Cheap and free meals for Glasgow children to enjoy during summer holidays

There's plenty where kids can eat without breaking the bank - and for FREE
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The school holidays are well underway so you'll not only be wanting to keep your kids entertained but also fed without breaking the bank.

No doubt, mums and dads will have days out planned whether it's a trip to one of the many beautiful local parks the city has to offer or venturing further out to explore the stunning shores of Loch Lomond.

Whatever you're up to this summer holiday, it'll be made a whole lot easier if your child's tummy is full to avoid any major meltdowns in the car, bus or train.

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Luckily for you, there's plenty of eateries in Glasgow offering cheap and in some cases completely free meals for children. In a cost of living crisis, it's a godsend for parents, so take a look below at what's on offer for your mini-me - including food and fun activities.

COSMO World Buffet Restaurant - Silverburn

Children under the age of five can eat free all summer long at COSMO Silverburn as long as they are with a paying adult. The offer launched on Wednesday, July 3, and lasts until August 14.

The buffet restaurant which serves a myriad of dishes, with the menu ranging from continental and carvery to East and South East Asian cuisine, wants to make dining out with young children "more accessible and enjoyable".

There's even a chocolate fountain to dig into!

Frankie and Benny's - Glasgow Fort

The popular Italian American restaurant has announced its biggest ever food discount - 40% off all food across branches including Glasgow Fort and Braehead.

Whether you fancy a juicy chicken burger or an Italian classic, they’ve got something for everyone but you'll need to be quick as the offer ends on Friday, July 12.

To enjoy 40% off your total food bill all you have to do is mention the secret code 'EXCLUSIVE 40' - excluding Saturdays.

TGI Fridays - Kids Party Package

TGI Fridays has launched Mini Stripes which is a kids party package for birthdays and other occasions - and it's just £10 per child. Mini Stripes offers an 'unforgettable' birthday for little ones, packed with delicious food and engaging activities.

Each Mini Stripes meal includes any item from the new kids' menu, a refreshing Capri-Sun drink and a chance for kids to unleash their creativity with a 'Create Your Own Dessert'. Menu items include a Crispy Chicken Burger, Quesadillas, Chicken Fajita Wrap, Fridays™ Hotdog and more delicious bites.

Celebrating in style, the birthday child will receive an “It’s My Birthday” hat, a Wild Bunch badge, and a slice of celebration cake.

Parents can sit back and relax, as the fun kicks off straight away with an exciting table set up, complete with colouring in at the table, fun-filled kids packs and fresh apple, cucumber, and carrot sticks for the little ones to munch on.

Party hosts will lead a hands-on workshop on making balloon animals, where every child can take their creation home.

For more information and booking enquiries, visit here.

Dobbies Glasgow - Teddy Bear Picnic

Dobbies is inviting families to roll out the picnic blanket and gather around this summer as it unveils its brand-new event at the Glasgow store, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, where children get to make their very own teddy bear keepsake to take home.

This interactive 90-minute session is designed for families with children aged 3 to 10 years old and is taking place in the afternoon on Saturday 27 July, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August at the Glasgow store. Families with younger children can also get involved and enjoy the picnic experience.

Kids will get to tuck into their own picnic box that comes with the choice of a cheese, ham or tuna sandwich, a drink and selection of snacks. Adults can enjoy cake and a hot drink as part of the experience.

Tickets are priced at £15.99 for over 3s and £7.99 for under 3s, adult tickets are priced at £7.40.

More information here.

Morrisons - Free Meal

Morrisons has once again teamed up with Heinz to reintroduce its free food scheme.

Running for the next seven days, the ‘Ask for Henry’ collaboration (named after Heinz founder Henry Heinz) aims to help those struggling to make ends meet.

Available until July 14 at all of its café’s nationwide, the scheme will ensure that anyone ‘asking for Henry' will receive a jacket potato with Heinz Cheesy Beanz – without paying a penny.

There’s no minimum spend and the offer is limited to one free jacket potato and beans per customer, per day, and is available every day while its cafés are serving hot food (times may vary from each location).

Asda - Kids Eat for £1

Kids eat for £1 at Asda
Children under five eat free at COSMO in Silverburn.

Asda's hugely popular ‘Kids Eat for £1’ café meal deals will continue to run in over 205 Asda Café’s all year round and not just during the school holidays.

The retailer also last year refreshed the kids café menu with more nutritionally balanced offers, including new vegan and healthy meal options and last year served over a whopping 115,000 meals across the two week Easter holiday period providing a life line for many cash strapped families.

The kids menu has a variety of offers including dishes such as Penne Pasta with Meatballs and a vegan Hidden Veg pasta meal, alongside firm favourites fish fingers, chicken nuggets and the all day breakfast, there is also the option of swapping out chips for a salad or peas.

In addition children will receive a free piece of fruit such as and apple, pear or banana when purchasing the hot kids £1 meal deal.

As an alternative to a hot meal, Asda Café’s also offer a £1 cold pick and mix selection that includes a sandwich, drink and piece of fruit, the menu includes new treats such as a jelly pot with whole fruit pieces or a jelly squeeze pouch as an alternative to a pack of crisps.