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Everywhere You Can Get Free Food for Kids Right Now

Thrillist logo Thrillist 4/23/2021 Dustin Nelson

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, dining indoors can be dangerous for you and the restaurant's employees. Check the CDC's Food Safety and Eating Out guidelines to understand the risks involved. Consider ordering food to-go or getting delivery to support your favorite restaurants.Most schools are out for the foreseeable future. That presents a whole host of challenges for parents and caretakers. Not dire, but nonetheless real is the need to get something in their mouths so they stop talking for a second. Also, sustenance, but the other thing too. 

When you get tired of cooking or making meals they complain about, restaurants around the country are offering a load of free and cheap meals for kids that you can get for contactless delivery or pickup. That includes big chains like Burger King, Subway, Red Robin, and many other spots. 

We'll be updating the below list that features the best deals on food for kids almost daily, so bookmark this page and check back often. 

Free Food for Kids

Boston Market

The deal:

The rotisserie chain is offering free kid meals. No purchase is required at all. Kids 12 and under can just grab a free one. 

When: For just a little while

Moe's Southwest Grill

The deal:

The burrito chain's new "Kids Eat Free" program offers a free meal to kids 12 and under every Sunday. No purchase is required.

When: Ongoing

Dunkin

The deal:

If you're a Dunkin' Rewards member, buy a beverage and get a free classic donut every Wednesday.

When: Every Wednesday through April 21

Subway

The deal:

Take advantage of the Family Takeout Special, and get a free footlong when you buy two footlongs for takeout on the Subway website or through its mobile app. 

When: Ongoing

Sheetz

The deal: The convenience chain is offering free meals for kids at more than 600 locations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Just ask at the counter or drive-thru daily.

When: Ongoing

B.GOOD

The deal:

The restaurant has expanded its usual kid meal deal. Kids can eat free every day of the week with the purchase of one adult entrée. In fact, you can get two free kid meals for every adult meal purchase. 

When: Ongoing

Village Inn

The deal:

 Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entrée. 

When: Mondays and Tuesdays

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

The deal:

Kids can get free Texas-style barbecue on Sundays with all delivery and carryout orders when you use the code "KEFOLO." Though you have to order at least one entrée and hit the $10 minimum. If your kids like Texas-style barbecue, Sunday is a big day. 

When: Every Sunday

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop

The deal:

Nab a free grilled cheese sandwich for kids when you buy an entrée and get it delivered.

When: Ongoing

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern

The deal: Kids can grab a book tracker to participate in the restaurant's Bucketeer Bookworms program. After every five books they read, they'll get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. 

When: Ongoing

Tijuana Flats

The deal:

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. There's a limit of two free kid meals per order. 

When: Ongoing

Smokey Bones

The deal:

The Florida-based eastern restaurant chain is offering a free kid meal with every entrée order. 

When: Ongoing

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

The deal:

Every Tuesday, kids eat gratis. You'll be able to snag one kid meal for every adult entrée you buy. 

When: Every Tuesday

Cotton Patch Cafe

The deal:

Kids can get a free meal on Wednesdays with the purchase of an adult entrée that hits that pesky $10 minimum.

When: Every Wednesday

Saladworks

The deal:

Kids eat free from the Kids Works menu every Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entrée. 

When: Every Tuesday

Taco John's

The deal

: The launch of its new value menu includes the option to grab a free Chicken, Bacon Guacamole Street Taco when you order any Pepsi product through the Taco John's app. 

When: Through April 5

Fazoli's

The deal

: Get a free kids meal with any purchase. 

When: Ongoing

Pollo Campero

The deal:

Kids under 12 get free soft-serve ice cream with the purchase of a kids meal. 

When: Ongoing

Chick N Max

The deal:

Kids get a lunch box for just $2. It comes with an order of Popcorn Chicken and a side or applesauce.  

When: Monday through Friday, 11am-1pm

Chick N Max

The deal:

Buy a kids meal on a weeknight and parents get a freebie. Grab your choice of an Original or Classic Smoked Sandwich, 2 Tender Meal, Regular Popcorn Chicken, 6-Pack of Wings, or Leg Quarter Meal.

When: Weeknights at dinner

Food Deals for Kids and Families

Pollo Campero

The deal:

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the chain is doling out deals throughout April. Today will be the month's final deal. Purchase a family meal and you'll get 50% off with the code "HAPPYBDAY."

When: April 27 

Uberrito

The deal:

The chain is running a "$5 chicken for pick-up" deal as well as offering a $0.99 kid meal with the purchase of an entrée.

When: Ongoing

Casa Olé

The deal:

Grab an entrée, and it'll cost you just $0.99 to add on a kid meal. Also, the restaurants are offering double points every day on all pick-up orders. 

When: Ongoing

Blaze Pizza

The deal:

Get free delivery through Postmates if you hit the order minimum of $15. There's always that catch.

When: Ongoing

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

The deal:

The restaurant now offers Family Bundles for the road. Entrée options include House-Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Tenders, and Grilled Salmon. For $24.99, the Bundle also comes with two family-sized sides and a half-dozen Honey Butter Croissants. 

When: OngoingPlease note: This list does not include local resources, which are available through many cities and school districts. 

More Deals for Kids?

Did we miss some offers? Let us know about them at news@thrillist.com with "Food Deals for Kids" in the subject line,  and we might include it here. 

Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery offers, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.

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