We signed up for the Broadway Pizza Birthday club when my kids were small. This has to be one of the best birthday clubs around. Each year my kids get a coupon at the beginning of their birthday month that includes a personal sized pizza, a drink, a sundae and a “special surprise”. The special surprise has varied year to year. Gifts have included a frisbee, a beach ball and sunglasses.
If we are particularly busy or broke, we can do a one-on-one outing with a parent and the birthday child. However, we don’t eat out often, so it is kind of a treat to make it a family birthday outing when we can. When that happens, we make sure to go to the Original Broadway Station, where we can see the little red caboose out front of the store and watch the train go around the bar.
One of my main criteria for family outings is that I want to do grown up things and still get to hang out with my kids. I love restaurants that are family-friendly, but not kid-oriented. The train theme and the model-train in particular make this restaurant a great place to take the kids; but it is still a real grown up restaurant. Sometimes — if we can ignore the little people throwing food at us and crawling under the table — we can pretend we are on a real date. Actually, our kids are better behaved than some of our pre-kid friends. None of my kids have ever hit on the waitress or got embarrassingly drunk at dinner; and they are a whole heck of a lot cuter when they do misbehave.
Although it now has locations as far away as Rochester and Eau Claire, Broadway Pizza has an interesting history that is rooted in Northeast Minneapolis. If you want to sign your child up for the birthday club you can download the registration form here. I know this sounds a little like a commercial for Broadway Pizza. Really, we just love good neighborhood pizza and Broadway is our favorite.