Photo courtesy of Millie Moo's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Millie Moo's Cafe

Best Restaurants with Play Spaces for Kids in Orlando

Whoever invented the restaurant-with-playground concept deserves a medal. The combination of play spaces in a cafe or restaurant gives parents a chance to enjoy a calm dinner, while the kids burn off some energy in the play space.

Orlando has huge range of restaurants that offer entertainment for kids, from the world's biggest McDonalds through to dinosaur discovery at the T-Rex Cafe, with everything in between. Keep reading to discover some of the Orlando restaurants with play spaces that are best-reviewed by locals and tourists alike.

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Millie Moo's - 4085 LB McLeod Rd, Orlando

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. One child is $10 during the week and $12 at weekends, the play space is geared towards kids 7 and under.

T-Rex Cafe - 1676 East Buena Vista Drive

Here's something out of the ordinary: let your kids dig up a dinosaur bone while you finish your dinner. Part-attraction, part-restaurant, the T-Rex Cafe combines a full restaurant with a huge range of dinosaur-themed activities to keep the kids amused. This place fills up - reservations are recommended and be prepared for a noisy ambience.

Old Spanish Sugar Mill - De Leon Springs State Park

This pancake restaurant is entertainment in itself: each table has a griddle, and diners cook their own pancakes from batter served from the kitchen. As well as the interactive mealtime, a swimming spot right next door is a great way to cool off before or after the meal. The Mill is popular, though, so expect to wait for a table during peak hours.

McDonalds - 6875 Sandlake Road, Orlando

If you think you know the Golden Arches, think again. This restaurant on Sandlake 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 play space. The menu also offers an expanded version of the typical McDonalds' fare. Be aware that it can get crowded during busy times.

Joe's Crab Shack - 8400 International Drive

Parents love this laid-back seafood chain restaurant for its outdoor playground which keeps kids entertained before and after their meal.

Grills Lakeside Orlando - 4315 N Orange Blossom Trail

Open for breakfast right 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.

Via Entertainment - 10401 US-441, Leesburg

Kids of all ages can find something to do at Via Entertainment. The Leesburg location has a dedicated area for kids under 55" with a ball pit, indoor bounce house, toys and more. Older kids can go bowling, zoom around on go-karts and play arcade games.

Main Event - 9101 International Drive

Main Event combines arcade games and bowling with a bar and restaurant, and offers plenty of entertainment for kids aged around five and up to choose from. Check their website for specials, including free meals for kids on Tuesdays.

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games - 9299 Universal Boulevard

The focus here is more on the games - you'll find everything from bowling and go-karting right through to arcade games - but the restaurant serves up a full range of hot meals, too. Parents rate this option for family fun especially with older kids and teenagers.

District Eat & Play - 1395 Oviedo Mall Blvd

Billiards tables, arcade games and bowling lanes - with smaller balls and shorter lanes than normal - entice kids and adults before and after a meal.