This Connecticut Mom’s Guide to Cheap Eatin’ with the Littles

Dining out with little ones can be exhausting, and sometimes just doesn’t seem like it’s worth the hassle. Until you discover restaurants that offer free, or really cheap meals, for kids. That makes it worth it! 

Here is a list of restaurants (sit down and fast food) where kids eat FREE or cheap in Connecticut.  The list also includes restaurants that have fun family events.  

You’ll notice Tuesday is the most popular day, so start clearing your calendar on Tuesdays and go out with the family for a cheap night of dining! 

**Some locations may not participate, and these offers are always subject to change. Please call to confirm with the restaurant before heading out for dinner.  

Every Day

  • Bobby V’s: Locations in Stamford & Windsor Locks.  Kids Eat FREE all day, every day with the purchase of an adult entree or burger.
  • Chick-Fil-a:  Kids Meals for as low as $3.59 (includes entree, side and drink). For more information on dining at the Enfield location, see our post here
  • McDonald’s:   Happy Meals as low as $2.49 (includes entree, french fries, fruit or yogurt and drink).  Check your local restaurant for special deals including Happy Meals as low as $1.99. 

Special Sports Promotions

  • Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub:  Kids Eat FREE when the Red Sox win! Visit the day after the Red Sox win, and you’ll receive a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal. For ages 10 and under. Available in Red Sox nation only (excludes Stratford & Danbury) 
  • Red Robin: Kids Eat FREE when the Hartford Yard Goats win! Visit the day after the Yard Goats win, and you’ll receive a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal.  For more information regarding the Enfield location, see our post here

Monday

  • Hot Table :  Kids eat FREE after 4 p.m. (Enfield location) 
  • Friendly’s: From 4 p.m. to close, kids meals are only $1.99.

Tuesday

  • Sonic:  From 5 p.m. to close, enjoy family night  with half-priced cheeseburgers (single patties only). At participating Sonic Drive-ins.  
  • Chuck E. Cheese:  Celebrate family night with two large 1-topping pizzas for only $22! Price and participation may vary.  
  • IKEA:  Kids eat FREE (up to 2) with one adult. Otherwise, kids meals are just $2.49. For more information, see our post here
  • Texas Roadhouse:   At the Manchester location, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy kids night with fun games, arts & crafts, theme nights, eating contests and more. Dine in only. 
  • Friendly’s:   From 4 p.m. to close, kids meals are only $1.99.
  • Denny’s:  From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal. Many locations also have fun activities including clowns, animal balloons and face painting. 
  • Moe’s:  After 5 p.m., kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult entree.  Participating locations include: Enfield, South Windsor, Vernon, and West Hartford. See the Moe’s website for additional participating locations. 
  • Ruby Tuesday: From 5 p.m. to close, kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult entree. (Participating locations include: West Hartford, Windsor Locks, Bloomfield and Bristol)
  • Plaza Azteca: Tini Tuesdays at the Enfield location, kids eat Free with the purchase of an adult entree! 

Wednesday

  • Friendly’s:   From 4 p.m. to close, kids meals are only $1.99.
  • Jake’s Wayback: Kids eat free all day with the purchase of an adult combo meal! (At participating Connecticut locations only) 

Thursday

  • Hometown Buffet (Manchester): From 4 p.m. to close, enjoy family night where kids ages 4 to 11 eat for only $1.99 (up to 2 children per adult).  Enjoy cotton candy, desserts and soft serve ice cream! There are often interactive events throughout the year! 

 

Did we miss any other free or cheap kid’s dining options? If so, let us know! 

 

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