My kids love to get free stuff, and to be honest, I get pretty excited about it too. Here are some of our favorite birthday clubs for kids, with great freebies like ice cream, burgers, and gift cards. I’ve chosen birthday clubs that offer free stuff to kids (and often to their parents), plus some that give you BOGO or free with purchase deals for your child’s birthday.
Even when it's not your child's birthday, you can visit museums in Boston and in Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline for free. And speaking of birthdays, find out the ages when kids can still visit Boston area attractions for free.
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Most rewards programs and birthday clubs have age minimums of 13 or 18, but I have found a few that cater to the under 10 and under 12 crowds, from both local and national businesses that have Boston area locations.
ArtBeat: This one is my favorite because it’s a local small business and the perks are great. We have received – and redeemed – coupons for children to make a free craft project during their birthday week, plus coupons for their half birthdays and discount offers for birthday parties.
Magic Beans: Surprise birthday gifts when you sign up for the Magic Beans newsletter and update your profile to include your kids’ birthdays.
Barnes & Noble: 30% off a children’s book or toy when you join, and a free cupcake on your child’s birthday.
Build a Bear: Join the Stuff Fur Stuff Club, and in addition to rewards for purchases, your child gets $5 to spend at Build a Bear for their birthday.
Toys R Us: My kids really look forward to the $3 Gift Card each year, plus the in-store goodies, which include a birthday crown, Geoffrey balloon and a personalized announcement broadcast to the entire store. You can also sign up for a birthday call from Geoffrey, the store’s mascot.
K mart: 5 Birthday Bucks every year, plus a Birthday Fun Pack with surprise goodies. (There are Kmart locations in Somerville, Saugus and Braintree.)
Burger King: Join BK Crown and get a free hamburger for your child’s birthday.
Baskin Robbins: Free ice cream on your birthday and your child’s birthday. (Locations in Cambridge, Belmont, Wellesley.) Look for the Birthday Club sign up on the Baskin Robbins homepage.
Dr. Seuss's Birthday Club: You and your kids get a personalized e-card with a message from the Birthday Bird of Katroo, plus activities related to your birthday month book (check out the birthday club website for the birthday book for each month). When you sign up, you're also entered to win a birthday party prize pack.
If you don’t mind having to buy something in order to get your child’s freebie, Dairy Queen and Cold Stone Creamery both give kids BOGO on their birthdays. Chuck E. Cheese’s offers the birthday kid 100 free tickets with any food purchase. To get a coupon for a percentage off of a purchase from Old Navy, scroll down to Sign Up & Save, then add yourself and kids ages 10 and under. (You also get a 20% off coupon to use within two weeks of signing up.)
Note: The terms of the birthday clubs can change at any time. Almost all of the clubs require you to sign up for email updates. To get the birthday rewards, sometimes you have to go back in and update your profile with birth dates and other info.
If you have a birthday freebie to add to the list, please leave a comment!