IHop is a great place to go for an inexpensive meal date with one of your children. Kids eat free after five (call to make sure it’s the same at your local restaurant) with the purchase of an adult entree. Joy was so excited to pick her own meal from the children’s menu. To be able to afford a dinner out with a big family we have learned to share meals, so for her to choose her own meal was certainly special. She ordered the create a face pancake. It came with the eyes, nose, and mouth, but they gave her a little package of yogurt to make the hair. She had a blast! We chit-chatted through our meal and then I took her to a near by store to get her a much needed pair of tennis shoes. How grown up she acted when it was just her and Mom!