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  • Do-It-All Sports Arena

    Encompassing a soccer field, roller hockey arena, basket ball court, trampolines, arcade games, indoor gym/ball pit (see the website for a comprehensive list) into 30,000 square feet of energy-burning activities, Do-It-All has picked the correct business name.

  • Fond du Lac Children's Museum

    Scaled to fit the smaller size of the city, don't let the Children's Museum fool you. Packed to the gills with ten exhibits ranging from toddler to tween, the museum is most notably colorful and clean. Families with more than one child can easily keep tabs on their kids.

  • Bay Bread Company

    Appropriately marketing itself as a neighborhood bakery, Bay Bread company at 601 Randolph St. is in the heart of the "Little Bohemia" neighborhood*. Serving up breakfast, lunch, espresso drinks, and bakery items "to go", Bay Bread Company supplies area businesses with freshly-baked loaves. Hungry patrons can select from forty different kinds of bread, ranging from traditional rye to pesto batard, onion loaf, cinnamon swirl, sunflower, wheat and many more.

    Unique to the Bay Bread dining experience is an upstairs seating area called "TheRoost". In the building next door, go up, down, up, and then up to what I imagine was recently a second-floor apartment (the shower in the bathroom gives it away). With tables and cozy seating areas, your food is delivered by bakery staff. Self-serve coffee refills occur in the in the kitchen. Feeling at home in the living room, kids can find a spot on overstuffed couches and read books in baskets stocked just for them. The kids ordered the Cafe Kids Pack, which includes half a sandwich (choices are PB&J, grilled cheese, turkey and cheese, or just cheese) with a drink and a cookie for $4.65.


    * Also known as Slabtown, Bohemian immigrants used slabs of scrap lumber from the local mills to construct their homes.

  • Great Lakes Children's Museum

    Overlooking the West Arm of the Grand Traverse Bay, the Great Lakes Children's Museum in Traverse City is true to the area's nautical theme. Kids can climb a lighthouse, sail a sloop, or spy on siblings with the periscope. Teaching children about the balance of the fresh water ecosystem, be sure to also sail a magnetic boat down the scale model of the Great Lakes waterway (available if a birthday party isn't in session). Crawlers and toddlers will enjoy soft toys and blocks in the "Toddler Beach" area while parents oversee the creative process at the nearby art pavilion area. A fun destination in the winter, the museum is cozy enough for a morning or afternoon (those of us with more than one child will appreciate the open, one story floor plan and central restrooms).

  • Hippo Hopp

    A kid-friendly coffee shop on the West side. Locally owned and a popular hangout with moms. Check out the kid corner with toys and checker board.

  • Hippo Hopp

    kids can play bean bag toss and other lawn games.

  • Hippo Hopp

    A popular brunch venue. Kid's menu includes brats, fish, hot ham and cheese, and quesadillas.

  • Hippo Hopp

    Madison's biggest indoor and outdoor mini golf.

  • Hippo Hopp

    kids can easily share a plate of spaghetti for lunch.

  • Hippo Hopp

    A deli by the university. Kids can build their own flatbread pizza.

  • Hippo Hopp

    kids completing the sculpture safari for a trip souvenir.

  • Hippo Hopp

    A wall of chalk and a kids' corner keeps younger kids entertained.

  • Lakes Regional Park Playground

    Great playground and splash park.

  • Lakes Regional Park

    We popped in to Lakes Park in Ft. Myers, Florida on our way to the airport last week. I'd love to come back with my kids next time we're in the area. Between the playground, train ride, splash pad, paddle boats, walking and biking paths, and concession stand, I could see spending an entire morning or afternoon there.

  • Market Street Diner

    Kids eat free on Tuesday! All local food and the best bakery around.

  • What's Brew n

    One of two coffee shops in Sun Prairie, head up the steps to the leather couches and kid area (books, toys, and coloring crayons). Story times are Tuesday mornings at 9:30.

  • Gaylord Discovery Center

    We love this indoor play center in the quaint town of Gaylord, MI. A way to break up our road trip, the Discovery Center has a giant sand box, maze, age-appropriate toys, water exploration, crafts, and musical instruments. (CHEAP finds in the thrift store next door - lots of snacks for the road.)

  • Catfish Hotel

    Just down the road from Shiloh National Park and on the banks of the Tennessee River. A multi-generational dining experience. Sit by the fire, come after church, or sit on the deck. The best coleslaw for miles around and try the farm-raised catfish (when in Rome)!

  • Morning Star Cafe

    The best breakfast in Grand Haven. Fresh-squeezed orange juice and appropriately portioned kids menu!

  • Parkway Bakery & Tavern

    One of the oldest po'boy shops in New Orleans. In New Orleans, family friendly doesn't necessarily mean bathrooms with changing tables, special kid's menus, or even plastic "collector's" cups. Throw some crayons in your purse or backpack and consider splitting a regular-sized meal between the kids and less-hungry adults. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/dxHxnJ

  • Palermo's Pizza

    On nice-weather days, enjoy your slice of pizza outside to the Italian Garden. Reserve ahead for the Palermo's Pizza Tour (the only pizza tour in Milwaukee!).

  • Miss Katie's Diner

    Miss Katie's has bar seating, shuffle board, and a pull-handle cigarette dispenser. They serve greasy (and not so greasy) food on no-frills flat wear. People don't come to Miss Katie's for the fine china--they want eggs, black coffee, and a couple square feet of counter to read the newspaper. We didn't have kid's menus at Miss Katie's, but do you really need a special sheet to order a jumbo cinnamon roll? Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/9ajw4A

  • Uno Chicago Grill

    was surprised to find that the menu includes gluten-free options and the chefs are happy to modify your order to accommodate anyone with food allergies or special diet requirements. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bGq5pu

  • Texas Roadhouse

    Watching the kids eat peanuts from a bucket at our table and then discard the shells in the aisle was a blast.Kids and Ranger meals start at $2.99 and the boys gobbled their mini-steak bites down without even looking for ketchup. Perhaps they were distracted by the line dancing and the stuffed armadillo looking down at our booth? Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bGq5pu

  • Naples Tomato

    Items from the kid's menu include choices like fettuccini bolognese, cheese ravioli, Aunt Doris' mac n cheese, and even a veggie plate. A smaller portion of the award-winning lasagna was the hit of the table--with 20 layers of fresh-ingredients; this dish alone would make you plan an entire vacation around a meal. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/c2jNd5

  • Parrot Key Caribbean Grill & Bar

    Choices from the kid's meal are the usual stand by, with the exception of fish and chips and crabby patties (a smaller-portion crab cake than an adult-size meal). When the top-level deck bar is closed, kids are welcome to do a little exploring on their own (don't worry, you can see them from the restaurant!). Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bJlkdi

  • Al Johnson's Swedish Pancake House

    Famous for Swedish pancakes, Julie from Road Trips for Families (www.roadtripsforfamilies.com) calls this one of her top eclectic Places to eat with kids in the Midwest.

  • Lark Toys

    One of the largest independent specialty toy stores in the country. With over 20,000 sq. ft. to explore, including Lark Toys' own handmade heirloom wooden toys

  • Lino's

    Classic Italian cuisine. Julie from Road Trips for Families (www.roadtripsforfamilies.com) calls this one of her top eclectic places to eat with kids in the Midwest.

  • Pat O'Malley's Jet Room

    "Madison's best known secret." The food is anything but "plane" at the Jet Room. Kids 10 and under can order from the Lil' CoPilot Flight Plan. Our flight attendant delivered mickey mouse pancakes and french toast sticks, each $2.95 (drinks are extra). Between the paper airplanes and a backdrop aerial show, our meal appeared without anyone noticing a slight holding pattern. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/cMBHYN

  • Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery

    The Daisy Caf & Cupcakery website claims Cafe, Cupcakes, Coffee, and Community. And that about sums it up. Baked daily on site, the cupcakes are to die for. On the Daisy Kids' Menu, are silver dollar pancakes, eggs and toast, grilled cheese sandwich (sans crust), or grilled (not deep fried) chicken strips. Served with fresh fruit and a glass of milk, $3.99 is a great price. Order an extra milk and two toddlers could easily share. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/dA6TQv

  • Lakefront Palm Garden

    Julie from Road Trips for Families (www.roadtripsforfamilies.com) calls this one of her top eclectic places to eat with kids in the midwest.

  • Lakefront Palm Garden

    Every Friday night the Lakefront Palm Garden, smack in the middle of the Milwaukee's very own Lakefront Brewery, welcomes throngs of fish-hungry families for some of the best fish fry Wisconsin has to offer. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/9cR4Wv

  • Milwaukee Public Market

    Lots of food vendors makes this a top "eclectic place to eat with kids in the midwest" says Julie of Road Tips for Families (www.roadtripsforfamilies.com).

  • Safe House

    Julie from Road Trips for Families (www.roadtripsforfamilies.com) calls this one of her top eclectic Places to eat with kids in the Midwest.

  • Organ Piper Pizza

    Some of the best-tasting pizza in the greater Milwaukee area. Kids instinctively flock to the game room and take turns riding the mini indoor carouse wheel. Drop a request for a patriotic song in the fish bowl, and one of four award-winning organists may just flip the switch that lowers a pool-sized American flag from the ceiling practically down onto the floor. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/9ho9Qd

  • T.C. Gators

    Our call for favorite kid-friendly eats inspired reader Janet Morris Grimes to send us her family's favorite place to watch their favorite Nashville teams. The atmosphere is fun and festive -- and family-friendly. Read more at Road trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • McCray's Tavern On The Square

    With a combination of your typical "pub grub" and specialty dinner options like bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin (chef's favorite) and pan-seared scallops, you don't have to sacrifice adult food just to get a kid's menu and a plethora of TVs. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • McCray's West Village Tavern

    With a combination of your typical "pub grub" and specialty dinner options like bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin (chef's favorite) and pan-seared scallops, you don't have to sacrifice adult food just to get a kid's menu and a plethora of TVs. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • Moe's Bar-B-Que

    Killer BBQ and a growing chain of restaurants that serve up prize-winning southern soul food. It's worth a little detour if your next road trip takes you by a Moe's. Read more on Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • Moe's Bar-B-Que and Bowl

    Killer BBQ and a growing chain of restaurants that serve up prize-winning southern soul food. It's worth a little detour if your next road trip takes you by a Moe's. Read more on Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • The Greene Turtle

    With a flat-screen TV in every booth and dozens of TVs throughout the rest of the restaurant and bar, there's not a bad seat in the house. This is the place you go to watch the game if you want great viewing. The family friendly environment is an added bonus. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • The Greene Turtle

    With a flat-screen TV in every booth and dozens of TVs throughout the rest of the restaurant and bar, there's not a bad seat in the house. This is the place you go to watch the game if you want great viewing. The family friendly environment is an added bonus. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • The Greene Turtle

    With a flat-screen TV in every booth and dozens of TVs throughout the rest of the restaurant and bar, there's not a bad seat in the house. This is the place you go to watch the game if you want great viewing. The family friendly environment is an added bonus. read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • Binga's Stadium

    The Right Field Bar has big booths and tables, perfect for families. Reserve the Superbooth (seats up to 20) that comes with four TVs directly above you. Food is BBQ-themed with wings that locals rave about. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • SPORT Restaurant and Bar

    With over 40 Flat Screen HDTV's throughout the restaurant and bar, including your own personal booth TV, there's no excuse to miss a single play! Or, let the kids watch their own show while the entire family enjoys their very- own made-from-scratch meal. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • Rockit Bar & Grill

    Kids are always welcome, especially on these designed-for-family nights: Tuesday All Skate (50 off winter warm-up drinks to Wrigleyville ice skaters of all ages) and Wednesday Cook It! (venture into the kitchen and watch the chefs make your favorite Rockit meal). Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • Rockit Bar & Grill

    Kids are always welcome, especially on these designed-for-family nights: Tuesday All Skate (50 off winter warm-up drinks to Wrigleyville ice skaters of all ages) and Wednesday Cook It! (venture into the kitchen and watch the chefs make your favorite Rockit meal). Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • Smoke't Southern Kitchen and Tap

    Locals report a packed house many nights and biscuits with maple butter are rumored to be high on the list of favorites. Kid favorites will be the Onion Rings Nacho Style or house-made Mac and Cheese. Parents will like the Fried Green Tomatoes, Chicken and Waffles and the BBQ. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

    A local favorite for BBQ, including a fun BBQ Taco with homemade salsa, Home Team is famous for their Mac and Cheese, Creamy Grits, Brunswick Stew, Collards, and of course, lots and lots of BBQ. Bring the kids and catch the game! Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/bVdK19

  • The Lookout Bar & Grill

    Known for their chicken dinners and bottomless lunch buffet. The backyard patio has volley ball courts, horse shoe pits, a fire-pit, tables under a giant oak tree, and (drum roll for all the moms) a playground structure. Read more at Road Trips for Families: http://bit.ly/aCGgNb

  • Ella's Deli & Ice Cream Parlor

    The cliche' "we're regulars" is a bit of an understatement for our family. You can eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner or just order a container of home-made chicken soup to go. The tables are interactive and for a dime, you can ride the mechanical pony on the way to the bathroom. Read more at Road Trip for Families: http://bit.ly/aM7HO0

 
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