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Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Columbus and Central Ohio

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Save a few dollars by choosing one of these Kids Eat Free (or cheap!) options around Columbus and Central Ohio!

When kids can eat free, it sure does help! When you don’t feel like cooking, check this list for kids eat free (or cheap) locations around Columbus and Central Ohio! It’s always a good idea to click the link to verify that the offer still exists or call ahead to double check!

Where Can Kids Eat Free in Columbus and Central Ohio?

Every Day:

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Monday:

Carsonies Upper Arlington – Kids eat free! (2 kids meals per adult entree!)

Chocolate Cafe – Kids eat for $1.99 all day! From 11:30 – 1:00 PM Inflatin’ Clayton makes balloon creations!

bd’s Mongolian Grill – all day kids ages 4-10 eat for $3 including a drink. Kids 3 and under always eat free!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

Buffalo Wings and Rings – Kids 10 and under eat free with a paying adult ($5 minimum purchase).

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Kids Eat Free Golf Club of Dublin

Golf Club of Dublin – kids eat free all day on Mondays!

Tuesday:

boy at bd's Mongolian Grill

bd’s Mongolian Grill – all day kids ages 4-10 eat for $3 including a drink. Kids 3 and under always eat free!

El Vaquero – all day, buy one regular dinner and get one free kid`s meal. Only for kids under 12 years old.

McAlister’s Deli – after 4:00 PM kids eat for $.99 with the purchase of an adult entree.

Miller’s Ale House – 1 Free Kids Meal with the purchase of 1 regularly priced Adult Entree. Ages 12& under. Dine in only.

Sweet Carrot – Kids 10 and under eat free. One free kids meal for every adult meal purchase.

Bob Evans – from 4:00 PM to close one free kids meal with the purchase of each adult meal!

The Mudflats Bar and Grill – kids 12 and under get a free meal from the kids menu with each adult meal. Dine-in only. All day.

mac and cheese kids eat free at MELT

Kids Meal at MELT Bar and Grilled in the Short North.

MELT Bar and Grilled – Kids eat for $2 every Tuesday (Limit of 3 discounted meals per adult with entree purchase.)

Carfagnas Kitchen – kids eat free!

Sawmill Skyline Chili – one free kid’s meal for each paying adult. Includes a kids craft!

Moe’s – free kids meal with an adult’s purchase.

El Vaquero – one free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Dine-in only.

Max & Erma’s – free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree!

Fazoli’s – Tuesday night is Kids Night and with the purchase of one adult entree you can get up to 3 kids meals at $.99 each.

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Wednesday:

Ten Pin Alley – Receive one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult entree at regular price. Read more about all there is to do at Ten Pin Alley here!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

Rise Pies – kids get a free cheese pizza with any pizza or large salad purchase. Age 10 and under.

Columbus Clippers – kids 12 and under can customize their own free meal. Limit one per child. To receive a voucher to eat free you must take your ticket to the Advanced Ticket Booth in center field. Child must be accompanied by an adult.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Thursday:

Quaker Steak and Lube – Free Kids’ Lube Cruiser Meal for ages 10 and under with adult entree purchase! All day.

kids meal at Old Bag of Nails

Kids meal at Old Bag of Nails

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Friday:

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Saturday:

The Olive Tree Mediterranean Cafe – free kids meal from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Saturday with a $10 purchase.

Steak ‘n Shake – kids eat free all weekend! Get 1 free Kids’ Plate for every $9 you spend. Dine-in only, Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under.

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Sunday:

Steak ‘n Shake – kids eat free all weekend! Get 1 free Kids’ Plate for every $9 you spend. Dine-in only, Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under.

The RAM Restaurant and Brewery – Kids eat for $1 with the purchase of an adult entree.

The Mudflats Bar and Grill – kids 12 and under get a free meal from the kids menu with each adult meal. Dine-in only. All day.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – kids eat free on Sundays!

Old Bag of Nails – print coupon for one FREE Kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult entree $6.99 or higher.

Rusty Bucket – fill the Bucketed Bookwork Bookmark Tracker with 5 books your child has read and they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!

Submarine House – kids eat free from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM daily with the purchase of a HALF sub (or comparable item), and adult drink and a kid’s drink.

Paulie Gee’s -one free cheese or pepperoni kids pie with the purchase of any regular menu pizza.

O’Charley’s – one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Beverage not included. Dine in only.

Where else do kids eat free in Columbus? Leave a comment below and I will add it to the list!

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5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus Part 3

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My oldest son starts preschool in September and with that, we will enter the stage of life where our days are dictated by a school schedule. I’m looking at this summer as our last slice of compete freedom! We’re trying out lots of new things which I’ve written about in PART 1 and PART 2 of this Summer post. Here is PART 3:  5 more things you can do this summer with your kids!

1. Play in the Sandbox at Scioto Audubon

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We’ve enjoyed the Scioto Audubon a few times this summer! You know one of the great things about it? There’s this awesome sand pit behind the Center and all of the sand toys are already provided for you. Also it’s shady. Also my 2 year old is sitting next to me while I’m typing and he’s saying, “I want to go to that sandbox,” so I would take that as a good sign! 😉 There’s also an outdoor chalk board for drawing and a play area inside. And also this playground. It’s so great there!

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2. KidX Club at Polaris Fashion Place

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KidX happens on Friday mornings at the fountains at Polaris Fashion Place. Each week has a different theme. We went on safety day. We did a scavenger hunt to find little plastic firemen hidden around the fountain area and when we marked them all off, the kids each got to pick a prize out of the treasure chest. Sunny 95’s treat truck is on site giving out free ice cream and each week has different activities, sponsors and give aways! Of course kids can jump in the fountains so bring your swimsuits! There are just two more opportunities to do this, this summer: August 5 and August 12!

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3. Visit the Animals at Stratford Ecological Center

We spent at afternoon at Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware County in early June. When we were there, there were baby goats, baby chicks, and baby piglets, as well as lots of other animals like cows, llamas, and the adult forms of the aforementioned babies. 😉 The gardens were just starting to come in, so only lettuce was available for picking, but you can pick and purchase your own vegetables from the garden all summer and there should be many more options now! See my full post about our visit here!

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4. Play at Shores Park at Columbus Zoo

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Shores Park is a new interactive playground. With animal structures to climb in and through, this was a lot of fun for my kids. Several of the features have water that shoots out at random times, which provided a suspense-filled play time for lots of kids, including my youngest who got drenched by one of the fountains! There is also a life-sized board game where you can move along the path on the ground to become an Ocean Explorer! Also new in the area is a 4-D theater. In case you’re wondering what 4-D is, like I did, the films are 3-D with the addition of multi-sensory effects. I can’t tell you for sure what those effects are because we haven’t tried it yet, but the tickets are $5/person or $4 for Zoo members (Free for Gold Members and those with a Zoo-It-All wristband). Current films being shown are short, 8 minute offerings from Ice Age and Happy Feet. My kids enjoyed it here and could have stayed longer, but we pushed them along in search of dinner! 😉

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5. See a $1 Movie at Studio Movie Grill’s Children’s Summer Series

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On a hot morning, we cooled off with a kid’s movie at Studio Movie Grill This was my kids’ first movie theater experience and, for the most part, it was a success.  There was that excruciatingly long Ice Age snippet before the movie that was a bit overwhelming and loud for my kids, but after that, they settled in pretty happily with Peanuts. Peanuts was a sweet movie and rated G. You can see a list of their upcoming movies here. There is a different kids’ movie each week through September 2, 2016. The $1 showings are at 11:00 AM. Studio Movie Grill also serves food while you watch. You order by pressing a button on your seat table and a server will come to take your order. Parking in the garage is $2 with validation. $4 for the movie tickets and $2 for parking made the $7 popcorn (with free refills!) a little more bearable! There is also the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse with $1 movies at 10:00 AM on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but that ends this week!

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I don’t want to think about summer coming to an end . . . but it’s not over yet, so we’ll keep exploring and sharing our ideas with you! Thanks for reading!

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The Little Green House

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{Updated: The Little Green House is closed as of 10/21/17}

The Little Green House is my go to indoor play area. Probably because it’s the closest to me, but also because it’s the cheapest (to my knowledge – but PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong!). Children over 6 months are $5 a piece. The play area is shoe-free and there is a nice area to hang coats and cubbies for shoes. If it’s summer, remember to pack a pair of socks! There is a good selection of healthy snacks to purchase for kids and parents alike. Coffee is $1.60/cup with FREE REFILLS!

Another reason I love the Little Green House is because you can sit in one place and see the whole play area. In my mind, this is a major plus, especially if you have more than one kid with you! This also makes it a great place for meeting a friend because it’s small enough that you can sit together and talk, while still being able to see your children at all times.

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The Little Green House is open Monday through Friday from 9-4. Occasionally, I find these hours to be a bummer. Two reasons: 1. I OFTEN need to kill time between the hours of 3 and 5 PM. I would LOVE to take my kids here at this time, when they’re up from quiet time and naps, and when they’ve spent the whole day in the house and are ready for a change of scenery. 2. There have been many a rainy/cold Saturday morning that I have considered going here or even asked a friend to meet me and then remembered they aren’t open. They do reserve Saturdays and Sundays for special events and birthday parties. I’m sure they have their reasons for closing at 4 PM, but that’s just my two cents and something to be aware of when you’re planning.

My kids love this place first and foremost for the fire truck!

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There’s a small “town” with activities inside each building – an animal clinic, a house, the fire station and a grocery store. There’s also a fun slide that’s perfect for younger kids.

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Most kids (mine included) seem to love pushing around the shopping carts. There is play food and play money and a cash register that is also popular. There are also toys that are geared towards babies, if you happen to be bringing along a younger, less mobile sibling! There’s truly something for everyone in the under-school-aged crowd!

Off to the side, but still in view of the activity, is a seating area for eating. You can bring your own lunch or purchase something to eat. We packed a lunch today. Everyone else cleared out at 12:00, we stayed to eat our lunch, played a few minutes and then went home for naptime.

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There is a parking lot, but since it is shared with a couple other businesses, it can be full at times. You should know that it’s okay to park in the sections of the parking lot that used to be a drive thru. I was unclear about this the first couple of times I visited, but have since come to utilize some of these spaces.

The Little Green house is connected to Bellwether Kitchen, which provides meals for the affiliated daycares AND take home meals that you can order ahead of time. It always smells good in there when we’re playing!

Today’s outing to The Little Green House saved my sanity! My kids were melting down on the kitchen floor, screaming their heads off before we left! Within minutes of arriving they were playing happily and independently! Now that is a win!

Know Before You Go:

Hours: M-F 9-4

Cost: $5 per child over 6 mo

Contact Info:

808 Grandview Ave.
Grandview, OH 43215
lghplaycafe@gmail.com
614.732.5328

Also:  Bring socks, it is a “shoe-free zone”, outside food is allowed.

 

If you’ve been to the Little Green House, can you offer any other tips for first-timers?


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