When my family goes to a restaurant, I would like to think that we would simply sit back, enjoy each other's company, and have meaningful conversations. Unfortunately, life doesn't always go as planned with young children. I try to keep a bag handy of special restaurant activities that will assist in keeping my kids engaged, happy, and entertained. Even with my bag of tricks, they sometimes have a hard time waiting for our food or the check. My family was eating at Pappasitos, and my son grew quite wiggly at the table. Our sweet waitress offered to get him a ball of tortilla dough. He enjoyed playing with it so much that he wanted to take it home with us. What child doesn't enjoy playing with dough? After that experience, I started asking other Mexican restaurants to supply a magical ball of tortilla dough, and most of them will happily get one for me. There have been a few restaurants that stated that they are not allowed to give the dough, but many of them will participate in my request. I also learned that some pizza restaurants will share pizza dough, and other restaurants may share a piece of bread dough. When I am really on top of things, I will make a batch of edible play dough with peanut butter and bring it to a restaurant with me. I often find myself saying the words, "it doesn't hurt to ask". If a restaurant complies with my silly requests, we are always so grateful. If they cannot grant our request, I always have my back up bag of restaurant activities on hand.