Restaurants Where Kids Can Eat and Play Near Greenville, SC

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Looking for restaurants with play spaces near Greenville? Do you want something more than fast food but really need a place for the kids to run around? The Upstate is full of restaurants where families can eat and play! Eating out with kids can be fun, and mom and dad might even be able to enjoy the food on their plates! We are sharing a list of restaurants in the Upstate where you can get a great meal while your kids enjoy some playtime. Sound like a deal?

Tight budget? Check out our list of Greenville Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

The play areas at these locations range from professionally installed play structures to an empty piece of land to run around on. Please consider this when releasing your child to explore the play areas. 

Restaurants Near Greenville, SC Where Kids Can Play

Runway Cafe

21 Airport Road Ext, Greenville
First off the popular Runway Park juts up to the patio of the Runway Cafe at the Greenville Downtown Airport. The park is big so you can’t see it all from the patio but as it is fenced in, it’s easier to keep tabs on children and the main structure is fairly visible from the cafe. While their menu is simple, it is rather tasty and features such things as organic salad greens. Most of the items are named after famous pilots like Charles Lindbergh or Amelia Earhart so you can toss in a little history lesson with lunch if you’re so inclined. The Runway Cafe is open every day for lunch and Wednesday through Saturday for dinner.

TReehouse Cafe

27 South Main Street, Travelers Rest
Kids can literally eat and play at the same time at the TReehouse Cafe in Travelers Rest. Owned by an artist and chef, this place is both a cafe and an art studio. They don’t skimp on either part of this masterpiece. The food is delicious and plentiful, with paninis, sandwiches, and salads, and the art is freeing, with options for coloring, painting, or playing with a Mr. Potato Head toy. Visit the TReehouse Cafe Facebook page for event announcements and other fun things.

The TReehouse in Travelers Rest has tons of art projects to purchase, crayons and pencils and paper for doodling, and toys for the little baby ones to play with at the table. I think they’re open for breakfast and lunch only?


Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery

205 Cedar Lane, Greenville
Half of this place is outside – mainly their pizza oven, patio, and kids play area – which makes it ideal for eating and playing. I’m a big fan of grabbing coffee and breakfast and letting my kids play in the enclosed area while I enjoy the delicious offerings. Or you can take a break with the kids, eat an amazing sandwich, soup, or salad, and play afterward. Either way, the Swamp Rabbit Cafe is super kid-friendly (it’s owned by two women who are moms of little kids themselves, they should know) and has amazing food so it’s definitely a must-do on your Greenville restaurant list! Want to know more? Read our review of Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery

We love Swamp Rabbit Cafe, especially on their monthly thursday night pizza party events. They donate a portion of the proceeds to a local non-profit, the kids get to play and dance to the Dj music and mom gets to enjoy a Frose. It’s a win-win that makes everyone happy!

Swamp Rabbit t-shirts and waterbottle in cart

Papi’s Tacos

This one may not be as much of a surprise to regular readers, but the splash pad downtown right below the Lazy Goat also happens to be right next to Papi’s Tacos, which is the Table 301 owned “food truck without wheels”. There’s not only a patio but benches perfect for eating while minding children. For an authentic, gourmet, yet very affordable Mexican dinner, you can’t beat Papi’s. This is also right on the Reedy River so you’ll also have a lovely view and maybe even a few ducks to fascinate the kids. This splash pad only operates during the warmer months, but the train track paintings and waterfall fountain tend to ignite young imaginations all year long. On Tuesday tacos go on special for $2!

Our list of 10 Free Things to Do in Downtown Greenville offers up more free fun!

Birds Fly South & White Duck Taco

1320 Hampton Ave Ext, Greenville
With a big lawn space and outdoor patio, Birds Fly South & White Duck Taco located in the Hampton Station part of Greenville is perfect to eat and play.

White Duck 🦆 taco in Hampton Station has lots of lawn area and picnic tables for kids to hang out while you enjoy the best darn tacos and beer around


White duck taco ( & birds fly south)has an area where there is always a ton of kids playing

White Duck taco and Birds Fly South food and beverages at Hampton Station in Greenville, SC

13 Stripes Brewery

Print Works, No. 3, 250 Mill Street, Ste PW3101 Dock, Taylors
When 13 Stripes Brewery in Taylors Mill opened, they had pack ‘n plays inside their taproom. We have not been there recently to confirm this but you can hang out, have a beer, and your kid enjoy any of the games they have available (my kids loved Connect 4). They also have all kinds of events during the year that feature kids’ activities, which is really no surprise since there are over 20 kids between the brewery owners.

Gather GVL

126 Augusta Street, Greenville
Gather GVL offers plenty of play space for kids, plus an almost infinite list of menu options! Picky eaters will find almost whatever they want in this unique co-op setup of food vendors. Burgers, tacos, pasta, sushi, donuts, and more can be found on the menus at Gather GVL.

  • For more details on this unique dining option, head to our Guide to Gather GVL
Outdoor seating space at Gather GVL

Monkey Wrench Smokehouse

21 North Main St, Travelers Rest
Owned by the same people who own Sidewall Pizza, Monkey Wrench Smokehouse is situated in Travelers Rest, and kids can often play while eating.  They’ve got a little area outside with picnic tables, cornhole, and other games – perfect for kids!

Monkey Wrench in TR! The food is great, and my kids love the outdoor area and toys.


Monkey Wrench Smokehouse our favorite! Large outdoor area that kids can play

cocktail and bbq

Spare Time

822 Congaree Road, Greenville
More than a bowling alley, Spare Time Greenville also has laser tag, an arcade, and a restaurant. You can order food while bowling or head to the restaurant and let the kids play in the arcade while you enjoy a few moments of peace.

D’Allesandros Pizza

17 Mohawk Drive, Greenville
Tucked off to the side down near Community Tap, D’Allesandros Pizza was recommended by several readers. There’s an outdoor seating area with an adjacent area for kids to play.

D’Allesandro’s Pizza Greenville has a great side yard by the patio.


The Mason Jar

202 Trade Street, Greer
After hunting down all the “Toads on Trade”, your family can hop into The Mason Jar restaurant to enjoy a burger and fries. Named for the owner’s Grandchild, this restaurant makes a point to welcome kids.

The Mason Jar downtown Greer. They have a little Lego table with some other toys. Great Burger special on Wednesdays too!

Greer at Christmas

Wild Wing Cafe

1025 Woodruff Rd, Greenville
Wild Wing Cafe is located right next to the Hollywood 20 cinemas, and in the courtyard between them is a huge play area. It’s a perfect spot to take kids to play while you wait for the food to be prepared!

J.R. Cash’s Grill & Bar

320 Big Water Road, Starr
J.R. Cash’s is located on the shores of Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC and while the food and view are excellent, it’s the pirate ship playground that really takes the cake here. The playground is right next to the restaurant and has slides, rings, a tire swing, and a hammock. Check hours before going as the restaurant is seasonal.

Big Air

We know trampoline parks are great places to have fun for a couple of hours or throw a birthday party. But Big Air in Greenville has a hot kitchen inside the facility where you can get pizza, pretzels, drinks, and hot dogs. They also offer a Family Fun package on Thursdays and Sundays where you get four one-hour jump passes, a large pizza, and a pitcher of soda for $65.

Big Air of Spartanburg
660 Spartan Boulevard, Spartanburg

Big Air of Greenville
36 Park Woodruff Drive, Greenville

Restaurants with Play Areas Near Spartanburg, SC

Dray: Bar + Grill

1800 Drayton Road, Suite 301, Drayton
DRAY: Bar + Grill has everything you could want in a place to dine with kids. It has an outdoor seating area with a fire pit for colder weather, a delicious menu for both adults, and kids, and a large area where kids can run around and no one will care! For even more fun, you can attend one of the Movies at the Mill events where they set up a huge movie screen on the lawn.

Plus the kids can be loud outside and no one cares

Megan B
Spartanburg Dining


125 East Main Street, Spartanburg
Fr8 Yard in Downtown Spartanburg is a kid-friendly restaurant and outdoor biergarten with plenty of space to run around. And since it’s outdoors, you don’t have to worry about your kid making too much noise. There are even ping-pong tables and cornhole games available to play free of charge. In addition to great adult beverages, Fr8 Yard also has a huge television screen showing major sporting events, plus live music on some evenings. Offering a selection of yard dogs, grilled cheese, fries, and more, your whole family will find something they want to try. Not only that but it’s also located right next to Sparkle City Mini Putt. A free mini-golf course, that several downtown businesses will provide putters on loan for use.

Fr8 yard! Kids can run around and play. There’s ping pong, building blocks, and corn hole. Mine love running around and playing with the other kids there. We sometimes bring games to play or small toys to play with as well.

Food and outdoor space at Fr8yard in Spartanburg, SC


1509 John B White Sr Boulevard, Spartanburg
The Fuddrucker’s on John B White Sr. Boulevard has a small arcade inside the premises. So, while you wait for your delicious hamburgers to be ready or after you finish your meal, your kids can spend their time playing old-fashioned arcade games. Plus, Fuddrucker’s has a great children’s menu that also gives kids a free cookie from their scrumptious bakery with each meal. While the arcade is indoors, the way the seating is arranged does give your kids some freedom to check out the arcade while you keep tabs on them from a nearby table. If the weather is nice, they do have a great outdoor seating area, as well.

Restaurants with Play Areas: Chick-Fil-A, McDonald’s, and Chuck E Cheese

A good fallback for dining and eating with kids are the fast-food restaurants in the area that have indoor play structures. It also works as a great bribe tactic to get them to eat. Visit Kidding Around’s list of Restaurants with Play Areas.

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8 years ago

Sonic in Simpsonville has a playground!

Laura Simmons
8 years ago

This was a much needed list. We love Chick fil a but also like things besides chick fil a, lol.

8 years ago

Chicora Alley –Mauldin location is our fave spot to dine with friends or others while our kids play. Must sit outside…have tether ball, cornhole, tricycles. Perfect for an outdoor meal/drink. To my knowledge kids still eat free for each adult entree on Saturdays. This is the Mauldin location–not downtown. Check it out!

8 years ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Thank you, Elizabeth. That sounds like a great place to eat. We will have to check it out!

Jenny Moore
8 years ago

love Runway Cafe! Food is yummy and my kids look forward to going to play on the playground and watch the airplanes!

8 years ago

My boys and I love the Runway Cafe. Fun place to eat and watch the planes. The Wildcat aka Buffalo chicken wrap is the best and the homemade chicken salad is too. Bring out the kids and have a nice meal then go to the playground to wear off some energy!

8 years ago

The Runway Cafe has good good and a great place to take the kids! Great playground with full view of planes taking off and landing. If you eat outside on the patio, planes pull right up beside the restaurant! Fun for the whole family!!

kim batson
8 years ago

We LOVE our meals at Runway Cafe! Atmosphere is fun and people are SO friendly!! My daughter thinks the fried oreos for dessert are The best in the world! We love Runway Cafe so much we even make a point to visit their booth at Fall for Greenville! !

Robert Simmons
8 years ago

What a great place to go and enjoy a meal. It has great food cooked to order and made rite, and also features windows all the way around the dining room to view the runway rite outside, and if you choose it has a huge patio for outside seating. Now with the park next-door it has became a place not only to eat, but a place to hang out and spend an afternoon at. Friendly owners, pleasant staff, fast orders, exelent menu, highly active runway, huge park (with walking track to better digest food), and daily specials make this one… Read more »

8 years ago

I haven’t been there yet, but I heard that Chicora Alley in Mauldin has a playground area off of their patio!

Lesa Dixon
8 years ago

For a restaurant with delicious food and a place for children to be entertained Chicora Alley in Mauldin is a perfect place to go! Also Chicora Alley has a very good Brunch on Sundays at both locations, downtown Greenville and downtown Mauldin.
If you haven’t been there yet, you’re missing out!

3 years ago

We recently visited the new Habitap on Millerer, near Frankie’s Fun park, they have a great menu plus tons of board games and table games to play! Super fun environment.

Megan Ambrose
1 year ago

Definitely need to add the Warehouse at Vaughn’s in Simpsonville!