Great Spots for a Kid’s Birthday Dinner
When what you need is dinner with family and a few friends, one of these places will be perfect.
Sometimes a nice dinner with family is all that’s needed…or all you have time for! Here are some great, kid-friendly restaurants where you can celebrate your child’s birthday without the fuss of party favors, themes and decorations in your own home. These places also can host private parties and accept large reservations in case you want to invite the whole family.
There’s something for everyone on Iron Hill’s huge menu. The kids’ menu is very extensive and affordable, and even includes a list of gluten-free options that are kid-friendly. Lots of basic dessert choices too, including a root beer float!
This is a great place for friends and family to gather. The kids’ menu is simple — chicken, ham and cheese, a few other options — but they’ll likely dig the atmosphere and the costumed waitstaff. Plus it’s just a few blocks away from the Franklin Fountain for a little treat after.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, dessert. Whatever you come here for, you’ll find a wide variety of choices featuring seasonal, local ingredients. The kids’ menu includes affordable basics like fruit or mac and cheese and so much more.
Pizza. Burgers. Mac and Cheese. Tacos. Chicken Fingers. Adobe seems to cover the basic food groups for kids in their two locations (South Philly and Roxborough). This is a great place for large parties, a variety of choices (including a gluten-free menu), and fun southwest meets Mexican decor.
The kids’ menu here is mainly Italian-focused, but there are chicken fingers in the list (which also includes spaghetti and cheese pizza).
On the Main Line
This place may look sophisticated, but their children’s menu has lots of great combos that definitely encourage parents to bring their kids to this Bryn Mawr location. The menu is for guests 14 and under, which is higher than many places. Tango is near the train tracks, and you can even request to sit in their “Train Room,” which is designed like a train dining car.
Locations in Wayne and Malvern. You’ll be tempted to order off the kids’ menu yourself, which includes grilled chicken pesto with quinoa, along with traditional kid favorites.
This is a great place for a small family dinner, as they offer “Family Hour” from Monday to Sunday each week. They offer cartoons, coloring books, and kids games in the media room. You can pick from a variety of family style dinners (serves four) or the $5 kids menu.
This Wayne diner has everything imaginable, plus a bakery! Each item on the kids’ menu is a typical children’s favorite, and they’re named after popular cartoon characters.
Another something-for-everyone restaurant, located in Paoli. Kid meal basics also include pasta (with a choice of marinara or butter). The kids eat free on Wednesdays!
Worth the Drive
Yes, you have to drive to New Jersey, but the birthday kid will be delighted at either of the two locations (Collingswood and Medford) of this throwback restaurant and ice cream parlor. The decadent menu of American classics features a grilled cheese sandwich that beat Bobby Flay, and the gargantuan sundaes will have the kids levitating.
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