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Kids Eat Free in Des Moines

Kids Eat Free in Des Moines

Kids Eat Free in Des Moines

Updated: February 2021

As parents, we try our hardest to plan and prep each week for meals. But, let’s be honest our lives get busy with kid activities, homework, outdoor fun, and more. Plus, we just do not want to cook! Here is our ultimate guide to kids to eat free in Des Moines. We have taken our old one, edited, added, and revamped it just for you.

If you are out and about, you can bring up this list on the free Des Moines Parent app (available for Apple products and Androids).

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM. Restaurants do change their ‘eat free’ nights periodically. We do our best to keep this list updated. Please let me know if you see any errors or any additions we should make.

Monday

Brick Street Market and Cafe: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Located in Bondurant.

The Chicken Orilla: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Located in West Des Moines.

IHOP: One child eats free with the purchase of an adult entree.  4 to 9 p.m.  Ankeny location.

Los Charros: Receive one free kid’s meal with every adult meal purchased and soft drink. Located in Ankeny.

Magee’s Irish Pub: Kids meals are 1/2 price with the purchase of an adult meal. Ankeny.

McAlister’s Deli: All kid’s meals are $1.99 when you dine in. Beverages are not included. Located in West Des Moines.

Spaghetti Works: Kids 11 and under eat free all day Monday! Downtown Des Moines.

Tuesday

Bennigan’s – Kids eat free with one kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult meal from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Located in Urbandale.

Denny’s – Kids eat free from 4-10 p.m. Ask your server for details. Located in Clive.

Fazoli’s – Three kids meals for 99¢ each for each adult entree purchased from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All locations.

IHOP: One child eats free with the purchase of an adult entree.  4 to 9 p.m.  Ankeny location.

McAlister’s Deli: All kid’s meals are $1.99 when you dine-in. Beverages are not included. Located in West Des Moines.

Perkins: Kids can eat free ALL DAY, with the purchase of an adult meal. Located in Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines, and West Des Moines.

Pizza Ranch: Children 10 years and under eat free with the purchase of an Adult Buffet at a regular price. Located in Altoona, Ankeny, Indianola, Urbandale, and Waukee.

Rita’s Cantina Mexican Kitchen: Kids eat free during the Summer. Limit one free kid’s meal per adult meal.

Ruby Tuesday: Kids eat free at 5 p.m. to close with the purchase of an adult entree. Located in Urbandale.

ShortE’s BBQ: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Located in Johnston.

Social Eats & Crafts: Kids 12 and under eat free 5 to 9 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entree. Located in Pleasant Hill.

Sports Page Grill: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. Located in Ankeny and Indianola.

Steamboat Boys BBQ: Every Tuesday, you get 1 free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal! Clive, Iowa.

The Great Escape: Kids eat free from 5 to 9 p.m. One free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Pleasant Hill.

The U Neighborhood Bar and Grill: Kids eat free all day under 10 years of age. Two free kids meals per adult entree. Located in Urbandale.

Village Inn: Kids eat free with an adult entree. West Des Moines, Des Moines, and Altoona.

Wednesday

Applebee’s – Half-price kids meals all day. All locations

Bakers Square: Free pie Wednesday! Enjoy a FREE slice of pie with every meal purchased. Located in Clive.

Buffalo Wild Wings – $1.99 kids meals all day, drinks included. All locations.

Dairy Queen: Waukee only, children can receive a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Firehouse Subs – Kids combos for 99¢ each for each adult medium sub combo purchased from 4 p.m. to close. (kid combos include 12oz soft drink and rice krispie treat only). All locations.

The Handlebar –  Kids eat free with adult meal purchase (dine-in only). Located in Dallas Center.

McAlister’s Deli: All kid’s meals are $1.99 when you dine in. Beverages are not included. Located in West Des Moines.

Wig and Pen: Kids 12 and under can eat free. Beverages are not included. Multiple kids may eat free with a single adult entree. Located in Ankeny

Thursday

McAlister’s Deli: All kids’ meals are $1.99 when you dine-in. Beverages are not included. Located in West Des Moines.

Friday

Hy-Vee Market Grille Express: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Located in Des Moines, Johnston and Pleasant Hill.

Saturday

McAlister’s Deli: All kids’ meals are $1.99 when you dine-in. Beverages are not included. Located in West Des Moines.

Z’Mariks: You can receive one free kid’s bowl when you purchase an adult bowl! Located in Ankeny and Clive.

Sunday

Bennigans: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. 4 to 10 p.m. Located in Urbandale.

Guadalajara’s: Kids eat free with an adult meal. Located in Ankeny.

Longest Yard: Kids eat free with an adult meal. Located in Valley Junction.

McAlister’s Deli: All kid’s meals are $1.99 when you dine-in. Beverages are not included. Located in West Des Moines.

7 Days a Week

Sonic: Enjoy 1/2 price slashes and soft drinks from 2 pm to 4 pm daily. Located in Ankeny and Johnston.

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

30 thoughts on “Kids Eat Free in Des Moines

  1. McCallasters west dm no longer has .99 cent meals on Thursday

  2. Thank you for letting me know! I will get that edited.

  3. Amy Witter says:

    IHOP everyday 4-9pm kids eat free

  4. Thank you for letting me know! I will get that added.

  5. Godfathers closed in Ankeny quite some time ago. It’s a Starbucks now.

  6. Thank you for letting me know! I have taken that off the list.

  7. Cowboy chicken – Ankeny. Kids 10 and under eat free with adult from 4 PM- close on Monday.

  8. Tiffany A says:

    Hi!! Thank you for posting this! I have it saved in my bookmarks! ? I wanted to let you know that Applebee’s does $.99 kids meals all day Wednesday’s.

  9. Hy-Vee no longer does free kids meal on thursdays.

  10. Firehouse subs, this is no longer valid as I called today: Kids eat free all day with the purchase of an adult combo meal. Located in Ames, Clive, Des Moines and West Des Moines.

    Instead: West Des Moines only: kids eat for 99 cents with adult medium combo purchase on Wednesday. Must ask for discount or it won’t be given.

  11. Thank you for letting us know! We will get those edited ASAP.

  12. Christa Myers says:

    I called Malo, and they indicated they no longer have kids eat free on Sundays.

  13. Bummer! That was such a good deal. We will update that now. Thank you for letting us know!

  14. 5 de Mayo changed their menu and no longer does free kids meals on Thursday. I just ate there with my son.

  15. Gino’s is permanently closed.

  16. oh no! When did that happen? We will get that edited now. Thank you for letting us know!

  17. Marissa Kepple says:

    Just came to IHOP in Ankeny (Thursday night) was told kids only eat free on Mondays.

  18. Oh no! We will get that changed. Thanks for letting us know.

  19. Douglas Mensen says:

    Just call BWW in West Des Moines was told ” kids no longer eat half price, that deal ended two weeks ago”

  20. Thank you for letting us know! We will get that edited now.

  21. Jessie Dennis says:

    Bennigans changed the kids eat free day to Sunday’s. I just called to confirm!

  22. We were at Chili’s on Monday, and kids eat for $0.99, not free. I’m also pretty sure kids get a discount on Tuesday evening at Applebee’s and Buffalo Wild Wings

  23. Chili’s no longer offers 99c kids entrees on Tuesdays.

  24. Thank you for letting us know! I will get that updated.

  25. Mama Lacona’s is permanently closed

  26. Thank you for letting me know. We will get that updated!

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