Sunday, 26 March 2017

Toddler Friendly Places to Eat : TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


Eating out with my 2 year old is one of the most stressful situations for me as a parent. He has been known to throw cutlery across a restaurant, shout and scream, not sit still and generally be very hard work. It can be hard to find a place ideal for him when we're out at lunch times;  the thought of him having a tantrum because he's hungry and fed up of waiting for his food makes me shy away from places I would eat at without him. And then there's the battle between good, nutritional food and convenience. I would often find myself heading for certain fast food restaurants simply for the ease and speed of service, but of course I don't want to be feeding my toddler fast food every time we're out...

Which is why I decided to create a series on my blog, visiting different restaurants and reviewing how Toddler Friendly they are. You may have seen my previous post reviewing Bodega Leicester



TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


We decided to see how family friendly TGI Fridays was.

The lovely people at TGI's HQ sent me this fantastic goody box to take with us, to keep little man amused during our lunch. It included a Team Fridays hat, crayons, puzzle paper, a balloon pump, tons of modelling balloons, and Taylor's favourite part, a Gingerbread man & squeezy icing!


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


On Sundays, they're currently offering a FREE ice cream sundae to every child in fancy dress!
So Taylor dressed up in his Bob the Builder costume, hard hat and all, and off we went to our local Fridays.

Our nearest TGI Fridays is set on the corner of Highcross shopping centre's food court, full of amazing eateries. Highcross Leicester is a lovely family friendly shopping centre with great facilities and family parking. It took us a lot longer to arrive at TGI's as Taylor had to stop to play on the interactive play screen and try out all the Strollex trolley cars which are available to hire, to make shopping a little less stressful for parents and more fun for little ones. I think I'm definitely going to have to hire one next time as Taylor is desperate for a ride in the cars! :)

We arrived just in time and were shown to our table by the lovely waiting staff, before Taylor was gifted an amazing modelling balloon, how cool is this?


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


Entertainment 

Keeping Taylor amused is very difficult, he's not a child that will sit still for very long. So this is something that is so important to me when eating out; does the restaurant offer anything to keep young children amused while waiting for their food?

As well as the fantastic balloon, they offer a 'kids pack' which includes some puzzle and colouring paper and crayons. Taylor will often get bored of this, he's possibly a little young, so we were lucky to have the goody box for him to attempt to pump his own balloons and decorate his gingerbread man which he really enjoyed. The gingerbread men are available to purchase to decorate, for £2.49.


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


Menu

Many kids menus are quite standard. I'm looking for variety and nutritional options...

TGI's have two sections to their Kids Menu; Little League and Major League for older children. The Little League menu offers five options for little ones to choose from, including burgers, fish, chicken & pasta, and all come with a small pot of apple, cucumber and carrot. 

Taylor went for the Tomato Tubes pasta, and out came a huge bowl of yummy pasta, which he really enjoyed.


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly
TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


Of course I had to show you my amazing steak, with Jack Daniels sauce and the beautifully creamy mash. Totally worth a mention, it really is lovely!


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


We asked for Taylor's ice cream sundae as he started to get a little bored and wouldn't sit still but he managed to demolish it before our sundae's even arrived! They were very yummy! 


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly
TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly
Overall, we really enjoyed our lunch at TGI Fridays, the food was perfect and the waiting staff were super lovely. It did get a little stressful at times while waiting for food, as little man doesn't like to sit still for very long and spent most of the time trying to climb over seats and run off! But they do offer some great bits for entertainment to keep them amused.
I would recommend TGI Fridays as a Toddler Friendly Place to Eat, but recommend taking something along to entertain them. I will be happy to visit them with my little whirlwind again very soon.

*In collaboration with TGI Fridays and Highcross Leicester
As always, all words, opinions and images are my own



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18 comments

  1. We all love TGI there menus are great and fantastic atmosphere great review Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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  2. I love TGI's. The JD sauce with the chicken is amazing! Also a great place to eat with kids! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

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  3. Thank you for sharing this post. It's been a long time since I last attended TGI's #ThatFridayLinky

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  4. I've never been to TGI Fridays its great that they are child friendly.

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  5. It sounds like TGI Friday's is a pretty good place to eat with a toddler as long as you have something to keep them amused. The gingerbread to decorate seems to be a good activity and the modeling balloon as well. The food selection looks pretty good as well.

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  6. Kids are a nightmare when you have to eat out. My cousins never sit still and want to run around everywhere!

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  7. I haven't been to a TGI Fridays in ages but it does look really kid friendly! Those gingerbread men would keep mine entertained for quite awhile!

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  8. I love going to TGI's and lucky enough my niece and nephew love it as well x

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  9. TGI's is great with little kids, especially as they make kid friendly portions as well as treating them like royalty! x

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  10. A great place to eat out with little ones, looks like Taylor really enjoyed it!

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  11. I had no idea TGIFridays was so kid-friendly! I'll have to remember that next time my nephew is in town.

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  12. I didn't realise they did so much for kids- it really does help when companies are helpful towards little ones. It makes the experience so much less stressful.

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  13. I love TGI Fridays, they have a good choice of food and it tastes great

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  14. We love visiting our local TGI Fridays! Their meals are a delicious and a success with little man! :)

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  15. I haven't been to a TGI Fridays yet! Really want to go now though! I love the box of things for the kids, such a good idea!

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  16. It has been a long time since we went to TGI's! It looks like a great place to go with family

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  17. I love TGI Fridays, haven't been in years!
    The kids goody box looked great fun - gingerbread man AND balloons :)

    Dani x

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  18. I've always been impressed by their kiddie choices :)

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