Eating out with kids can be tricky. There are the fussy eaters, the fidgeters, the kids who forget that spaghetti is best eaten with a fork rather than hand. But, thankfully, there are some Central Coast restaurants and clubs who know that elbows on the table are the least of your worries and that just getting through a meal without a spilt drink is a victory.
Many of these restaurants also offer “Kids Eat Free” nights. We’ve traipsed the Central Coast to find you all the restaurants and clubs that offer “Kids Eat Free” deals, so you can enjoy a night off from cooking without worrying about breaking the bank.
We’ve also found a couple of awesome restaurants that are doing “Kids Eat Free” deals these Spring School Holidays. Read on for more.
Kids Eat Free these Spring School Holidays
The Bon Pavilion is hosting a ‘Kids Eat Free’ offer Monday to Thursday (12pm-3pm) during these Spring school holidays.* If you haven’t yet made it to Sean Connolly’s new restaurant, now’s the time. We can vouch for the lamb tomahawk chops and king crab linguini, and the kids will be well satisfied with the chef’s housemade pasta and fish finger sarnies. Make sure you leave room for dessert – a glimpse of the picture above is enough to tempt the most stoic dieters.
*Terms for Bon Pavilion deal: Kids Eat Free valid for lunch only in Bonfire restaurant – not available when the adults are dining on Bon Bon Espresso/ cafe items/ food. Each child needs to be accompanied by an adult to receive a complimentary kids meal.
The Bavarian is hosting Kids Eat Free every day of the Spring School Holidays (11am-4pm). Plus, they’re running “$5 Decorate Your Own Pretzel” kids classes (12pm-2pm), which makes for a happy, peaceful lunch for everyone.
*Terms for Bavarian deal: one free kids meal for every adult meal purchased. Valid for kids 12 or younger. Not valid with any other offer.
Kids Eat Free restaurants on the Central Coast
The following restaurants have Kids Eat Free deals all year-round.
Here’s how to use this feature:
1. Choose your night and pick a venue (kids eat free is available on the days that have a tick).
2. Click on the venue name to be redirected to our write up on the restaurant. We share what places have playgrounds, what’s on the kids menus, what weekly activities each venue hosts and more.
OR simply scroll down to read all of our reviews.
Tip: Scroll to the bottom of the feature for a map showing the location of all venues.
Kids love going to Gosford RSL. It could have something to do with its incredible Mini Mania indoor play area, equipped with a ball pit and climbing frames. Plus, there’s a baby area and parents feeding room. A contemporary a-la-carte menu (including Italian, American, Asian and Modern Australian cuisines) is served at the RSL’s Luminous Brasserie.
Kids eat free: Thursday dinner. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Members only.
On the kids menu: Nuggets and chips, fish and chips, cheeseburger and chips, fettuccine Bolognese, grilled chicken skewers with jasmine rice.
Where: Gosford RSL – 26 Central Coast Hwy, West Gosford.
We love Florida Beach Bar’s relaxed vibe, not to mention the incredible views of Terrigal Beach. Situated on the lower level of the Crowne Plaza, families can enjoy live music (Friday to Sunday), as well as arcade games and a round of pool. Florida Beach Bar is also home to the Greedy Guts Markets, which showcases boutique street food once a month.
Kids eat free: Monday to Friday. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.
On the kids menu: Chicken nuggets and fries, cheeseburger and fries, ham and cheese pizza. All meals also come with a soft drink, ice-cream and colouring-in pack.
Where: Florida Beach Bar, Crowne Plaza Terrigal – Pinetree Lane, Terrigal.
The family-friendly Everglades Country Club is known for its fun Friday-night kids activities for Everglades Mini Members (such as bingo, discos, face painting, giant games, craft and music workshops). Kids events also run in the school holidays, and include a kindi farm, bug shows and Cinema Under the Stars.
Kids eat free: Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Members only. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Fish and chips, cheeseburger and chips, nuggets and chips, spaghetti bolognese, ham and cheese pizza, steak and chips.
Where: Everglades Country Club – Dunban Road, Woy Woy.
Conveniently located in the buzzing Westfield Tuggerah outdoor dining precinct, Hog’s Breath is a casual spot to indulge in a steak-and-curly-fries craving. Staff are warm and welcoming to kids making it popular with families around the Coast. The restaurant is also right across from Timezone, which is open until late every night, and metres from Event Cinemas.
Kids eat free: Monday and Tuesday. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.
On the kids menu: Chicken nuggets, cheeseburger, fish and chips, pasta, sirloin steak. All meals are served with curly fries or salad (pasta excluded), plus a drink and two scoops of ice-cream for dessert.
Where: Hog’s Breath Tuggerah – Westfield Tuggerah, Tonkiss Street, Tuggerah.
A favourite in the north, Norah Head Sporties is not too far from Soldiers Beach and the Norah Head rockpool, making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a day of sand and sun. The club boasts a restaurant (Lattitude 33) with club classics – think schnitzels, steaks and burgers. It also has an ocean-themed indoor playground for the kids to enjoy.
Kids eat free: Monday dinner. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be under the age of 12. Excludes school holidays and public holidays.
On the kids menu: Chicken nuggets, chips and salad, grilled or battered fish with chips, kids schnitty with chips and salad, cheeseburger with chips, kids steak with chips or salad.
Where: Norah Head Sporties Bowling & Sports Club – Victoria Street, Norah Head.
The Dam Hotel is a fab family-orientated pub. It has a fenced playground and a large outdoor seating area, so you can watch the kids burn off energy while you kick back with a drink and a bite to eat. On the last Sunday of every month, they also host a petting zoo for members of their kids club.
Kids eat free: Monday nights.
On the kids menu: Spaghetti bolognese, fish and chips, chicken nuggets, cheeseburger, Hawaiian pizza.
Where: The Dam Hotel – Cnr Minnesota Rd & Pacific Highway, Wyong North.
Perched on the banks of Erina Creek, this iconic pub is under new management and has a fresh and contemporary feel. The Garden Bar overlooks the creek and is an ideal spot to unwind in the sunshine and enjoy a meal. The Bistro is another great spot to take the family and serves up traditional pub favourites as well as Italian and Mexican dishes.
Kids eat free: Every day. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.
On the kids menu: Pasta with Napolitana sauce, fish and chips, chicken nuggets and chips, margherita pizza and cheeseburger sliders. All meals also come with an ice block and soft drink.
Where: The Sunken Monkey – 207 The Entrance Road, Erina.
Locals love Club Toukley’s restaurant, ZIVA Eats & Pizza, which serves seafood, steaks, healthy meal options, handcrafted pizzas and all the club classics. Attached to the restaurant is an indoor playground, so they get bonus points for this! Club Toukley also runs monthly Friday night discos for kids with games, face painting, airbrushed tattoos and a jumping castle.
Kids eat free: Tuesdays from 5:30pm with any adult meal $13 or more purchased off the full ZIVA menu. Members only.
On the kids menu: Chicken nuggets, fish bites, cheeseburger, spaghetti bolognese, chicken tenders, margherita pizza, ham and pineapple pizza, pepperoni pizza. All meals (except spaghetti bolognese and the pizzas) come with the choice of chips, salad or vegetables. Meals also include a juice or water pop top, plus a chocolate, strawberry or vanilla ice-cream cup for dessert.
Where: Club Toukley RSL, Corner of Holmes Ave and Main Road, Toukley.
Another gem amongst the eateries of the Westfield Tuggerah outdoor dining precinct. Serving up hearty pizza and pasta, Panarottis has a cosy feel with colourful booth seating and an extensive kids menu. It also has a direct view of Timezone, which will excite and probably distract your tribe from their meals! Event Cinemas is located metres away if you’re up for dinner and a movie.
Kids eat free: Wednesdays. Free kids combo deal with any adult meal from the main menu (excludes starters, salads, desserts and lunch specials). Combo includes a kids meal, drink and sweet treat. Not available on public holidays and Valentine’s Day. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions and promotional vouchers.
On the kids menu: Cheese pizza, mini mobster pizza, ham and pineapple pizza, ham and cheese pizza, super salami pizza, beef lasagne, alfredo pasta, spaghetti and meatballs, mac and cheese, spaghetti bolognese, chicken nuggets and chips.
Where: Panarottis Tuggerah – Westfield Tuggerah, Tonkiss Street, Tuggerah.
Craving schnitzel after a bit of late-night shopping? Austrian Schnitzel Haus at Erina Fair has you covered. You’ll find it downstairs at the shopping centre’s entertainment quarters – The Hive – surrounded by three different play spaces and Hoyts Cinema. What’s more, Austrian Schnitzel Haus has its very own playground. It’s a fantastic spot to enjoy a bite to eat, especially in the warmer months when the days are longer.
Kids eat free: Thursdays. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.
On the kids menu: Chicken or veal schnitzel and chips, haus-made beef or chicken burger and chips, Frankfurter sausages and chips, chicken nuggets and chips.
Where: Austrian Schnitzel Haus – Erina Fair, Terrigal Drive, Erina.
Wallarah Bay Recreation Club’s location definitely has the wow factor. It sits right on Tuggerah Lake and showcases stunning water views. It also has a huge grass area where kids are free to roam, run and play – just be mindful of the proximity to the water. The club’s restaurant, Dish, whips up club favourites as well as popular stone grills.
Kids eat free: Thursday from 5:30pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Battered fish cocktails and chips, spaghetti Bolognese, mini chicken schnitzel and chips, tempura popcorn chicken and chips. Meals come with a soft drink, dessert and kids activity pack.
Where: Wallarah Bay Recreation Club – 40 Wallarah Rd, Gorokan.
This cheerful little club is home to Angkasa Malaysian Restaurant, bringing you entrees like prawn toast, spring rolls and dim sims, plus hawker specials, curries, vegetarian dishes and the ever-popular curry prawns, honey chicken, sweet and sour pork and combination chow mein. They also offer a small selection of Western dishes if you’re feeling like calamari or a chick burger instead.
Kids eat free: Fridays and Sundays from 5:30pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.
On the kids menu: Chicken nuggets and chips, fish and chips, crumbed calamari and chips, prawn cutlets and chips. All meals come with a soft drink, ice cream and an activity pack.
Where: Budgewoi Soccer Club – 1 Millington Way, Buff Point.
What’s better than a kids eat free deal? A kids eat free deal located just around the corner from an awesome playground. After trying out all the equipment and musical instruments at Canton Beach Community Park and Playground, head on up to Canton Beach Sports Club. It’s restaurant, Fusion, has a selection of Malaysian cuisine and the usual club fare.
Kids eat free: Fridays from 5:30pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Chicken nuggets and chips, calamari rings and chips, fish pieces and chips, crumbed chicken and chips. All meals come with a soft drink, ice cream and activity pack.
Where: Canton Beach Sports Club – 11 Hibbard Street, Toukley.
Kincumber Hotel is such a go-to for families on the Coast and it’s easy to see why. Kids can explore the outdoor pirate ship play area while parents/carers can relax on the bistro’s terrace that overlooks it. There’s also sandpit and an indoor games room. Dinner options include burgers, pizzas, pasta and risotto, BBQ grill and three types of chicken parmigiana. Click here to read our full feature on the Kincumber Hotel.
Kids eat free: Fridays with any adult meal over $15 purchased.
On the kids menu: Chicken schnitzel, batter fish, cheeseburger, bangers. Meals served with a choice of vegetables, chips, mash or salad. All meals come with a drink and dessert.
Where: Kincumber Pub – 6 Carrak Rd, Kincumber.
This is a fab option when the family are all in the mood for different things! Wyong Rugby Leagues Club has two restaurants with large menus, so you’re spoiled for choice. Jake’s Place has the classics – schnitzels, parmis, crumbed lamb cutlets, fish and chips, salads and steaks. Then there’s Sentosa, offering Malaysian meals, satays, curries and create your own noodle dishes.
Kids eat free: Fridays from 5:30pm with any adult meal purchased at Jake’s Place or Sentosa. Members only. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Ham and cheese pizza, meat lovers pizza, chicken nuggets and chips, battered fish and chips. All meals come with a soft drink voucher, ice cream vouchers and activity pack.
Where: Wyong Rugby Leagues Club – 40 Lake Haven Drive, Kanwal.
Wyong Milk Factory has introduced D’arvos at The Tav, every Sunday between 3 and 5pm. They’re calling it ‘not quite lunch, not quite dinner’, and we think it sounds like an excellent way to spend the last hours of the weekend. There’s a free jumping castle and live music, not to mention the outdoor playground (equipped with a pirate ship, cubby house and swings) and their indoor play zone with arcade games and a soft climbing area.
Kids eat free: Sundays between 3 and 5pm.
On the menu: Cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, ham and pineapple woodfired pizza, cheese and bacon woodfired pizza, chicken nuggets and chips, fish and chips, grilled chicken and chips, spaghetti bolognese.
Where: Wyong Milk Factory Tavern – 141 Alison Road, Wyong.
This pub is known for its spacious beer garden and dinosaur themed playground, which includes multiple slides, spinning balls, a climbing frame and crawl tunnels. To eat, expect typical pub grub like steaks, schnitzels, burgers and seafood baskets. There’s also a selection of small plates, including loaded chips and pulled pork shoulder quesadilla.
Kids eat free: Saturdays and Sundays before 5pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Fish and chips, crispy nuggets and chips, cheeseburger, pizza. All meals come with a soft drink and ice cream.
Where: Chittaway Bay Tavern – 100 Chittaway Bay Road, Chittaway Bay.
Why not pop into Avoca Bowlo on the way home from the beach or a play at Heazlett Park? Its restaurant, Chijmes, sports a menu filled with Malaysian favourites and Western meals. There are also banquet options for parties of four and over. Chijmes runs meals deals every day of the week, including ‘Let’s Wing It!” Sunday that coincides with their kids eat free special.
Kids eat free: Sunday dinner. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the menu: Chicken nuggets and chips, fish and chips, crumbed calamari and chips, prawn cutlets and chips. All meals come with a soft drink, ice cream and activity pack.
Where: Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation – Avoca Drive and Townsend Ave, Avoca Beach.
Bateau Bay Bowling Club is incredibly popular with local families, with its indoor playground and easy-going atmosphere. Walk or drive past on weekends and you’ll see kids and parents sitting at the picnic tables out the front and enjoying the grassy spaces. Inside, you’ll find a restaurant and café. For dinner, Chijmes Singapore Malaysian Restaurant serves up noodles, clay pots, sizzling plates and Western dishes.
Kids eat free: Sunday from 5pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the menu: Chicken nuggets and chips, fish and chips, calamari and chips, prawn cutlets and chips, grilled chicken skewers with steamed rice. All meals come with a soft drink, ice cream and activity pack.
Where: 5 Bias Ave, Bateau Bay.
This sprawling pub boasts a large indoor dining area, beer garden, grassy hill for kids to play on. This area gets packed in warm weather with locals and tourists alike. There is also an expansive outdoor (but covered) playground that’s fenced and includes three slides. Inside, the bistro serves up generous portions of traditional pub grub.
Kids eat free: Sunday, all day. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.
On the menu: Sausages, mash and veg, chicken nuggets and chips, cheeseburgers and fries, tomato and cheese linguini, grilled steak, mash and veg, ham and pineapple pizza.
Where: Bateau Bay Hotel – 65 Lumby Drive, Bateau Bay.
Watching the waves crash on Shelly Beach while you dine out with the family is a treat in itself. Dining at their restaurant, Aqua, is casual, and there is an expansive outdoor area that often hosts live music. The golf club has also recently updated their kids menu with new selections that are sure to tempt even the fussiest of eaters.
Kids eat free: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 5pm.
On the menu: Sausages with chips and salad, beef brisket cheeseburgers with chips and salad, battered fish with chips and salad, steak with chips and salad, chicken nuggets with chips and salad, pasta with napolitana sauce and parmesan cheese.
Where: Shelly Beach Golf Club – Shelly Beach Road, Shelly Beach.