Kids in restaurants can be tricky, especially in the busy school holiday period. High chairs? Entertainment? Kid-friendly food? Help!

Don't stress, we’ve narrowed down the list of family-friendly places to eat, which will put a smile on everyone’s face this January.

Kids eat free

Nothing in life comes for free – except your kids’ meals at these venues during the holiday season.  

Fratelli Fresh, Sydney NSW

Fratelli Fresh allows your kids to eat deliciously authentic Italian food every day of the week during January and there are eight different locations to choose from in Sydney – Alexandria, Bridge Street, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, the Entertainment Quarter, Macquarie Street, Walsh Bay and Westfield Sydney. Chefs will whip up everything from children-favourites such as pizza and spaghetti Bolognese, to crisp pork belly with shaved cabbage and pancetta for the adults. Looking for a healthy pasta alternative? Swap it out for zucchini noodles and you’re sorted.

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Mount Duneed Estate, Geelong VIC

Mount Duneed Estate is here to treat you. Just a 15-minute drive from Geelong, Victoria, it serves up classic Australian dishes alongside views of their sprawling vineyard and the Barrabool hills. They have an indoor sandpit and chalkboard, while the Garden Bar’s open lawn is particularly good for energetic kids. Order the kids a sausage roll or popcorn chicken for free, while you sip on a glass of wine – and don’t miss out on the pan fried ricotta gnocchi or seared lamb fillet for yourself.

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More kids eat free options:

Daniel San: Grab a free meal from the Karate Kids menu with any regular dish. Available 4pm-6.30pm Monday to Friday

Crinitis: Kids eat free 12-5pm on weekends

Das Beirhaus: Kids eat free Thursdays and Sundays includes: Kids Meal + Drink + Dessert

Coco Cubano: Kids eat free all day, every day. Dine with the whole family and enjoy one free kids main per $20 adult food spend

CJ's Crab Shack & Grill: Kids under 12 eat free on Sunday

Hophaus: Half price kid meals all day and free soft drinks

Dinner with a side of entertainment

Bungalow 8, Darling Harbour NSW

You know it’s a winning combination when you find a restaurant that feeds you healthy and fresh Australian food and entertains the little ones. Sydney’s Bungalow 8 is the place to be, from 12-4pm to be exact. Not only is there tasty salmon poke bowls, steaming mussels, fresh salads or lemon and herb roast chicken on offer, the restaurant has a free kids’ corner which provides games, sports and crafts for all ages. Plus, kids eat free with every adult that orders a main meal – bonus! They also have performers on Sundays from 12.20pm-2.30pm – there will be plenty of princesses, superheroes, magicians and face painting. Everyone will leave happy (and a little more sparkly).

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Wharf Hotel, Melbourne VIC

Victoria’s Wharf Hotel has it sussed too. While their Aussie pub classic menu is a hit, their ‘beach boxes’ take centre stage, complete with white sand, deck chairs, beach balls and an ice cream cart – all your summer favourites. You’ll find it perched on the banks of the Yarra River in the modern WTC Wharf precinct – those city views will have you as captivated as the kids with their make-shift beach. There’s also live music every weekend and big screen TVs for sports enthusiasts who are great at multi-tasking while cheering on their favourite teams.

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The Greens, North Sydney NSW

If you’re partial to city scapes, good food and a venue where your kids can roam free, The Greens in North Sydney hits the spot. The fresh Australian dishes are created to be shared. Fried halloumi, yellow fin tuna crudo and seafood empanadas are to start and are rounded off by the likes of the blackened miso eggplant, grilled pork cutlet and pan roasted salmon tail. Kids get to choose from cheese burgers and crumbed fish fillets while running around to their heart’s content. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors allow you to feel as though you’re outside, even if you’re not in the rustic garden, complete with daybeds, picnic areas and long communal tables.

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Dinner with a twist

Sugar n Spice, Chatswood NSW

Sugar and Spice aim to put the fun back in dining – and they succeed. Inspired by the fantastical world of Alice in Wonderland, they create savoury meals and crazy desserts the whole family will enjoy. Feast from breakfast to lunch (and high tea!) on marble tables and whimsical furniture. Kids choose items such as savoury crepes and cheese toasties, all served with a milkshake of their choice, while adults can have everything from boeuf bourguignon to salmon and spinach rice bowls. The desserts are to die for – Alice’s Fantasy Fondue is not to be missed!

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Fast and cheesy

Primo, Northcote VIC

When you’re time poor, there’s nothing better than treating yourself to an easy, cheesy Italian affair. Hand-stretched pizzas and handmade pastas from Primo in Northcote, Victoria will make even the pickiest of eaters a happy camper. Throw in a side of garlic bread and there won’t be one complaint.

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Pizza & Grill Company, Campbellfield VIC

Campbellfield’s Pizza & Grill Company hits the Italian food sweet spot too. The authentic wood-fired pizzas, juicy burgers and steaks and gravy-loaded fries are all crowd-pleasers. Cosy on down in one of their booths and settle in for a feast. If there are vegans, vegan cheese and gluten-free base pizzas are an option too.

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