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Dinner's Done, Now What? -  Ideas for Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun

Dinner's Done, Now What? - Ideas for Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun

After all the hours of prep work that go into Thanksgiving dinner, it seems as if it's gobbled up in no time flat. Now what? Here are a bunch of ideas for the entire family to enjoy after the big fe . . .

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10 Places to Buy Holiday Pies

10 Places to Buy Holiday Pies

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Fun Family Board Games

Fun Family Board Games

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San Diego Family's 2017 Holiday Toy Review

San Diego Family's 2017 Holiday Toy Review

The San Diego Family Holiday Toy Review-2017 is here! Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Die . . .

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How to Have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

How to Have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A celebration the kids will never forget!Make the kids’ table the best one in the house by celebrating like the Peanuts Gang in the popular movie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. With Charlie Brown . . .

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Thanksgiving Roundup!

Thanksgiving Roundup!

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S-T-R-E-T-C-H That Dollar! Restaurants where Kids Eat Free!

In these tough times when anything free is slowly becoming extinct, with everyone working harder and the economy struggling, there are still a group of restaurants dedicated to serving free meals to kids. Most of these places offer free food to kids with some restrictions, particularly the age of the child, specific days and the ratio of purchasing adults to the number of kid’s meals required.

Offers may vary by location and season or days. Offers are subject to change; be sure to verify information before planning a trip.

Acapulco
http://www.acapulcorestaurants.com/
760-471-2150
San Marcos: 1020-50 W. San Marcos Blvd.
One free kid's meal (12 and under) per paying adult, all day Tuesday.

Achiote
http://www.achiotes.com
619-690-1494
San Ysidro: 4119 Camino de la Plaza
Kids eat free on Tuesdays with a paying adult.

Al's Cafe in the Village
http://alscafeinthevillage.menutoeat.com
760-729-5448
Carlsbad: 795 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Kids (10 and under) eat free with a paying adult every day.

Barra Barra Saloon
http://barrabarrasaloon.com
619-291-3200
Old Town: 4016 Wallace St.

Kids eat free (10 and under) every day with a paying adult - includes any kids menu item and a drink!

Borrelli's
http://www.borrellispizza.net
760-436-1501
Encinitas: 28 N. El Camino Real
Kids eat free (10 and under) every day with a paying adult - includes any kids menu item and a drink!

Casa de Reyes
casadereyesrestaurant.com
619-220-5040
Old Town: 2754 Calhoun St.
Kids (10 and under) eat free with each adult entrée purchase on Mondays.

Cheesecake Factory
www.thecheesecakefactory.com

619-683-2800, Mission Valley: 7067 Friars Rd.

619-421-2500, Chula Vista: 2015 Birch Rd.

619-231-0036, Seaport Village: 789 W Harbor Dr.
760-743-2253, Escondido: 200 E. Via Rancho Pkwy. #370
Infants and toddlers (in a highchair) receive a free “baby plate” with slices of banana, oranges and bread.

Claim Jumper
http://claimjumper.com
Grossmont: 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. 
619-469-3927
Carmel Mountain Ranch: 12384 Carmel Mountain Rd.
858-485-8370
Free baby plates are offered every day with adult purchases.

Cosmopolitan
http://oldtowncosmopolitan.com
619-297-1874
Old Town: 2600 Calhoun Street 

Kids eat free (10 and under) every day with a paying adult.

Company Pub & Kitchen
http://companypubandkitchen.com
858-668-3365

Poway: 13670 Poway Rd.

Every Monday, kids (12 and under) eat free from the kids menu from 5-9 pm.

Daphne's California Greek
http://www.daphnesgreekcafe.com
12 locations throughout San Diego County
Kids eat free on Sundays at participating locations.

Denny’s
www.dennys.com
30+ locations throughout San Diego County
At participating locations, kids eat free per adult entrée on Tuesdays from 4-10 pm.

DiMille's Authentic Italian Restaurant
http://companypubandkitchen.com
619-283-3153
Normal Heights: 3493 Adams Ave.
Kids eat free every Tuesday with the purchase of an adult meal.

El Torito
www.eltorito.com
858-566-5792
4 locations throughout San Diego County
Kids (12 and under) eat free from kid’s menu with each adult entrée on Wednesdays.

Hacienda Casa Blanca
http://www.tinleafkitchen.com/home
619-442-9827
El Cajon: 700 N. Johnson Ave.
Kids (ages 10 and under) eat free on Mondays with purchase of adult entree.

Hamburger Factory
www.hamburgerfactory.com
858-486-4575
Poway: 14122 Midland Rd.
Kids eat free (10 and under) with each paid adult entree on Tuesdays from 5 pm-closing.

Hooley’s Irish Pub
www.hooleys.com
619-670-7468, El Cajon: 2955 Jamacha Rd.

619-713-6900, La Mesa: 5500 Grossmont Center Dr.

Kids (12 and under) get one free meal with purchase of an adult entrée on Wednesdays.

IHOP
www.ihop.com
619-656-7780
Eastlake: 2258 Otay Lakes Rd.
Kids (12 and under) can eat free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-8 pm per adult meal (drinks not included).

The Kebab Shop
http://www.thekebabshop.com
6 locations throughout San Diego County.
Kids eat free with adult purchase. Day varies by store. Call ahead to confirm.

Leucadia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
www.leucadiapizza.com/
858-597-2222, 619-670-7468
La Jolla: 7748 Regents Rd. 
Kids eat free on Sundays with the purchase of adult entrée (this is only offered at their La Jolla location).

Luna Grill
www.lunagrill.com
12 locations throughout San Diego County
With the purchase of an entrée, kids (12 and under) eat free from 4 pm until closing time (days differ by location).

Marie Callender’s
www.mariecallenders.com
858-675-9428
4 locations throughout San Diego County
Kids (12 and under) eat free on Tuesdays and Saturdays with each paid adult entrée.

Mia Francesca
www.miafrancesca.com
858-519-5055

Del Mar: 12955 El Camino Real, G-4

Kids (12 and under) eat free on Sunday nights with an paid adult meal.

O's American Kitchen
www.osamericankitchen.com/menu
7 locations throughout San Diego County
Kids 12 and younger get a kid’s meal (pasta, pizza or chicken) with adult purchase of $10 or more all day Tuesday.

Ruby’s Diner
www.rubys.com
619-294-7829
5+ locations throughout San Diego County
Tuesdays after 4 pm, kids (12 and under) get a free meal with each paid adult entrée.

Tavern + Bowl
www.tavernbowl.com

619-565-2695, EastLake: 881 Showroom Place, Chula Vista, CA
One free kids meal (ages 10 and under) for each adult meal purchased on Wednesdays (this is only offered at their East Lake location).

Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen
http://www.tinleafkitchen.com/home
760-431-5323
Carlsbad: 6985 El Camino Real
Kids (ages 10 and under) eat free on Sundays with purchase of adult entree. 4 pm until closing time.

Tony Roma’s
www.tonyromassandiego.com
858-272-7427
Pacific Beach: 4110 Mission Blvd.

Kids eat free on Sundays (up to two kids meals with the purchase of up to two regularly priced entreés).

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Updated: August 2016

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