Dining out with kids is part of the Denny’s Ambassador Program. I am being compensated for my participation. However all thoughts and experiences are 100% my own. #DennysDiners
I’ll be honest that until recently the idea of dining out with kids didn’t hold much appeal for me. We love going out as a family but it can get expensive to feed three adults and to pay for a child who usually ends up not eating a thing on his plate! Plus, keeping W occupied has been a major challenge. Recently, my little man has started showing an interested in going out to eat though so the tide seems to be changing.
Even so, we have a short list of places that we can go and be sure W will have a good time and maybe even eat.
Dining Out with Kids is Fun at Denny’s
We recently discovered that we can now add Denny’s to our short list of restaurants that work well for our family. One reason it works so well for us is that it’s affordable when we just want a quick meal away from the house. When dining out with kids we’re not looking for any place that is fancy or expensive.
When W arrives, he wants to be seated, order, and be served. He would prefer that it all happens in about five minutes or less. That’s just the way his preschool mind works. So it was great to discover the new kids “Adventure Menu” at Denny’s and see just how kid-friendly it is!
The new menu includeas a variety of customizable dishes for the kids. And as a former special education preschool teacher, it had something that I wish more kids menus had to offer — photos of the food choices!
I used a lot of photos in my classroom and that has carried over to my home life as well. Weston has a pretty well developed vocabulary these days but when he was first learning to talk, pictures were a huge help in communication.
Now that he’s older the photos on the menu definitely helped him consider a few food options before opting for his usual chicken nuggets. I liked seeing him at least consider the other options because he could see what they looked like!
The teacher in me also loves the fact that the new menu is engaging because it is full of National Geographic Kids content. It’s got a lot more than just a simple coloring page that W gets bored with quickly.
The menu features fun animal facts, fill-in stores, quizzes, and even space for coloring. While it’s a bit above W’s level to do independently, with a little help from Grambo, he had a fun time reading every word on the menu!
Oh and did I mention that making W’s food order was easy too because he could color in the circle next to the meal choices he wanted? It made ordering fun too! Of course, he decided to color all of them in but luckily I was there to help him get his order just right anyway!
So I have to give the new kids menu at Denny’s some props for helping make it enjoyable to take W out for a meal! I have a feeling we’ll be vising again soon!
When taking your kids out to eat, what do you look for in a restaurant?