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Family-friendly eateries around Indianapolis, IN

If you’re a parent looking for a place that won’t mind loud (but in a cute way) kids or having trouble find a brewery that allows the whole family, this is the story for you.

Inside the Pizza King with trains for booths

Did you know Pizza King’s flavor changes, depending on what part of the state you’re in?

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Kids got you scrambling for a brunch spot that’s family-friendly? Looking for a place that can accommodate the little ones + keep them busy with coloring books?

We’ve rounded up a few spots for every meal + a couple of places that are typically reserved for adults.

Exterior of Happy Days

This spot used to be Edwards Drive-In + still has its vintage vibe.

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Happy Days Family Pancake House | 2126 S. Sherman Dr. | Take the crew out on a Thursday + you might catch classic cars cruising in.

Good Morning Mama’s Cafe | 1001 E. 54th St. | Stop in after a Monon bike ride — kids’ breakfast items range from $3-$4.

Lincoln Square Pancake House | Various locations | The local chain serves breakfast all day long, in case you need a morning to sleep in.

Inside a booth at Pizza King

This spot is a core memory for City Editor Anna — there have been many fights over TV channel in these booths.

Photo via @theevanroberts


Pizza King Station | 8100 E. US Hwy. 36, Avon | Place your order via intercom, get your drinks from the miniature train + pay a quarter for TV time.

Baby’s | 2147 N. Talbott St. | The kids’ menu offers up mini burgers + a fun-sized side and parents can get a boozy milkshake.

Trader’s Point Creamery | 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville | The kiddos will remember stopping by the dairy bar + farm store.

Exterior of Just Pop In!

The modern farmhouse building is decked out on the inside.

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The Old Spaghetti Factory | 210 S. Meridian St. | It’s not every day that you find a life-sized train parked inside a restaurant.

Just Pop In! | 6406 Cornell Ave. | For $8, kids can eat fluffer nutters + pasta before you grab some popcorn to go.

Ford’s Garage | 13193 Levinson Ln. #100, Noblesville | The children can marvel at classic cars hanging from the ceiling while they fill up on grilled cheese.

Inside Half Liter with picnic-style tables

Half Liter’s shareable barbecue menu has something for even the pickiest eaters.

Photo via @halfliter_bbq


Field Brewing | 303 E. Main St., Westfield | All ages are welcome here — adults have their choice of beer, cocktails + espresso beverages.

Half Liter Beer & BBQ Hall | 5301 Winthrop Ave., Ste. B | The kids will love eating outside in the dog-friendly beer garden.

St. Joseph Brewery and Public House | 540 N. College Ave. | You can get a charcuterie board + beer while the children admire the transformed church atmosphere.

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