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!

Lemon Tree Kids & Family Restaurant – Los Angeles, Ca

The theme here is a crazy fun good time. While a mini-train, face painting, and ball pit sound like the makings of the best party ever, they are also part of the daily fare at this 2,000-square-foot play space in Koreatown. You can find kimchi fried rice as well as pastas and hand-tossed pizza on the menu. Admission ($9) includes two hours of playtime. And don’t forget socks!

Online: lemontreekidscafe.com

Photo: courtesy Lemon Tree Restaurant

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Where have you taken the kids for some thematic dinnertime fun? Share in the Comments!

— Jennifer Massoni Pardini

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