Free or Cheap Eats for Kids – Updated January 2018
by Robin B
Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive! Take a look at our extensive list of over 20 restaurants in the Kalamazoo area where kids can eat for cheap or free.
Here is the updated list for restaurants around Kalamazoo where kids eat for free or cheap, listed by day. *Keep in mind that while we may mention kids eat free, it usually is tied to an adult entrée. Also if you see a deal that we’ve missed or is no longer valid, leave a comment below!
We independently verified all of the kids eat free deals in this list and they are up and running as of January 2018. But it’s a good idea to call ahead, just to double check that the restaurant is open and is still offering the listed deal.
Main Street Pub (including Fletcher’s Pub and University Roadhouse)
Sunday and Monday, kids eat free with the purchase of one adult meal per child at all Main Street Pub locations (including Fletcher’s Pub and University Roadhouse). They offer the typical fare of grilled cheese, chicken fingers, cheeseburgers – all with French fries and a small ice cream sundae.
On Sunday night (from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.), Brann’s offers select kid’s meals for $1.50 for children 10 and younger. Several of the options to choose from include a cheeseburger, chicken tenders and flat bread cheese pizza. All have the choice of French fries or broccoli and a drink.
On Sunday, kid’s (ages 10 and younger) hibachi meal are 1/2 off. Meals come with choice of entree, side of vegetable, one shrimp & fried rice. Also, salad and clear soup to start. Valid at the Hibachi room only.
Sunday special 1/2 off kid’s hibachi meal with the purchase of an adult hibachi meal. Children’s menu includes Hibachi chicken, shrimp, steak or scallops. Dine in only.
Steak ‘n’ Shake offers a ‘Kids Eat Free All Weekend’ promotion (Saturday and Sunday). For every $9 spent during the dine-in experience, one child (ages 12 and younger) in the party will receive their Kids Plate for free. Kids Plates include all of the restaurant’s most popular kid-friendly meals all of which are served with a choice of fries or applesauce.
Monday and Tuesday nights from 4:00 – 10:00 pm, kids 12 and younger receive a free Jr. Kids meal (pasta, mini corn dogs, grilled chicken to name a few). Two kids meals free per adult entrée purchased.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, children 12 and younger receive one free kid’s meal with one adult meal purchase.
Main Street Pub – see details above
All day on Tuesdays, kids (12 and younger) eat for .99 (hungry kids menu) and for $1.99 (super hungry menu), with the purchase of an adult entree. Both Kalamazoo and Portage locations are participating. Applebee’s has added healthier side options such as house salad, vanilla yogurt with strawberries, and apple dippers with yogurt to accompany the kids’ meal choices.
On Tuesday (noon – 8:00 pm) and Saturday (noon – 6:00 pm) head to North Eleven on Gull Road and receive one complimentary kid’s meal with purchase of adult meal. Offer valid dine-in only.
Tuesday night from 5:00 – 8:00 pm is kid’s night featuring Spaghetti Smarts activities. In addition, Fazoli’s offers up to three kids meals (.99 cents each) per one adult entrée purchase for children 12 and younger.
Celebrate “Kids Day” on Tuesday’s at Revel & Roll West, located on Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo. All kids meals are half-off (all day) on Tuesdays. Kids menu items include – mini corn dog, mac-n-cheese, pizza, cheeseburgers and come with a side. Stay and play a while as bowling, laser tag and arcade games are also half off on Tuesday’s.
At the Shaver Road, Portage location kids eat free on Tuesday’s from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm with an adult meal purchase. The kids menu offers individual pizza’s as well as the option for grilled cheese, turkey grinder, boneless chicken bites, or spaghetti.
Located in the Crossroads Mall, kids eat free with every adult entrée purchase, dine-in only, after 4:00 pm.
Kids eat Free – one free meal with basket or dinner purchase, dine in only.
Tuesday night after 4:00 pm is family night at Bob Evan’s. Children 12 and younger receive one free kids meal with each adult entrée purchased, dine in only. Bob Evans offers chicken & noodles, grilled cheese triangles and homestyle chicken tenders to name a few.
Tuesday from 4:00 –10:00 pm kids eat free. Two kids meals free per adult entrée purchased. Denny’s menu has grilled chicken on a stick, Jr. cheeseburger, spaghetti as several kid’s choice options.
Photo courtesy of Texas Corral
Every Tuesday kids 12 and under receive one kid’s meal for .99 cents with the purchase of an adult entree. Limit one .99 cents kid’s meal per adult entree purchased.
Round up the lil’ Roadies as Tuesday is “Kid’s Night”. Every Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm is Kids Night at Texas Roadhouse. They have $0.99 Kids Meals, arts and crafts, theme nights, and fun activities. Check out upcoming activities on their Facebook page! Limit one offer per adult entrée purchased, dine in only.
Finley’s – see details above
The Richland Pub – see details above
Kids eat free from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm every Wednesday. One kid’s meal with each adult entree purchase. In addition to their regular taco fare, Moe’s offers a ‘Kids LiveWell’ approved option: Moo Moo Mr. Cow (kids size burrito) with choice of all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak or tofu, pinto beans, rice and a side of black beans with apple juice.
On Wednesdays kids’ meals are discounted. The kids menu at Buffalo Wild Wings includes cheeseburgers, corn dogs, wings, chicken tenders and mac and cheese. Dine in only.
All day on Wednesdays, for guests 12 and under, one kid’s meal free with each adult entree purchased. Meal options include the ‘Roadie’ – a mini steakhouse burger or kids ribs along with several other options. Meals come with choice of one side and drink.
The Richland Pub – see details above
Sugarbear (closed for the season – reopens March 5, 2018)
Kids eat FREE on Thursdays at Sugarbear in Paw Paw. Purchase an adult meal and receive a FREE kids meal. Children 10 and under. One FREE Cub meal per each adult meal and 2 beverages purchased.
North Eleven see details above
Steak ‘n Shake see details above
Photo credit: IHOP
Every night from 3:00 – 10:00 pm Kids 12 and younger eat free at IHOP, limit one child per each adult meal.
Any other deals we missed for kids to dine out on the cheap? Let us know in the comments below!