Here are some of the great Long Island freebies for kids' birthdays:
- Free Ice Cream at Baskin-Robbins
If you go to the Baskin-Robbins website, click on "Birthday Club," and sign your child up for the Baskin-Robbins birthday club, they'll get a free 2.5-ounce scoop of luscious ice cream on their birthday. You'll receive an e-mail five days before your child's special day and a discount if you decide to buy a birthday cake.
To find one of the many stores in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, just click on "Find A Store" on the website.
- The CPKids Birthday Club - California Pizza Kitchen
If your child is 10 years of age or under, you can register them in the CPKids Birthday Club. You'll received an offer for a free meal during the month of their birthday. (And if you sign up as well, you'll received a $5 coupon towards the purchase of your next meal at California Pizza Kitchen.)
California Pizza Kitchen locations on Long Island, NY:
Costco Plaza 1256 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY
At the Walt Whitman Mall, 160 Route 100, Huntington Station
And at the Smith Haven Mall, 618 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY.
Each Denny's offers different promotions, but many of them offer free Junior Grand Slams to kids on their birthday. Also, your child 10 years of age and under can join Denny's Birthday Club. Ask the general manager at your local store, since promotions are different at each restaurant.
To find a Denny's nearest you on Long Island, please go to the Denny's Restaurant Finder.
- Friendly's - Free Kid's Meal
Your child aged 12 and under will get a free kids' meal with adult purchase when they join the Friendly's BFF Club. Just go to www.friendlys.com, then look for "Join BFF" in the top right-hand corner of the page, and click on it. Then fill out the form.
There are many Friendly's restaurants all over Long Island. Just go to the website and type your zip code into the store locator on their home page.
- Toys "R" Us - Geoffrey's Free Birthday Club
Geoffrey the Giraffe has plenty in store for your child ages 1 to 10 years. It's FREE for your child to join Geoffrey's Birthday Club, but please make sure you fill out the online form 6 to 8 weeks in advance of your child's special day so there's enough time for the club to get things ready.
The birthday boy or girl will get a greeting card and gift from Geoffrey (every year until your child turns 10.) And if you bring your child to a Toys 'R Us store on their special day, they'll receive a free Geoffrey balloon, a birthday crown and even an in-store announcement of their birthday. To find a Toys "R" Us store near you in Nassau or Suffolk, NY, please go to the Toys 'R Us Store Locator..
And if you choose, your child can receive a phone message from Geoffrey. Be sure to check this off on the online form and indicate the best time of day that the friendly giraffe can reach your child.