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Kids Eat Free & Cheap in Des Moines

Kids Eat Free Des MoinesWe all have those days (or weeks). Life is busy, Mom is tired, Dad is working late. Whatever the reason, there are times you just don’t want to – or don’t have time to – cook. Dining out with the family can be expensive, so it’s handy to have a list of restaurants that host ‘Kids Eat Free’ nights or family dining deals in Des Moines and the surrounding area.

Be sure to book mark this page for reference!  And if I have missed one of your favorites, leave a comment and I will be sure to get it added!

Monday

The Longest Yard, Valley Junction – Kids eat free Monday through Wednesday night. One child for each paying adult.

Maxie’s, West Des Moines – Mondays kids eat for $1 from 4:30-9 p.m. Does not include beverages.

Spaghetti Works, Des Moines – Kids eat free all day Monday. Kids menu only, ages 11 and under.

IHOP, Ankeny – One child eats free with purchase of an adult meal.

Tuesday

Chili’s, Ankeny – Kids eat free on Tuesday with purchase of adult meal

Pizza Ranch, Ankeny, Altoona & Waukee – Kids 8 & under eat free (buffet) with purchase of paid adult. (Tip: sign up for a Ranch Rewards card to earn free dining!)

Sports Page, Ankeny – One free kids meal with each adult meal purchased in the evenings.

Hy-Vee, Jordan Creek Parkway & Ankeny #1– Kids eat for $.99 with an adult on Tuesdays from 4-8 p.m. (Check other stores as they may participate but not list this on the website.)

HyVee Market Grill, Ankeny #2 – Kids eat free on Tuesday with purchase of adult meal. One kids meal per adult meal purchased.

Fazoli’s, 4 locations – Two kids meals for 99¢ each for each adult entree purchased from 5-8 p.m.

Godfathers, Ankeny – Free kids buffet with adult buffet, evenings.

The Longest Yard, Valley Junction – Kids eat free on Sunday. One kids meal per each paying adult.

Bennigans, Urbandale – Tuesdays kids eat free with purchase of adult meal, 4-10 p.m. One kids meal per paying adult.

Bennigans, Des Moines (near airport) – Tuesdays kids eat free with purchase of adult meal, 4-10 p.m.

Carlos O’Kelly’s, all DSM locations – Half-price kids meal for each adult meal purchased.

Champps, West Des Moines – Tuesdays 2 kids eat free for each adult meal purchased from 6-9 p.m.

Fuddruckers, West Des Moines – One free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal on Tuesday evenings.

Murphy’s Bar & Grill – Tuesdays kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal from 5-8 p.m.

Perkins, all locations – Tuesdays kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal all day.

Noodle Zoo, AnkenyKids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal all day.

Wednesday

McDonalds – All metro locations offer reduced-price Happy Meals (From $1.69 to $2.00 depending on store) on Wednesdays.

Applebee’s, all locations – Half-price kids meals all day.

Buffalo Wild Wings, all metro locations – $1.99 kids meals all day, drinks included.

Wig And Pen, Ankeny – Kids eat free. Beverages not included. Multiple kids may eat free with a single adult meal purchase.

The Longest Yard, Valley Junction – Kids eat free Monday through Wednesday night. One child for each paying adult.

Thursday

Mama Lacona’s, Urbandale – Thursdays kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal; 5 p.m.-close

Friday

Saturday

Daytona’s – Kids eat free all day on Saturday and Sunday. One kids meal per adult meal purchased.

Z’Mariks Noodle Cafe, Clive only – Kids eat free all day on Saturday. One kids meal per adult meal purchased.

Sunday

Guadalajaras, Ankeny – Kids eat free with adult meal purchase, all day.

El Charro, Ankeny – One kid eats free for each adult meal purchased, all day.

Okobojii Grill, Ankeny & Des MoinesKids eat free all day with the purchase of an adult meal.

Daytona’s – Kids eat free all day on Saturday and Sunday. One kids meal per adult meal purchased.

Fireside Grill, Altoona – Kids eat free every Sunday. One kids meal per adult meal purchased.

Legends, all locations – Half-price kids meals all day.

7 Responses to Kids Eat Free & Cheap in Des Moines

  1. Amy P September 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Also in Ankeny at Chili’s kids eat free on Tuesday.

    • Jody September 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Thanks Amy! We’ll get it added asap!

  2. K April 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Zmariks is now one kid eat free rather than 2 on Saturdays

  3. Tiffany Filloon July 31, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Thank you so much for having this info out there. Could you please change The Longest Yard info because it has changed kids eat free to Sundays at both locations as of May 1st. Thanks again

  4. Erin October 26, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    kids also eat free at ihop in ankeny on monday nights

  5. Maggie March 11, 2017 at 6:43 am #

    The Home Plate Diner has kids eat free all day with the purchase of an adult meal, every Tuesday!

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