The best kid-friendly restaurants with play areas
Elk has a large backyard space with a heated and air-conditioned tent and shed that serves as a full-time playroom. That means playtime, sing-alongs and classes can take place every day of the year—and they do! When an engaging activity isn’t taking place, kids can grab from a selection of toys, blocks, rocking horses and games for all ages.
Nervous parents with finicky toddlers don’t have to worry about forcing their kids to sit still for a meal here. A kids’ corner with books, toys and games is set up with tiny chairs and a table so little ones can explore and play while parents enjoy a shot of espresso to handle the rest of their day.
This BBQ joint has three locations and they’re all great for families because kids under 12 eat free for every $10 spent by an adult and the children’s menu offers up plenty of options. A variety of arcade games keep tweens entertained while the grownups enjoy an easy and fun night out.
Owned by two mothers, Lark Cafe was opened to be a space where families could come with their kids without the stress of keeping the squirmy little ones in check. The coffee shop uses an attached separate store front as a kids’ play area where daily sing-alongs, story times, classes and other family-friendly activities help kids meet and bond with others in the community.
Indoor and outdoor play spaces make this Bay Ridge, Brooklyn cafe super family-friendly all year round. A chalkboard wall is perfect for tiny artists in the making while colorful graffiti art serves as inspiration. The carpeted outdoor corner is also filled with carts, blocks, mini rocking horses and cars they can scoot around in. Inside, tots can easily pass the time making their own meals at a play kitchenette and have their pick from buckets of toys. Parents will find kids’ craft sessions, face painting and other activities on the calendar.