Is Universal’s CityWalk, Orlando Kid-Friendly?

When looking for things to do in an evening in Orlando, Florida you’ll often hear about Universal’s free CityWalk, an entertainment district that joins the two parks within Universal Studios Resort together.

CityWalk is kid-friendly and kids are more than welcome to eat at the restaurants, head to the cinema, play mini-golf and shop. However, the CityWalk area primarily targets teenagers and adults with fun restaurants and bars, so don’t be surprised if the kids don’t have as much fun as the adults.

That said, it really does depend on the child and the situations and environments they are used to. If they’ve never had sushi before, then you’re probably best skipping the likes of CowFish in favour of the Hard Rock Café for example.

CityWalk Restaurants For Kids

While all the restaurants at CityWalk are kid-friendly, some menu’s are certainly more in line with kids appetites than others. Here are some of our family favourites;

Hot Dog Hall of Fame

Hog Dog Hall of Fame is a quick-service restaurant based in CityWalk that kids will love. The decor and menu are both based around baseball and the iconic baseball stadiums around the US.

If all that wasn’t enough this place serves up some incredible 2ft long hot dogs, which make for a fantastic photo opp. Better yet, the majority of meals are placed between $9 and $15 per person, so this one won’t break the bank!

Hard Rock Café

If your little ones are fans of rock and roll then you’ll Hard Rock Café. Even if they aren’t up to scratch on the best rock bands of all time there is still plenty that they will enjoy from the music, the cool seating and the guitars and cars hanging from the ceiling.

There is a wide range of meals on the menu specialised for kids which are perfect for families who are trying to make sure there is something for everyone.

One of the favourites on the menu is the Styler’s twisted mac and cheese or Buddy’s jr cheeseburger. Prices start at $8.50 per kids meal which is reasonable to say that Hard Rock is one of the best restaurants at CityWalk.

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food

CityWalk Orlando has so much to offer in terms of food choices, flavours and origins so it is always amazing to find something different to eat. Antojitos has a dedicated kids menu offering up a range of meals perfect for families looking to try something a little different.

The meals are all reasonably priced which is perfect for being able to save some of your budget for other things from souvenirs or other goodies in the parks. You can find meals such as Ground Beef Tacos, Cheese Quesadilla or Chicken Quesadilla all starting at $6.99.

The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co

While you might not think that Bubba Gump Shrimp Co is overly appealing to kids its a great place to go. The food is delicious and so fun. There is a colourful menu and even colouring pages to keep smaller ones entertained through dinner.

There is a dedicated kids menu so there is a wide range of meals that can suit any appetite and need. While the adults can splash out and eat something well cooked and filling.

Meals start at $8.50 for a kids meal and you can find anything from Grilled Cheese meal, Popcorn Shrimp Meal, Fish Stick Meal and Marinara Elbow Pasta’ Meal. The food is good value and tasty and nothing too out of the ordinary that might be too strange to eat.

Red Oven Pizza Bakery

Who doesn’t love pizza? Red Oven Pizza Bakery is a great family fun restaurant perfect to suit each and every appetite in the family.

This is a perfect place for kids to eat as you can share a couple of pizzas and they can pick and choose between flavours. While there is no dedicated kids menu there are many family favourites on the menu along with some new and exciting flavours to try.

There is a variety of drinks to suit kids and adults from soft drinks and juices along with bottled beer, draft beer and wine. This isn’t an overly formal place to eat so you can turn up after a long day in the park and just enjoy a nice meal together before heading back to your hotel for a rest.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

While your budget may take a serious hit at Toothsome it is an amazing place to go if you are looking to have an experience. The steampunk themed restaurant is a massive hit with guests and people come back again and again for the unique flavours and dishes.

If you are looking to save money or wish to have a more straight forward easy meal you can head to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium for dessert. There is a wide variety you can choose from and you might even want to share when you see the size of some of them.

It is a great place to take kids and have a special treat on their holiday, almost like visiting Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory in real life.

Voodoo Doughnut

Another place that is great for taking kids, teens and even adults is VooDoo Doughnut. This place is amazing, dreamy and delicious all in one sugar-coated ring. Once you have finished dinner you can head over to the pink palace of doughnut heaven and pick up a variety of doughnuts to snack on later on.

These are highly fun to look and even better to eat, there are so extremely cool flavours, styles and concoctions to try. This is a great alternative to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.

Kids Activities At CityWalk

While there are plenty of things to see and do at CityWalk, they aren’t all kids friendly or something kids would be interested in. Here are some of our family favourite things to do;

Play Mini Golf

What family doesn’t like to indulge in a healthy game of sports to get the competitive juices flowing? The game of mini golf at CityWalk is intensely fun for everyone with strange and unusual themes running through from flying saucers, a haunted house and a giant robot.

There are 36 holes in total if you choose to take on both courses giving you an evening full of fun. It is roughly $18 per single course but you can get a discount if you opt to do both courses. The course is open from 9 am until 10 pm daily.

It is extremely kid-friendly, though some of the ghoulish decorations may scare younger ones.

Watch A Show

There are a number of shows at CityWalk and some are unfortunately adult only but one show that we relly loved was The Blue Man Group. We got tickets for our whole family one year and every single one of us enjoyed it. It is super fun, energetic and a perfect place to take kids.

The music is exhilarating, fun and easy to dance away to and the show itself is spectacular. If you are looking to add a little something extra to your trip this a great way of doing so.

Watch The Latest Film

There is a cinema located ay CityWalk which is perfect for anyone looking to have a nice enjoyable evening, sat down after a lot of walking around the parks.

There are a number of films on show at one time so you can have a choice and there is always one family-friendly film on show. This is a perfect place to snuggle up in the cinema before heading back to your hotel for a good nights sleep.

Enjoy Entertainment On The Stage

Located on the edge of the lake at CityWalk there is a stage area. Known to hold concerts, evening entertainment and more there is often something there in the earlier evenings for kids.

There is a variety of different entertainment you can watch, sing along to or sometimes entertainment kids can get involved in. From hula hoop training to dancing and more.

There is plenty of seating so parents can sit nearby and watch as kids have fun and enjoy something different.

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