Spread the love

Going to a restaurant can be hit or miss with kids; however, with the right atmosphere, it can be a perfect family bonding time. You can explore new foods together, figure out your favorites, and create some fun rituals along the way.

These restaurants have been chosen as the best for families because they have: kid friendly and healthy items, kids meals, decent prices, healthy options, and many offer entertainment and other special accommodations for families. There are lots of multicultural and diet options.  Most are in Bloomington, with a few in neighboring towns. Is your family’s favorite place listed below?

  • Aver’s Buffet – fast, buffet, kid friendly food
  • Bloomingfoods – bulk food measurement, healthy options, variety, outdoor seating
  • Bob Evans – kid’s menu, kids eat free Tuesday (one child under 12 per adult, after 4pm)
  • Bub’s Burger’s and Ice Cream – kid’s menu, big milkshakes, games at tables, Goldfish and crayons provided
  • Bruster’s – free baby cone, also offer kid’s sundaes (choice of dirt sundae or dino cookie sundae)
  • Cheddar’s– kid’s menu, big fish tank, outdoor seating
  • Chick-Fil-A – kids meals, play place, family events
  • Chili’s– kids eat free Tuesday
  • Chocolate Moose – local favorite for ice cream- store currently closed for renovation- find it at Food Truck Friday or local grocery stores
  • Cresent Donuts – best donuts in town!
  • Denny’s – order online, kid’s menu, healthy options, kids eat free Tuesday and Saturday
  • Domo – indoor play area, watch food being cooked on hibachi grill, taste various kinds of sushi
  • Falafel’s – kid’s menu, healthy options, gelato
  • Food Truck Friday – satisfy everyone in your crowd; food trucks and family friendly entertainment
  • Golden Corral – buffet, kids 3 and under eat free every day
  • Gray Brother’s Cafeteria– historic cafeteria with kid friendly food, warm atmosphere, large group seating (Mooresville)
  • Hartzell’s Ice Cream – sponsors a storytime at People’s Park with a coupon for free ice cream, has tiny cones
  • IKEA in Fishers– Opens October 11th – affordable cafeteria style restaurant, shopping with free childcare
  • India Garden – lunch buffet, healthy options, vegan/vegetarian options
  • King Dough – family owned, downtown on the square, gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options
  • La Charreada – fast, cheap, eat chips and salsa while you wait, fun decor and music
  • Laughing Planet Cafe – kid’s menu, healthy options, downtown location, vegan and vegetarian options
  • Lucky’s Cafe – healthy options, bulk food measurement, free samples, free fruit basket for kids, free video games, outdoor seating
  • McAllister’s – kid’s menu, pickle bar, kid’s eat free Thursday
  • McDonald’s in Ellettsville- play place, kids menu, kids night
  • Moe’s – kid’s menu, kids eat free Wednesday, free chips and salsa bar with any order
  • Mother Bear’s – outdoor seating, kid friendly food, ask for Goldfish while you wait 🙂
  • Mr. Hibachi– buffet, variety, healthy options
  • Naughty Dog– family owned, kid friendly food,
  • O’Charley’s– kids eat free daily
  • Oliver Winery – outdoor picnic spot for all ages, pond, and vineyard (kids not allowed at wine bar)
  • Owlery – Kids menu, vegetarian and vegan options
  • Peach Garden– family owned, affordable, close to Bloomington Hospital
  • Rainbow Bakery– vegan bakery
  • Red Robin– kid’s menu, free balloons, bottomless drinks and sides
  • Sgt Pepper’s Chicken– kid friendly food, quick service, family style meals (Martinsville)
  • Siam House– Lunch buffet, vegetarian options, outdoor seating
  • Smokin’ Jack’s Rib Shack– kids menu, kids eat free Tuesday, toys inside, tree houses and sandbox outside
  • Steak and Shake– kids eat free Saturday
  • Texas Roadhouse– Mondays 5-8 PM: kids eat free plus mascot appearance and balloon artist
  • Underground Cupcakes– gourmet food, coffee, and cupcakes (Ellettsville)
  • Wee Willies– affordable, variety, family friendly (Ellettsville)

I will have to try out some new places next time we go to Indianapolis for a museum or zoo visit. Where do you like to go? Here is one post I found which seems a good place to start: 15 Kid Themed Restaurants In and Around Indianapolis

A family meal can be a great time to form positive bonds and lifelong memories. Here are some fun ways to ritualize your family’s dining out experience:

Did we forget something? Do you know of a restaurant (within an hour of Bloomington) with a family friendly experience? Please let us know.

Happy exploring!

<3 Elena@Bloominglearn