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Eating Out With Kids

May 17, 2016 11:17AM ● By Dia

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Cooking with kids is the best but we all need a break every now and then!

The next time you don’t want to tackle the kitchen, grab your kids and hubby and head out for a night on the town. With Yelp’s great database of kid friendly restaurants and a rating systems for those that really do it right, you’re on your way to a fun night. Look for “Good for Kids” under the Yelp rating when selecting a restaurant that will please both the kids and adults. When little tots get antsy at the table, use these simple tricks to make your meal out more fun for all.

1. Prepare - Many restaurants will provide coloring place mats or other crafts for kids to doodle on while waiting for dinner. If however, they run out (or don’t provide anything), always be sure to have a sticker book and a few crayons on hand.

2. Wash Hands - Make washing hands a fun event. Check out the bathroom at each restaurant and compare them - kids love noticing different colors and seeing all of the cool sinks.

3. Try Everything - Once the food comes, let kids taste new ingredients. Go beyond “yummy” and “yucky” and talk about what tastes they like and which ones they don’t.

4. Tot-Sized Menus - Don’t think that kids need to order from the kids menu all of the time. Most restaurants offer child-sized (or appetizer) portions which are wallet friendly and help expose kids to a wide variety of ingredients and culinary styles.

Hopefully these tips will help ensure that going out to eat as a family is always a special and fun-filled time to share with your children.

-- Eden Bullock, Owner, Taste Buds Kitchen Southlake  www.tastebudskitchen.com

 Taste Buds Kitchen offers culinary events for all ages and a popular favorite is their kids cooking birthday parties. It’s so much fun to be hands-on, cooking a delicious recipe with your friends and Taste Buds Kitchen has perfected this fun and unique party option.  With unlimited menu options, customizing the perfect birthday for your child is easy and fun with some advanced planning.