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19 of our favorite Local Restaurants with Play areas for Kids

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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.

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You can purchase hot and cold food at Central Market or bring your own. They have a microwave to use, too. It’s not a fancy restaurant but it’s very practical and pleasant on a warm day. They have dining tables near the playground and a shaded patio for you to watch the kids play easily

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
Photo Credit: The Yard McKinney Facebook

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.

Natalie, Plano TX


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.

Cameron, Plano TX

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).

Desiree, Plano TX


Truck Yard at The Colony

Address: 5959 Grove Ln, The Colony, TX 75056

Phone: (469) 401-6764


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Legacy Food Hall

Address: 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano, TX 75024

Phone: (972) 846-4255

There are tons of eating options, so you can stop by a couple different options to find kid and adult friendly dishes, to eat outside on the Patio and let the kids run and play.


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The Boardwalk Granite

Address: 5880 TX-121, Plano, TX 75024

Chips Burgers has a little play area (turf mound) kids run up & down & you can sit on patio & watch them.
It’s at Granite Boardwalk by Biscuit Bar.

Brittany, Plano TX


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Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm

Address: 970 Garden Park Dr, Allen, TX 75013

Phone: (972) 747-8000

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Watters Creek in Allen has loads of restaurants with patios off the green area with slide and stuff. Frogg coffee and creperie overlooks a playscape and small creek with ducks.

It’s a great spot for parents to enjoy while watching kids play.

Amanda, Plano TX


McDonald’s

Address: 605 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074

Phone: (972) 633-5135

(And several other locations)


Chick-Fil-A

Address: 6240 Coit Rd, Plano, TX 75023

Phone: (972) 769-8147

(And several other locations)

We hope you’ll try out these great eating places and your Kids have fun!

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