Let's face it. Dining can be a different experience when you're bringing along a child.
You might need a little more room for wiggling or something to keep them occupied after ordering. A waitress with a sympathetic smile wouldn't hurt.
We're here to help. Whether you're looking to give the kiddos a fun night, or you just want to grab dinner and a beer somewhere that will welcome your family, this list has you covered.
Mason Dixon Family Restaurant,3 Old Farm Lane, Shrewsbury
Kids menu: Options for 12 and younger include grilled cheese, meatloaf, spaghetti, pizza, and mac and cheese, with a side and drink, in prices from $3.50 to $5.75. The price drops to $3 with purchase of an adult entree, large salad or sandwich.
Accommodations: High chairs, boosters, crayons and activity placemats
Anything else: Owner Nick Georgakopoulos said Mason Dixon is "truly a family restaurant." And he's no stranger to the needs of the little ones — he has three girls 6 and younger.
Bogey Macaws American Grille,601 Chestnut Hill Road, York Township
Kids menu: Meals include cheeseburger, hot dog, or chicken tenders with fries, applesauce and an ice cream cup, all meals are $5.99. You can upgrade to the $12.99 Super Kid package and get an entree plus Ballocity play and 20 arcade tokens. Or just order The Bandit — a plate and silverware to let them mooch off your plate for free.
Accommodations: High chairs, booster seats, crayons
Anything else: The dining room is right next door to Ballocity, so families can sit in a booth and have the kids in direct line of sight while they play, said general manager Jim Flinn. The menu also offers many gluten-free options, he said.
Vito's Pizza and Beer,1734 S. Queen St, Spring Garden Township
Kids menu: There's no separate menu, but there are plenty of options among the main fare that kids like: pizza, hamburgers, chicken tenders, fries and cheese sticks among them. Prices range from $1.89 for a hamburger to $10.49 for a large cheese pizza.
Accommodations: High chairs and booster seats
Anything else: Vito's has a bar area separate from its non-smoking, family-oriented side, though patrons can have beer and wine there, too. "We're organically just a place that works with kids," said owner Lennie Spagnola.
Stonybrook Family Restaurant,3560 E. Market St., Springettsbury Township
Kids menu: For 10 and younger, they have favorites, like grilled cheese, burgers, chicken strips or spaghetti in prices from $4.25 to $5.95.
Accommodations: High chairs, booster seats and coloring/activity sheets and crayons
Anything else: Harry Kocoronis, general manager and co-owner, said the restaurant has plenty of meals under $10, so it won't break the bank for families. And the restaurant is used to accommodating big parties dotted with a few high chairs.
Crimson American Grill,1839 S. Queen St., Spring Garden Township
Kids menu: For 12 and younger, entrees include chicken tenders or cheeseburger with a side and drink for $5.25.
Accommodations: High chairs, booster seats and slings for infant carriers, crayons available upon request
Anything else: Most tables are booths, which are more comfortable for families, said manager Tina Karandrikas. There are also three larger, u-shaped booths that offer enough room for car seats plus all of mom's bags, she said. Kids can be on the outdoor patio or bar area as long as they are supervised.
Isaac's Famous Grilled Sandwiches,three locations in York County, eight in Lancaster County and seven others throughout south central Pennsylvania
Kids menu: Pick an option like dino nuggets or a sandwich on rainbow bread for $4.99, recommended for those 5 and younger. Or pick two for an older child for $6.49. Comes with a side, dessert and drink.
Accommodations: High chairs, booster seats, slings for infant carriers. Menus featuring coloring and games that kids of all ages can enjoy, and parents can get in on the action, too. "We like to see that interaction between the parents and the kids," said Johnny Roberts, marketing coordinator. Beyond paper? Download the Feed the Birds app on your smartphone and help a mother bird drop rainbow bread sandwiches into the waiting mouths of baby birds.
Anything else: At some locations, it doesn't hurt to score a seat by the fish tanks.