Cousin Playdate at McDonald’s

*Disclosure: As a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s I am being compensated for this post. However, all opinions are 100% mine.**

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of me and my cousins spending time together. Growing up, I had lots of cousins on both sides of my family and I loved this. I loved my cool older cousins who would give me stuff like jewelry that they no longer wanted. My cousins who were around my age were great friends and playmates. When I was a kid we always had the best kickball games with our cousins that were around the same age as my brothers and I. And, my adorable little cousins were always fun to play with.

I’m happy that my own kids have cousins who they love being around. They have their cool teenage cousins who they adore and are always looking out for them whenever they are around. Then there are their cousins who are around their age that they have lots of fun playing games with. And then their baby cousins who they love being around because they can help take care of them like their older cousins do for them. No matter how old or young their cousins are, they love spending time with them and having a play date whenever they get a chance.

So, when my oldest nephew finished his first year of college and made it back home for the summer break last week, my kids were excited to spend some time hanging out with him. We invited him on a cousin play date. We decided that dinner at McDonald’s and playtime at the McDonald’s PlayPlace would be perfect for their cousin play date.

My kids were really excited. Reason #1 for their excitement, it had been awhile since they hung out with this cousin. Reason #2 for their excitement, Super Mario!!! My kids love playing all the different Super Mario games so they were thrilled to hear that McDonald Happy Meals are currently featuring Super Mario toys and that the milk jugs also feature their favorite Super Mario characters. They both ordered Happy Meals with Chicken McNuggets. They each had a choice of fries, Strawberry Low-fat Go-GURT, or Apple Slices for their side.  My son opted for the small fries, while my daughter chose the Strawberry Low-Fat Go-GURT which also comes with a smaller order of fries as her side.  

Of course, both of my kids had to open up their Super Mario toy before they started eating their food. But they were too excited to try out their Yoshi toy. They loved that the Yoshi toy has a tongue that they can stick out, which is just like Yoshi on the video games. 🙂

Cousin Play Date at McDonald's

My nephew and husband both chose to try out one of the new Signature Crafted Sandwiches and fries. My nephew went with the Maple Bacon Dijon sandwich and my husband got the Pico Guacamole sandwich. They both really enjoyed their Signature Crafted Sandwiches.

Luckily, we had two of McDonald’s new FRORKS and they were each able to try it out.  And they both agreed they were uselessly useful. #uselesslyuseful

Cousin Play Date at McDonald's

I ordered a Southwest Salad with no meat. I really enjoyed the Southwest Salad because it is spicy and very flavorful.

Cousin Play Date at McDonald's


I couldn't resist trying the FRORK! :)

My kids could barely eat their food because of the anticipation of playing in the PlayPlace.  They really love playing the basketball game and McDonald’s inspired foosball game at our local McDonald’s PlayPlace. And having their big cousin there to play with them made it even better. The three of them had a great time playing basketball and foosball on their cousin play date.

Cousin Play Date at McDonald's

Playdate at McDonald's

To find your nearest McDonald’s with a PlayPlace use the McDonald’s locator on the website and be sure to check the Play Place option.

P.S. If your kids love Super Mario as much as my kids do, then you will want to enter the Nintendo Switch sweepstakes that McDonald’s is hosting. For a chance to win you can enter the sweepstakes through one of the following ways from now through 5/22/17:

  1. Receive two entries for a chance to win a Nintendo Switch prize pack when you purchase a Happy Meal and scan the sweepstakes offer on the McDonald’s App.
  2. Receive one entry when you scan/purchase any other offer on the McDonald’s App.
  3. Send an email to: and put only the numerical date on which you are submitting the email in the subject line(mm/dd/yy), then put your first/last name in the email to receive 2 entries.


  • Reply NERLINE May 20, 2017 at 6:55 am

    These new Forks are so cool. I don’t think we have them around here yet. Like you, I love the southwest salad, (with meat in it). I glad your kids got to hang out with their cousin. They look so happy!
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    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      They only made a limited number of frorks. The frorks were really cool to use. The southwest salad is really good, it’s really flavorful. 🙂

  • Reply Akaleistar May 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I am so intrigued by the FRORKS, ha ha.

    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      They are pretty intriguing…lol. 🙂

  • Reply Dean May 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    What a fun time! I love a good session of foosball, I’ve always wanted a foosball table. My kids love cousin time when they get it, which is not that often, but you better believe when there is cousin time there’s a foosball match. 🙂 My mom has one in her house.

    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      I bet everyone has lots of fun with the foosball table at your mom’s house. Anytime cousins get together there is a lot of fun to be had. 🙂

  • Reply Tamara May 23, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Frorks! That’s hilarious. The sandwiches do look good. We have one local playplace and it’s like the kids’ dream to go there. We finally went and it was closed because of a bee! Boo!!!
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    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      That’s too bad that the kids didn’t get a chance to play at the McDonald’s PlayPlace. My kids love going to the one closest to us. The frorks were pretty hilarious and uselessly useful as they were promoted. 🙂

  • Reply Tiffany Hathorn May 24, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Looks like they had fun! Your McDonald’s play place has cool things to play with. We’d love going to that one some day!

    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      My kids love the Basketball game at this McDonald’s PlayPlace. 🙂

  • Reply LaKita May 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I love the idea of the frorks! Looks like you all had a really fun time 🙂
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    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      We did have a good time. And the frorks were fun to try out. 🙂

  • Reply Eason April 10, 2018 at 6:06 am

    It would appear that they had a fabulous time! Your McDonald’s play put has cool things to play with. We’d love heading off to that one sometime in the future! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Nintendo 64 Mario games August 27, 2018 at 1:46 am

    The food looks delicious and the kids must have a fun time! Thanks for sharing your happy moment with us

    • Reply Sonya September 4, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      They had a great time! 🙂

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