Make your kiddo’s special day as memorable as possible by upping the ante beyond balloons, presents and cake. With these nine awesome birthday freebies you can eat and play your way through Portland with your birthday girl or boy.

Waffle Window

 Photo: Waffle Window by Cristen T. via Yelp

Waffle Window
Who wouldn’t love a birthday waffle? The new Waffle Club gives you a coupon for a free waffle during the month of your birthday. Choose from sweet or savory – or just a plain waffle with the perfect amount of crunch. We like the banana/caramel/whipped cream and granola.

3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

2624 NE Alberta St.

Breakfast or lunch, Biscuits is the place for big portions and friendly service. If you join their free Biscuits Café Rewards plan, you get $5 birthday cash added to your card to redeem when paying your bill. Will it be chocolate chip pancakes? Or a burger? Your choice!

Biscuits various locations around the metro area.

Glowing Greens
Think you’ve been there, done that with mini golf? You ain’t “seen” nothing yet until you’ve tried Glowing Greens, an indoor black light, skeleton-themed miniature golf course. What’s better than mini golf in the dark? Free mini golf in the dark, of course. Yep, Glowing Greens offers a free 18-hole round on your birthday.

509 SW Taylor St.

3855 SW Murray Blvd.

Pip’s Original Donuts
Treat yourself (and a friend or two!) to a free dozen of Pip’s amazing mini donuts. These bite size treats come in mouth-watering flavors like Nutella, Honey & Sea Salt and Cinnamon Sugar – good luck getting your birthday gal or guy to share!

4759 NE Fremont St., Suite C

Cecelia Jordan oaks park

Photo:  Oaks Amusement Park by Frank Desantis

Oaks Amusement Park
Summer birthday alert! On Saturdays and Sundays mid-June through August, guests celebrating their birthday receive a free soda and a photo opp with Chipper the Squirrel, the park mascot. If you’re at the roller skating rink any time during the year, let them know it’s your special day and the DJ will announce your name and play the song of your choice. A chance to couples skate with your roller king or queen!

7805 SE Oaks Park Way

Join the Pastini Famiglia club and receive a certificate for a free entrée on your birthday. This is a fave lunch or dinner spot for parents AND kids because everyone can find something they love – meatballs, mac and cheese and more — gluten-free options too.

Pastini has five metro area locations, from downtown to the ‘burbs!


Photo: Black Box Photography

Big Al’s Bowling
Strike up the birthday fun at Big Al’s Bowling where birthday guests receive a free Sugar Shack dessert. They also receive a personalized Birthday Pin and get their name on the Score Screen on their bowling lane to let everyone know it’s their special day. And shhhhh…..details aren’t announced yet, but we hear that they’ll be offering birthday goodie bags soon, too.

14950 SW Barrows Rd.

16615 SE 18th St.

Chez Jose
With one of the cheapest (and most delicious) kids’ menus in town, Chez Jose is fabuloso for a fun family Mexican meal. For the bday señor or señorita, they offer a free flan. (Inside Tip: Unofficially, most servers will sub in the Choco Taco). Ole!!

8502 SW Terwilliger Blvd.

John’s Incredible Pizza
What’s incredible about John’s? Everything! There are games, rides and a buffet that offers so much more than pizza – we’re talking pasta, donuts, soft serve ice cream…the list goes on. And, for members of the Kids’ Club (which costs $2), you receive one free birthday buffet any day during the month of your birthday. (Take note that the free birthday buffet cannot be redeemed on the date of VIP card purchase, so be sure to get there beforehand to sign up!)

9180 SW Hall Blvd.

What birthday freebies have you found? Let us know below!

— Cathie Ericson