ORLANDO, Fla. -- At lunch at Chick-fil-A recently with her 6-year-old daughter, Ava, Cindy Metzger of Orlando skipped the pint-sized kids' nuggets and ordered a regular chicken sandwich.
"She all of a sudden one day wanted to have the numbered meals," Metzger said, referring to adult fast-food combos on the menu. "As they become older, they become more exposed to what we eat. There's other options on the menu."
Children's meals are declining in popularity, and the trend is the most pronounced in fast-food places. Last year alone, child meals that include toys dropped by 6 percent, according to market-research firm NPD Group, from 1.3 billion to 1.2 billion.