When creating the menus and special promotions for your restaurant, it is easy to forget about the younger ones. While the adults are the ones that are paying the bill, the younger ones are often determining how long the adults stay in the restaurant. An upset kid may equal leaving early and skipping out on the dessert.
Today we revisit posts from 2015 and 2016, and provide three ideas for restaurants to take into consideration when it comes to their youngest visitors.
It's a battle both restaurant owners and parents fight - keeping kids entertained at a restaurant. As a restaurant owner, you know this is a battle best fought on a united front with parents. The following are fun and creative ideas that will make dining at your restaurant with the kids a much more pleasant experience for everyone:
Sometimes all it takes is something as simple such as kids menus and crayons to keep kids entertained at the table. Offering colorful, activity-packed kids placemat menus is a great place to start to keep kids entertained. Kid menus can be customized to match the theme of your restaurant and can include a wide range of games including tic-tac-toe, word finds, mazes, word scrambles and more. Don't forget to offer a pack of crayons as well.
During a usually slow night for your restaurant, offer Kids Nights! This can be anything from allowing kids to eat half-off or free, having a costumed character make an appearance, making a special craft or having a movie played that night. Making kids feel special because this is "their night", will be welcomed by both the kids and parents.
Sophisticated Menu Choices
Sophisticated might not be a word most people would associate with children's menu choices but increasingly parents are expecting restaurants to offer something beyond nuggets and fries for the kids. Restaurants are responding to parents' requests for healthier, more interesting options for their kids to try out.
In addition to the standard options, consider offering smaller versions of regular menu items to add variety to an otherwise standard kid's menu. This will allow kids the option to eat like the grownups and feel more engaged with the overall dining experience.
These are just a few tips that can help your restaurant be kid-friendly! If you want to know more on how Menu Designs can help, click the button below to request more information.