferries wheel, sting ray petting tank and a dining room with a killer view. The sides and roof are made of glass and look into the adjacent aquarium tanks. Your kids can eat and keep their eyes peeled for sharks, stingrays and other underwater creatures. If they are lucky, they might even spot an elusive mermaid, swimming amongst the wildlife. The menu is filled with all your kids’ favorites and for adults the selections are rich in fresh fish and shellfish as well as popular regional dishes. Dinner under the sea, enchanting for the whole family.
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We all wish we could go back in time and relive our childhood. At Magic Time Machine’s two locations in Texas you can…and you kids can come along for the ride. The restaurants host a cast of zany characters, pirates, princesses, superheroes, villains and many, many more. Interaction with these guys and gals is half the fun. The other half is Magic Time Machine’s unique seating options. You can dine in an old refrigerator, or on a carousel horse, or how about inside a rocket ship or a pumpkin The choices are endless and unique. The menu is full of hand-cut steaks, ribs, chicken and seafood. The kids’ menu boasts a wide selection; your kids are sure to find something they’ll love. And every meal includes a trip to a retro-fitted 1952 red Roadster called the Salad Car.