kid-friendly restaurants in Iowa

5 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Des Moines

As any parent of kiddos will tell you, the value of a truly great kid-friendly restaurant is immeasurable. Fortunately, for Iowa residents and tourists, Des Moines is home to a lot of them. Here are some of the best kid-friendly restaurants to visit the next time you’re in the city.

The Hall

The name says it all—The Hall is a modern space which serves up over 50 beers and wines on tap, plus board games and rotating food trucks (yes, rotating food trucks). If you’re looking for a restaurant that has fun for the whole family, look no further than The Hall. For more information, visit

Smash Park

Smash Park is known around Des Moines for many things—American pub grub, an expansive bar, the go-to headquarters for a wild night out with friends (complete with indoor and outdoor games) and the unofficial headquarters of pickle ball tournaments in Des Moines. For more information, visit

Spaghetti Works

It’s universally understood—kiddos love spaghetti and, unsurprisingly, Spaghetti Works boasts a lot of it. The restaurant boasts traditional kid’s menu fare, plus large spaghetti and meatball dishes that are rumored to be some of the state’s very best. Plus, kids will get a kick out of the fire truck salad bar, which is chock full of pudding and other simple dessert treats. For more information, visit

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Zombie Burger and Drink Lab

Zombie Burger is one of Des Moines’ most special spots. And with zombie-themed elements, unforgettable burgers and the most decadent milkshakes, it’s pretty easy to understand why. Stop by for a spooky, zombie-centric meal complete with a surprisingly affordable kid’s menu. For more information, visit


Jethro’s is a hotspot for people of all ages—but the kids will definitely enjoy visiting this restaurant. Beyond having a handful of unique kids menu offerings, the restaurant also has a super fun and casual ambience. Plus, it’s Man vs. Food-approved. For more information, visit

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