Arrows and Sparrows – weekdays, 2pm to 7pm

This beautifully designed little café in the Greens serves tasty breakfasts (think mini acai bowls, scrambled eggs, and peanut butter and jelly on toasted sourdough), plus cosy lunch-and-dinner comfort foods like pumpkin pasta and cheesy toast, as well as excellent Raw coffee. Its ongoing kids-dine-free promotion sees children receiving a free lunch or dinner main, plus a drink, with every main course ordered by an adult, every weekday between 2pm and 7pm. Although the on-street parking is payable, you can get two hours’ free with Arrow and Sparrow’s stamp. It’s the perfect place to pop into for a yummy bite after a shop at the Organic store round the corner.

Details: Free kids’ meal (main, drink and ice cream) along with every adult main course, weekdays, 2pm-7pm. Arrows and Sparrows, Unit #G03, Building 4, Emaar Business Park, The Greens http://www.arrowsparrows.com/

Steak at Seafire, Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Atlantis – all day, every day

Visiting snazzy five-star hotel Atlantis on The Palm doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, you could have one of the cheapest days out possible in Dubai if you have a group of toddlers in tow, as all of the family-friendly restaurants in Atlantis will feed children aged three years old and under for free, while kids aged four and upwards can dine for a hefty 50% off from the normal menu. This offer is ongoing and valid every day of the week (aside from special occasions and public holidays), at all apart from the fine-dining restaurants such as Nobu and Ossiano. That means your little ones can feast on Italian delicacies from Ronda Locatelli, wholesome British fare from celebrity-chef Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, and succulent steak from Seafire Steakhouse, as well as cuisine from many more restaurants, all free of charge. Our advice? Book yourself into one of the spots with a view of the Atlantis Lost Chambers aquarium, such as Seafire, and you can get child-pleasing, free entertainment along with some cut-price food!

Details: Free meals for children aged three and under, or 50% for 4-year-olds upwards, daily at family-friendly restaurants across Atlantis, The Palm Dubai. https://www.atlantisthepalm.com/

Jones the Grocer

Jones the Grocer – all day, every day

Jones the Grocer is one of the first deli-cafes to have made its mark in the UAE, and has kept growing and growing, with branches now all over Dubai and Abu Dhabi, no doubt in part due to its excellent family promotion, whereby you can receive one free kids’ meal with every two adult main courses – which isn’t exactly a hardship when there are things like King Prawn Egg Florentine, Pumpkin and Feta salad and Mac and Cheese with Lobster Tail on the menu. This promotion is available at all times, every day, including weekends, at most of the Jones’ branches, although we like the Al Manara outlet since it has kids’ play area outside.

Details: Free kids’ meal with every two adult main courses ordered, all day, every day. Al Manara, Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road (opposite Time Square Centre), +971 4 346 6886, almanara@jonesthegrocer.com,
open Sunday – Thursday 7:30am – 11:00pm, Friday, Saturday & Public Holidays 8:00am – 11:00pm

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Chival Global Social

Chival Global Social – Sunday to Thursday, 6.30am to 11am; Friday and Saturday 6.30am to 12pm

There’s an emphasis on locally sourced, nutritious food at this unpretentious yet chic dining destination in La Ville Hotel in Citywalk, and every day (including weekends) kids can receive a free breakfast buffet, as long as one adult breakfast buffet is paid for. We love the idea of an early morning spent on the swings and slides in nearby Al Khazzan park, before nipping across the road for a cut-price, slap-up breakfast at this bright and spacious new outlet. Wholesome, affordable family fun!

Details: Offer available daily 6.30am to 11am Sunday to Thursday and 6.30am to 12pm Friday and Saturday. Children get a free buffet breakfast daily, as long as one adult is paying. Chival Global Social, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk Dubai, 04 403 3111 or 054 309 5948 http://livelaville.com/dining/chival/index.aspx

Bystro Dubai

Bystro – every day, 5pm to 7pm

This trendy, family-friendly café is a firm favourite of ours, boasting stand-out healthy breakfast options, as well as delicious baked treats, and a great little enclosed play area for kids. Best of all, though, is that every day, 5pm to 7pm, including weekends, you can get two children’s meals with every adult main course purchased. The children’s meal includes a kids’ main course, a drink and a scoop of ice cream.

Details: Offer available daily, 5pm to 7pm, two free kids’ meals with every adult main purchased. Sheikh Zayed Road, Al-Manara, 04-336 8056, almanara@bystrodubai.com 

Mo's restaurant in Citywalk Dubai

Mo’s Citywalk – All day on Sundays

This spacious restaurant in Citywalk has a relaxed, casual vibe and a vast menu of American-style comfort food, as well as international options, from breakfasts to salads, burgers and pastas. Every Sunday, all day, you can get a kid’s meal free (for under 11s) with every adult main course ordered. Pop in here before or after a trip to children’s favourite Mattel Play! Town, also in Citywalk – be sure to use your Entertainer voucher if you have one for two-for-one entry – for a fun-filled day with the family. 

Details: Free kids’ meal with every adult main all day on Sundays, Mo’s restaurant, Citywalk, opening hours 8am to 12am, 04 344 3305 http://www.citywalk.ae/en/dine/mosrestaurant

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