Dallas area restaurants to entertain the kids!

Updated August 2019! I updated this list to include outdoor games as well as playgrounds. Which one have you tried? Leave a comment to let me know or a one that’s not on the list!

I highly recommend coming up with a fun family treat to do after your family photos. The questions is, what could the treat be?

If you’re looking to grab something to eat after your session then you might need to consider these places around the Dallas area that offer dining for you and a play area for your kids! That’s a win-win. Your kids are probably going to want to run around and get some energy out, you’re probably are NOT going to want to cook, and you look FABULOUS…so cozy up in these places with a cold drink and let the kids play!

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The Lot

Try the lakewood lemonade and fish tacos while you send the kids out to the sandy playground for hours of entertainment.

7530 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75214

The Shacks Dining

They have six small restaurant spaces that share an outside patio area. This place reminds me of the Wimberley area where there are more trees! They have an outside area that is doggie friendly and also a kid area with a jungle gym. They have a variety of restaurants to make everyone happy! A tap room, tacos, burgers, fish, ramen

5800 Windhaven Pkwy, The Colony, TX 75056

The Truck Yard (Dallas or The Colony)

They have rotating food trucks and a great outside area with huge connect four and other outside games. They have fans in the heat and heaters in the cold. Live music is also a plus. You can actually schedule your family photoshoot here FREE!

5959 Grove Lane The Colony, TX 75056
5624 Sears St., Dallas, TX 75206

Pie 314

Sit outside and enjoy the open area with outside games like Jenga. They have heaters in the winter and fans in the summer. Outside is dog friendly too! Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm they have mimosas for $7 with $1 refills! My Favorite is the Apple Pecan Salad, Short Rib & Blue Pie (Pizza), and Pepperoni Bites for the kids.

2560 King Arthur Blvd #100, Lewisville, TX 75056

Twisted Root Burger Company (Coppell)

Try the Spicy Goat Burger or make your own with a ton of different burger toppings. Has an outdoor patio next to a splash pad with a great little park. If you session isn’t at George’s Coffee Shop and Provisions stop in there to grab a lavender latte (trust me!).

505 Houston St, Coppell, TX 75019

Hat Creek
Very allergy friendly! (and bonus every Tuesday kids are half off from 5pm and on!)

Try the sombrero burger (you can make it skinny with no bun and lettuce wrap) with an ice cold beer on tap.

2 locations in DFW:
8185 Walnut Hill Ln, Suite 1400 Dallas, TX 75231

3321 South Custer Road McKinney, TX 75070

Communion Coffee
There is an old bus, some faux grass and a chalk wall that keeps kids entertained for hours.

Try the avocado deviled eggs!

514 Lockwood Dr #1, Richardson, TX 75080


There is a small dining area that has a huge chalk wall, kid sized tables and a variety of things to entertain little hands while parents can eat their sandwiches, and finish their meal with a popsicle cocktail.

Try the pulled pork or portobello mushroom arepa

5940 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230

Nico’s Cocina

Nico’s has a large patio area with a playground. It can get crowded in the spring and fall on the playground but there is always seating outside available.

Try: Cowboys Enchiladas and a frozen margarita

3065 N. Josey Ln. #24 Carrollton, Tx 75007

La Vista

Our favorite! We have very fun memories here. In fact, as you’re reading this there is a good chance we are here. Say hi! It has an outside covered eating area and an outside playground that seems to have new playground equipment every time we go! Watch the sunset if you haven’t missed it by now.

Try: The brisket tacos and the frozen margaritas are the best.

1012 W Hebron Pkwy W #100, Carrollton, TX 75010

Heritage Pizza and Tap Room

Has an outside playground that is shared with Another Broken Egg Cafe.

Try: the goat and fig pizza and something on their extensive drink menu! I’ve heard on Tuesdays, if you bring a board game kid’s eat free!

3750 Plano Pkwy Suite 600, The Colony, TX 75056

The Magic Time Machine


So this doesn’t technically have a playground, but your kids won’t notice with the fun decorations and costumed servers (such as Superman, Jack Sparrow, and Peter Pan)

Try: sharing the rack of ribs

5003 Beltline Road Dallas, TX 75254

The String Bean'


Try: Pecan toasted Tilapia and their ice cream!

1310 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

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