13 Fun Games to Play at a Restaurant With Kids

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Are you looking for restaurant waiting games to play with the kids? Some ideas, perhaps, to keep them occupied while waiting for food to arrive? Here are 13 fun games to play at a restaurant, to ensure that everyone (even the folks at the next table!) enjoys their meal out!

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Waiting around can be a pain for all involved – especially if hunger or tiredness is also a factor! Distraction is a great way to keep the peace and these fun games to play at a restaurant are also great for waiting in line and generally passing the time.

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Always packing a notepad and a pen in your bag is a great idea, because it means even writing practice, drawing, making lists, paper aeroplanes, etc can all be added to the entertainment options.

Most of the games below can be adapted for different age groups with a little creativity. Have fun!


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Games to Play At a Restaurant

#1. I-Spy

An oldie, but still loved by all kids. Perfect to while away some time while waiting for the food to arrive. For younger kids, play I-Spy with colours, so they can get involved too.

#2. Yes/No

The objective of the game is to answer questions without saying Yes or No.

The winner is usually the person who can’t be caught out, but for younger kids, maybe ask a set number of questions and if they don’t answer Yes/No for those questions, then they have won.

#3. Hang-Man

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It is worth keeping a small notebook and pen in your bag, so that you can produce them when kids start to get impatient. If not, most restaurants will have a pen and some paper/disposable kids menus. The object is to guess the correct word, before you get “hung”.

  1. Start by thinking of a word, phrase or movie title (bearing in mind your audience).
  2. Write this word in dashes on the page (i.e. a dash per letter)
  3. The other player(s) then have to try fill in the letters by guessing a letter – if there are more than one playing, everyone gets their turn.
  4. If they guess a correct letter, write in on the correct space in word (if there are more than one of the letter they pick, put in all of them at same time).
  5. If they guess a letter not in your word, you start to draw the hang-man, and continue to draw the pieces of the picture for every incorrect guess/answer. (Note: It doesn’t have to be a Hang-Man picture – draw any picture in stages/write a word of approximately 10 letters)
  6. The game continues until the correct word is guessed before the hang-man picture is completed, or hang-man is completed without anyone getting the word.

#4. Pub Quiz

Mum/Dad asks the general trivia questions and the kids try to guess the answers. For younger kids, Mum/Dad could provide multiple choice options.

#5. Guess People’s Names

Try and guess the names of the other people in the restaurant, and perhaps what they do. You could even elaborate on this further and try and guess what they like, if they have pets, where they live etc.

Older children may like to create a story around this, writing out a funny tale to tell everyone by the end of dinner.

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#6. Capture The Squares

  1. Draw a grid of dots (about 16/20) and each player takes their turn to draw a line to connect 2 dots.
  2. When a player draws a line and forms a square, they write their initial in that square.
  3. When all the grid is completed, you count up the number of squares with each initial, and the winner is the player who has the most squares.

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