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When and Where Kids Eat FREE (or Cheap) in Iowa City Area

Two years ago I wrangled up the Iowa City area restaurants that offer a kids’ day/night where kids eat free or cheaper. Since then, some restaurants have closed and others have stopped offering free/cheap kids’ meals. My family and I still eat out quite a bit, and since I, too, referenced the list frequently, I figured it was time to update it!

Please note: specials are subject to change at anytime. Please double check with individual restaurants to be sure specials are valid.

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Kids Eat Free (or cheap) in Iowa City 

Monday

Old Chicago
When: Mondays 4 p.m.- close
What: 1 FREE kids’ meal with purchase of an adult meal

Texas Roadhouse
When: Mondays 5-7 p.m.
What: Ice cream sundae bar and arts & crafts
Bonus: Offers call-ahead seating

Village Inn (Iowa City & Coralville locations)
When: Mondays and Tuesdays
What: Kids 10 and under eat FREE with adult entree

Zio Johno’s (North Liberty location)
When: Mondays
What: Kids eat FREE

Hu-Hot
When: All day, every day
What: Kids 3 and under eat FREE


Tuesday

Applebee’s
When: Tuesdays
What: ½ price kids’ meals

Chili’s
When: Tuesdays
What: Kids eat FREE

Hy-Vee Market Grille (all locations)
When: Tuesdays
What: Kids eat FREE

Perkins
When: Tuesdays 4-10 p.m.
What: Kids eat FREE

Pizza Hut
When: Tuesdays 5-8 p.m.
What: 1 FREE kids’ buffet per adult buffet

Pizza Ranch (Iowa City and North Liberty locations)
When: Tuesdays 5:00-8:00
What: 1 FREE kids’ meal with adult entree

Village Inn (Iowa City & Coralville locations)
When: Mondays and Tuesdays
What: Kids 10 and under eat FREE with adult entree

Hu-Hot
When: All day, every day
What: Kids 3 and under eat FREE


Wednesday

Frida Kahlo (Solon)
When: Wednesdays
What: Kids eat FREE

Hu-Hot
When: All day, every day
What: Kids 3 and under eat FREE


Thursday

Casa Azul
When: Thursdays
What: Kids eat FREE with purchase of adult meal

Hu-Hot
When: All day, every day
What: Kids 3 and under eat FREE


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Friday

Coral Ridge Family Fun Night
When: Last Friday of every month 5-8 p.m.
What:

  • Charley’s Philly Steaks – FREE kids’ meal with adult combo
  • Chik-fil-A – FREE activity with purchase of kids meal
  • Panda Express – FREE kids’ meal with adult combo
  • Sarku Japan – FREE kids’ meal with adult combo
  • Villa Pizza – FREE kids’ meal with adult combo
  • Mellow Mushroom
    • 2 kids 10 and under eat FREE with 1 adult entrée
    • 3 kids 10 and under eat FREE with 2 adult entrees OR large specialty pizza

Bonus:

  • FREE admission to ice arena
  • FREE admission to Iowa Children’s Museum
  • FREE carousel rides

Note: you may have to ask for free kids’ meals at the participating restaurants

Hu-Hot
When: All day, every day
What: Kids 3 and under eat FREE


Saturday

Steak N Shake
When: Saturday and Sunday, all day
What: Kids eat FREE with an $8 purchase, drink not included

Hu-Hot
When: All day, every day
What: Kids 3 and under eat FREE


Sunday

Flannigan’s
When: Sundays
What: Kids eat FREE (you can also get a free plate of fresh fruit for the littles, just ask if your server doesn’t automatically bring it)
Bonuses: Free popcorn and great adult entrée specials

Steak N Shake
When: Saturday and Sunday, all day
What: Kids eat FREE with an $8 purchase, drink not included

Hu-Hot
When: All day, every day
What: Kids 3 and under eat FREE


Did we miss your favorite restaurant? Tell us in the comments below where you like to go for free or cheaper kids’ meals!


 

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2 Responses to When and Where Kids Eat FREE (or Cheap) in Iowa City Area

  1. Kelli February 23, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Buffalo Wild Wings in Coralville does $1.99 kids meals on Wednesdays too!

  2. MomINNL July 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

    Mellow Mushroom is Tuesdays, not Friday.

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