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Parenting Hacks: How to Entertain Your Kids When Dining Out 

Published April 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 8:06 p.m.

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This month, parents share tricks they use to entertain their kids when dining out. Send your parenting hacks to ideas@kidsvt.com.

I keep a travel toothbrush holder filled with bendy straws in my bag. Using a bendy straw lets my kids keep the drink on the table and prevents the dreaded public spill.

Mindi Wimett

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I try and come from a place of "yes." You want chocolate milk with your food? Yes! You want Sprite? Yes! As far as toys, I always bring a small cloth bag full of misfit lego pieces and let my son put something together, and I do the same for my 4-year-old daughter with her small toy figures.

Heather Polifka-Rivas

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Outdoor dining is always a win! Also, casual/noisy places are good so we blend in better. We recently printed off a bunch of coloring and activity pages and made each kid a little packet to bring when we go out. If all else fails, there's the dessert bribe.

—Brooke Henry


This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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