50+ Spots Kids Eat Free in Houston {Updated}

Check out the freshly updated Kids Eat Free in Houston list! Summer is a great time to enjoy some restaurant outings without spending a fortune. Most of the restaurants on the list offer free kids meals with purchase of an adult entree. A few are available for 99¢…

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Restaurants listed by day of the week here.

Restaurants listed alphabetical here. 

The lists are always tied to the top navigation bar at Houston on the Cheap so you can find them easily under Kids Eat Free!

As always, deals can change or end quickly so please confirm before you head out…

**For more money-saving ideas, check out 82 Things to Do in Houston This Summer: Free & Cheap!

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Sonic: Half Price Shakes All Day June 18

Sonic shakes June 18Kick off the Summer Solstice a few days early with half-price shakes at Sonic all day Thursday, June 18. It’s a fun promotion to stay cool as Houston starts to heat up even more. Choose from 20+ different flavors made with real ice cream including Peanut Butter, Lemon Pie, Salted Caramel, Jalapeno Chocolate and of course old stand-bys like Chocolate and Vanilla.

If you can’t make it June 18, enjoy half-price shakes all summer after 8 pm.

Free Breakfast, Lunch at Houston Schools in Summer

free summer meals houstonHouston kids can eat a free breakfast and lunch all summer, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. This freebie is a win-win for all since it provides free healthy meals for kids ages 1-18 and helps parents save money. Proof of income, paperwork or registration is not required to enjoy this benefit. Parents pay a minimal fee to eat with their child per meal, depending on location.

The master search site for free summer meals is available online. Search by your zip code to find sites in your area. Here are a few school district links to start:

  • Aldine ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18. Check the list online here for the 50 participating locations.
  • Alief ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18. Check the list online here. Times vary by location.
  • Conroe ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18. Check the list online here for the eight locations.
  • CyFair ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18 June 15-July 30 at most sites. Check the list online here for the 26 participating school locations. Families do not need to be enrolled in the district to get the free summer meals. Hours vary by location.
  • Deer Park ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18. Check the list online here.
  • Houston ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available June 3 – July 17 for children 1-18. Search the list online here for the 200 participating school locations.
  • Humble ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18. Check the list online here.
  • Katy ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18. Check the list online here for the six participating school locations. Free meals begin the week of June 15.
  • Pasadena ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18. Check the list online here. More than 20 schools are participating. At most locations, free meals operate through June 25.
  • Spring ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18. Check the list online here. Fifteen schools are participating. Free meals operate through mid-July.
  • Spring Branch ISD: Free breakfast and lunch are available for children 1-18. Check the list online here. Nineteen schools are participating. Hours vary by location.

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Free Donuts June 5 for National Donut Day

National Donut DayNational Donut Day is the first Friday of June, which means free donuts Friday, June 5.

Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away a free donut of choice with purchase of any beverage all day June 5. Find locations online here.

Shipley Do-Nuts is giving away a free glazed donut June 5 from 5 am until noon. A portion of store sales June 5 will benefit The Salvation Army.

Folks in Houston can participate in a donut eating contest at 6 am and 7 am June 5 at Shipley’s at 14135 NW Freeway location only. Contestants are chosen on first-come, first-served basis. Winner will receive a pair of Houston Dynamo tickets for June 5 game. Find participating Houston-area locations online.

Krispy Kreme has not opened yet in Houston, but they are participating, too, if you travel to a city with one. Get a free doughnut of your choice!

photo: Flickr/DaveCrosby

McDonald’s: Free Breakfast 4/21 for STAAR Students & Teachers

mcdonalds oatmealHouston-area teachers and students in 3rd – 8th grades can receive free breakfast from McDonald’s April 21, 2015, in preparation of the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) Test. Between 6 am – 9 am, students can choose an Egg McMuffin or Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, apple slices, plus either 1% low fat milk or apple juice box. The free breakfast items are all 300 calories or less — and registered dietitian approved.

Coupons are not needed for the free breakfast, but a parent or guardian must be with them. Siblings (not in grades 3-8) and parents will need to pay for their breakfast.

All locations in greater Houston are involved in the free breakfast from Livingston to Galveston, Sugarland to Conroe, and everything in between.

Teachers are included in the free breakfast offer, with a valid teacher ID. Last year, nearly 25,000 Houston students received a free breakfast from area McDonald’s in prep for the STAAR test. This offer also is available in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.

Tax Day Freebies & Deals in Houston 2015 {Updated}

Tax Day Freebies 2014Businesses are gearing up for Tax Day deals and freebies. It’s always a favorite list here at Houston on the Cheap! This list will be updated as more freebies & deals are announced.

Boston Market — The food retailer is offering Buy One Individual Meal, Get a Second Individual Meal Free in honor of Tax Day. This offer is for dine-in and carry-out purchases. Valid April 15 only. No coupon is required. Limit 3 BOGOS per person.

Carmike Cinemas — Popcorn bucket owners can get free popcorn refills April 15 at Carmike Cinemas. Valid for Tax Day only, April 15.

Clay’s Restaurant — Snag a 1040 Special at Clay’s April 15: Get a Clay’s Cheeseburger, fries + tea or soda for $10.40. Print or display on mobile to get this deal. Located at 17717 Clay Road.

Entertainment Book — Save big April 15 on your local Entertainment Book! Get the Houston Entertainment Book for $10.40 ($35 value) with discounts on local restaurants, entertainment, services, travel and more.

Great American Cookies — Folks can get a free regular Sugar Cookie at Great American Cookies April 15, thanks to its Tax Day promotion. No purchase is necessary — or proof of taxes filed! Nine locations in Houston.

Hard Rock Café — Houstonians can earn a free Legendary Burger from Hard Rock Café  just by “singing for their supper.” Folks simply select their favorite song and perform it live on the restaurant stage. The promotion is April 15, 7 pm – 9 pm pm. It also will extend Happy Hour till 9 pm with drink specials for all: $3 domestic drafts, $4 house wines and well drinks, and $5 house margaritas. Located downtown at 501 Texas.

HydroMassage — Get a free massage at participating HydroMassage locations across the United States April 13-17, 2015.  One location is participating in Houston this year: Planet Fitness, 10701 Jones Road. No call ahead is needed there. Just print out this coupon for this free deal.

Kona Ice Houston — Enjoy a cup of free tropical shaved ice from Kona Ice Houston April 15 for its National Chill Out Day promotion. Visit the Kona truck located outside Frost Bank, 2443 Westheimer between 2 pm – 4 pm April 15.  This is just one example of how Kona Ice is encouraging folks to Flavor Our World and give back.

Schlotzsky’s — On April 15 only, get a free small Original sandwich with purchase of a 32 oz. drink and chips. No coupon required.

Sonic —Sonic Drive-In is offering half-price Cheeseburgers all day April 15.

Texas de Brazil — Patrons get $10 off each dinner at Texas de Brazil (up to 8 per table) in honor of Tax Day! Valid April 15 only. Mention to server to get this deal. Located at CityCentre, 822 Town & Country at Beltway 8.

VERTS Katy Opens March 21 w/ Free Food

verts katy march21VERTS Kebap is opening its 6th Houston location this weekend. This fast casual restaurant from Austin built its concept around the döner kepab, Germany’s favorite street food.

VERTS opens in Katy March 21 at its Grand Opening, 11 am – 8 pm. Don’t miss free food all day (one full-size entree per person), live DJ music, and a raffle to win free kebaps for a year. The Katy location is at 1453 S. Mason Road.

Never been to VERTS? You’re in for a treat! The kebap is similar to a panini-pressed sandwich filled with vertically roasted meats, veggies, and yogurt-based sauces.