If anyone knows about dining out with little ones, it is I.
I am constantly eating out with my little guys and have learned a few tricks on making our experience a good one. Of course, I have learned through trial and error. So to save you the headache here are four tips on surviving a restaurant with little ones:
- Make sure it’s kid friendly.
Most restaurants are kid friendly. But when I mean kid friendly, I mean make sure you go to a place that will provide drinks for children in a spill proof cup and provide entertainment for little people. One of our favorite restaurants, Noches de Colombia, provides coloring pages and crayons for children. Also, when I ask for juice for the little guys, they bring their juice in a cup with a lid on it. We have had the dreaded experience of our kids spilling drinks all over the table and it’s not fun.
2. Make sure they have their favorite dish.
My boys love rice, beans and avocado. If you go to a restaurant that does not provide a dish your child will like, you will end up wasting money. Our children have left plates filled with food way too many times because they did not like the food. Prior to visiting a restaurant, try and see if you can find a menu online. Trust me, you will not be throwing away your money.
3. Go during the day.
Restaurants tend to get busy at night. So if you go during an hour that is not so busy you’ll feel comfortable and you won’t have to worry about your children staying still the entire time. Your children will feel the freedom as well and won’t get overwhelmed with so many people.
4. Put away cell phones & give them quality time.
I promise I put my camera away as soon I was done taking pictures. Children often get bored if the parents are on their phone the entire time. Talk to them, color with them, make them tell you a story. After all, you’re spending money on a restaurant. Might as well bond with the people you are eating with.
Motherhood has taught me that we must plan ahead for everything until our kids are off to college. And yes, that includes the restaurants we go to.
I hope these tips help you as they have definitely helped us!
Thank you for reading!
a loving mama