Celebrating your birthday? Kids get so excited, but we grown-ups sometimes grumble; those mounting years can start to get a little concerning! But we’ve found a great way to keep the kids’ fun going and/or cheer you up on your special day – FREE STUFF! Read on to find out where and how you can get free goodies on your special day.

Please note that these deals are accurate to the best of our knowledge but are subject to change. Always confirm with the business.

Food and Drink

Applebee’s — Sign up for Club Applebee’s and receive an email offer for a birthday treat (usually a dessert).

Arby’s — Become an Arby’s Insider and provide your birthday to be sent a special birthday treat via email.

Boston Pizza — By signing up for the MyBP Email Club you can enjoy a free birthday dessert. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox as your dessert coupon comes via email.

The Cheesecake Cafe — Let the staff know that it’s your big day and they’ll bring you a complimentary slice of cheesecake.

Chicken on the Way — Bring your ID to your nearest location and receive a free snack pack.

Cobs Bread — Join the Cobs Club and make at least one purchase before your birthday to qualify for a free cinnamon bun on your special day.

Cora’s — When you sign up for the Cora newsletter, there is a section for your birthday info. Apparently, Madame Cora sends you a special birthday wish. We’ve been told you receive a $5 coupon.

Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill — Download their app from the App Store or Google Play and get a free dessert on your birthday.

Dairy Queen — Receive a buy one, get one coupon for your birthday when you sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club.

Denny’s — Enjoy a FREE birthday Grand Slam Breakfast on your special day. Just show up with ID on your birthday and the meal is yours!

East Side Mario’s — Let them know it’s your birthday and receive a free dessert (with meal purchase).

Edible Arrangements — Join the Edible Rewards program to receive a free 12-count chocolate-dipped fruit box on your birthday, plus members-only perks like a free box of chocolate-dipped fruits for every 3rd purchase.

Harvey’s — Sign up for the Harvey’s newsletter and get a special offer on your birthday.

IHOP — Get FREE pancakes on your birthday (after your first purchase) just by joining the MYHop.

Joey Restaurants — Mention it’s your birthday and get a free dessert or drink (varies by location).

Joey’s Seafood Restaurants — Join their Mariner’s Club and you’ll receive some sort of special offer in time for your birthday. (In 2023, the offer was one free 2-piece Joey’s Fish & Chips and a non-alcoholic beverage.)

Jugo Juice — Register for Jugo Juice Rewards and receive a free large smooth to celebrate your special day.

The Keg — Mention that it’s your birthday and get a free dessert (with meal purchase).

Marble Slab — Join the Marble Mail club, and in addition to getting coupons and promotions, you will receive a BOGO coupon just in time for your birthday.

Mary Brown’s Chicken – Sign up for the newsletter and receive a FREE “Big Mary” on your special day.

Menchies Frozen Yogurt — Receive $5 in Menchie Money on your birthday. Sign up for My Smileage and give them your birthday details.

Milestones — Let them know it’s your birthday and receive a free dessert (with meal purchase).

Montana’s — Fill up on 10% off and free dessert just by signing up for their Grill Lover’s Club (with a minimum purchase of $30).

Moxies — Mention it’s your birthday and get a free dessert (with meal purchase). We have heard that you might get 10% off your order instead, since COVID.

Olive Garden — Share your birthday when you sign up for the eClub and receive a free dessert on your birthday.

Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt — Join the rewards club and get a free yogurt on your birthday.

Pita Pit — Sign up for their More! Rewards program. They used to give extra points on your birthday – enough for a free Petita or small Smoothie.

Red Lobster — Sign up for Fresh Catch News to get a free offer on your birthday.

Ricky’s — Kids can join the Ricky’s Birthday Club and get a mailed coupon for a free kids’ meal emailed just before their birthday.

South St Burger — Join the Birthday Club (at least 72 hours before your big day) and get a buy one get one free burger coupon for your birthday.

Starbucks — Just register a gift card, create a Starbucks account, and a lovely coupon for a FREE drink is sent to your smartphone app on your birthday. Please note that you have to register for the Starbucks Rewards program at least 7 days before your birthday and make a purchase on the card to qualify.

Subway — Join MyWay Rewards. In the past, they’ve given a free 6-inch sub and a drink on your birthday.

SunTerra Market — Sign up for the free Fresh Rewards programs and you’ll receive a birthday card with an offer for a free slice of cake & a coffee!

Swiss Chalet — Subscribe to the Rotisserie Mail program and receive a special offer on your birthday.

Tim Hortons Join the rewards program at least a week before your birthday and receive a birthday offer.


The Body Shop — Join their Love Your Body program and get a free gift on your birthday.

Sephora — On your birthday you get to pick a free product set. Just sign up for their Beauty Insider program and the treats will be yours. (Note: a minimum purchase is required to redeem gift online instead of in-store.)

Kiehls — Receive a birthday gift and other special offers when you sign up for the Kiehl’s Rewards Loyalty Program and show online or in-store.

London Drugs — Join the LDExtras Club and get a $5 coupon for your birthday.

Chapters/Indigo — Join Plum Rewards (even the free option) and get 20% off for your birthday.


Aldo Shoes — Sign up for Aldo Crew and get a special offer for your birthday.

American Eagle — Join the Real Rewards Club and receive a birthday discount at participating locations.

Anthropologie — Sign up for Anthro Perks and receive a special offer to celebrate your birthday.

Old Navy — Sign up for their newsletter, fill out the info for the Birthday Club (month & day of your special day) and wait to receive a surprise gift on your birthday.

Penningtons — Sign up for their Style Insider club and receive a birthday surprise (I’ve heard it is 10% off purchases made during the week of your birthday).

Reitmans — Sign up for their loyalty program and receive a special offer for your birthday.

Ricki’s — Join the Ricki’s Fashion + Friends program to be emailed a birthday bonus you can use during your birthday month.

RW & Co — RW Insiders receive special offers for the week of their birthday.

The Shoe Company — Become a Shoe VIP and take advantage of a birthday gift of 20% off, free shipping and surprise bonus points.

Value Village — Join the Super Savers Club at Value Village and receive a birthday coupon via email for 20% off a single purchase of up to $50.


EB Games/GameStop — Opt into the EDGE Rewards Program and receive a 20-50% off birthday discount, plus other coupons and exclusive perks.

LEGO Store in Chinook Mall — Pre-COVID, the LEGO Store gave the birthday child a minifigure. We haven’t heard if that program is back yet.

Mastermind — Join the free loyalty program and the birthday kids gets a free small gift. (We hear you can choose from an assortment of toys.)

Toys R Us — Register your child’s birthday through your R Rewards card and they will be sent a special birthday offer of $5 to spend in the store.

Happy Birthday!

If we have missed a birthday freebie, please send us an email (calgary@familyfuncanada.com) and we will update our list.
(Last updated January 2023)