Where to Eat + Drink with Kids
These restaurants are all kid-approved and kid-friendly.
- Sayso Coffee / West Salem Public House – Sharing the same building, Sayso & the Pub are perfect for a caffeine or beer stop. With a large outdoor space that’s bordered by an urban farm, kids are endlessly entertained by the neighboring chickens.
- Dough Joe’s – For a sweet treat (aka bribery), take your kids to Dough Joes for their doughnuts. Sprinkles put everyone in a better mood, and their coffee will keep you sane.
- Louie & Honey’s Kitchen – Their cinnamon rolls are begged for at my house, and adults will love how beautiful the space is.
- Midtown Cafe – If we’re going out to breakfast with the kids, this is where we go. Generally quick, they have a large patio surrounding a water fountain that gives some entertainment while you wait.
- Poppyseed Provisions – Located right under Louie & Honey’s Kitchen, this is a great place to come for an afternoon or early evening drink with kids. They have some open barrel candy for the kids, adult beverages to keep the parents happy, and a lovely outdoor space to help the wigglers move.
- The Loop – If you ask my kids where they want to have dinner, this is in their top 3. We generally get pizza (for the kids) and salad (for the adults).
- The Porch – An absolute must for those who love tex-mex. We’ve been known to gobble up a lot of Three Amigos (chips served with guac, salsa, and queso) The outdoor space is easy for kids to run around, plus they have books inside while you wait.
- Mellow Mushroom – While a chain, it still deserves a spot on this list because it’s so good. Located on 4th Street, the only potentially tricky thing is parking, but it’s always worth the effort.
- Mojito Latin Soul Food – If you have more adventurous eaters, Mojito is a great place to try. They have a huge outdoor patio for kids who want to move around, and their menu is rather welcoming for little people.
- West End Cafe – This cozy spot knows how to keep kids happy. They provide crayons and a coloring sheet when you sit, there are crackers while you wait, and the food is so good. This is a local favorite for kids and adults alike.
- Camel City BBQ – Downtown in a great location, this restaurant has arcade games for a fun evening out with the kids.
- Cugino Forno – A perennial favorite, Cugino Forno is in the coolest spot in town, the Coal Pit, where kids go nuts on scooters. With delicious salads, pizza, and gelato, my kids absolutely adore coming here. And we love that Incendiary Brewery is right next door.
What To Do with Kids
- Check out Quarry Park: This park offers amazing views of downtown Winston. Drive out to Quarry Park and plan to spend 30 minutes to an hour walking around and enjoying the view. (A playground is currently being built there; otherwise, there’s just a few walking trails.)
- Spend the morning in Reynolda: Park in Reynolda Village, walk through the formal Reynolda Gardens (no ticket required), and get a doughnut at Dough Joe’s as a reward!
- Book a Trolley ride: While there are many options that Triad Trolleys offers, we think either the Pocket Parks tour or Moravian Cookie Trail tour would be perfect with kids. See their schedule here.
- Explore Bethabara Park: A little more off the beaten-path, Bethabara Park is a Moravian establishment that’s easy to explore and welcoming to kids who want to run around. It’s free to walk the grounds, and there’s a great area for creek-ing behind the fort walls.
- Go mural-hunting on Trade Street: Take a leisurely stroll through the Arts District, and give your kids the mission of pointing out all the art they see.
- Do a lap through Old Salem: For an easy afternoon in Old Salem, park at the Visitor’s Center and begin your walk by crossing the famous Heritage Bridge into the main part of town. You can walk up Main Street with a few pit stops and circle back to your car within 1 hour, but we’d highly recommend stopping at the Book & Gift Shop and Winkler’s Bakery for souvenirs and sweets!
- Visit Kaleideum: The children’s museum here is called Kaleideum, and currently there are 2 locations. The downtown Kaleideum is only open on the weekends during the school year, but it’s being rebuilt in a more central location (and it looks amazing). Kaleideum North is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Winston and offers a larger variety of activities for older kids.
Extra Family-Friendly Ideas
- We keep a regularly-updated list of kid-friendly events happening here
- Check out our list of where to grab a beer when you’re with kids here
- When you need to use up that extra energy, here’s a round up of local playgrounds
- Most nearby vineyards are open to having kids on the grounds, though check with the individual establishment before you go!