Again this assumes that you come prepared with paper/colouring books and pencils/crayons. If not, many restaurants will have paper or disposable children’s menus, and possibly crayons, or a pen.
Let the kids have free rein to create their own masterpieces, or offer a theme as some inspiration.
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#8. I Packed My Bags
A favourite of ours, this is a memory game and a great way to pass the time in the car or restaurant.
- First player starts with “I packed my bags for X and in it I put …” naming the object they want to include. (For example, “I packed my bags for France and in it I put a map”.)
- Next player continues: “I packed my bags for X and in it I put…”, and they must name what first person said, and then add another item to the list. (For example, “I packed my bags for France and in it I put a map and a hat”.)
- The play continues on and on, and gets harder as the list grows. A player goes out of the game if they forget one of the items said prior to their go, and the winner is the last player remaining in game.
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#9. Would You Rather/Question Game
A fun game, where someone asks any random questions (the more random the better, in our opinion!) like “Would you rather be a snail or a spider?”, “Do you prefer ice-cream or chocolate?”, “How many kids would you like when you grow up?”, “Would you rather be an astronaut or a zoo keeper?” and so on. It can get some very funny answers, and spark some interesting conversations!
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#10. Tic Tac Toe/Xs and Os
You can play this with pen and paper, or alternatively make your grid with 4 straws and use coins for one player and salt/sugar sachets for the other player.
#11. Pass the Paper
Fold a piece of paper into 3 even strips. The first person draws a head on the first strip and folds the page so the others can’t see it. The page is then passed onto the next player, and they must draw the upper body (not knowing what the head looks like). They then fold so that head and body cannot be seen, and next player draws the lower body/legs. They then unfold the page and the results are usually hilarious.
A different version for older kids is to write a story. They first person starts the story with a few sentences, then folds the page, leaving their last word visible to next player. The second player then continues the story, and folds, leaving their last word for the next player. It continues on like this till last player ends the story, and unfolds and reads the story.
Okay this does assume you have come prepared with a pack of cards, but if not, check if the restaurant have a pack – you may be surprised. It also might be worth just keeping a pack in your bag for these occasions.
There’s lots you can do with a pack of cards, from fun family card games to trying your hand at building a house of cards. Older children might like to tackle some amazing card tricks or just play a peaceful games of solitaire.
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#13. Alphabet Game
Pick a letter from the alphabet and each player must try and guess a word with that letter. A player is eliminated if they can’t think of a word with the chosen letter, and winner is last player remaining.
For older kids, you could make this more challenging and pick a type of thing for the letters, like town names, fruit, vegetables, animals, etc.
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Do you have any more kid-friendly games to play at a restaurant to add to the list? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!