Who doesn’t want to save money these days? As parents, we all find clever ways to save money but one that is often overlooked is finding specials for getting your kids’ dinner to be cheaper or free at your favorite local eatery. Whether your family eats out for convenience sake for a quick bite between soccer games and dance recitals or if you plan a family night once a week, getting meals for kids under 12 can be a money saving proposition.
Springfieldians love to eat out and at one time the Queen City of the Ozarks boasted the most restaurants per capita before the restaurant boom took off in other parts of the country. If you’re a busy family looking to save a buck on dinner for the kids, Springfield Kids Directory has a listing of many restaurants that have specials on a regular basis for kids who eat out with parents. Here are some of the best places to find a great meal at a great price for your children when you eat with them.
The Pasta House Company
The Pasta House Company is a regional restaurant based in St. Louis with two Springfield locations. Consider it to be the Olive Garden of fast food Italian. Monday night has all you can eat pasta for twelve dollars. But if you have children, Sunday is your time to go Italian.
Any child 12 or under can get one item off the kids menu for free with the purchase of an adult entrée on a one-to-one basis. If you purchase two adult meals you get two free kids meals between a child sized spaghetti or fettuccine which can be worth between four and five dollars.
A longtime Springfield tradition, Ziggie’s Restaurant has five locations in the city and a few more in the area. The king of 24 hour restaurants, you can get any menu item at any time no matter which location you go to.
Monday night from four to ten in the evening when an adult purchases an item for six dollars or more, one child entrée can be had for free. This works for your kids 12 years and younger. They have an entire children’s menu of some of the favorite offerings from Ziggie’s menu.
McAlister’s Deli is one of Springfield’s favorite deli choices for sandwiches and their famous potatoes with sweetened ice tea. You can get up to two free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entrée from five to nine in the evening whether you eat in or get it to go on Tuesday nights.
Your options are plentiful. If your child likes pizza, mac and cheese, a simple sandwich or even a hot dog, you can choose something healthier or more towards normal kids fare. You can even order a garden salad if you need your child to get some vegetables for dinner.
Tropical Smoothie Café
Nothing gets healthier in Springfield than Tropical Smoothie Café. If you are out on Saturdays and need a healthful snack or meal, Tropical Smoothie Café on south Campbell Avenue. Not only can you get a fantastic fruit smoothie but you can get good food too.
For kids menu choices you can get a quesadilla or a healthful flatbread sandwich. Saturday you can get a free item when you purchase food and a smoothie. After Saturday shopping or a soccer game, treat your children to something different and healthy when you go to Tropical Smoothie Café.