When the Kids Have Trouble with Daylight Savings Time, Take Them Out to Breakfast in the Park

When the kids can’t get out of bed, lure them out with breakfast in the Park.

Daylight saving time starts on March 12, which means that day, and for a couple days following, we’ll all be moving a little slower as our bodies try to catch up from losing an hour of sleep. This change is hard on us, but it’s even harder on the little ones who may not understand why they’re so tired when they get up for day care or school.

To make things easier, we put together some hot breakfast spots that might make pulling the kids out of bed a little less stressful, and give them (and you) the energy to make it through the day.

Good Day Café

Start the day right at Good Day with options that are sure to make the kids happy. For the youngest of the bunch, the kids’ menu has both sweet and savory options. The junior ham and cheddar scrambler with potatoes ($7.95) makes the kids feel a little more grown up, while the lil’ dollar pancakes ($4.95) are just their size, and the pigs in a blanket (sausages rolled in pancakes, $6.95) make eating fun.

With hectic schedules, health is sometimes sacrificed. But Good Day can make life easier there too, with yogurt parfaits ($6.25) and steel-cut oatmeal ($6.95) that will give your kids the extra energy they need to get through the day.

Pannekoeken Huis

If you haven’t been here in a while, it’s exactly what you remember, with fluffy Dutch pancakes sure to please the kids. Pull them out of bed with the promise of their very own panneket, a kid-sized pannekoeken ($4.59), or share a regular size in whatever flavor they can dream of, from French silk banana to fresh fruit to the traditional cinnamon or vanilla ice cream (Ice cream for breakfast? They’ll scream—with joy).

If you’re looking for more protein on the plate, there’s always the kids’ cheese omelet ($3.89) or French toast, half a waffle or pancakes with bacon. And if your children are extra-good, hot chocolate could be an option to keep them warm.

Yum! Kitchen and Bakery

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, getting the kids out of the house in a timely manner is simply impossible. For those times, Yum! has your back with easy breakfast breads to go. Here, you can pick up a classic blueberry muffin, a lemon-raspberry muffin for the more adventurous, or a doughnut muffin for the picky eater ($2.95). If the children are the punctual ones and it was actually you who couldn’t find the keys to leave the house on time, caramel or cinnamon pull-a-parts ($3.95) are a surefire way to keep everyone happy.

And while you’re there, you might as well pick up a cupcake or two for that sugar boost you’ll need in the afternoon. Red velvet, anyone?

Sure, the kids struggle with daylight saving time, but so do grown-ups. So if you need some encouragement to get out of bed, here are some beverages for you to order while you treat the kids (or leave them with the sitter).

Good Day Café

Good Day has you covered on all things caffeine. If straight espresso is your style, you’re good to go. But if you like some sugar with your caffeine, try the white chocolate mocha. It’s creamy, chocolatey and downright delicious; if regular mochas are too rich for your taste, this is a great alternative. Of course, if tea is more up your alley, the chai tea latte is the ultimate in comfort drinks. Sometimes the best things in life come with bubbles. So go for the mimosa—the classic orange juice and sparkling wine duo can help you get off to a sparkling start. 5410 Wayzata Blvd., Mpls.

Bunny’s Bar and Grill

Skip the formalities and order what you really want. The bloody Mary—it’s a snack, it’s a cocktail, it’s spicy, it’s delicious. And if you order a brunch item, it’s complimentary. You can eat your pickle, sip the drink and beer snit (chaser), and lazily chat with friends while you wait for your meal—oh, and mourn that lost hour. 5916 Excelsior Blvd.