If you’re a fan of Starbucks, you may want to make it a tradition to bring your child along, ordering a popular hot or cold beverage for them to have while you’re sipping on your favorite drink.

But, what are the best Starbucks drinks for kids?

If you want to know, be sure to check out these 15 Starbucks for kids that they’re sure to love.

1. Lemonade 

Starbucks Dragon Fruit Lemonade

There is nothing my little ones love more on a hot summer day than Starbucks' classic Lemonade.[1]

Starbucks has lots of great kid-friendly options, including various Refreshers, such as the Strawberry Acai Lemonade. 

My older nieces and nephews love the Frozen Pineapple Passionfruit Lemonade but I'm a big fan of the old-school classic.

These are amazing kid-friendly cold drinks at Starbucks, just be sure to avoid the iced tea lemonade which will contain caffeine.

A tall classic Lemonade contains 80 calories and 9 grams of sugar - perfect for beating the heat!

2. Hot Chocolate 

Starbucks Hot Chocolate with Caramel Syrup and Drizzle

What child doesn’t love hot chocolate? When my little ones crave a cup of hot cocoa beverage, I make sure to pick up the Signature Hot Chocolate from Starbucks. 

These hot chocolate drinks are one of the best caffeine-free beverages for kids - they're tasty, sweet, and delicious!

We always treat my nieces and nephews to a cozy traditional hot chocolate as it gets chilly outside. They're tasty and help wash away any bickering about who hit who with a snowball!

A kid-sized Hot Chocolate contains 190 calories and 18 grams of sugar - talk about a sweet treat! 

Tips For Even Tastier Drinks
  • Got a little Nutella lover in the family? Ask for a pump or two of hazelnut syrup to be added for a match made in chocolatey heaven.
  • Got some impatient little ones? Ask for a couple of ice cubes to be added to get it to cool down faster.

3. White Hot Chocolate 

Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with Caramel and Sugar Cookie Syrup

When I want to take hot chocolate to the next level, my children adore Starbucks' White Hot Chocolate. It feels a little fancier to them than regular hot chocolate, apparently!

My little ones go absolutely ham trying to put as much cinnamon or cocoa powder on top as they can. We often have to drag them away to avoid reviving the cinnamon challenge!

Children are sure to devour this warm, flavorful, and comforting beverage! 

A kid-sized serving of White Hot Chocolate contains 200 calories and 23 grams of sugar.

Tips For Even Tastier Drinks
  • Ask for a pump or two of peppermint syrup for the perfect seasonal treat.
  • Ask for a pump or two of mocha syrup for an even chocolatier dream.

4. Caramel Apple Spice 

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

My oldest nephew is an apple lover, so this Caramel Apple Spice beverage from Starbucks is a must-have when we go out. [2]

We have it topped off with a little whipped cream and cinnamon if we're feeling fancy. I got this often when he was young, so over time it became a sweet little tradition for us.

It’s like a sippable version of a warm slice of apple pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top - yum! 

A kids' serving of Caramel Apple Spice contains 220 calories and 36 grams of sugar.

5. Iced Strawberry Milk 

Starbucks Blended Strawberry Milk

Starbucks makes its version of iced strawberry milk, which is also a rendition of a kid-friendly Frappuccino. 

It's basically just milk blended with ice, and a strawberry puree with some whipped cream added on top. 

It's creamy, cool, and fruity - perfect for warm spring days!

My kids drink Nesquik’s strawberry milk like it's going out of style, so this is an excellent kid-friendly option worth buying for them.

This dessert in a cup contains 250 calories and 32 grams of sugar per Tall serving.

Tips For Even Tastier Drinks
  • Ask for extra strawberry puree and freeze dried strawberries on top to up the strawberry goodness.

6. Steamers 

Starbucks Vanilla Steamer with Cold Foam

There are quite a few Steamers available on the Starbucks menu, many of which are great for children. 

These warm beverages are so comforting, with creamy steamed milk to give them a smooth texture. They're also loaded with flavor, making them an excellent choice for children of all ages.

My nieces and nephews often have warm milk and honey before bed, so these are our go-tos when they've had a bad day.

Some of the steamed milk drinks available to choose from include Cinnamon Dolce Creme, Steamed Vanilla Milk Creme, and Pistachio Creme.  

A kid-sized Steamer contains between 100-220 calories and 10-25 grams of sugar.

7. Creme Frappuccinos 

Starbucks Strawberry Creme Frappuccino

When my little ones were younger, they always wanted to be like me and order a Frappuccino. I found that there are lots of great Creme Frappe options, including the Vanilla Bean Creme, Caramel Ribbon Crunch Creme, and Chocolate Cookie Crumble Creme.

The hot ticket for most of my nieces and nephews is the Chocolate Cookie Crumble Creme, but my fave is the Matcha Creme.

All of these flavors are super kid-friendly and sure to be a hit with children of all ages looking to enjoy something delicious from Starbucks.

A Tall Creme Frappuccino tends to contain between 210-330 calories and 28-43 grams of sugar.

8. Blended Strawberry Lemonade 

Starbucks Blended Strawberry Lemonade

For something that tastes like lemonade with the consistency of a smoothie, Starbucks offers a flavorful Blended Strawberry Lemonade.

We are a house of strawberry lovers, so of course my little ones adore the addition of strawberry puree to lemonade. It tastes like a fruity ice pop!

It has an incredibly zesty and fresh flavor that children will love. If you know that your child enjoys slightly sweet and sour snacks and beverages, this would be such a hit. 

I feel way better giving one of these to my kids than a red or blue slushie!

A Blended Strawberry Lemonade typically contains 130 calories and 31 grams of sugar.

9. Purple Drink 

Starbucks Purple Rain Refresher

The purple drink is a hot choice amongst children, especially pre-teens and teenagers. I know I didn't hear the end of it once it spread to my kids' schools!

The Violet Drink was originally made with the Very Berry Hibiscus tea which has been discontinued (booo!) so my kids came up with an alternative version.

It’s super refreshing and flavorful, contains good-for-you ingredients like fruit and coconut milk, and is yet another kid-friendly option on the menu.

This is the perfect kid's drink on a hot summer day - me tested, kid approved!

Ask Barista For: A Tall Dragon Drink Refresher with coconut milk on ice and blackberries on top.

10. Babyccino 

Starbucks Babyccino

Many people don't know about the babyccino because it's a secret menu item designed specifically with children in mind. 

It's essentially a cappuccino without the espresso shot added, so you don’t have to worry about your little one being hyped up off caffeine.

It’s essentially frothed milk, which my nephews and nieces adored as toddlers. You can even throw in a little Starbucks whipped cream!

A Babyccino typically contains 100 calories and 10 grams of sugar.

Ask Barista For: A kid-sized serving of steamed milk with extra foam and cinnamon or cocoa powder on top.

11. Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk 

Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk

For children who enjoy maple and brown sugar oatmeal, this Iced Brown Sugar Starbucks drink made with oatmilk is a top-rated choice. 

It consists of decaf blonde espresso, steamed milk with some added brown sugar syrup, and a bit of cinnamon to really take it to the next level. 

It’s like eating oatmeal on the go in beverage form! 

I absolutely adore this drink and order it regularly so now my older kids want to order it with me - they feel so grown-up sipping on this kid-friendly version.

A Tall Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk contains 100 calories and 9 grams of sugar.

12. Vanilla Bean Frappuccino 

Starbucks Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino

Sometimes my little ones just want to keep it simple with the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. 

As nice as it is to have a bunch of sweet and fruity treats to choose from, a couple of my kids prefer vanilla milkshakes - enter the Vanilla Bean Frapp. 

The steamed vanilla milk combination makes this a tasty, flavorful beverage that is great for kids of all ages. 

This is a great base of some creative customizations or just tasty on its own - let your kids get creative and see what they make!

A kid size Vanilla Bean Frappuccino contains 260 calories and 35 grams of sugar.

Tips For Even Tastier Drinks
  • Get creative with your toppings! Ask for java chips, cookie crumble, or cold foam to shake up your frapp.

13. Horizons Boxed Chocolate Milk 

Starbucks Horizons Organic Chocolate Milk

What kid doesn't love chocolate milk?

When I'm in a rush between errands or have one of my pickier nieces with me, the Horizon boxed chocolate milk has been a lifesaver.

It’s a safe choice, but it’s also good for growing little ones because it contains essential vitamins and nutrients. 

It's such an easy grab and go option that has saved us on plenty of long road trips!

A Horizon Boxed Chocolate Milk contains 150 calories and 22 grams of sugar.

Starbucks Cup Sizes For Kids (Which Should You Get?)

A lot of people ask, “Does Starbucks have a kid cup size?” The good news is that they do have this option for those ordering beverages for their children.

The size for a kid's cup of any hot beverage is 8-ounces, and the size for a kid's cup of any cold beverage is 12-ounces.

The size you choose to get will depend on your child's age and how much they normally drink. When you’re getting the beverage for a toddler, these kid sizes are perfect.

If you’re buying Starbucks drinks for your tween or teen, however, you can always go with a different size, such as a Grande (16-ounces). 


Starbucks Drinks For Kids FAQs 

What are some tips for ordering kids' drinks at Starbucks?  

When ordering Starbucks drinks for kids, be sure to ask for less sugar by asking for sugar-free syrups or fewer pumps. You can also ask for hot drinks to be served at a kid-friendly temperature.

Is Starbucks pink drink kid-friendly?  

Yes, the pink drink from Starbucks is kid-friendly since it doesn't have caffeine and contains real fruit. It's also made with coconut milk. 

Can a 10-year-old drink Starbucks coffee?  

Children between the ages of 10 and 12 can have around 85mg of caffeine per day. While it’s completely up to you as the parent, some children may have a small cup of coffee.[3] 


Conclusion - Perfect For Your Little Ones!

Now that you know of some of the best kid friendly drinks at Starbucks, you can make sure that your little one has something flavorful and refreshing to enjoy each time you decide to go to the coffee chain.

Between the Starbucks cold drink for kids and the warm beverages available, there are plenty of fantastic options available to choose from. 

References:

1. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/873068639/iced

2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/475/hot

3. https://www.hopkinsallchildrens.org/ACH-News/General-News/Is-Coffee-Bad-for-Kids

Kim Fernandez

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Kim Fernandez
Kim offers a unique perspective on coffee culture and trends. Kim's writing is personal and experiential, providing readers with firsthand advice on the latest in coffee. Beyond her writing, Kim is an avid explorer of new coffee trends and spots, always seeking to share the most genuine advice and latest trends. True to her love for coffee, you'll often find her in a café, immersed in a book with a freshly brewed cup of joe.

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