Long Island Restaurants with Fun Entertainment for Kids

Keep the kids busy at Applebee's with games on a tableside tablet. Photo by Anne Caminiti - Momee Friends of Long Island  www.momeefriendsli.com
Keep the kids busy at Applebee's with games on a tableside tablet. Photo by Anne Caminiti - Momee Friends of Long Island www.momeefriendsli.com

Fork through our list of Long Island restaurants with fun entertainment options for kids and spice up your dining-out routine. If you are feeling like a slave to the kitchen while you prepare mac and cheese for the third time this week, drop the ho-hum routine and head to one of these local, family-friendly restaurants that serve up food and fun.

A number of eateries in Nassau and Suffolk counties pair kid-sized meals with giant-sized entertainment. So whether you prefer the neighborhood mom-and-pop or the local destination of a national chain, your little ones are guaranteed a fun time and healthy lunch or dinner choices.

For more inspiration, see our guide to kid-friendly dining on Long Island. And while you're at it, check out our list of LI restaurants where kids eat FREE.

Restaurants Across Long Island With Entertainment for Kids

Applebee’s

For a small fee, kids can play on a tablet at Applebee's while the family dines. The crayons are FREE.

Buffalo Wild Wings

While you might have to pay out of pocket for a digital babysitter at Applebee's or Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings gives them out for FREE upon request. You must order, of course. Little artists can also ask for crayons.

RELATED: Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlors on Long Island


Create your personal pie at California Pizza Kitchen. 

California Pizza Kitchen

The restaurants give out four-page activity books and crayons to keep little hands busy until dinner is ready.


Enjoy a kid-friendly meal, and entertainment, at Olive Garden.

Olive Garden 

Kids can get their gadget fix while you peruse the menu in silence. A parent can dream, right? Request a pack of crayons and start an old-school game of tic-tac-toe.

Red Robin

Let the kids poke around a tabletop tablet while you enjoy some adult conversation. Note: There is a nominal fee. Share the mountain-high mud pie for dessert—one plate, many spoons.

Texas Roadhouse

All three Long Island locations of Texas Roadhouse are family friendly with an extensive kids menu, but one goes a step further to entertain the little ones. The Deer Park spot has bendy balloon twisting on various Tuesdays from 6 to 8pm. Check its Facebook page for dates.

RELATED: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at These LI Candy Shops 


A Benihana hibachi hat will bring a smile to your child.

Restaurants in Nassau County With Entertainment for Kids

Benihana — Manhasset, Westbury

Your little chef can don a cardboard hibachi hat while having a fiery good time at these Japanese-style eateries. Once your child is done wearing it—insert eye roll here—he or she can draw on the activity sheet printed on the back of the hat. 

Buoy Bar — Point Lookout

On the eastern end of the barrier island of Long Beach, the dockside Buoy Bar overlooks picturesque Reynolds Channel. It also boasts a kid-friendly beach where kids can play in the sand while you dine and enjoy the sights and sounds.

RELATED: The Best Family Brunch Spots on Long Island


Enjoy dinner while the kids take part in beach games at The Clubhouse. 

The Clubhouse — Bellmore 

Lit palm trees, beach chairs, sand, a corn hole, giant Connect 4, hula hoops, and more make this Key West-inspired South Shore spot festive and fun. Live music and sunset views are the perfect way to end the day.

Pops Seafood Shack & Grill — Island Park

Overlooking a channel in the bay, Pop's boasts oversized Adirondack chairs, cabanas for rent, and a sandy area for kids to play in while you sip on a refreshing strawberry daiquiri. It also has DJs, dancing, fire pits, and games. Note: Pops is open May through September only.

Restaurants in Suffolk County With Entertainment for Kids

Catpurrccinos — Huntington

This cat cafe lets little ones get up close and personal with some friendly felines. Not to worry if someone in your party is not an animal lover, the cafe and cat area are completely separate. 

Cowfish — Hampton Bays

Sit back in an Adirondack chair and enjoy stunning channel views while the kids play in the wooden pirate ship playground. While the seafood is fresh, there's also a kids menu filled with items any landlubber will love. 

RELATED: Destinations for Afternoon Tea on LI With Kids


Dine outdoors and visit with the farm animals at Kerber's Farm.

Kerber's Farm — Huntington

Order a full breakfast or lunch or simply nosh on some housemade pastries and pies. Enjoy your meal outside while some of the farm's chickens roam around, or take a walk to visit the goats and pigs that reside at the back of the property. This rustic sweet shop is ideal for roaming little ones.

Maureen's Kitchen — Smithtown

Moooo-ve on over to this breakfast hot spot that's adorned with all things cow. The menu is indulgent and the portions are huge. But if your little one's eyes are larger than their stomach, you can pay per pancake. Note: This is a cash-only restaurant.

The Shabby Tabby Cafe — Sayville

Schedule a lunch and some playtime with a cute kitty at these unique cat cafes. There are also board games, coloring books, cat toys, and climbing structures for the felines.

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the restaurants. This post was updated in February 2022. 

Music and Movement at LICM
Long Island Children's Museum - 10:30 AM Pick
Music Together Demo Class
Hart & Soul Dance Studio - 10:30 AM Pick
Let's Explore Backpacks at the Hofstra University Museum
Hofstra University Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Flip Circus at the Smith Haven Mall
Smith Haven Mall - various times Pick
Tiny Tots Planets and Space at Hempstead Lake State Park
Hempstead Lake State Park - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides