Free Birthday Treats for Kids: 25 Awesome Freebies

This information is current as of March 11, 2022. Free offers can be found at participating locations only. 

Birthday outings and celebrations can get expensive. So many corporate retailers and restaurants offer loyalty programs where parents can sign up for special free birthday treats for their kids. From free popcorn and cupcakes to a birthday phone call from your child’s favorite Nickelodeon characters. Read on to discover 25 fabulous birthday freebies. 

1.    Free Birthday Popcorn at AMC

In addition to earning free movie tickets throughout the year, AMC Theaters offers members of its AMC Stubs loyalty app a free small popcorn and drink during the month of their birthday. 

2.    American Girl Store Birthday Gift

If your little girl loves American Girl, don’t forget to sign up for the AG Rewards Program. Not only will you earn points for making purchases, but your daughter can also take advantage of a gift on her birthday. She’ll also receive Birthday Girl stickers for her and her doll when visiting the onsite café for a snack.

3.    Free Auntie Ann’s Birthday Surprise

Download the Pretzel Perks app for mobile ordering, rewards, and special offers, including a special birthday surprise.

4.    Free Birthday Cupcake at Barnes and Noble’s Cafe

This one’s for kids 12 and under! Your son or daughter can enjoy a free cupcake during their birthday week. Register them for the Barnes and Noble’s Kids Club. You’ll receive a coupon for one free cupcake redeemable only at Barnes and Noble’s onsite bakery/cafes.

5.    Baskin Robbins Free Birthday Ice Cream

Moms and dads can register and add family members’ birthdays, including both kids and adults so that everyone can enjoy free ice cream on their birthday.

6.    Free Birthday Dinner at Bob Evans

Sign up for the Bob Evans’ Kid Times Birthday Club! Membership gives children ages 12 and under a free kids’ meal —breakfast, lunch, or dinner—with an adult entrée.

7.    Free Build-a-Bear Birthday Surprise

What child doesn’t love Build-a-Bear? The Build-A-Bear™ Bonus Club is a loyalty or rewards program where shoppers earn a point for every dollar spent. If you visit the Build-a-Bear website, you’ll see a sweet message: “Your birthday is our favorite day of the year. We CAN’T WAIT to surprise you with a special reward.” Click here to sign your child up.

8.    Free Birthday Dessert at Chili’s

Parents who sign up for My Chili’s Rewards will receive various freebies such as free kid’s meals, free delivery, free apps, and free dessert on their birthday. Enter your child’s birthday, and they’ll enjoy the free dessert!

9.    Free Chick-fil-A Chicken Birthday Reward 

Kids over 13 can join the Chick-fil-A One® club to earn points on purchases, but what’s more, they can enjoy a free special birthday reward from Chick-fil-A that’s good for 30 days.

10. Chuck E. Cheese’s Birthday Coupons

Parents who sign up for Chuck E. Cheese’s reward program will receive an email on their child’s birthday. This birthday email message includes coupons for free tokens or game playtime, plus other special offers throughout the year. What’s more, kids are recognized on half birthday and annual birthdays!

11. Free Culver’s Birthday Sundaes for the Entire Family

At Culver’s, your entire family can score a free one-scoop ice cream sundae on their birthday. Sign up for the MyCulver’s program. Culver’s is available in the Midwest, Southeast, and Texas.

12. IHOP

Parents and kids over 13 can sign up for IHOP’s rewards program and enjoy free pancakes on their birthday. Though pancakes aren’t just for breakfast, it’s a fun, free way to start any kid’s birthday morning.

13. Free Jersey Mike’s Birthday Sub

If your child is 13 or over and has an email address, they can sign up for the Jersey Mike’s My Mike’s program. Earn points throughout the year and enjoy a free sub every year on their birthday.

14. Join Club Justice for a Free Birthday Gift

If your child is a fan of the clothing store Justice, sign up for the retailer’s rewards program, Club Justice, to enjoy a free birthday gift.

15. Krispy Kreme Birthday Treats for the Family

Sign up for Krispy Kreme Rewards, and every member of the family can enjoy free treats on their special day.

16. Free Show at Medieval Times

Join the Queen’s Court, and your child can get in on special birthday surprises, including admission to a two-hour live tournament with the purchase of admission. Tickets are emailed to you and are valid for 30-days of your child’s birthday.

17. Free Birthday Burrito From Moe’s

Download the Moe’s app and sign your child up for Moe’s rewards program. The app allows you to order ahead, earn points, and get free offers like a yearly birthday burrito! Be sure to dress appropriately. Per Moe’s website, “Just please don’t wear your birthday suit when trying to redeem.”

18. Nick Jr. Character Birthday Phone Call

Getting a special call from a favorite Nick Jr. character makes for a fun birthday experience. Sign your child up for Nick Jr.’s free birthday club, and they’ll enjoy several birthday freebies and a prerecorded call from their favorite Nick Jr. character. Choose from various popular characters like Dora, SpongeBob, the Paw Patrol crew, and more. DIY printable birthday decorations and birthday party tips.

19. Nothing Bundt Cakes

If you have one of these delicious Noting Bundt Cake shops near you, have your kids—ages 13 and older—sign up for the Nothing Bundt Cakes eClub. Joining the club allows them to receive a free bundlet on their birthday. A bundtlet is a bite-sized bundt cake wrapped in cellophane paper.

20. Free Olive Garden Dessert

Have your kids—13 and up—register for a free dessert at the Olive Garden website or via the app.

21. Panera Bread Birthday Treat

My Panera program members can earn rewards and special offers such as a free surprise on their birthday. So if there’s a Panera near you and you’re not already a member, check it out!

22. Free Red Box Birthday Movie

Like movies? Be sure to sign up for Redbox Perks and enjoy a free one-night DVD rental during the month of your or your child’s birthday.

23. Free Red Robin Birthday Burger

Red Robin is known for its bottomless fries and delicious burgers. However, the chain’s Red Robin Royalty program is known for its free burger! The program gives your kids—ages 17 and under—a free gourmet birthday burger during the month of your birthday.

24. Regal Cinemas

One of the many perks of registering for a Regal Crown Club account and opting in to receive text messages is a free birthday reward and free small popcorn. 

25. BOGO Cold Stone Creamery Creation

By joining Cold Stone Creamery’s My Cold Stone Club Rewards, you get a coupon for a buy one creation, get one creation free birthday treat. This special birthday offer is valid seven days before and seven days after your birthday. 

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If money is tight and you qualify as low-income, you may also qualify for Lifeline service or the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Both Lifeline and ACP are federal benefit programs that allow low-income consumers to receive free or heavily discounted communication services. Click here to find out more and apply for this valuable benefit.

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