Birthday Freebies: How Kids Can Celebrate with Free Stuff All Over LA

A free day at Legoland makes a good birthday present! Photo by Mommy Poppins
Birthday Clubs, Freebies, Deals, & Free Meals for Kids

Who doesn't love receiving gifts on birthdays? Rhetorical question: obviously kids love gifts, and parents love free gifts. That's why it's worth knowing about the many SoCal businesses that offer birthday clubs, treats, and freebies for kids on their big day. As the parent, you will need to register the birthday kids—and oftentimes yourself, too, before adding your children as family members. Check the age ranges on the offers below, as they vary. Go ahead and sign up now, and the coupons and emails will start rolling in while you are busy planning a birthday party.

Eats and Treats

1. Baskin Robbins
Many SoCal locations
Adult must register and then add additional family members. All family members receive free ice cream coupons on their birthdays.

2. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
SoCal locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, and Santa Monica
Kids 12 and under receive a coupon for a free kids' meal, good during the month of their birthday.

3. Cold Stone Creamery
Multiple SoCal locations
When you join Cold Stone Creamery's eClub, you can add kids 17 to under to your account to receive a buy one creation, get one creation free coupon on their and your birthday.

4. Denny's
Multiple SoCal locations
Kids (and adults) get a free Grand Slam Breakfast (two eggs, two pancakes, two sausages and two slices of bacon) on their birthday. Bring your ID.

5. Red Robin
24 SoCal locations
Add your kids ages 17 and under to your Red Robin Royalty account to receive a free gourmet burger on their and your birthday.

6. Ruby's
31 SoCal locations
When you sign up your kids for the Ruby's Kids' Clubn, they get a free shake on their birthday.

7. Corner Bakery
Join the eClub and get a free pastry your birthday month -- whether that means cookies, cake, bars, or something else. You must be over 18 to register, but we're pretty sure you can slip that cookie to your kid. 

8. Arby's
Anyone over the age of 13 can sign up for the email list and get a coupon for a free shake sent their birthday week.

Photo courtesy of Auntie Anne's

9. Auntie Anne's
Does your kid have a smartphone? They can get a free pretzel their birthday month by signing up with the Pretzel Perks rewards program. 

10. Baja Fresh
Kids 13 and up can sign up for Club Baja, and in addition to coupons throughout the year, get a special treat birthday treat.

11. Boston Market
Kids and adults get a free birthday dessert (when purchasing a meal) after signing up for the VIP Club.

12. IHOP
What kid (or adult) doesn't love free pancakes? Kids 13 and up can register for the rewards program and get free pancakes on their birthday.

13. Dunkin Donuts
It's time to eat the donuts. Kids 13 and up can get a free beverage on their birthday for registering with the rewards program.

14. Olive Garden
Kids 13 and up can sign up on the website and get a free appetizer or dessert.

15. Jersey Mike's 
Subs away! Kids can sign up (if they have an email address) on the website and get a sub and a drink on their birthday. 

16. Pizza Hut
It's not free pizza, but it's free. Kids 13 and up can sign up for the rewards program on the website and get a coupon for free cinnamon sticks on their birthday. 

17. Benihana
Locations in Santa Monica, Torrance, Encino, Puente Hills, Newport Beach, and Anaheim
Enroll kids 12 and under in the Kabuki Klub and they'll get a complimentary mug with the purchase of a kid's meal the month of their birthday. Once they're over 12, the birthday gift is a free meal (for adults, too!)

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Battle royal at the King's Court. Photo courtesy of Medieval Times


18. Legoland
SoCal's park of bricks turns 20 this year and is celebrating with every kid (ages 3-12) on his or her birthday! This deal is only for 2019, so bring a passport or birth certificate and celebrate your kids' next birthday in Carlsbad.

19. Medieval Times
Buena Park
Ye olde dinner and joust is offered free to all members of the Birthday Fellowship and King's Court - which is medieval for "email list."

20. Brunswick Bowling
23 SoCal locations
An adult signs up for the Brunswick Zone and enters kids' names and birthdays. Kids get two free games of bowling for their birthdays at Brunswick, AMF, Bowlero, and Bowlmor locations.

21. Chuck E Cheese
Many SoCal locations
A parent must sign up for the Chuck E Club; members receive deals and a special surprise on their child's birthday.

22. Fiesta Village Family Fun Park
Sign up for the Fiesta Village Birthday Club and add up to three additional family members to receive a free fun pass coupon four days before your birthday. The pass is only good on the exact birthday, and ID must be presented--a passport or birth certificate is required for children.

23. Mountain High
Mountain High is one of the easiest ski resorts to get to from LA and OC and ideal for a skiing day trip (see our review). What makes it even better for people with winter birthdays is the free lift ticket. Nothing to join - just turn up with a photo ID (or birth certificate for kids) to prove today's the day. (Of course, if they're in 5th grade, they can ski free all season!)

24. Kayaking
San Diego
It's worth going a bit farther for a big ticket item, right? Mission Bay Aquatic Club in San Diego will treat the birthday boy or girl to a kayak or paddleboard rental for 2.5 hours of fun

Photo courtesy of Mountain High

Retail Surprises

25. Barnes and Noble
Many SoCal locations
Register your child for Barnes and Noble's Kids Club to receive a free cupcake coupon the week of his or her birthday. This one is for kids 12 and under only and can only be redeemed at locations with in-store cafes.

26. Children's Place
Many SoCal locations
Sign up for myPlace rewards, add up to four children (14 and under) to your profile, and they'll all receive special treats during their birthday months.

27. Old Navy
Many SoCal locations
Sign up to receive emails from Old Navy and add your kids (10 and under) to the birthday club. Kids receive a surprise—and so will you if you enter your birthday.

28. Carter's
Many SoCal locations
Add your kids to your account and get a free birthday gift for them to enjoy. 

Originally published April 14, 2017