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posted on July 09, 2012 10:49
Makahiki at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa - America’s best family-friendly restaurants
Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa
Parents utter this phrase a lot. Yet, having a little squealing bundle of joy shouldn’t relegate you to a lifetime choosing between meals at home or at unhealthy chain restaurants. Many excellent restaurants find creative ways to meet the families’ needs, whether providing entertainment for little ones or appealing to budget-minded or health-conscious parents. Ready your strollers and start up the minivan; here are some of the nation’s best bets for family-friendly dining.
Now, what makes a restaurant "kid-friendly"? Let’s face it; some otherwise fine establishments have no patience for vivacious young ones. Parents gravitate towards eateries where the waitstaff love kids, or at least know how to channel youthful energy into coloring books or other distractions.
Specialists such as Los Angeles’ Giggles N’ Hugs build their reputation on keeping children amused and well-fed, while high-end resort restaurants such as Makahiki at Hawaii’s Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, strike a delicate balance between pleasing parents and kids.
There’s no reason for families to hide at home; most restaurants could easily accommodate children with nothing more than crayons and a smile. Check out how eight of the top family-friendly restaurants work their magic.
Makahiki at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa — Ko Olina, Hawaii
The relaxed elegance of Old Hawaii reigns at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, thoughtfully designed to please both parents and kids. Its Disney Character brunch at Makahiki — The Bounty of the Islands will delight youngsters and tantalize everyone’s palates with a varied international brunch buffet.
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