20 Kid-Friendly Restaurants With Room to Play in Houston

Restaurants with playgrounds in Houston

Relaxing on the patio with good food and drinks is something that, prior to kids, we used to love to do... and then we had kids and going out to eat became nothing short of a nightmare that quickly got nixed from our weekend plans. All seemed lost, and we resigned ourselves to spending our evenings out at Chick-fil-A until we found these awesome Houston restaurants with play spaces for kids (we also spent an exhaustive amount of time eating near the green area at CityCentre).

Talk about a game changer - it's like these restaurants knew that us parents needed a space to unwind a bit with the kids in tow, and they delivered with patios that opened up to enclosed playgrounds, sand pits (ok, this one is a catch-22 because of sand everywhere), and toys.

A playground on the patio? Sign us up! Photo courtesy of Jimmy Changas

Jimmy Changas - Around Houston
Multiple locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here
For a fresh take on Tex-Mex, you'll want to check out Jimmy Changas. The chain is local to Houston, has a tasty margarita menu and boasts an enclosed playground for the kids (sans the sand, for all those who aren't keen on their kids leaving in need of a bath). Insider tip: while the wait can get lengthy, by downloading the nowait app you can get in line before you even get there. 

Skip's Farm - Cypress
16702 House Hahl Road

Head northwest for a country restaurant equipped with an awesome playground. There are two play structures with slides, tires to climb on, and lots of grassy space to run and play. There is also a large sand pit. For the grown-ups, choose from more than 50 types of beer and wine and sit back and relax.

Lupe Tortilla - Around Houston
Multiple locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here
This Mexican food favorite is known for two things: a patio for parents that overlooks a sandpit full of playground equipment and toys for the kids and outstanding beef fajitas. Just be sure to get there early for weekend dining, because this restaurant hotspot gets busy FAST come Friday at 5 p.m. 

Swinging at The Shack. Photo courtesy of Rachael Cherry

The Shack Burger Resort - Cypress
16602 Cypress Rosehill Road

This is no ordinary burger joint; at The Shack you'll find unparalleled craft burgers, a wide selection of craft beer and an expansive outdoor play space for the kids, making this burger joint a must when it comes to family-friendly dining everyone will enjoy. Burgers and fries are ordered à la carte and offer unique combinations like The Bad Decision - a burger with grilled cheese sandwiches in place of the buns - and Southern Rock fries which are smothered in brisket and cheese.

Crisp - Heights
2220 Bevis St.

Crisp is a gastropub in the Heights with a great beer on tap, wine and comfort foods, and it also has a great outdoor space. There are games and a fountain that my kids always get a kick out of playing around.

Bellagreen - West Houston
801 Town & Country Blvd.
When it comes to healthy fare that is both delicious and made from premier local and organic ingredients, Bellagreen tops the list. Add in that the CityCentre location has a patio that opens up to the famed green space for kids, and you've hit the jackpot for family dining.

Taking advantage of the backyard at Frey's. Photo courtesy of Frey's Backyard Cafe

Frey's Backyard Cafe - Tomball
14441 FM 2920
Known for good food and outstanding service, this small-town cafe is a family favorite. The restaurant serves up home-cooked comfort food with a Texas twist, has a welcoming atmosphere that is both casual and professional and is known for its large backyard area for kids to run and play.

The Del - Uptown
6585 Del Monte Drive

This trendy Uptown spot serves brunch, lunch, and dinner featuring dressed up American classics and has a fabulous patio where you'll often find yard games.

Christian's Tailgate - West University Place
5114 Kirby Drive
This laid-back burger and beer joint has four other locations around Houston - downtown, Heights, Midtown, and the Energy Corridor, but the newest addition at West University features a cute little playground! There are also table games inside.

Texas Borders Bar & Grill 1093 - Richmond
26440 FM 1093 Road 400

With a blend of American fare and Tex-Mex favorites, an outdoor enclosed playground for the kiddos, daily specials and live music on the weekends, Texas Borders Bar & Grill 1093 is a preferred dining choice for Richmond and Katy locals. As if that weren't incentive enough, Kids Night! starts at 5PM and kids' meals cost only $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entree. 

The playground is officially open at No Label Brewing Co. and ready for action. Photo courtesy of No Label Brewing Co.

No Label Brewing Company - Katy
5351 1st Street, Katy
Craft beer on tap, both indoor and outdoor picnic areas, a playground for the kids, an ever-changing selection of food trucks and a laid-back vibe that can't be beat - what more could you ask for when it comes to kicking back with friends and family on the weekends? Known for its unique location in an old rice silo, this brewery in Old Katy is a favorite destination for kids and adults alike. Love spending time at breweries? Check out our guide to the best family-friendly breweries Houston has to offer.

Little Matt's - West University Place
6203 Edloe St.

You'll find more than good food and a kid-friendly atmosphere at Little Matt's. There's an entire wall devoted to encouragement and support of children and families struggling with cancer. You can leave a wish and donate to charities Little Matt's supports.

Live Oak Grill - Sugar Land
12935 Dairy Ashford

There's not just one patio at Live Oak Grill, but two, allowing plenty of space for families to dine outside. The patio area is covered with fans (can I get an AMEN! for that one, especially for summer dining) and there's play equipment for the kids to stay occupied and entertained. You'll find a little bit of everything on the menu here, so dining out is easy for even the pickiest of eaters. 

A patio with a view and green space for the kids can't be beat. Photo courtesy of Karbach Brewing Co.

Karbach Brewing Co. - Spring Branch
2032 Karbach Street
This brewery doesn't just boast amazing craft beer, but also has its own restaurant on site that's touted as having dynamic, world-class cuisine that pairs perfectly with the beer selection on tap. Combine this with a patio that allows space for the kids to be, well, kids and you have a weekend destination that can't be beat. 

Punk's Simple Southern Food - Medical Center
5212 Morningside Drive

The name may say "Simple Southern Food," but the fare at Punk's is anything but. Enjoy classics like fried chicken, homemade biscuits and deviled eggs for a meal straight from grandma's kitchen, then let your kids run wild on the grassy area right off the patio. Having a birthday? Be sure to tell the staff so they can bring out a bowl of cotton candy complete with a sparkler on top to celebrate!

Last Concert Cafe - Downtown
1403 Nance St.

It's places like this that make Houston such a fun place to live. At Last Concert Cafe, you'll find casual Mexican fare and a constant line-up of live music performed on a massive patio. Check out their schedule before planning your visit.

The sandbox at Red River BBQ & Grill is ready and waiting for your kids to enjoy. Photo courtesy Red River BBQ & Grill via Facebook. 

Red River BBQ & Grill - League City
1911 East Main St. 

You'll find delicious barbeque items on the menu at Red River BBQ & Grill in League City, but you'll also find a huge outdoor space and a sandbox filled with kids toys to play with. Kids will love spending time playing with the sand while you enjoy eating your fill of barbeque and listening to live music on the patio. 

Hubcap Grill - Heights
1133 W 19th St.
713- 862-0555 

If you're looking to grab a great burger while your kids sprawl out on a massive patio, Hubcap Grill's Heights location is the place you want to be. While they have multiple other locations around Houston, the outdoor dining area in the Heights is totally laid back and allows kids to be noisy. 

Jenni's Noodle House - Heights 
602 East 20th St.

Kids can play inside of a giant concrete tube structure and draw on it with sidewalk chalk, as well as run around a green space right outside of Jenni's Noodle House in the Heights while you dine on tasty Vietnamese food. 

MOD Pizza - Pearland
2682 Pearland Pkwy, Suite 120

Although there are multiple locations throughout Houston, MOD Pizza's Pearland spot has a playground where kids can play until they're nice and worn out after they eat their fill of delicious pizza. 

Top photo: Playing at the Shack Burger Resort in Cypress. Photo courtesy Lisa Baird

This post originally published in June 2017.

Texas Borders Bar & Grill 1093
26440 FM 1093 Rd 400
77406 Richmond , TX
Phone: 281-394-2100
29° 41' 47.292" N, 95° 50' 1.5828" W
The Shack Burger Resort
16602 Cypress Rosehill Rd
77429 Cypress , TX
Phone: 281-256-1575
30° 0' 36.7884" N, 95° 41' 48.4944" W
The Shack Burger Resort - Telge
12710 Telge Rd
77429 Cypress , TX
Phone: 281-256-8914
29° 57' 37.6668" N, 95° 38' 58.6248" W
Frey's Backyard Cafe
14441 FM 2920
77377 Tomball , TX
Phone: 281-255-8282
30° 5' 20.3496" N, 95° 38' 30.732" W
Live Oak Grill
12935 Dairy Ashford Rd
77478 Sugar Land , TX
Phone: 281-491-5253
29° 37' 48.4896" N, 95° 35' 50.7336" W
No Label Brewing Co.
5351 1st Street
77493 Katy , TX
Phone: 281-693-7545
29° 47' 11.5908" N, 95° 48' 52.4556" W
Karbach Brewing Co.
2032 Karbach Street
77092 Houston , TX
Phone: 713.680.8886
29° 48' 21.0276" N, 95° 27' 37.224" W
801 Town & Country Blvd.
77024 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-464-5557
29° 46' 49.7028" N, 95° 33' 39.4056" W
Punk's Simple Southern Food
5212 Morningside Dr
77005 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-524-7865
29° 43' 6.9672" N, 95° 24' 54.5256" W
Skip's Farm
16702 House Hahl Road
77433 Cypress , TX 29° 57' 39.8304" N, 95° 42' 35.2512" W
The Del
6585 Del Monte Drive
Houston 29° 44' 44.4732" N, 95° 30' 3.7764" W
Hubcap Grill
1133 W 19th Street 713- 862-0555
77008 Houston , TX
Phone: 713- 862-0555
29° 48' 10.5408" N, 95° 25' 9.966" W
Jenni's Noodle Houst
602 East 20th Street
77008 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-666-3537
29° 48' 13.4604" N, 95° 23' 31.2432" W
MOD Pizza
2682 Pearland Pkwy Suite 120
77581 Pearland , TX
Phone: 281-810-5998
29° 33' 29.6964" N, 95° 15' 44.5824" W
Red River BBQ & Grill
1911 E. Main St.
77573 League City , TX
Phone: 281-332-8086
29° 31' 12.4464" N, 95° 4' 39.5076" W