The phrases, the ‘terrible twos’, ‘tantrum threes’, ‘fearsome fours’ are often used for a reason. The constant running around, the screaming, the tantrums, the mini rebellions – suddenly your babies are now grown and ready to take on the world and even you.
But thank the heavens or at least, the F&B industry that there is no lack of kid-friendly eating spots in, out and about town. Best of all, they don’t need to cost an arm and a leg with their promise of entertainment or a satisfying meal that will keep your young ‘uns quiet for one rare second.
Whether your children are tots or nearly teens, this list of family-friendly restaurants ranked by budget (starting from the cheapest)) will come in handy when you’re planning for a great and inexpensive day out:
1. Eatplaylove Café
Serving up inexpensive Thai-Western main courses that can go below $10 isn’t the only thing that this café along Aliwal Street has got going for it. You’ll be dragging your partner and kids here because of their art and craft amenities. For just $5, your kid will be offered an hour’s access to art and craft materials to get busy with so everyone can tuck into their food in peace. This is extended to two hours on weekdays.
Parents, too, get to have fun. Marvel at the retro trinkets and tidbits of your childhood placed around the joint as décor.
Join your kids in crafting with DIY kits available for purchase, such as those for making sock monkeys and monster dolls. You’ll end up taking home some happy kids and maybe even a furry monster toy or two.
2. Pizza Hut
Don’t want to head too far nor pay extra for kids’ entertainment? Stick to the ol’ party tradition of pizza at your friendly neighbourhood pizza joint then and get a kid’s meal for free at your nearest Pizza Hut! This cost-saving strategy applies only on weekdays to kids under 10 years of age and with an order of pizza set meals or selected a la carte mains that hover as low as $10.
Your child will find no fault with the “fun baked” pasta meal that’s really a creamy penne dish topped with ham and pineapples or the Hawaiian petitza that comes with honey-roasted wings and fries. If you’re a parent with two kids, rest assured that your other kid’s meal is priced affordably at $7.90.
You can also rejoice in deals that the popular pizza chain has for adults who can sneak away for date night. In particular, DBS and POSB cardmembers can get 15% off their a la carte order of a Cheese Lovers’ Pan Pizza from now to 4 April 2017.
3. Jamie’s Italian
You’ve definitely heard of Jamie Oliver. But while your tots probably won’t care much for a celebrity chef, they will probably be enticed to eat the pretty meals from his menu at Jamie’s Italian at Vivo City or Forum at Orchard.
The Happy Chicken Lollipops meal is a great order to make. Lemony chicken fillet on sticks are served with baked hedgehog potatoes and nuts. Or sneak some fibre into your kids’ meals with the Secret Seven Tomato Pasta that serves up a sauce made up of seven vegetables so your children will be spooning up their veggies unknowingly.
The best thing about the meal prices here are how it caters to different appetites and age groups of children. Smaller meals cost just $9.50 while bigger kids can go for the $13.50 meals. These meals are even served with a salad and a drink, too. But there’s another reason to go there quick: for every main course you order there on a weekday from now to 13 April 2017, one of your kids can enjoy a meal on the house.
4. The Living Café (TLC)
One for health-conscious families, The Living Café along Bukit Timah Road promises to use none of these in its food preparation: red meat, cow dairy, preservatives, white sugar, additives and artificial colouring. It also offers gluten-free alternatives in its menu.
But what is assured is not just nutrition for both adults and kids but value-for-money healthy meals for the latter. Kids picky with meat can go for the vegetarian 6-inch pizza that costs $8.50 or brown rice fried rice that is just $7.50.
In the meantime, main courses for adults start at $15 for a signature burger like the sesame tofu burger that sandwiches eggplant and mushroom in between sesame-crusted tofu buns.
If you’re a parent who would prefer giving nuts over chips and biscuits as a snack to your child, TLC is definitely on the ‘to-go’ list as it declares itself to be a “nut-rich” café. Conversely of course, those allergic to nuts might want to inform the staff of that and other dietary restrictions or head to some place else on this list.
Which family-friendly joints do you love? Share with us your favourites in the comments below!
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