It’s your day off and you really want to have a nice, fun meal out with the fam.
But, first off, you have to hunt down some kid-friendly restos. Then, you have to worry about whether the food will suit your tot.
And how on earth will you keep the high-octane mini-torpedos entertained so that you can actually eat the dinner you set out to enjoy?
Here is a list of 13 places your kids can eat for free. Who could resist a free lunch? Some of these dining spots even have proper playrooms.
Looks like there is such a thing as a free lunch, after all.
The Bank Bar + Bistro
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The Bank Bar + Bistro in the heart of the CBD seems an unlikely candidate for child-friendly dining, but we’re letting you in on a cool little (open) secret.
On weekends and public holidays, kids up to 12 years old can eat for free from 9 am to 6 pm at this kid-friendly resto; and there’s even a playroom to keep them tots entertained while the grown-ups scarf down a Sunday roast or two.
The tykes can choose from a kids’ menu that includes mini beef burger with cheese, grilled skinless chicken breast with corn niblets and spaghetti bolognaise, and baked Pacific dory with tomato salsa, broccoli flan, and spaghetti alfredo.
The playroom is actually a private drinks lounge on weekdays, but morphs into a play area come weekends, with floor mats, a ball pool, a TV which screens cartoons, and some toys. The cosy playroom is also open from 9 am to 6 pm.
You can keep an eye on the tots in the playroom as you sip a cocktail or a beer if you choose an al fresco table next to the playroom glass window. The interior of the resto looks like, well, a bank.
We’ll let you in on another secret.
Come weekend, the CBD is quiet as a mouse, so you won’t be fighting tooth and nail for a table – or even brave traffic jams – to get to lunch or dinner at The Bank. The roads are clear; so are the tables!
Don’t miss their value-for-money Sunday Roast, available only during weekends. It’s classic British grub – a choice of tender roast beef with a mouthwatering sauce, Yorkshire pudding, veg and corn on the cob; or moist roast chicken with creamy mash, mushy peas and Yorkshire pudding.
It’s as hearty as it can get at just $26.50, which includes a weekly dessert.
Other delish chef’s specials include the Hoisin Marinated Grilled Pork Chop ($33.50), The Bank Bar Fish and Chips ($22.50), Grilled Australia Ribeye ($39.50), Japanese Style Tuna Pasta ($20.50) and The Bank Pulled Pork Bun ($17.50).
The Bank Bar + Bistro
One Shenton #01-01, 1 Shenton Way, Singapore 068803
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11 am – 12 am
Wednesday, Friday: 11am – 1am
Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 12 am
The American smokehouse and grill joint’s new Sunday brunch offering includes a free kids’ meal with any adult main course ordered, for children 10 years old and younger at its Sunset outlet.
The adults can go for some yummy frittatas, Belgian waffles, and Smokey’s hangover specials on Bloody Marys, sparking wine and mimosas – on happy hour prices, too! Everyone’s happy.
Smokey’s uses hickory and mesquite wood to smoke their meats, so make a note to try their smoked baby back ribs, $25 for half a slab. And don’t forget to chomp down some buffalo wings, from $10.
Blk 106 Clementi Street 12 #01-54/56, Singapore 120106 (navigate to Sunset Lane)
Sunday: 11am onwards (Sunday Brunch)
Tuesday – Friday: 3 pm – 11 pm, Happy Hour 3 pm – 7 pm.
Starters served after 4:30pm, mains after 5pm on weekdays.
[Editor’s Note: Smokey’s BBQ at Sunset Way has closed. – 11 April 2016]
Hearty Belgian cuisine, lots of open space to run around, and even better – kids under 10 eat for free every weekend and public holiday from 12 pm to 5 pm. They will also enjoy a free scoop of ice-cream and free flow of fountain soft drinks.
At Brussels Sprouts, a child can eat for free for every paying adult who orders from the Big Eat or Main Sized Moules Frites/Palourde Frites sections of the menu. More reasons to invite your friends along!
Kids’ eats include meatballs, sausages, and fish, all served with salad and Belgian fries, as well as pasta with pink sauce.
However, this kids-eat-free promo is only for groups of no more than 15 people with at least 10 paying adults.
The brainchild of celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant, Brussels Sprouts has three scooter-friendly locations at Robertson Quay, East Coast and Sentosa.
Mummy, daddy, and friends can wash down some beer-stewed beef, braised lamb shank or a pot of mussels that comes with free-flow fries, with some cold Belgian beer.
The Pier at Robertson
80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-12
902 East Coast Parkway, Block F, #01-27
Tel: 6346 4344
31 Ocean Way, #01-01 Quayside Isle
Tuesday – Friday: 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 11 pm
Sunday: 10am – 11pm (Big Splash); 12 pm-11 pm (Robertson Quay & Sentosa Cove)
One-Ninety at Four Seasons
If you would like to enjoy Sunday brunch while keeping the littlies entertained, One-Ninety at Four Seasons Hotel offers a champagne brunch with a huge kids’ playland thrown in.
The Children’s Playland, located at the hotel’s ballroom, is a supervised wonderland for the little ones.
So mum and dad can kick back in peace and savour the adults’ brunch with free-flow Veuve Cliquot champagne, wine, beer and cocktails.
At the Playland, there’s a bouncy castle to keep the kiddos occupied, as well as activities like face painting, arts and craft, balloon games, bookmark-making, DVD movies, and video game consoles – bound to keep the little ones entertained.
Located at the Playland, the Kiddies’ Buffet offers a spread that includes burgers, hot dogs, fries, vegetable snacks and choc chip cookies – free for kids under 5 years old. For children between 5 to 11, the kids’ buffet is $36++.
Of course, your tots can choose to stay with the adults and enjoy the restaurant’s adult buffet spread, too.
For the adults, there are a few pricing options. For $78, you get the buffet food selections only; for $128, you also get free-flowing Bortolomiol Prosecco or Javier de las Muelas’ Singapore Sangria; and for $180, you can also enjoy free-flowing Veuve Clicquot Brut NV with your brunch.
You’ll be happy to know that kids below 5 can eat for free at all dining outlets at the Four Seasons Hotel.
One-Ninety Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel
190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646
Tel: 6831 7250,
The Edge at Pan Pacific
If you’re in a mood to be pampered, go for one of Singapore’s longest buffet brunches at The Edge at Pan Pacific Hotel.
The four-hour long champagne buffet brunch includes an impressive selection of Boston Lobster, Omi Wagyu Beef, Fines de Claire Oysters and 30 varieties of artisanal Cheese and Raclette, among others.
But be prepared to shell out more for this premium champagne brunch from 12 pm to 4 pm on Sundays – it’s $158++ a pop. It comes with free-flow Veuve Cliquot champagne, wines, beers, and cocktails.
Luckily for the kids (and for dad and mum’s wallet), the buffet is free for tots under the age of 6. For children betweem 7 to 11 years old, the buffet is $54 with unlimited soft drinks and juices.
It’ll also be fun to watch the chefs at the live stations grill some juicy wagyu beef steaks, or toss some pastas or ravioli in a pan, or melt Raclette cheese a la minute. The unique French or Swiss cheese round is heated, then the melted part is scraped onto dinner plates.
A bit of dinner theatre to keep everyone entertained.
There is also a dedicated Kids’ Corner where cartoon DVDs are screened to keep them entertained.
The Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore
Level 3, 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595
Tel: 6826 8240
Greenhouse at The Ritz-Carlton
Glitz up your Sunday family dinner at The Ritz-Carlton’s Greenhouse, known for its buffet featuring international flavours and local fare – including a variety of seafood like Canadian lobster, mud crab, chilled tiger prawn, and sashimi.
For the meat lovers, there are carving station offers local and Western roasts. But the menu is subject to changes, according to availability.
Kids eat free for a promotional period (called Kids’ Night Out) from September 28 to November 16, 2014; 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. For every paying adult, one child from 6 to 12 years old will dine free.
Prices start at $72++ per adult, and $36++ per child from 6 to 12 years of age.
Outside of the promo period, children under six years of age dine for free at their lunch buffet (Monday to Saturday) and dinner buffet (Monday to Sunday). Kids below three eat for free at the restaurant’s Sunday Vintage Champagne Brunch.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
Sakura International Buffet
A mind-boggling selection of dishes await you at Sakura International.
It’s no gourmet fest, but the array of food and choices like salmon sashimi – and their lovely durian puffs – will please the fam.
A nice touch – they serve Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream, which your kids will squeal about.
Kids below 1m tall get to eat free – 1 kid to 1 adult, up to a maximum of 4 kids.
The interior of Sakura is simple and functional. So, while the ambience is nothing to write home about, the prices are wallet-friendly starting at $23++ and won’t break the bank.
Sakura International Buffet
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Fancy some hearty, fiery Mexican? Chili’s offers free meals for kids under 12 with every adult entree.
So your kid can score a Peper Pals meal, which comes with a choice of entree, such as pizza, mac & cheese, hamburger or pasta, a side item, drink and choc chip cookie or ice-cream. The little one will probably run out of breath before he or she can rattle off the whole list of dishes.
But the kids-eat-free offer is only valid every Tuesday and Thursday, all day, at Tanglin Mall and Clarke Quay Central. On Sundays, only their Clarke Quay Central outlet offers this promo.
163 Tanglin Road, #02-23
Tel: 6733 3317
2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-10
Tel: 6684 3811
Chili’s, Central, Clarke Quay
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-18
Tel: 6225 1687
Click here for the various outlets’ opening hours
Kids will like the pop of fun colours at Resorts World Sentosa’s Starz Restaurant.
Mum and dad will like that up to 2 kids aged 12 and below get to dine for free with 2 paying adults.
For the semi-buffet lunch (adults $28++), you can tuck into a main course of your choice, and pick from a selection of appetizers, salad, soup, bread and desserts from the buffet table.
For the dinner buffet (adults from $55++), the spread features international and local cuisine, as well as live stations that cook up your requests.
Starz Restaurant, Resorts World Sentosa – Hard Rock Hotel
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Tel: 6577 6688
Monday – Friday: Breakfast 7.30 am – 10.30 am; lunch 12 pm – 2.30 pm; dinner 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Saturday – Sunday, PH: Breakfast 7.30 am – 10.30 am; hi-tea 12 pm – 4 pm; dinner 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Hog’s Breath Cafe
Yippee for Sunday at Hog’s Breath Cafe at Chijmes! That’s when it’s happy hour all day long.
The Australian steakhouse offers kids under 12 a free meal with each adult meal. The tots also get a kiddie soft drink and ice-cream.
Even better, there’s a supervised play room to keep the little dash-abouts occupied. This means you can actually sit down and eat your dinner. Without interruption.
Don’t miss the famous Hog Tail fries.
Hogs Breath Café, Chijmes
30 Victoria Street, Block A, #01-26/27, Singapore 187996
Tel: 6338 1387
Monday – Sunday: 11.30 am – 1 am (last order 10.30 pm)
Poppies Bistro Bar
At this kopitiam-turned-bistro, where paintings of poppies line the walls and cushions with poppy emblems pepper the benches, mums and dads can laze around on the weekends while kids eat – you guessed it – for free.
At Poppies Bistro Bar, between 10am and 7pm on weekends, children under 12 years get a free meal for every main course ordered.
The little ones can chomp on yummy mac & cheese or mini fish and chips at this chic Siglap resto, while you wolf down a more grown-up-sized main course at Poppies.
Yum yum for everyone’s tum tums.
Poppies Bistro Bar
53 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455214
Monday – Friday: 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 11 pm
Roll back the years and find yourself in the roaring 50s with the blues blasting out of a jukebox at Morganfields.
The cosy diner offers kids under 8 years or 120 cm a free meal all weekend and on public holidays.
Lick off the sticky yumminess of the signature BBQ pork ribs off your fingers. And down a cold Kronenbourg Blanc draught beer while you’re at it.
Meanwhile, your tot can have his pick of fish fingers, chicken tenders, hot dogs, meatballs or a pork burger.
To give mum and dad time to lick their sticky fingers, there are also fun activities on the menu to keep them occupied at the drawing board.
Morganfields, The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green, #02-23, Singapore 138617
Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm
Friday, Saturday, PH Eve: 11 am – 12 am
Forget Fridays. Mondays to Thursdays are the new #TGIF at legendary casual dining restaurant TGI Fridays.
It’s all about the kids from Monday to Thursday, because that’s when they eat for free at the cosy family-friendly resto located in Katong.
Your happy tykes will get a free meal from the Stars Menu with each adult entrée. Burgers ad fries, and fish and chips are surefire crowd pleasers.
112 Katong Singapore, 112 East Coast Road, #01-13, Singapore 428802
Tel: 6636 0533
Monday – Thursday: 11.00 am – 12.00 am
Friday – Saturday: 11.00 am – 2.00 am
Sunday: 11.00 am – 12.00 am