Birthday freebies for kids on Long Island
When you're a kid, your birthday is the most special day of the year. You are showered with gifts and love and made to feel like a little queen or king for the day. There are also many celebrations with family, friends and even in school.But if a child's birthday falls on a different day than his or her party, there are many things parents can do to help make it an extra special day -- for free.Here are 20 places on Long Island to help make your child's birthday a little sweeter -- some, you just pop in; others, you register for on a national website. (If you have privacy concerns, check the site's policy.)
Krisch's(Credit: Ed Betz)
AGES All WHERE Visit website for locations INFO krischs.com Sign your children up for Kirsch's Birthday Club and they will receive a special surprise on their birthdays.
P.F. Chang's(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
AGES All WHERE Visit website for locations INFO pfchangs.com Bring your children to P.F. Chang's on their birthdays and they will receive a complimentary slice of cake.
Barnes & Noble(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
AGES 12 and underWHERE Bay Shore, Carle Place, East Northport, Huntington Station, Lake Grove, Manhasset, Massapequa, New Hyde ParkINFO kids.barnesandnoble.com/kidsclubSign up for the free Kids' Club and enter your child's birthday. You'll receive an email coupon for a free cupcake from the Barnes & Noble cafe on your child's birthday. You'll also receive a free digital book created by your child on Tikatok.com.
Panera Bread(Credit: Handout)
AGES All WHERE Visit website for locations INFO panerabread.com Register your children with Panera Bread's My Panera rewards program and they can receive a free drink, meal or dessert on their birthdays.
AGES AllWHERE Click on "Find A Store" to locate one in your areaINFO baskinrobbins.comJoin the Birthday Club and your child will receive a 2.5-ounce scoop of his or her favorite ice cream. Keep an eye out for an email about five days before your child's special day; you'll also receive a discount on a birthday cake.
AGES 12 and underWHERE Manhasset and WestburyINFO benihana.com/kabukikidsHibachi is a fun experience for the whole family, so sign your kids up for the Kabuki Kids Club. Fill out the form on the website with your child's information to receive a postcard with a special treat. During the birthday month, present the card so your child can choose a free souvenir mug with the purchase of any kid's meal.
Boston Market(Credit: AP)
AGES 12 and underWHERE Search for the 15 Long Island locations on the website.INFO Bostonmarket.comSign your kids up for the VIP club and receive a birthday coupon for a free kid's meal, drink and dessert.
California Pizza Kitchen(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)
AGES 10 and underWHERE Lake Grove, Huntington Station, WestburyINFO cpk.com, click on kids' photoAdd your children to the CPKids Birthday Club and they can enjoy a free CPKids meal during their birthday month. You'll receive an email coupon.
Friendly's(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
AGES 12 and underWHERE Enter ZIP code on the site to find a Friendly's in Nassau or Suffolk.INFO friendlys.comEnjoy a free Happy Ending Birthday Sundae when you join the BFF Club.
AGES AllWHERE Click on "locations" to find an IHOP near you.INFO ihop.comFree full stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh N Fruity Pancakes to kids (and adults) on their birthdays. Parents need to register ahead of time with IHOP's Pancake Revolution.
Red Robin(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)
AGES AllWHERE 125 Old Country Rd., Carle PlaceINFO redrobin.com/eclub/br>Join the e-club and receive a free burger on your birthday.
Sonic(Credit: Ed Betz)
AGES AllWHERE 1380 Deer Park Ave., North BabylonINFO sonicdrivein.comSign up for the birthday club and your child will receive a free Wacky Pack Kids' Meal on his or her birthday.
Bowlmor(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
AGES AllWHERE 895 Walt Whitman Rd., MelvilleINFO 631-271-1180; bowlmor.comOn the website, enter your email for special offers. About a month before your child's birthday, you'll receive an email for one free game and shoe rental for the birthday child.
Baldwin Bowl(Credit: istock)
AGES 6 and upWHERE 2407 Grand Ave., BaldwinINFO 516-223-8980; baldwinbowl.comRegister your children at kidsbowlfree.com and they can bowl one free game on their birthdays.
Boomers! Family Fun Centers(Credit: Randee Daddona)
AGES 14 and underWHERE 655 Long Island Ave., MedfordINFO 631-475-1771; boomersparks.com/site/medfordEnter your child's birthday on the Boomers website and receive a printable free day pass.
Bouncers and Slydos(Credit: Bouncers and Slydos)
AGES 5 and underWHERE 1835 New Highway, FarmingdaleINFO 631-752-2324; bouncersandslydos.comEnjoy free open play for the birthday child with more than 10 indoor inflatables and slides. Open play is offered on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon during the summer.
Paint A Piece(Credit: Johnny Milano)
AGES AllWHERE 6126 Jericho Tpke., CommackINFO 631-486-6969; paintapiecepottery.comIf you head to Paint a Piece on your child's birthday, you'll be greeted with balloons on the table; plus, the birthday child will receive a 4-by-4-inch tile to paint and a small gift to have as a memory of his or her special day.
The Children's Safari(Credit: Candi Callahan)
AGES 12 and underWHERE 6 Rockaway Ave., Valley StreamINFO 516-872-2600; thechildrenssafari.comWith one-time membership fee ($35), your child will have free admission during his or her birthday month to the Children's Safari. Here you'll find an 8,000-plus-square-foot facility with arcade games, two play areas, a sand pit and a mini-rock-climbing unit with slides and tunnels.
Toys 'R' Us(Credit: Meghan Giannotta)
AGES 10 and underWHERE Check the store locator section on the website to find a store in your area.INFO birthdaysrus.comJoin Geoffrey's Birthday Club and your child will receive a bounty of birthday freebies. Each year Toys R Us will mail out a birthday greeting card and a special gift, plus a birthday phone call from Geoffrey (if you choose this option). Bring your child into the store and he or she will get a birthday crown, a Geoffrey balloon and an in-store announcement letting everyone know it's his or her special day.
Kmart(Credit: Instagram / yannewsday)
AGES AllWHERE Find a location near you on their websiteINFO shopyourway.com/birthdayclubRegister your children with the Kmart Shop Your Way Birthday Club to receive a free $5 certificate to spend toward a gift for their birthdays. Youll also gain access to party planning tips and gift ideas.