Some of my most precious memories are of the one night a week when my now grown boys and I went out for a special dinner.
We visited our local McDonald’s that had a kid’s night. After we ate together there were arts and crafts, music, face painting, balloons and more. They had a blast and it didn’t cost me much.
Here are some of the restaurants that I know of in the area that have “kids eat free” specials and kids activities for free. Take time to enjoy your children when they are young and they still qualify for the kids meal deals. And remember, most kids eat free deals require an adult purchase.
■ Tuesday at Tony Roma’s located in Lexington Green Mall on Nicholasville Road.
■ Wednesday kids eat free at all Applebee's locations.
■ From 5:30 - 7 p.m., on Tuesday at Chick-Fil-A at Turfland Mall, 2025 Harrodsburg Road, there are fun activities for the kids and sometimes the Chick-Fil-A Cow makes an appearance for pictures.
■ From 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Chick-Fil-A on Nicholasville Road kids can get a free meal with an adult meal purchase. Activities for kids are planned during that time.
■ From 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday kids eat free at Beef O'Brady's locations.
■ From 4-10 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays kids eat free at Denny's restaurants.
■ All day on Tuesday get 99-cent kids meal at Fazoli's. Between 5-8 p.m. there is a craft table set up for kids. They can watch Disney movies at the Zandale plaza location on Nicholasville Road.
■ Saturday and Sunday at Steak n’ Shake at 1832 Alysheba Way.
■ From 4-9 p.m. on Wednesday at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 3190 Todds Road Kids meals are $1.99.
■ Find kid’s meal specials anywhere you go from this Web site.
■ All day Saturday at Hoters at 3101 Richmond Road.
Other food deals
■ Penn Station has buy one get one free sub every Tuesday.
■ Purchase two Caribbean entrees from TGI Friday and receive a $10 gift card.
■ Sign up for The Scoop, Edy’s e-newsletter, and get the money-saving coupons, recipes and new product information.
■ Don’t forget the coupon for a free McCafe Smoothie in the July 18 Parade magazine.
■ Try one of Wendy’s new salads with a coupon for $1 off.
■ Get IceFlow Frozen Lemonade for 75 cent from 2-5p.m. every day at Long John Silver’s.
■ Enroll in Dunkin Donut DDPerks to receive a free medium beverage at Dunkin Donuts.
■ Receive a free five-pack sample of Nescafe Taster’s Choice gourmet coffee single-serve varieties.
■ Get some great healthy sports posters from Cabot Cheese.
■ Register at Country Bob's Web site to receive a coupon for a free bottle of their all-purpose sauce.
■ Request a sample of TJ's Health Bites for dogs.
■ Receive a free sample of Grandma Bowser's Country Oven Biscuits for your dog by scrolling to the bottom this page.
■ Get your own Start to Finish DVD about using treats to train your horse.
■ Receive an official Mighty Dog Nation Citizenship Kit for your dog.
■ Sign up for Pet Perks at Petsmart to receive a coupon for a free 6 ounce pouch of Purina One Dog or Cat Food.
■ Protect your animals from home fires by requesting an ADT Pet Alert Window Cling.
■ Rachael Ray is giving away samples of her Nutrish premium dog food.
Other money-saving deals
■ Through July 26, ArtsCow is offering 2,000 free mousepads per day.
All you have to do is have at least 50 Facebook friends, log into your Facebook account and post this deal on your wall. Shipping is free, too.
■ At 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. on July 31 watch VeggieTales- Sweetpea Beauty: A Girl After God’s Own Heart at Family Christan Stores, Fayette Place, 127 West Tiverton Way, Suite 154 and Mist Lake Plaza, 3160 Richmond Road.
■ Get a free Lipton Branded Iced Tea Pitcher Set when you buy any three participating Lipton products.
■ Receive a free 10 x 13 wall portrait from Picture Me located at Walmart stores.
■ Print out coupon for free signature collection travel size item at Bath & Body Works with any purchase.
■ On July 28 and August 25 admission at Frazier International History Museum, 829 West Main Street, Louisville is just $1. The Pirates: Treasures and Treachy exhibit is on display through Sept. 7.
■ Students can join Amazon Prime a $79 value for free. This entitles you to unlimited free two-day shipping on textbooks and other items.