Young children and restaurants aren't always the most fun and relaxing of combinations (unless you've got the type of kids who sit quietly and colour-in instead of pitching a fit because their water isn't lemonade, in which case, I hate you). If you're not out of your seat every five seconds to wrangle them into theirs, you're trying to get them to eat their meal and stop picking at yours. Then there's the mess.
And when you're finally done, you get to pay for the privilege.
Well not anymore.
Make the most of 'kids eat free' specials at the following Brisbane eateries (presented in alphabetical order). I can't promise you that your child will behave, but you can order a piece of cake (or a nice big cocktail) with the money you save. That should ease the pain a little, right?
Albany Creek Tavern, 730 Albany Creek Road, Albany Creek The deal: Kids eat free on Wednesday night with a paying adult Extras: Two children's rooms and outside play area
The deal: Kids eat free with each main meal on Monday and Tuesday
Extras: Kids room, ice cream parlour, kids club
Norths Devils Leagues Club, corner Franklin and Amelia Streets, Nundah
The deal: Kids receive a free kids meal on Sunday with a paying adult
Outback Jacks Bar and Grill Browns Plains, C-01 Village Square, 22 Commerce Drive, Browns Plains
The deal: Kids eat free with a paying adult Tuesday and Wednesday between 5.00pm – 7.00pmOR kids eat free with a paying adult all day everyday during Queensland school holidays
Pepes, 48 Goggs Road, Jindalee
The deal: Kids get a free kids meal and raspberry slushie or Mexican punch with every main meal over $15 on Monday and Wednesday
Extras: Colour-in pictures and crayons
Redland Bay Hotel, The Esplanade, Redland Bay
The deal: Kids eat free with each paying adult on Monday night
Extras: Outdoor playground, monthly colouring in competition
Springwood Hotel, corner Springwood and Rochedale Roads, Springwood
The deal: Kids under four eat free every day!
Extras: Club 4 Kids free membership offer
Stafford Hotel, 51 Webster Road, Stafford
The deal: Kids eat free from 5.00pm Wednesday
Extras: Outdoor playground, colouring in
Tomato Brothers Wilston, 75 Kedron Brook Road, Wilston
The deal: Kids eat free with a paying adult between 5.00pm and 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Bookings essential, order must be placed by 6.00pm and table vacated by 7.15pm.
This is by no means a comprehensive list; if you know of one I've missed, let us know in the comments.