There’s nothing better than celebrating another birthday than getting an extra special gift along with the occasion. Local business owners want even their youngest customers to feel special, which is why many of them offer a few extra free treats for the kids on their big days. Check out these places where you can find free goodies like ice cream scoops, pizza slices and even free parties.


Photo credit: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza Facebook Page

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
We all know what kids really want on their birthday: pizza and ice cream! Your tots will probably crave endless slices of delicious cheese goodness to go with that birthday cake you’re whipping up. Luckily Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza is willing to do the extra work so you don’t have to. Sign up for their Sammy’s Kids Club and not only do they get a free Messy Sundae on their birthday, but they also get an absolutely free kids pizza they day they join. You can’t really beat that, can you? Sammy’s has several locations throughout San Diego. Check here to find the one nearest you.


AMF Lanes Bowling
Maybe your little one is more into activities than eating. AMF Lanes Bowling has you covered. How about bouncing off some bumpers to some wacky jukebox favorites for free? By joining The Pinsiders Club, you’ll receive special benefits like coupons and free bowling. Best of all, you can enroll your son or daughter in Kids Birthday Rewards and they’ll receive a free game!

945 San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-7000


Photo credit: Pinkberry Hillcrest Facebook Page

There are so many do-it-yourself yogurt shops popping up we’ve begun to lose track. But Pinkberry lets your little ones pile on more dollops of strawberries, raisins and sprinkles than they can handle on their special day. Then relish in the fact that they’re doing it all for free! Sign up at Pinkberry as part of their loyalty program and receive a free yogurt on your birthday.

3795 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103

7007 Friars Road Space # 915
San Diego, CA 92108


Not only is IKEA great for affordable (if not confusingly hard to put together) furniture, but it turns out they throw great parties too. The IKEA in Mission Valley hosts free birthday parties the first Tuesday of every month. They go all out with face painting, cake and drinks and a magic show. Each birthday tot gets to invite two of their friends along for the fun and, as an added bonus, they’ll receive a free gift from IKEA.

2149 Fenton Parkway
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 563-IKEA ext. 1330


Photo credit: Sarah B. via Yelp


Get your kiddo started early on the artistry that is Japanese sushi at Benihana. Or, if they want, it’s totally cool to give them some chicken and rice off the kid’s menu. While you’re at it sign them up to be a Kabuki Kid if they’re 12 or younger. When you do, they’ll receive a free souvenir mug with the purchase of a kid’s meal during their birthday month. Make sure you sign up early. They can take up to a month to get your kid registered. Benihana also offers a the Chef’s Table program for adults. When you sign up you’ll receive a complimentary $30 birthday certificate during the month of your birthday, too.

477 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 298-4666

Boomers! San Diego
If there’s anyplace in San Diego sure to keep your kids busy for hours, it’s Boomers. Luckily, the good folks at this rip-roaring kids park are happy to take over birthday duties for a full four hours! Sign up for their Boomers! Discount Club and you’ll get an Unlimited 4 Hour Birthday Play Pass for the tots to use on everything in the park. That means endless trampling on the bumper boats, hours of miniature golf and whatever else might tickle their fancy that day. The pass is good for any single day during the month of your kid’s birthday, so you don’t have to worry about it being during the middle of the week. It sure beats the heck out of planning a whole party of amusement and your kid will probably be so exhausted you’ll have the night to relax peacefully.

6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 560-4211

Boathouse Restaurant
Between all the birthday hoorah for the kiddos, it’s important to treat yourself once in awhile too. So for your special day, check out Boathouse Restaurant for a free prime rib entrée. Each month the restaurant designates one day where everyone born in that month can come in for a free prime rib dinner. Talk about a treat! We’re sure they probably allow the kids the free meal too, but not a lot of young’uns are partial to prime rib. This one’s for you, mom and dad. You’ve earned it!

2040 Harbor Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 291-8011

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— Ben Kerns