Love free stuff? Check out these fun and FREE ways for kids (and parents) to celebrate birthdays! Most require online registration; visit each website for more information.

AMF Lanes Bowling
San Marcos – 760-744-7000
Sign up for the AMF Bowling eClub and you’ll get up to $20 off your next visit ($5 off per person, up to four people) and free bowling for your birthday!

Sign up for the Birthday Club online and receive a free ice cream on your birthday. Parents register first; then add spouse and children to your account.

San Diego – 619-298-4666
Register for Benihana’s Chef’s Table club to receive a complimentary $30 gift certificate for your birthday meal.

The Boathouse
Harbor Island – 619-291-8011
Celebrate your birthday with a free prime rib dinner. Check the website for Birthday Night where all the birthdays that month receive a free entrée with purchase of a second meal. Reservation is required; bring your ID for proof of birthday.

Chuck E. Cheese
Sign up for the Chuck E. Club and receive 100 free tickets for your child’s birthday. Parents register, then add the child’s first name and birth date to the account.

Get a free Grand Slam breakfast on your birthday when you bring ID or proof of birth date. No sign up required.

Designer Shoe Warehouse
La Jolla – 858-657-0314
Mission Valley – 619-296-4079
Otay Ranch – 619-296-4079
Sign up to be a Rewards Member and receive a $5 birthday gift certificate. Parents, use the gift certificate for yourself—you deserve it!

Join the IHOP Pancake Revolution to receive free meals: One on your birthday, one upon registering and another one on your one-year anniversary of joining the Pancake Revolution!

Mission Valley – 619-283-6166 x1330
On the first Tuesday of each month IKEA hosts a free birthday party for kids 10 years old and younger. Each birthday child may invite two friends. Call for reservations and more information.

Jersey Mike’s
Register online for the Sub Club and you’ll receive a free sub and drink coupon on your birthday.

Fashion Valley – 619-294-4600
Hillcrest – 619-260-9106
Register for the Pinkcard reward program (either online or download the app), to receive a free yogurt on your birthday and earn a free yogurt after every 10th purchase.

Join My Starbucks Reward (there’s an app for that!) to receive a birthday drink or food reward on your birthday and earn reward points for every purchase.

Toys R Us
Sign up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club for your child (under 10) to receive a $3 gift card and a birthday phone call from Geoffrey. Visit a store on (or near) your child’s birthday for a birthday crown, Geoffrey balloon and a personalized in-store announcement! 

OK, so this one isn’t in San Diego, but we thought it was worth mentioning!
Catalina Express
Dana Point – 800-995-4386
Free roundtrip boat ride to Catalina on your birthday! Register, then book your trip online. You must bring the birthday certificate and show ID when boarding. Most importantly, you must begin travel on your actual birth date. This offer is good through 2014.

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Kristeen Evans is the editorial assistant at San Diego Family and mom of two.

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