Dinner out with kids! What’s the first thing that comes to mind? Little diners excusing themselves right when you start your meal? Asking for the check while it’s still light out? Well, we’ve rounded up 11 theatrical dining destinations that will keep the kids entertained well past dessert and have you feeling like a kid again. Scroll through the slideshow and work up an appetite for fun!

Aquarium Restaurants – Multiple locations (Co, Tx, Tn) 

Aquarium Restaurants offer a host of deep-sea delights—from a 17th-century shipwreck in Houston to the real mermaids who swim through each underwater locale. And all four offer the chance to dine fish-side. In the glow of 50,000-200,000 gallon aquariums, you’ll have front-row seats to 100+ species of fish from oceans the world over. Chocolate lava cake fans will want to save room for a shark attack dessert!

Online: aquariumrestaurants.com

Photo: Selbe Lynn via Flickr

  • TREX Restaurant-Josh Hallett via Flickr
  • Urban Putt-Adele F. via Yelp
  • Aqaurium Restaurant-cc-Selbe Lynn via Flickr
  • Pinnacle Peak via Yelp
  • Eloise tea-Nella P. via Yelp
  • RainforestCafe-cc-highlander411 via Flickr
  • Medieval Times-Monica L. via Yelp
  • Blue Bayou-cc-Loren Javier via Flickr
  • MaxBrenner-cc-Macae Lintelman via Flickr
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Where have you taken the kids for some thematic dinnertime fun? Share in the Comments!

— Jennifer Massoni Pardini

11 Themed Restaurants Every Kid Should Experience Once