Aug 05 2010

Free in the Cities: Kids’ Meals at Ikea

Today’s unexpected find was of the best kind.  I needed to return something to Ikea, so I timed it that we’d eat lunch there.  At $2.49, their kids’ meals are reasonably-priced, and kids aren’t restricted to the usual entree/side/drink combination.  They can choose three sides if they choose, or, as my seven-year-old suggested, three different drinks if so inclined.  My daughter was happy to choose yogurt and applesauce with her milk, which is as complete a meal as it gets for her.  Although my kids reviewed the mac & cheese as mediocre, the meatballs got a thumbs-up.

As we perused the menu, I was surprised and delighted to see that kids are eating free at the Ikea restaurant (at least the Minnesota location, near Mall of America).  The offer lasts, I believe, through August 15, although I might be a few days off on the date.  The requirements are few:  kids must be 12 or under, and must be present.

There was no mention of a limit of kids per adult, so I was curious to see how it would play out.  We loaded up our trays on the specially-designed tray cart:  four kids’ meals, soup (creamy chicken rice, which was ok), summer salad (lettuce, fruit, and poppy seed dressing, which was delicious), garlic toast (a hit with the kids), two $.99 cups of jello (blue and yellow, of course), and my drink.  The grand total? $11.83 with tax.

Yes, all four kids’ meals were free.  No questions asked.  It felt like my lucky day.

If you want to get in on this deal, head to Ikea and see if it’s still available.  (It was posted on the menu board at the entrance to the restaurant at our location.)  The restaurant is one of the few Ikea areas you can get in and out of without becoming entangled in the maze of follow-the-arrow paths through the store, so you might even have a chance at getting out without spending a dime on other things.


Good luck!

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5 Comments to “Free in the Cities: Kids’ Meals at Ikea”

  1. Rachel on 06 Aug 2010 at 9:48 am

    Sweet find.
    That almost makes it worth it to go to that labyrinth of H**L :)
    They have great stuff but can you say catalog me baby!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Jen Menkies Ciabatta Marries our Bruschetta =-.

  2. Heather on 10 Aug 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I took my kids there yesterday. Their website states that no adult purchase is necessary for the kids to eat free. We spent a little over $18 of my three kids, my husband, and myself.

  3. Cathy Spicer on 11 Aug 2010 at 9:23 am

    I LOVE Ikea, although my hubby isn’t as thrilled. The best part are the free cookies hidden throughout the display studios and the wonky wheeled carts in the store. When I shop with my friend who is mother of 3 small kids, we always hit up the cafeteria for a snack or meal. I’ll have to see if she’s up to a trip this weekend. Thanks for the info!

  4. minnemom on 11 Aug 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Cookies!? I need to find those cookies.

    And I have the worst time driving those carts. I must look like an impaired driver when I’m behind the wheel of one of them.

  5. Meg on 16 Aug 2010 at 7:42 am

    Don’t forget the free babysitting (I mean Småland). Free food and childcare? It is asking for a parent to kick back in one of the living room displays and read a book! While it is an hour drive, Ikea is a favorite destination for us.
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Saratoga Springs- Great Food =-.

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