Category: Kids Eat Free

Family Fun for Free (or almost free)

Looking for ideas for keeping your kids entertained this summer without busting your bank account? Check out my feature for WNC Parent: “Asheville’s free family summer fun.”

2014 Free Summer Lunches for Kids

Kids between the ages of 2 and 18 can receive free meals all summer in Buncombe County. The best part is there’s no catch, no application, no requirements. Just show up at an open site with your child during the posted times for the lunches and they’ll get to eat for free. The USDA is paying for the meals. Its only requirement is that the meals must be eaten on site. They can’t be carried away. For a list of the sites, which include county pools, libraries and a few other places, go here. Meals will not be served on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Sweet Treat For Good Grades

My daughter asked today for a reward for getting on the A/B Honor Roll and also for getting two positive referrals today. Her choice: a doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville.

Big surprise at the checkout counter. As my daughter looked over the selection, the woman behind the counter asked if she had her report card with her. She said kids who get all A’s and B’s get a FREE DOZEN of their choice. Note: I do not know if all DD’s do this or what schools each one covers. I retrieved the report card from the car and here’s what she selected:

Free Dozen Dunkin Donuts for A/B Honor Roll

Free Dozen Dunkin Donuts for A/B Honor Roll

FREE Ice Cream at The Hop

Okay, I’ll admit, I have a great love for The Hop and I don’t get a kickback to say that. I just really like the fact that owners Greg and Ashley Garrison are so friendly and so community minded. Plus, they make the best ice cream EVER!

They’ve come up with a fantastic January bargain: Free Kiddie Scoop Mondays! The deal is good every Monday in January (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st) at both locations: Merrimon Avenue and West Asheville. Buy any menu item and get a free kiddie scoop of your choice of ice cream.

While January is usually a bit drab after all the colors of the holiday season, this is a fab way to spice it up.

Earth Fare Free Kids Meals

I have to say Thursday nights are a favorite night for me. Why? I don’t have to cook. I head straight to Earth Fare at Westgate. There I can get a great hot meal and my kids eat free. Both kids eat free. This is a really stellar offer from Earth Fare, plus my kids are getting GOOD food instead of highly processed stuff.

The cashier told me they give out 300 kids meals each week! Great community service.

Roundup of Places Kids Eat FREE or On The Cheap

I’ve been adding these a few at a time, but I am putting them all together in one post for convenience. Here are some places in WNC where kids eat FREE or for a reduced price.

Applebees offers kid’s meals for 99 cents after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. The good part: you can get TWO discount kid’s meals per paying adult! Choices include mini burgers, mac ‘n cheese, pizza, and chicken tenders. Served up with choice of side and beverage.

Locations in WNC:

115  Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805   828-251-9194

275 Smokey Park Highway, Asheville, NC 28806 828-670-9101

1655 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803 828-274-5300

1635 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville, NC 28792 828-692-3006

Atlanta Bread Company offers free meals for kids ages 12 and under after 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and all day on Sundays. Sandwich, chips, drink and cookie. One FREE kid’s meal per paying adult. There are three locations in WNC:

633 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804   828-259-3675

484 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803    828-274-2323

147 Highlands Square Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28792     828-692-7553

Deerpark at Biltmore Estate – Kids under the age of 9 always eat FREE.

Fuddruckers, 130 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 828-254-2161. Kids ages 12 and under EAT free after 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. One free kid’s meal per paying adult. Choices include a burger (you will pay 75 cents if you order cheese even on the free nights), hot dog, chicken tenders or grilled cheese. Served up with a drink (free refills), fries, and choice of a cookie from the bakery.

IHOP provides FREE meals for kids ages 12 and younger after 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. One free meal per paying adult.


275-B Smokey Park Highway, Asheville, NC 28806  828-665-9390

245 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805  828-255-8601

229 Airport Road, Suite 1, Arden, NC 28704  828-684-2828

Lonestar Steak House – According to the corporate website, Kids ages 12 and under eat FREE all day on Tuesdays! Two free meals per paying adult! I don’t know if every Lonestar participates in this promotion, so it’s good to check ahead. Dine-in only. Choices for kids include hot dog, grilled cheese, macaroni & cheese, grilled chicken sandwich, chicken tenders and steak medallions. Includes choice of a side item and a beverage.

341 Rockwood Road, Arden, NC 28704 828-684-5506

Moe’s  Southwest Grill — The offerings are different at the one in Biltmore (1 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803, 828-225-6637) and the one at 300 Airport Road in Arden (828-684-4452).

In Biltmore, kids ages 12 and under eat for 99 cents on Thursdays and Saturdays. Three discounted meals for each paying adult.

At the Arden location, kids eat FREE on Tuesdays after 5 p.m.

Ryan’s Steak Houses are currently offering kid’s mega bar buffet dinners for 99 cents each after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Includes all-you-can-eat hot bar, salad bar, fruit bar, dessert bar, and unlimited beverage. Two discounted kid’s meals per paying adult.

1053 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806 828-258-3761

1000 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806  828-665-9963

Shoney’s offers 99 cent meals on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. for kids ages 10 and younger. Two discounted meals per paying adult. Kids younger than four eat FREE every night.

425 Smokey Park Highway, Asheville, NC 28806 828-667-0108

379 Long Shoals Road, Arden, NC 28704 828-684-5097

**NOTE: As with everything in life, these special deals are at the discretion of the participating restaurants and always subject to change. It’s wise to call ahead and find out if the deals are still available.

Kids eat FREE at Atlanta Bread Company

Thanks to my wonderful friend Sophia Ungert for reminding me to post this Kids Eat FREE offering. I take my kids often to the Atlanta Bread Company on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville for FREE meals.

Here’s the deal: You get one free child’s meal (ages 12 and under) per paying adult. The offer is good after 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and all day on Sundays!

Kids Visit Biltmore Estate FREE all summer

Through September 7, all kids ages 16 and under are admitted FREE to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.  when accompanied by a paying adult. In addition, kids 9 and under are FREE year round, and kids 9 and under also eat FREE at Biltmore’s Deerpark Restaurant.

SBARRO Awards Good Grades With FREE Pizza

For students who made A’s and B’s on their report cards this year, Sbarro offers a FREE treat on June 23, 2009. Students who present their report cards, can say “A’s and B’s … Pizza Please!” and receive a free slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza and a small soda.

There is a Sbarro at the Asheville Mall. Click here to find other locations.

FREE Kids Meals at Fuddruckers

I took my daughter out for a free kids meal at Fuddruckers on Charlotte Street in North Asheville tonight. The restaurant offers FREE kids meals Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to closing.

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