Where to Get Birthday Freebies for Kids


There is nothing sweeter than a free treat on your little one’s birthday. Check out the list below on how to score birthday deals to make their day extra special.

Jeni's Free Birthday Scoop
Malcolm at a local DMV Jeni’s with his free birthday scoop of Milkiest Chocolate!

Where to Get Birthday Freebies for Kids

  1. AMC movies – Enroll in an AMC Stubs account to receive free popcorn during your birthday month. Tip: This account is only available to guests over 13 years old.
  2. American Girl Store – Join AG Rewards to receive a special offer on his or her birthday.
  3. Bangkok Joe’s – The Loyalty Program is not needed for this DC deal. Bangkok Joe’s offers free in-house ice cream to the birthday celebrant. Just mention to the waiter that you are there to celebrate your special day.
  4. Barnes & Noble – Sign up for the B&N Kids’ Club and stop by a Barnes & Nobel Café for a free Cheesecake Factory cupcake, cookie or rice Krispy treat.
  5. Baskin-Robbins – When you sign up for a BR account and join the Birthday Club, you can get a free small scoop on your birthday. Tip: you can add all family members’ birthdays to one account.
  6. Be With Me: The Children’s Playseum – Mention it is your birthday at the front desk and you get a free cupcake to decorate in the bakery.

    Free cupcake at the Children's Playseum
    Malcolm was offered a free cupcake to decorate for his 3rd birthday at The Children’s Playseum.
  7. Ben and Jerry’s – Did you know that Ben and Jerry’s hosts a “Free Cone Day” every year on March 21st. If your kid’s birthday happens to not fall on that day, fear not! You can join the Flavor Fanatics program to receive a surprise during your birthday month.
  8. Build-A-Bear Workshop – Bring the birthday boy or girl into your nearest Workshop during their birthday month, and the age they are turning is how much it costs to make their own Birthday Treat Bear! Not a free, but still a great deal and an extra special experience. Tip – the Birthday Treat Bear is a specialty bear that is normally $14. The promotional cost does not include any additional accessories.
  9. California Pizza Kitchen – When you sign up for CPK rewards, you will earn a free dessert on your birthday. Tip: you can add up to 2 kids on your account and my kids have received a free birthday pizza reward in the past.
  10. Cheesecake Factory – Sign up for Cheesecake Rewards to receive a complimentary slice of cheesecake. Tip: there is no option to add kids’ birthdays. Mention to the staff that you are celebrating a birthday and they will bring a free treat for the celebrant.
  11. Corner Bakery Café – Free bakery sweet on your birthday when you sign up for Corner Bakery Rewards.
  12. Cosi – Join the Loyalty Program to receive a free birthday treat.
  13. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – Depending on where you are located in the DMV, this resource is available on a monthly basis and is not just specific to birthdays. Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family.
  14. Dunkin’ Donuts – Sign up for the DD Perks program and you will receive a free beverage of your choice for your birthday. My kids love the lemonade, but they also let you opt for a donut in place of a beverage.
  15. Famous Dave’s – Sign up for the Famous Dave’s loyalty program and receive a birthday treat. The treat can vary from a dessert to a free entrée.
  16. IHOP – Join the IHOP rewards program and download the app to select your reward during your birthday month (new feature). Tip: some IHOP franchises offer daily free kids meals or some variation of this promotion.
  17. Jeni’s – Sign up for Splendid Rewards to receive a free scoop on your birthday. Tip: like other rewards programs, Splendid Rewards does not offer an option to add kids’ birthdays. Jeni’s will still honor the free birthday scoop when you let them know it is your birthday at the counter.
  18. MatchBox – Sign up for their rewards program to get a free pizza on your birthday.
  19. Nothing Bundt Cakes – Sign up for their eClub and receive a free bundltet on your birthday – in any flavor!
  20. Red Robin – This restaurant not only offers bottomless sides, but also a free burger during your birthday month when you sign up the Red Robin Royalty program. Tip: for kids 17 or under, you can sign them up by adding their birthday to your Red Robin Royalty profile.
  21. Sephora – Sign up to be a Beauty insider and receive a special gift during your birthday month. Tip: mini birthday sets are perfect for pre-teens and teens exploring beauty care and make-up!
  22. Silver Diner – When you sign up for the Silver Diner’s Kids Club you child will receive a complimentary kid’s birthday entrée & shake. Tip: You can register multiple kids on one account.

There are so many more options out there and I wanted to make sure to highlight some specific to the Washington, DC area. If you are out and about with your kiddo on their birthday, always make it a point to ask what the facility offers for the birthday celebrant. Even the small things make a child feel extra special on their big day!


  1. Samantha Williams,

    Thank you!

    This info gives us the opportunity to take our little one for extea treat on their special day.

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