A round-up of Boulder’s anti-meltdown meccas-where food, fun and family bonding abound

1 Lowry Beer Garden

LowryBeerGarden.com

Situated in its own 4,500 square foot park — complete with an outdoor garden, covered pavilion and open-air seating — this eatery is a haven for kids and parents alike. Boasting an inexpensive kid’s menu, a wide selection of beers and classic beer garden fare, it’s the perfect place for an evening out with the whole family.

2 Brider

DenverBrider.com

A healthy, contemporary option, Brider allows adults the chance to indulge in delicious artisanal food and drink while kids can enjoy yummy parent-pleasing options like meatballs and polenta or chicken and veggies. At Brider, adults can enjoy a trendy adult atmosphere while also appeasing even the pickiest of palates.

3 Next Door American Eatery

NextDoorEatery.com

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A Denver installment of the ever-impressive Kitchen Restaurant Group, you can expect both incredible food and a beautiful atmosphere at Next Door. Next Door, however, supports kids far beyond satiating their appetites by partnering with Big Green, a non-profit that builds Learning Gardens in schools across the country. Next Door also hosts a school donation program on Monday nights called 50|4U, which donates 50% of food and drink sales to local participating schools.

4 The School House Kitchen

SchoolHouseArvada.com 

School House Arvada has got kids dialed: as soon as families take their seats, servers bring out kid-friendly snacks to keep little fingers busy. Appetizers like de-crusted PB&Js and chicken & waffle skewers are perfectly suited for sharing, while build-your-own flatbreads and burgers ensure no picky palates go unsatisfied.