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The ultimate guide to “Kids Eat Free” on the Sunshine Coast

byThe Sand Dunes Resort Marcoola -07 Sep 2017

Whether you are on a holiday or just going out for a weekly dinner, eating out can be expensive when you have a family to feed. That's why "kids eat free" is a parent’s favorite phrase when it comes to planning a night out.

Restaurants that feature complimentary meals for the kids are not always easy to find. Sand Dunes Resort has put together the ultimate guide of the best places on the Sunshine Coast where kids eat free. Information is correct at the time of publishing, but please check directly with the restaurant to confirm. 

The Pub at Aussie World

What counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it? After 5 pm on Friday nights
Conditions of offer: One free kid’s meal per main meal purchased.
Other kids' friendly features: Spend the afternoon enjoying the rides and attractions at Aussie World and pop into The Pub for dinner before heading home. A perfect day out!

They love families at The Pub at Aussie World and on Friday nights, the kids eat free. Bring the whole family from 5 pm on  and for every main meal purchased you receive a complimentary kid’s meal. 

View Restaurant, Peppers Noosa Report

What Counts as a kid? There are two categories for children's dining. Those under three years of age (free breakfast) and those under 12 (free dinner).
When can I get it? Dinner is available every night between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
Conditions of offer: For every meal purchased, two kids eats free. There is a free full breakfast buffet for kids under three and free dinner for kids under the age of 12.

Named for its commanding position overlooking Laguna Bay, View Restaurant features a modern Australian menu full of fresh and local produce. Along with a "kids eat free" buffet breakfast for children under three, the restaurant offers free dining for two children for every dining adult for orders placed between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm every night of the week. There are eight children’s meals to choose from and each meal comes with a drink, dessert and a kid’s activity pack.

Palmwoods Hotel

What counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it? Mondays only.
Conditions of offer:  One complimenary meal per main meal purchased. Excludes kids’ steak and kids' chicken.
Other kids' friendly features: The Palmwoods Hotel also offer free access to a fully equipped kids’ room with an active play gym and video games.

The Palmwoods Hotel is a family owned hotel located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. They have a huge capacity and feature regular entertainment events, a sports bar and a bottle shop. They also offer a courtesy bus if you want to enjoy a few drinks with your meal and be responsible. Your children will enjoy a choice of six meal options: cheeseburger and chips, fish and chips, calamari and chips, pizza, chicken nuggets and chips or spaghetti bolognaise.

Nambour RSL

What counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it?  Sunday - Tuesday nights.
Conditions of offer: For every adult that buys a main meal to the value of more than $15, the child can select a complimentary meal from the Mosaic Kids' Menu.
Other kids’ friendly features: There is a "Kids' Club" (12 years and under), which shows family movies, video consoles and a range of toys as well as a "Youth Zone" (13-17 years) for older siblings.

Nambour RSL Club is one of the more popular family dining restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. There are several kitchens where you can get food ranging from bistro style fare or Italian fine dining. However if you want the Kids Eat Free offer, the Mosaic Kitchen will be your destination. There are six options on the kids' menu: chicken nuggets and chips, fish and chips, ham and pineapple pizza, calamari and chips, steak and chips and spaghetti bolognaise. Usually kids' meals come with a free soft drink and ice cream at Mosaic Kitchen but this does not apply with the Kids Eat Free offer.

The Woombye Pub

What Counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it? Every Friday night.
Conditions of offer: One free kid's meal for every main meal purchased.
Other kids’ friendly features: The pub offers a large children’s area with a jumping castle and video games. There is also courtesy bus on Friday nights.

Woombye Pub is a family and social pub that is renowned for its quality food made from local produce. It also features plenty live music from local artists and a wide mix of other entertainment including televised sport. The hotel touts itself as a cornerstone of the Sunshine Village since 1800. Their kids' menu features four options: fish and chips, chicken parmi and chips, spaghetti bolognese and crumbed chicken strips and chips. There is also choice of ice cream with four topping options. 

Cooroy Hotel

What Counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it? Every Sunday for dinner from 5.30 pm
Conditions of offer: One child eats free for every paying adult. Meals come with a complimentary ice cream and choice of topping. 
Other kids’ friendly features: There is a children’s room with five Playstations and a plasma screen as well as other games and books. Children can also be monitored via a screen in the main dining area.

The Cooroy Hotel offers a modern Australian menu from accomplished head chef, Patrick Landelle. The kids’ menu is one of the more extensive ones featured in this article and includes spaghetti bolognaise, calamari and chips,cheese burgers and chips, fish and chips, hawaiian pizza, steak and chips, chicken and chips, and chicken nuggets and chips. Salad can be substituted in any meal that includes chips. 

Cooroy RSL Club

What counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it? Every Friday night and throughout 2017 school holidays.
Conditions of offer: Kids get free meals for every main meal purchased an accompanying adult.
Other kids' friendly features: Music and children’s activities such as balloon animals, raffles and face painting. 

Cooroy RSL Club offers a full service venue for food, entertainment and functions. The club facilities include bottle shops, coffee shops, hall hire and function rooms. The kids' menu features spaghetti bolognese, chicken nuggets and chips, kids' steak and chips, fish and chips and crumbed calamari and chips. Each kid’s meal comes with a complimentary ice-cream.

Sunshine Beach Surf Lifesaving Club

What counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it? Every Thursday night (excluding school holidays).
Conditions of offer: Complimentary kid's meal for every main meal purchased.
Other kids’ friendly features: There is a magician to entertain the kids from 6pm and a kids room to keep them otherwise occupied. A courtesy bus is also available.

Sunshine Beach Surf Lifesaving Club offers great views of the beach while you dine. The club has a spacious deck and offers food from award winning chef, Darren Sandilands. The kids' menu is not listed on the website so call ahead if you have fussy eaters in the family.

Dicky Beach Surf Club,

What counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it? Sunday nights.
Conditions of offer: Terms and conditions apply
The Dicky Beach Supporters Club is located to the north of Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. The club has more than 200 seats at its restaurant, a TAB and free courtesy bus services. They are also a key part of the local community, as many surf clubs are, and hold regular raffles and other fundraisers to raise money for the club including a weekly raffle on "kids eat free" night to raise money for the local nippers lifesaving group. The kids' menu is not listed on the website so call ahead if you have fussy eaters in the family.

Maroochy RSL Club

What counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it? Tuesday - Thursday night for dinner and Sunday lunch in the Infusion Bistro.
Conditions of offer: One complimemtary kid's meal for every main meal purchased.
Other kids’ friendly features: The Maroochydore RSL features a dedicated "kidzone". It isn’t free, but you can buy an annual junior or teen membership for you child for only $5. This membership comes with access to plenty of prizes from regular competitions and a free meal in their birthday month. The venue also regularly has special events like free face-painting and other kids' friendly events.

The Maroochydore RSL Club is a great venue for the whole family. It has a great entertainment calendar and a sports bar. As well as the "kids eat free" the club has special deals for adults Tuesday to Thursday to help you save even more money! The kids' menu includes fish and chips, kid’s steak, ham and pineapple pizza, and chicken nuggets and chips. Every kid's meal comes with a soft drink and ice cream.

Hog’s Breath Cafe

What Counts as a kid? 12 years and under.
When can I get it? Every night.
Conditions of offer:  One complimentary kid’s meal for each adult purchasing main meal over $20.
The popular chain offers a "kid’s eat free" offer right across Australia. The two locations on the Sunshine Coast (Mooloolaba and Caloundra) are no exception. Their national website lists the ‘Hogster’ meals as calamari and chips, pasta, flathead and chips, cheese pizza, cheeseburger and chips, nuggets and chips, kids steak and chips and some Hogster Healthy Helpings are listed for a small charge. You’ll also get a free juice or soft drink and ice cream. It should be noted that the terms and conditions do state “all participating Hog’s Breath Cafes” and while both Sunshine Coast locations offer this deal at the moment, it is always worth checking ahead in case things change.

Brightwater Hotel

What counts as a kid? Three to 11 year olds
When can I get it? Every Sunday from 5.30 pm.
Conditions of offer: Terms and conditions apply
Additional kids' features: Every kids' room has six PlayStations and four skill tester machines. There is also free kids' entertainment and face-painting on Sunday afternoons.

The Brightwater Hotel is a part of the Sunshine Coast Hotels group which prides itself on being independent and offering seasonal and local produce on their menus. It has won several hospitality awards since it opened in 2013.The kids' menu features seven different options: cheeseburger and chips, ham and cheese pizza, tomato and cheese pasta, chicken nuggets and chips, chicken breast, vegetables and chips, fish and chips, and steak and chips. Each meal comes with a free Paddle Pop!


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Located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Sand Dunes Resort Marcoola offers self-contained accommodation with direct beach access. This resort has a modern low level architectural style, features an award winning 75 metre lagoon pool/ heated pool and large spa surround by clusters of stylish villas and apartments.