The combination of restaurants with play spaces gives parents a chance to enjoy a meal, while kids burn off energy. In fact, the person who invented the restaurant-with-playground concept deserves a medal. These Orlando restaurants offer entertainment for kids, from the world's largest McDonalds, to dinosaur discovery at the T-Rex Café. Keep reading to discover some of the Orlando restaurants with play spaces that are highly recommended by locals and tourists alike.
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Andretti Indoor Karting and Games in Orlando offers high-speed karts, arcade games, and a full restaurant.
Orlando Restaurants with Play Spaces for Kids to Let Loose
The focus here is more on the games — bowling, go-karts, arcade games—but the restaurant serves up a full range of hot meals, too! Parents rate this option high for family fun, especially with older kids and teenagers.
Boxi Park offers family fun, live entertainment, and outdoor laid-back gatherings with a changing variety of chef-driven food.
Boxi Park is an open-air venue featuring a variety of food truck-style eateries. In addition to some amazing food options, guests can enjoy live entertainment and kids can play on the recently expanded playground. There’s also sand volleyball and Barxi dog park, so bring your four-legged family member as well.
Most children are familiar with these restaurants with play spaces, featuring interactive games for all ages. The menu options include a variety of pizza and appetizers, and fun, seasonally-themed treats. Check your nearest location for weekly specials.
This popular gaming attraction has a full-service restaurant with an expansive menu, including a variety of kids' meal options. The game room features hundreds of interactive arcade games as well as virtual reality games.
District Eat & Play is a one-stop entertainment and dining destination.
Arcade games, escape rooms, gelly ball (think paintball without the sting), and bowling lanes—with smaller balls and shorter lanes than normal—entice kids and adults before and after a meal. District Kids indoor playground is located next door for little ones.
Rain or shine kids can climb around the covered playground at Grills Lakeside Orlando.
Open for breakfast through to dinner, this restaurant offers scenic views over the lake and indoor and outdoor dining options, as well as a covered outdoor playground for the kids.
Parents love this laid-back seafood restaurant for its outdoor playground, which keeps kids entertained before and after their meals.
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This popular seafood establishment is conveniently located near the Walt Disney World Resort, and features an outdoor playground next to the restaurant.
Main Event combines arcade games and bowling with a bar and restaurant, and offers plenty of entertainment for kids ages five and up to choose from. Check their website for specials, including free meals for kids on Tuesdays.
Orlando restaurants with play spaces like Millie Moo's is fun for the whole family. Photo courtesy Millie Moo's
Millie Moo's combines a spacious indoor play area to keep kids busy and entertained, with a cafe serving coffee and light meals for kids and grown-ups. Local moms love it for the great toys and welcoming environment. The play space is geared towards kids ages seven and under.
This pancake restaurant is entertainment in itself: Each table has a griddle, and diners cook their own pancakes from batter served at the kitchen. Along with the interactive mealtime, the swimming spring next door is a great way to cool off before or after the meal. The Mill is very popular, so expect to wait for a table during peak hours.
Here's something out of the ordinary: Let your kids dig up a dinosaur bone while you finish your meal. Part attraction, part restaurant, the T-Rex Cafe at Disney Springs combines a full restaurant with a huge range of dinosaur-themed activities to keep the kids amused. Reservations are recommended.
Kids of all ages can find something to do at Via Entertainment, including arcade games, bowling, go-karts, laser tag, and more. The onsite restaurant features foods such as burgers, wings, quesadillas, and appetizers. Via Entertainment is located inside of Lake Square Mall.
If you think you know McDonald's restaurants with play spaces, think again. This emblematic Golden Arches on Sand Lake Road is said to be the world's largest. It's open 24 hours, has three floors, a room full of arcade games, as well as a large indoor playground structure. The menu also offers an expanded version of the typical McDonalds' fare.
This outdoor family-friendly (and pet-friendly!) eatery boasts a variety of lawn games, a tire swing, live music on most nights, and multiple flatscreens to watch sports. The Yardery offers a lunch menu and brunch on Sundays.
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