Dining out with kids: Perks at Long Island restaurants

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Keeping kids entertained when dining out is a true challenge. But some Long Island restaurants come to the rescue of hungry parents by giving the little ones something extra to do. Check out these dining destinations that offer something fun for kids, beyond crayons and coloring pages.

Buffalo Wild Wings

At Buffalo Wild Wings, you'll find tablets for
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At Buffalo Wild Wings, you'll find tablets for guests upon request with ordering ability at no charge; crayons are also available. Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants are located in Bay Shore, Centereach, Farmingdale, Miller Place, North Babylon, Oceanside, Riverhead, Valley Stream and Westbury. For more information, visit buffalowildwings.com.

Bertucci's

Bertucci's restaurants present all children with a handful
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Bertucci's restaurants present all children with a handful of soft pizza dough for pliable play. Locations are in Hauppauge and Melville; for more information check bertuccis.com.

LT Burger

Parents visiting LT Burger (62 Main St., Sag
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Parents visiting LT Burger (62 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-899-4646) can buy children an "LT Kids Box" that comes with a choice of children's menu items, sides, drink, fruit and kids toy; box has a maze and word search printed on the sides: $15. Crayons are available for free; a free-standing video arcade game is available for play (takes quarters; 50 cents a game). For more information, visit ltburger.com.

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Benihana

Kids dining at Benihana receive crayons and cardboard
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Kids dining at Benihana receive crayons and cardboard hibachi chef hats with activities printed on the reverse side; no added charge. Restaurants are located in Manhasset and Westbury; for more information, check benihana.com.

Olive Garden

At Olive Garden, tabletop tablets are placed in
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At Olive Garden, tabletop tablets are placed in seating areas with ordering ability; games are available on each tablet for kids to play (for $1.99, added to your bill; crayons are also available for free). Restaurants are located in Bay Shore, Centereach, Massapequa, Valley Stream and Westbury. For more information, visit olivegarden.com.

Piecraft

Piecraft restaurants offer children Wikki Stix bendable toys
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Piecraft restaurants offer children Wikki Stix bendable toys at no added charge (while supplies last). Locations are in Island Park and Wantagh; for more information check piecraftpizzabar.com.

Red Robin

Red Robin eateries feature tabletop tablets placed in
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Red Robin eateries feature tabletop tablets placed in seating areas with ordering ability; games are available on each tablet for kids to play (for $1.99, added to your bill; crayons are also available for free). Restaurants are located in Carle Place and West Babylon. For more information, visit redrobin.com.

Anthony's Lucky Duck

Anthony's Lucky Duck (9 Nassau Blvd., Garden City;
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Anthony's Lucky Duck (9 Nassau Blvd., Garden City; 516-485-4848) gives crayons for coloring, but in addition the restaurant works with The Crayon Initiative, a nonprofit group that collects the used crayons for remanufacture and donation to hospitals. More information available at theluckyduck.com.

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Friendly's

At Friendly's, children receive crayons and large activity/coloring
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At Friendly's, children receive crayons and large activity/coloring placemats, as well as cardboard crowns that proclaim wearers a "Jim Dandy For A Day" for no added charge. Restaurants are located in Baldwin, Commack, Coram, East Islip, East Meadow, Franklin Square, Hampton Bays, Levittown, Massapequa Park, Medford, Middle Island, Miller Place, Mineola, Riverhead, Ronkonkoma, Sayville, Shirley, Smithtown, Stony Brook and Syosset. For more information, visit friendlys.com.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar

At Applebee's, tabletop tablets are placed in seating
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At Applebee's, tabletop tablets are placed in seating areas with ordering ability; games are available on each tablet for kids to play (for $1.99, added to your bill; crayons are also available for free). Applebee's restaurants are located in Baldwin, Bay Shore, Bellmore, Brentwood, Commack, Elmont, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Hicksville, Huntington Station, Lake Grove, Lindenhurst, Miller Place, New Hyde Park, North Babylon, Oceanside, Patchogue, Riverhead, Shirley and Westbury. For more information, visit applebees.com.

Texas Roadhouse

Both the Deer Park and Commack locations of
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Both the Deer Park and Commack locations of Texas Roadhouse host visits from live entertainers on Mondays from 5 to 8 p.m. Children can also get their faces painted and enjoy tricks from Ivan the Magician in Deer Park or check out a balloon-twisting artist in East Meadow). Kids dine for $1.99 with the purchase on an adult entree all evening. For more information, visit texasroadhouse.com.

Krisch's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour

Guests of all ages can enjoy a free
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Guests of all ages can enjoy a free balloon-twisting show at Krisch's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour (11 Central Ave., Massapequa) on Tuesdays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Call 516-797-3149 for more information.

The Bulldog Grille

Children dining at The Bulldog Grille (292 Merrick
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Children dining at The Bulldog Grille (292 Merrick Rd., Amityville; 631-692-1947) on Monday nights can have their faces painted from 6 to 8 p.m. Two kids can also eat free (with each adult purchasing an entree) from 4 to 8 p.m. (ages 10 and younger). Visit thebulldoggrille.com for more information.

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