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.
Below you’ll discover 7 restaurants that offer “Kids Eat Free” deals. We’ve noticed that there aren’t too many at the moment, so we’ve traipsed the Central Coast to find them for you. Here are all the details you’ll need to enjoy a night off from cooking without worrying about breaking the bank.
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.
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Kids love going to Gosford RSL. It could have something to do with its incredible Mini Mania indoor play area equipped with slippery dip 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, 5.30pm – 8.30pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Members only, kids aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: nuggets and chips, cheeseburger and chips, bolognese linguine, boscaiola linguine + more. Kids meals include a drink and ice cream.
Where: Gosford RSL – 26 Central Coast Hwy, West Gosford.
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 bistro with club classics – think schnitzels, steaks and burgers. It also has an ocean-themed indoor playground for the kids to enjoy.
Kids eat free: Tuesday dinner. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. The age changes – sometimes it’s for children under the age of 5 and sometimes 10 – best check with the venue.
On the kids menu: Chicken nuggets and chips, fish and chips, cheeseburger with chips. All kids meals come with an ice-cream.
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, one free kids meal with every adult meal purchased over $22.
On the kids menu: Spaghetti bolognese, fish and chips, chicken nuggets, cheeseburger.
Where: The Dam Hotel – Cnr Minnesota Rd & Pacific Highway, Hamlyn Terrace.
Perched on the banks of Erina Creek, this iconic pub 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: Free items include nuggets & chips, margarita pizzetta or spaghetti.
Where: The Sunken Monkey – 207 The Entrance Road, 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 5pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Mini Chicken Schnitzel & Chips, Tempura Chicken Nuggets & Chips, Bolognaise, Fish Cocktails & Chips. Includes Soft Drink & Dessert.
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 prawn cutlets or a chicken burger instead.
Kids eat free: Mondays from 5pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Honey chicken with boiled rice, fish 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. Its restaurant, Fusion, has a selection of Malaysian cuisine and the usual club fare.
Kids eat free: Thursdays 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, fish pieces and chips. Meals come with a soft drink, ice cream and activity pack.
Where: Canton Beach Sports Club – 11 Hibbard Street, Toukley.