Eating out with toddlers in tow can be a little of a challenge. Aside from fussy eaters, some children are truly energetic and require more than a satisfying meal to keep them at the table.

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It comes in handy then when eateries offer kid-friendly features like play areas and activities to keep young diners entertained. Ready to be someone’s favourite adult? Here are 8 kid-friendly eateries you can bring your children to for more than just yummy food🤗

1. La Pastificio – The Pasta Shop

This casual Italian restaurant at Sembawang Shopping Centre is the ideal joint for all your large family gatherings. With an extensive menu from entrees to pastas, soups to pizzas, light bites to all-day breakfast, there sure is something for even the fussiest of eaters here.

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Besides the scrumptious food, there are two main aspects at La Pastificio that makes the restaurant kid-friendly: availability of a kid’s menu as well as a play area! The choices for kids’ meals are either nuggets or fried/grilled chicken/fish and each meal is served with fries, a drink and pasta/rice.

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While the “Kid’s Corner” is nothing fancier than a small allocated space, it is carpeted and has a few toys to keep young diners entertained at least for a casual meal time.

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With rainbow cheesecakes and chocolate desserts like these, any child (and adults!) would be happy to be end a meal with some sweet treats.

Contact: Website | Facebook | (+65) 6570 6991

Address: Sembawang Shopping Centre, 604 Sembawang Road, #01-26 Singapore 758459

Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 11am – 9:30pm; Sat: 11am to 10pm; Sun: 11am to 9:30pm. Weekend breakfast is available from 8:30am to 11am.
Halal status: Halal-certified.

2. Ikea @Tampines

To Singaporeans, IKEA is more than just a warehouse-style furniture store; it’s also home to fan-favourite crispy chicken wings, juicy Swedish meatballs and cheap vanilla-flavoured ice-cream. With eating as a national past-time, much of what we do orbit around food 😅

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IKEA’s cafeteria-style restaurant features affordable kid’s meals that starts from as low as $3!

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For parents who wish to shop for an hour without losing their child to the crowds in this megastore, there is the option to drop their younglings off at IKEA’s own indoor play area. Do note that this is a paid play area and every child needs to meet a set of requirements (like height and age) before gaining admission.

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Alternatively, there is also a small play area right next to the dining hall. Do note while IKEA has two outlets in Singapore, only the Tampines restaurant offers halal food options.

Address: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday: 9am – 10.30pm
Halal status: Halal-certified.

3. The Royals Café

The Royals Café is a casual and cosy eatery that serves up both Western and local delights.

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Famous for their Nyonya mee siam (rice vermicelli in a spicy and sour gravy topped with half-boiled egg, fried bean curd and Chinese chives), other notable dishes to try are Nasi Lemak Classic and their range of delectable cakes and confectionary.

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Check out this superbly adorable unicorn cake which would make any kid smile!

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While The Royals brand has a few outlets, only the one at Siglap has a play area consisting of a long table filled with Lego bricks and a few other toys. This is especially great for older toddlers who are inquisitive and enjoy building structures. Additionally, The Royals Café has kids set meals priced at $7.90 (before service charge) that comes with a choice of drink.

Contact: Website | Facebook | (+65) 6444 2262
Address: 19 Upper East Coast Road, Crescendo Building, Singapore 455209
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 9am – 10pm; Sat & Sun: 8.30am-10.30pm.
Halal status: Halal-certified.

4. Lina’s Cafe

A visit to Lina’s Café at Jalan Pisang is more than just having a delicious meal – it’s a sign of solidarity for friends with autism. Branding itself as an autism-friendly eatery, Lina’s Café aims to raise awareness about autism visibility by providing a safe space for children with autism and their families.

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Lina’s Café is the only one out of three autism-friendly cafes which is halal-certified. Inclusivity is a key feature here where special needs children will never be judged or be faulted for if they become “disruptive” or break anything in the café😊

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Lina’s Café serves specialty teas, localised bubble tea drinks like teh Tarik with tapioca pearls, floats, and all-day breakfast sets amongst other things. Come down and show your support for this new café and their awesome mission to spread awareness on autism!

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Contact: Website | Facebook | (+65) 9456 0992

Address: 7 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199074
Opening hours: Mon: 10 am to 7pm; Tue – Sat: 11am to 8pm. Closed on Mondays.
Halal status: Muslim-owned.

5. Hello Kitty Orchid Garden

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Character-themed cafes are such huge hits with children and for this wildly popular Sanrio feline, you can bet even the adults will be excited for a meal at this cafe! Shaped like a glasshouse with gorgeous orchids blooming overhead, Hello Kitty Orchid Garden pays homage to Singapore’s “Garden City” image with its strong floral theme undoubtedly inspired by the country’s national flower.

This Hello Kitty with double bows adorning its head is unique to Singapore because this is the only one in the world!

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Be it the food, the décor, the chairs or everything else in between, there are always signs of Hello Kitty everywhere – plenty to keep the young ones guessing how many Hello Kitty emblems can they spot. Colouring sheets are also available in case you need to keep them busy for a few more minutes while you go around the café to take more pictures 😊

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Hello Kitty biscuits, Hello Kitty waffles, Hello Kitty everywhere – a one stop shop to keep the kids fascinated for sure.

Contact: Website | Instagram
Address: Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Arrival Meeting Hall Central, #01-22
Opening hours: 24 hours, daily.
Halal status: Halal-certified.

6. Charlie Brown Café

Here’s to reliving your childhood days with the Peanuts Gang over at Charlie Brown Café right in the heart of Orchard Road! Whether you’ve read the comic strips or rush home from school to catch Snoopy and Friends on television, there is a tinge of nostalgia when you chance upon this cute café.

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Adorned with more than just Charlie Brown and Snoopy figures, this café features the rest of the group too with comic strips plastered on the walls right next to screens playing reruns of old Snoopy cartoons.

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And of course, what’s a character café without having the food adorably plated with faces of the namesake. On pancakes and crepes, drinks and desserts, young diners will sure find it amusing to see these.

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Charlie Brown Café also serves decent portions of pasta dishes if you or your child are feeling peckish during the day.

Contact: Website | (+65) 6737 5979
Address: Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, #04-01, Singapore 239695
Opening hours: Mon to Thu: 11am – 11pm; Fri & Satu: 11am – 1am.
Halal status: Halal-certified.

7. AquaMarine Marina Mandarin Singapore

Indulge in a lavish spread of international cuisine buffet-style over at AquaMarine Marina Mandarin Singapore!

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Showcasing favourite dishes from around the world like Alaskan king crab, roasted wagyu beef, fresh out of the ocean sashimi and local delights like hearty laksa bowls, there’s just so much to chow down on over at this restaurant😋

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You may be wondering: how is this Halal-certified buffet spread considered kid-friendly? Well, it is because one child (aged 12 and below) dines for free during weekend lunches (from noon to 3pm) with every paying adult! 
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This deal allows families to come together and be treated to a scrumptious fare without breaking the bank😆

Contact: Website | (+65) 6845 1111
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Marina Mandarin, Singapore 039594
Operating hours: Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm – 3pm (Sat & Sun); Dinner: 6.30pm to 10pm.
Halal status: Halal-certified.

8. Foodfare Food Court @ Kallang Wave Mall

Like hawker centres, food courts are aLet lso a quintessential part of Singapore’s food scene. For families where no one can agree on what or where to eat, food courts are a great option because of the variety of stalls available to cater to every desire. Here is a uniquely kid-friendly food court.

Located right in the epicentre of all things sports, Foodfare @ Kallang Wave Mall plays to the theme with its sports-focused design and décor. From tables fitting large teams to using sports equipment to embellish the space, this food court pulls out all the stops.

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At this Foodfare, there is even a playing area for kids to unleash their boundless energy with a mock podium to mimic award ceremonies during a sports event. The creative use of space and colours here do liven up the atmosphere, much like a stadium-full of people would.

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There is even a foosball table in case you need to get competitive indoors 😁

Food-wise, there are three halal-certified stalls namely the Chicken Rice Stall, the Yong Tau Foo Stall and the Beef Noodles Stall. It may also interest you to note that all food merchants at Foodfare each have a kids’ meal menu for children who usually can’t finish a standard portion of serving.

Address: 1 Stadium Place, Level 2, Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397628
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm, daily.

With child-friendly menus, cute character dishes and even play areas to keep your young diners entertained, you’re set to score some serious brownie points and be their favourite adult at meal times☺️ We hope these kid-friendly eateries are helpful the next time you plan on taking the kids out for a meal!

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