Fast Food With Play Place

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Fast food with a play place. It’s something all parents know about, but it can be hard to find.

That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you, and found the seven best fast food places in each state that have a play place.

Fast Food With Play Place

We can all agree that lifestyles change after having children.

Eating out, for example, can oftentimes be more challenging with the restless little ones.

However, it is doable, especially if you choose the right restaurant, one that is child-friendly and has a play area near me.

Here are some of the Kid-Friendly Restaurants with a play area nearby that your kids will love while giving the adults the chance to enjoy the food and drinks at the same time.

Many of these have Patios too!


Central Market, Plano

Address: 320 Coit Rd, Plano, TX 75075

Phone: (469) 241-8300

Central Market Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the playground is such a great addition for the little ones to enjoy.

It is an excellent spot for a family outing, play date meet-up, and a fun place to hang out before or after grocery shopping.

My kids love running around the central market play area. And there are a ton of kid friendly meals, you just have to microwave them yourself. They have little kid-sized Mac and cheese or spaghetti. I think they have chicken tenders too.

Christi, Plano


Bellagreen Play area

Bella Green

Address: 2408 Preston Rd Ste 704A, Plano, TX 75093

Phone: (972) 975-9033

Bella Green, the greenest restaurant in Texas, offers chef-prepared meals in a fast-casual environment.

They believe that every meal is a chance to make life & Earth more beautiful. The Preston Towne Crossing location has a lovely patio and a lawn with some games that the kids can play.

We love the Bella Green by Preston & Park! It’s our go-to place for some healthy food options and the kids love their kid’s spaghetti and organic cheese pizza. The play area is a bonus!!!

Bon Bon, Plano

Bellagreen Outdoor Patio

Hat Creek Burger Company

Address: 3321 S Custer Rd, McKinney, TX 75070

Phone: (214) 592-0534

(They have several others in Dallas, Richardson, Allen, Rowlett, Little Elm/ Frisco)

Tucked into a sea of beautiful family neighborhoods, Hat Creek Burger Co. McKinney is the place to be to hang out with the whole family.

They serve offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, each with healthy options, including freshly made salads, gluten-free options, and vegetarian fare, and offers an outdoor playscape for the kids to enjoy.

Hat Creek Burger on Custer in McKinney. Super cute play area for kids.

Gillian, Plano


The Yard McKinney play area
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The Yard

Address: 107 S Church St, McKinney, TX 75069

Phone: (469) 631-0035

The Yard is located in the heart of McKinney, a perfect place to bring your whole family. They offer indoor dining, patio seating, and plenty of space to spread out in the yard.

You can enjoy your food and drinks while the kids can play ping pong or cornhole.

The Yard in McKinney just recently opened. It’s awesome. Great restaurant, outdoor patio/bar, fire pits, corn hole, ping pong, kids play area. It’s awesome.

Diana, Frisco TX


Nico’s Cocina Mexican Bar & Grill, Carrollton

Address: 3065 N Josey Ln #24, Carrollton, TX 75007

Phone: (972) 395-3663

Nico’s Cocina is a kid-friendly spot offering delicious Tex-Mex fare, margaritas, and a covered patio seating that overlooks an excellent playground for the kids.

Check out their weekend brunch, tasty food, and $2 Mimosas and $4 Bloody Mary’s to boot!

Nico’s in Carrollton! Its Tex-Mex with a playground and patio!
My 4 year old loves going.
Monika, Plano TX

It’s great because they have sets that littler kids can play on without help! Woohoo! My 3 year old loves it!

Hilary, Plano TX


The String Beans Restaurant

Address: 1310 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

Phone: (972) 385-3287

They offer a playroom for the kids, yes, you heard it, a PLAYROOM! The playroom has a play kitchen, lots of toys like some trucks, puzzles, trains, balls and ride-on toys, bean bags, and a tv with cartoons playing. Take note that kids eat free on Monday nights after 5:00 pm.

String Beans has a small alcove with toddler/preschool toys and a tv.
It’s on Campbell just east of Coit.

Sara, Plano TX

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Super Chix

Address: 1551 E Renner Rd #830, Richardson, TX 75082

Phone: (469) 317-7895

Super Chix is an American-style restaurant, and they serve Texas Style – Bigger & Better!

Their menu offers something for everyone, from chicken sandwiches to salads and fried chicken.

They have an outdoor area for kids to play some games.

Super Chix in Richardson, just off Renner. They have a small patio with Connect 4 and Giant Legos in a cool enclosed play area for Kids. Kids meals come with an amazing frozen custard.

La Vista Cocina + Cantina

Address: 1012 W Hebron Pkwy W #100, Carrollton, TX 75010

Phone: (972) 939-5279

La Vista in Carrollton has a play area too but I would say it’s for smaller kids…5& under..

Anna, Plano TX


Gloria’s Latin Cuisine

Address: 152 Fountain Ct, Fairview, TX 75069

Phone: (972) 549-4031

Glorias in fairview has a splash pad right outside the patio and they keep the misters on to keep the parents cool.

The Magic Time Machine

Address: 5003 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254

Phone: (972) 980-1903

My son loved Magic Time Machine in Addison. He loved the school bus!

Susan, Plano TX

Up Inspired Kitchen

Address: 5285 Dallas Pkwy #400, Frisco, TX 75034

Phone: (469) 579-4197

Mi Cocina – Lakeside

Address: 4001 Preston Rd # 502, Plano, TX 75093

Phone: (469) 467-8655

Mi Cocina off Preston Rd in West Plano has an outdoor area right off the patio.
Last time we went, they had giant Connect Four, but it’s mostly open space perfect for running around (and feeding ducks).

Fast Food Playgrounds

Once upon a time, way back in the ’90s, the iPad hadn’t been invented yet, Boy Meets World was still on the air, and interior playgrounds at fast food restaurants weren’t regarded as foul dens of germs and discarded heroine needles. During this magical age, children frolicked in ball pits and slid down slides in the playscapes of restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King. Meanwhile, their parents chatted nearby, knowing their kids were fenced in and playing someplace “safe.”

We’ve come along way from the ’90s, the fast food playground heyday when thousands of indoor playscapes could be found in restaurants throughout the nation. Today, fast food playgrounds — demonized as dirty and dangerous —are disappearing fast.

What happened to the once beloved fast food playground to make it dwindle so much over just a couple decades? And what else about them don’t you know? To find out, we dived into the dark, sometimes dirty untold truth of fast food playgrounds.

McDonald’s started it all in the 1970s
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The history of fast food playgrounds begins even before the ’90s in a McDonald’s in Chula Vista, California. It was in this unassuming, often quiet restaurant where the very first McDonald’s PlayLand opened in the early 1970s, as chronicled in this kinda creepy, super ’70s McDonald’s industrial video. As the video narrator reports, the very first McDonald’s PlayLand brought a 34 percent increase in business to it’s location before the park was completed, and rose to a 63 percent in volume over subsequent months. 

Ronald and his friends were based on characters from McDonaldland, a make-believe world brought to life by advertising agency Needham, Harper & Steers. The characters populated the earliest McDonald’s PlayLands in the form of dubious-looking rides, including Captain Crook spiral slides, Hamburglar swings, Mayor McCheese round-a-bouts, Filet-O-Fish springs, and McDonaldLand teeter-totters. The PlayLands were overlooked by Officer Big Mac, who’s open mouth served as a ominous climb-in jail.

McDonald’s covered up a lot of PlayLand injuries
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Remember that Big Mac Climber, McDonaldland’s chief of police whose mouth opened into a big, climb-in jail? In 1999, it was revealed that more than 400 children sustained injuries after playing on the Big Mac Climber from the ’70s to the ’90s.

To make matters worse, McDonald’s didn’t report the large number of injuries sustained on the Big Mac Climber. Instead, the corporation began slowly phasing out the Climber and other hard metal play structures from PlayLands and replacing them with padded equipment. “The jungle gym was an old piece well on its way to extinction,” said McDonald’s spokesman Walt Riker told the L.A. Times.

But gradual changes weren’t enough to save McDonald’s from a massive lawsuit. After McDonald’s got rid of the last 190 Climbers in 1997, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) started investigating PlayLands due to lawsuits and consumer complaints. Their investigation discovered more than 400 child injuries, including 10 broken bones, skull fractions, and concussions. In the end, McDonald’s ended up paying out $4 million in fees to the federal government —one of the largest the CPSC had ever received.

Unfortunately for McDonald’s, this lawsuit came just five years after they agreed to finance a $5 million play area safety campaign due to injuries on their Tug-N-Turn merry-go-rounds. Considering their involvement in that campaign, the new round of unreported injuries didn’t look good.

Indoor playgrounds took off in the ’90s
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The original McDonald’s PlayLands set themselves apart from later fast food playgrounds in a few key ways: they were totally outdoors and designed for individual rather than interactive play. Following McDonald’s lead, Burger King, too, stuck to outdoor play equipment after first introducing playgrounds in 1985. These original fast food playgrounds were rendered useless in the rain and cold, which was particularly problematic in cold-weather states.

And so, in the ’90s, fast food chains began rolling out interior playgrounds (dubbed “PlayPlaces at McDonald’s and Kids Club Play Lands at Burger King).These were modern indoor playscapes with tubes, slides, and ball pits, protected by thick padding, fabric, and nets. The more sophisticated among the features were punching bags, swings, and jump-through hoops.

As Tulsa World reported, these indoor fast-food playgrounds came at a time when some cities were cutting public playground funding and school districts were dismantling playgrounds to avoid injuries and lawsuits. Parents celebrated these indoor playscapes as places where kids could run free and interact with other children in a safe, closed off area without wandering off or being “snatched up.” So beloved were these new indoor playgrounds, Tulsa World declared, “The fast food playground is here to stay”.

McDonald’s experimented with a chain of indoor playgrounds that had nothing to do with their restaurants
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Ever the innovators, McDonald’s briefly experimented with a chain of indoor playgrounds that had nothing to do with burgers. In 1991, the fast-food giant opened a playcenter called Leaps & Bounds in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago.

Pulling inspiration from post-McDonaldland indoor PlayPlace McDonald’s designed a two-story playscape with a 350-long tunnel with different sections for children of different ages.

In addition to the play area, Leaps & Bounds included an adult viewing room, private party rooms, and a souvenir stand. There was also a concession stand hawking pizza, turkey dogs, granola bars, fruit, fruit roll-ups (it’s the nineties, remember?) but nary a McDonald’s menu item in sight. Another key difference between McDonald restaurant playgrounds? McDonald’s playground entrance was free, while admission to Leaps & Bounds started at $4.95 per child.

After the Naperville debut, Leaps & Bounds expanded quickly to Chicago and Milwaukee locations before spreading across the nation. By 1994, McDonald’s had 45 Leaps & Bounds centers. That year, McDonald’s merged with Discovery Zone, a similar indoor child entertainment center. In 1999, Discovery Zone filed for bankruptcy and was partially acquired by Chuck E. Cheese. So, in some small way, Leaps & Bounds lives on amid the crane machine and singing animatronic mouses of Chuck E. Cheese to this day — but you won’t see any mention of McDonald’s there. 

Some of those needle rumors are false
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Sensationalized “fake news” has been getting a lot of attention these days, but propaganda and baseless scares have been around since the advent of the written word. Take, for example, the terrifying story of a boy who died of a heroin overdose after being pricked by a syringe left in a McDonald’s ball pit. This frightening piece of gossip started circulating the internet cerca 1999.

As the tale went, a woman in Sugarland, Texas took her son to McDonald’s to celebrate his third birthday in 1994. After 3-year-old Kevin finished his lunch, he plunged into the ball pit, where he was allegedly pierced by a hypodermic needle. After he began whimpering, his mother discovered a splinter of a needle beneath a welt on his buttock. Before she had a chance to take him to the hospital, he vomited, shook, rolled his eyes back into his head, and died.

According to the legend, the autopsy revealed Kevin had died of a heroin overdose and a subsequent police investigation found knives, feces, and used and full hypodermic needles within the McDonald’s play pit. But as Snopes would later confirm, the chilling rumors of a 3-year-old’s heroin overdose in a McDonald’s ball pit were completely fabricated.

Kids have found some pretty unusual stuff in there
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That said, there have been incidents of needles —and plenty of other weird stuff too — being found in McDonald’s PlayPlaces.

In 2014, two young boys found a plunger, syringe, and burnt foil in the play area of a McDonald’s in Mission, British Columbia. A second needle was found in 2018 by an 8-year-old girl in a McDonald’s PlayPlace in West Virginia. Neither incident resulted in any reported injuries.

Across the pond in a UK McDonald’s in 2018, a toddler found something cute and somewhat less cute in a McDonald’s PlayPlace: a hedgehog (cute) and poop (less cute).

In 2013, a 2-year-old boy uncovered what might have been the yuckiest hidden PlayPlace treasure of our roundup: a used condom. But the yuckiness doesn’t stop there. After encountering the condom, the youngster picked up the condom and ate it. After receiving medical attention, he eventually coughed up a piece. The mother filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s that was eventually dismissed.

Employees have seen some pretty disturbing things happen there
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No one knows what happens at fast food play areas better than the people who work there. A Reddit thread called for McDonald’s employees to recount the most disturbing incidents they witnessed within PlayPlaces —and employees did not disappoint.

Not to mince words, a lot of the stories involved pee and poop. And only in one noteworthy tale where a child pooped his pants did the parents clean it up. The entire staff was shocked, noting that while kids defecate in the play area all the time, this was the first time they’d ever witnessed the parents offer to help clean up afterwards.

As revealed in the thread, McDonald’s employees generally agree that ball pits are brimming with Happy Meal burgers, nuggets, and poop. Others report that parents dropping off their kids and leaving them unsupervised for hours is not unheard of. Who knew a play area also serves as a babysitter?

There’s a reason old-school PlayLands are all gone
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Starting in the early 2000’s, you would find almost no evidence of the once mighty McDonaldland-themed PlayLands. Aside from Ronald McDonald and (years later) the Hamburglar, McDonaldland Playland characters all but vanished. So what happened to Mayor McCheese and the rest of Ronald’s friends? 

The answer to this mystery lies in a television series that aired in 1969 called H.R. Pufnstuf. Compare the opening theme of H.R. Pufnstuf and 1970’s McDonaldland commercials, and you can see some pretty suspicious similarities between the characters and concepts.

The creators of H.R. Pufnstuf, Sid and Marty Krofft, thought so, anyway. According to the lawsuit the Kroffts filed against McDonald’s, McDonald advertising moguls originally asked the Kroftts in 1970 if they wanted to partner with the company to create an ad campaign, only to mysteriously withdraw the partnership offer later that year. When the first McDonaldland commercials aired in 1971, it was obvious to the Kroffts that the fast food chain had stolen the look, feel, and character design of their children’s TV show.

McDonald’s admitted that they pulled inspiration for McDonaldland from the success of H.R. Pufnstuf, but argued that their template was original enough to not constitute copyright infringement. The courts disagreed, and found McDonald’s guilty six years later, ordering the company to pay out more than $1 million to the Krofft brothers and to stop using some of their beloved characters. 

RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS IN THE HOUSTON AREA

Beaver's West Restaurant With Kids Play Area in Houston

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Are you looking for restaurants with playgrounds in Houston? Houston’s restaurant scene is huge and there is no shortage of fun, family-friendly restaurants around town. Sometimes you just want to kick back and relax while the kids eat and play.

We’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Houston with a playground, make sure you visit them all!

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RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS IN HOUSTON AREA – INNER LOOP

CRISP HEIGHTS

This gastro pub offers pizza and Italian-fusion bites, plus they have an outdoor patio great for kids. They don’t have a playground but there’s a fountain, a ping pong table, and cornhole.

LITTLE MATT’S

This unique burger restaurant has picnic seating, game tablets, a candy shop, and an arcade. They also offer chicken wings, personal pizzas, and more on the menu

BETSY’S AT EVELYN’S PARK

If you want an awesome playground, why not go to a park? This park in Bellaire has a restaurant and coffee shop on the same property. There isn’t an actual playground but the kids will love the walk-up slides. Plus, there is plenty of room to run and it’s close enough to keep an eye on the kids while you eat. Bring your camera- there is also an awesome sculpture installation based on Alice in Wonderland.

Where: – 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401

LAKE HOUSE

This counter-serve restaurant has an outdoor patio right inside Discovery Green. They are located by the fountains so the kids can play in the water while you eat.

Location: – 1600 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010

CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE

This restaurant has three locations in Houston. Their West University location has a small arcade and an outdoor playground. Make sure to order a milkshake!

Located At: – 5114 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77098

LUPE TORTILLA

This Texas-native restaurant has multiple locations around Houston, and many of them have an outdoor playground. The playgrounds are in a sandbox so know before you go.

Where: – Multiple locations around Houston

PRESLEE’S

This new Heights restaurant on 19th St. has an outdoor patio with tons of stuff for kids to play with, including swings/hammocks, a mini-playground for toddlers, a pedal car, ping pong, cornhole, and more.

Where: – 1430 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008

CHICK-FIL-A

Sure, it might be fast food, but Chick-fil-A is always a favorite with kids and adults alike. There are numerous locations all across Houston, and most of the restaurants have an indoor playground.

Where: – 5325 S Rice Ave Sage Road and Westpark Toll, Houston, TX 77081

RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS IN HOUSTON AREA – OUTER LOOP

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JIMMY CHANGAS

All of the Jimmy Changas locations, from Katy to Pearland, have a playground! There are four locations in Houston, all with a Jimmy’s Jungle.

Where: – 300 Westgreen Blvd, Katy, TX 77450

YARD HOUSE

This outdoor beer garden and restaurant doesn’t actually have a playground but one visit and you’ll see why it’s on the list. They have a huge, outdoor area with lawn chairs, green space, and hammocks. They offer their eclectic menu for lunch, dinner, and late-night dining.

Location: 800 Sorella Ct Space 116, Houston, TX 77024

LUPE TORTILLA

This Texas-native restaurant has multiple locations around Houston, and many of them have an outdoor playground. The playgrounds are in a sandbox so know before you go.

Where: – Multiple locations around Houston

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GREATER HOUSTON RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS

LIVE OAK GRILL

This restaurant has one location in Houston- in Sugar Land. Each location has a spacious patio with room for kids to move around, picnic-style seating,

Where: – 12935 Dairy Ashford Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77478

CASA OLE

Casa Ole has several locations in Houston but there is only one left with a sandbox! Bring a towel for the car, you’ll need it! This location is on Highway 6 North at Yorktown Crossing.

Where: – 1020 Federal Rd, Houston, TX 77015

CREEKWOOD GRILL

Located in Cypress, this restaurant has a playground and great food. They also offer kids eat free on Wednesday nights!

Where: – 12710 Telge Rd, Cypress, TX 77429

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LA HACIENDA

This Cypress-area restaurant is huge and has an even bigger playground. The towering structure is great for kids aged 3 and up. They will also enjoy the indoor and outdoor patio seating.

Where: – 1431 W 26th St, Houston, TX 77008, United States

JIMMY CHANGAS

All of the Jimmy Changas locations, from Katy to Pearland, have a playground! There are four locations in Houston, all with a Jimmy’s Jungle.

Where: – Multiple locations

BLUE AGAVE HOUSTON 

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This spacious Tex-Mex eatery offers a small children’s play area. There is plenty of room on the patio so you can keep a close eye on the bubs, plus delicious drinks and food.

Where: – 14555 Grisby Rd, Houston, TX 77079

THE ORIGINAL SHACK BURGER RESORT

This outdoor restaurant offers a huge play space, complete with games, a sandbox, and more. They sometimes have live music and the food is always good.

Where: – 16602 Cypress Rosehill Rd, Cypress, TX 77429, United States

THE BACKYARD GRILL

This Cypress-area restaurant has a small sandbox on the patio for kids. The patio is screened in during bad weather. There’s also a tree, adorned with fairy lights, right in the middle of the restaurant! The kids will love it.

Where: – 9453 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77065

CLAY’S

This restaurant in West Houston has a large play area with turf grass as well as a petting zoo! You can sit inside or outside without worrying about the kids.

Where: – 17717 Clay Rd, Houston, TX 77084

LUPE TORTILLA

What: – This Texas-native restaurant has multiple locations around Houston, and many of them have an outdoor playground. The playgrounds are in a sandbox so know before you go.

Where: – Multiple locations around Houston

DRIX RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

What: – This Katy-area wine bar and restaurant has an entire room set aside just for kids! You’ll want to check on the kids frequently because you won’t be able to see them from outside of the playground but you can easily see who is coming and going.

Where: – 1850 Mason Rd #100, Katy, TX 77450

15 KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS IN SAN ANTONIO

Looking for kid friendly restaurants with playgrounds in San Antonio? You are in the right place. Read on to find out.

Sometimes you just want to kick back and let someone else do the cooking. It’s always easier to do that when the kids are having fun, too. San Antonio has plenty of great restaurants complete with playgrounds, scenery, and fun activities for kids. We’re helping you narrow down the best ones.

Read below for our roundup of San Antonio Restaurants with Playgrounds.

KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS IN CENTRAL SAN ANTONIO 

THE COVE

This sustainable, organic, local kid-friendly restaurant in San Antonio has  a gravel playground and plenty of seating options close to it so you can be near your children but also let them have a fun time without too many adults around. There’s a dog-friendly patio as well for your furry friends so you can come and enjoy a tasty meal with the entire family in tow.
Where: 606 W Cypress St, San Antonio, TX 78212

THE FRIENDLY SPOT

This kid and pet-friendly ice house has everything you need on a beautiful day outdoors including a patio and a play area for children. Grab a drink at this outdoor bar and grill in San Antonio, enjoy tasty food and watch a movie or two on the inflatable screen.
Where: 943 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205

ALAMO BBQ COMPANY

This BBQ joint not only has an amazing menu and bar but also a playground where kids can go and have fun as they await their favorite sliders and chips. Families can sit at the large tree-covered outdoor patio enjoying a good old fashioned barbeque and there are special $7 meals in store for kids as well!
Where: 511 E. Grayson, San Antonio, TX 78215

KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS WITH PLAY AREAS IN NORTH SAN ANTONIO

BLANCO BBQ

Check out this place in north San Antonio which serves delicious barbequed meats and has one of the biggest, kid-approved playgrounds in the area! You can take your food out on the deck and kids can blow off steam at the Playscape near you. There are weekend surprises in store for the little ones too!
Where: 13259 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216

SAN ANTONIO’S INCREDIBLE PIZZA COMPANY

There’s pizza and an arcade at this fantastic place which will wow your kids – and you! The restaurant has in store multiple offers from unlimited buffets at $39.99, Eat and Play specials, Family Packs with coupons for games and so much more!
Where: 2015 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78227

LA HACIENDA DE LOS BARRIOS

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This place serves Casero-style Mexican food, home-styled recipes and an amazing outdoor space which is the ideal spot for kids and families. The shady patio backs up to a huge playground at the restaurant. Your kids will also get a kick out of the Oak trees and twinkle lights.
Where: 18747 Redland Rd, San Antonio, TX 78259

TYCOON FLATS

This place is now open for outdoor seating and offers a huge patio that promises to be fun for the kids. The restaurant is also very preschooler and toddler-friendly with a play area where the children can have a great time. The beer garden is not too far away from this space so you can keep an eye on the kids!
Where: 2926 N St Marys, San Antonio, TX 78212

SOUTH SAN ANTONIO KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS

THE BIG BIB BBQ

This restaurant does not have a playground but we think it belongs on the list. Go there and you’ll see why – they’re right next to a runway where planes and helicopters land and take off all day long. If that doesn’t have the kids gazing in amazement and awe as planes rise high up in the sky, what will?
Where: 106 Lanark Drive, San Antonio, TX 78218

LONGHORN CAFE

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Each Longhorn Cafe location has different amenities but they’re all super family friendly. Check out their arcade games, patios, playgrounds, and kid-approved food. The menu is quite exciting and serves everything from sandwiches and nachos to double-meat bacon cheeseburger, chili cheeseburger and lots more!
Where: 17625 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78232

KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS IN EAST SAN ANTONIO 

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PETER PIPER PIZZA

The restaurant promises family-friendly fun and it delivers in spades: all of their locations feature arcade games, pizza and wings! It really can’t get better than that for kids and families looking to have a good time.
Where: Check out any location from Brooks Corner to Rittiman. Each one is sure to help you enjoy a fun day!

THE MAGIC TIME MACHINE

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This restaurant doesn’t technically have a playground. That’s because the whole restaurant is a playground. They have the Simpsons, face painting, character appearances, bubbling science experiments, smoking desserts, hidden tables and more. From Spiderman to Jack Sparrow, this restaurant which was voted as the best place for kids in San Antonio, really has it all.
Where: 902 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78209

WEST SAN ANTONIO KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS

BIG’Z BURGER JOINT

This counter-serve restaurant boasts a huge outdoor patio, cafeteria-style seating, tons of green space for the kids to run around, TVs and more. You can enjoy delicious burgers while letting the children play – never too out of sight. There’s a Party Barn here as well which will help you cater to all your party and event needs.
Where: 2303 N. Loop 1604 WSan Antonio, TX 78258

PERICOS MEXICAN CUISINE

This locally-owned family business offers everything from delicious food to a fun ambience for the kids! The children will surely get a kick out of the multi-colored parrot theme, the tasty tortillas and the playground. It’s a real treat for adults as well because this place serves some wonderful family and home-styled Mexican food, perfect for an outdoorsy day.
Where: 10820 Bandera Rd., San Antonio, TX 78250

KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS WITH PLAYGROUNDS IN BOERNE 

DOG & PONY GRILL

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Much like its name suggests, this is a pet friendly place so you can bring your furry friends and your little ones at home to this restaurant. The place serves some amazing burgers and stakes, boasts of a large playground, a basketball court, picnic tables and even a stage where you can enjoy some live music.
Where: 1481 S. Main St., Boerne, TX  78006

Z’S WOOD FIRED PIZZA

This dog-friendly restaurant has some of the best pizza you’ll find in the entire area. It makes its own dough and stokes the pies on a special grill giving it an incredible flavor. And there’s a great play area for the kids too, some big matured oak trees and a patio-style seating perfect for a beautiful fall day.
Where: 118 Old San Antonio Rd, Boerne, TX 78006

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