Eating out can be a pricey ordeal, especially for families with kids.

Growing up, money was tight in our house. My parents worked hard, and -- now that I'm an adult responsible for my own budget -- I understand just what a treat it was when they took the family for a meal out. Despite tight finances, some of my favorite childhood memories include food -- breakfasts with my dad at the diner before school, Sunday lunches after church at Culvers and dinners with our grandpa at the local steakhouse.

I saw a list recently of restaurants in Rochester, MN where kids can eat for free or for cheap on certain days or with certain deals. Finding inspiration, I thought it would be neat to put together a list of local restaurants around Central Minnesota that offer the same. Below are restaurants found at KidsMealDeals.com and submitted by listeners; inclusion of these restaurants does not guarantee free or discounted meals, and we suggest confirming at each restaurant for yourself.

14 Central Minnesota Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free (or for Cheap)

Know of any other restaurants where kids eat free or for less that didn't make our list? Leave a comment and let us know!