No-Cost Birthday Eats
Most require online registration.
Just for Kids
Bob Evans Kid's meal for children under age 12.
Burger King Hamburger kid's meal for children under age 13.
Sonic Wacky Pack kid's meal.
Denny's Original or Jr. Grand Slam for kids 10 and younger.
California Pizza Kitchen Kid's meal for children under 10.
Dairy Queen Buy one Blizzard, get one free.
Friendly's Kid's meal for children under age 12 with an adult purchase.
Moe's Southwest Grill Burrito.
Starbucks Beverage for cardholders.
Ruby Tuesday Burger.
Baskin-Robbins Ice cream.
Dunkin' Donuts Medium beverage for Dunkin' Perks members.
Red Robin Burger.
Houlihan's Any menu item up to $15.
T.G.I. Friday's Dessert with purchase of an entree.
Qdoba $5 coupon.
More On-the-House Goodies
Borders' rewards program sends a birthday coupon good for a free beverage at the coffee bar.
Join beauty site Smashbox's Pretty Points reward program and get a complimentary gift set during your birthday month with any purchase.
DSW members receive a $5 gift certificate.
At participating Medieval Times locations, the king honors you with a free admission and meal with the purchase of a regular-priced ticket.
World Market's Explorer rewards program members receive a surprise gift.
Discovery Cruise Line offers a free day cruise (with a $45 administration fee) from Florida to the Bahamas during your birthday month when one full-priced adult fare is purchased.
Aveda's birthday program gives members a present valued at up to $24.
Children 12 and younger who join the Barnes & Noble Kids' Club can enjoy a free cupcake or cookie at the cafe and create a digital book at Tikatok.com, an interactive website, on their big day.
Sign up for the Brunswick Zone XL Bonus Zone and snag two free bowling games and a 10%-off party coupon.
Join Sephora's Beauty Insider rewards program to score a complimentary product in stores on your birthday.
The Kmart Birthday Club gives kids 12 and younger a fun pack, which includes $5 in Birthday Bucks to spend at a store, plus a crown, coloring sheets, stickers and a certificate.
Visit the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta for a free eyebrow waxing on your b-day.
When kids under 10 join Geoffrey's Birthday Club at Toys "R" Us, they're eligible for a birthday card and a complimentary gift. Visit a store on your kid's big day and he will receive a crown, a balloon and an in-store message announcing his birthday.
Originally published in the June 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.