The 7 Most Incredible, Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the U.S. - United Hub

The 7 Most Incredible, Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the U.S.

By The Hub team, March 06, 2018



Sugar Factory

Need a break from cooking mac and cheese? (Rhetorical question.) Haul the whole fam to one of these seven stellar culinary destinations, where nutrition is secondary to glitter lollipops, fairy sightings and flip-your-own pancakes.

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Sugar Factory (New York, NY)

The decadent restaurant chain’s crown jewel is a tricked out, tri-level, 9,000-square-foot, ’Gram-worthy candy land in the heart of Manhattan’s clubby Meatpacking District. It’s open until 2 a.m., but its daytime clientele is more velvet onesie than velvet rope. On offer? Cotton-candy-garnished virgin cocktails, s’mores crepes, couture lollipops, rainbow doughnut ice-cream sandwiches and gold-flecked chocolate fondue fountains. One section of the menu is literally called “Insane Milkshakes.” If you want a vibe that’s Willy Wonka meets Scott Disick, this is your sweet spot.

835 Washington St., New York, NY; 212-414-8700 or sugarfactory.com

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The Airplane Restaurant (Colorado Springs, CO)

Feeding kids at 30,000 feet? Kind of a nightmare. Feeding kids at a restaurant housed inside a grounded repurposed 1953 Boeing military plane? Dream come true. Diners can sit in the terminal downstairs or upstairs in the plane itself, where servers introduce themselves as “flight attendants.” The fare is well-reviewed classic Americana. And kids who can’t stay seated (aka all of them) are welcome to explore the cockpit.

1665 N. Newport Rd., Colorado Springs, CO; 719-570-7656 or theairplanerestaurant.com

Firefly

Firefly (Washington, D.C.)

Meals at this DuPont Circle favorite start with dessert: Each kid is given a personal cookie to decorate while orders are taken. Then, as soon as appetizers are placed on the salvaged barn-wood tables, their creations are whisked away to be baked. Many menu options are local, vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free and garnished with bounty from the rooftop garden. Another nod to sustainability? The giant, twinkly-light-adorned tree in the center of the dining room.

1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-861-1310 or firefly-dc.com

Disney World

Be Our Guest Restaurant (Disney World, Orlando, FL)

Step inside the Beast’s castle, where the enchanted rose glitters, the suits of armor talk, the paintings on the west wing walls are shredded and the meatloaf is shaped like Mickey ears (because of course it is). One Yelp reviewer even scored a post-dinner selfie with the Beast himself. Lumiere couldn’t have arranged it better.

Magic Kingdom Dr., Orlando, FL; 407-939-5277 or disneyworld.disney.go.com

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Au Fudge (West Hollywood, CA)

Jessica Biel’s culinary kids club makes childhood seem impossibly chic. Menu items include locally sourced cauliflower puree, spinach-ricotta flatbreads and unicorn macarons, but the real draws are the indoor treehouse, zipline, drum circles, robot-building workshops, private tutors to help with homework and on-site au pairs, who whisk your kid away to be looked after upon check-in if desired.

9010 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA; 424-204-9228 or aufudge.com

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Slappy Cakes (Portland, OR)

Like Benihana but for farm-fresh DIY pancakes. Families pick their own batter (flavors range from buttermilk to peanut butter), select their fixins (blueberries, coconut, etc.) and toppings (lavender honey or local goat cheese, anyone?) then flip their flapjacks themselves on personal tabletop griddles. Mocktails for kids include a “Kremsicle” made from organic OJ, vanilla simple syrup and soda water. BRB, booking four flights to Portland.

4246 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR; 503-477-4805 or slappycakes.com

Crown and Crumpet

Crown & Crumpet (San Francisco, CA)

Come for the faerie cakes and scones with clotted cream, but stay for the glitter crown crafting sessions—all delightfully overseen by Trolley Dolleys and Dandies (aka servers). Tiny, fantastical touches include the "faerie door" (be sure to leave a note in her post box). But the tea salon’s winning formula hinges on its mix of tradition and whimsy—there’s not a stitch of stuffiness to be found, despite the Queen Elizabeth portraits on the tablecloths. The menu’s "Nursery Tea" section featuring hot chocolate and bite-size sweets is specifically aimed at guests age 12 and under. A perfect fit for tiny princesses and their loyal subjects. 

1746 Post St., San Francisco, CA; 415-771-4252 or crownandcrumpet.com

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Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

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