Dining out with your entire brood can be an exercise in extreme patience. Thank goodness for smartphones and tablets to keep tots with growling tummies busy. However, if you’re looking to up the dining out fun factor, these six Seattle-area establishments will provide good eats with a side of entertainment for the kiddies.

Rainforest Cafe

Lions and tigers and zebras. Oh my! The Rainforest Café is a wild place to eat. This action-packed theme restaurant replicates features of an authentic rainforest, including vegetation, mist, waterfalls and indigenous animals, including some animatronic beasts. Every seven to nine minutes, the displays come alive with a booming thunderstorm and the animatronic figures go crazy. The Rainforest Café offers an extensive menu with signature items like Rainforest Rascals (mini burgers), Jurassic Chicken Bits (dinosaur-shaped nuggets) or Python Pasta (spaghetti topped with Alfredo or marinara sauce). All kids meals include an entrée, side and beverage and the café serves up lots of healthy options for jungle adventurers.

Good to Know : On Wednesdays, kids ages 12 and under eat for $2.99 from 5 p.m. to closing when an adult purchases a full price meal.

161 Southcenter Mall
Seattle, Wa 98188
Online: rainforestcafe.com

photo: Kristina Moy

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— Abbey McGee

feature photo courtesy of Dee L. via Yelp