In my house we LOVE celebrating birthdays, and here at Lakeland Mom we love making YOUR birthday special too! What better way to celebrate a birthday than with free meals, desserts, discounts, and gifts from your favorite local restaurants and stores?
While some restaurants will treat you to a free birthday dessert when you mention you’re there for a celebration, it has become more and more common for you to have to sign up beforehand for an email program and bring in a coupon to redeem. Our list has over 65 places to sign up for free birthday meals, desserts, and store discounts in Lakeland, Bartow, Auburndale, Winter Haven, Haines City, and Lake Wales.
Everything on the list below is LOCAL – if you see it listed here, there is a location somewhere in Polk County or very close by. Click on the name of any restaurant or store to be taken straight to their sign up page or website.
Lakeland Mom Tips:
- Create a new email address to use before you start signing up for all the deals listed below. Otherwise your inbox will be bombarded with a bunch of new emails every week! (most of these are more than just a birthday club – you’ll receive emails year round with restaurant or store deals)
- Very few of these are specifically for kids, but you could use you child’s birth date when you fill out the form, which gets you a coupon to use on your child’s birthday.
- Sign up well in advance of your birthday, we recommend at least a month prior since some of these coupons only go out once a month.
- While we have done our best to verify each of these deals, we STRONGLY SUGGEST you CALL AHEAD if you are redeeming a deal that doesn’t involve a coupon (for example, if it says you receive a free dessert for visiting on your birthday, call the restaurant first to confirm).
Thank you to Family Fun Center for sponsoring this post!
Ice Cream, Drinks & Other Treats:
Baskin Robbins: Celebrate with a free scoop of ice cream when you sign up for their Birthday Club.
Bruster’s Ice Cream: Sweet Rewards perks include a welcome offer, a special birthday gift, & anniversary coupons.
Cinemark Theatres: Get their weekly emails and receive a special birthday concession coupon during your birthday week (we think free popcorn)
Coldstone Creamery: Sign up for the eClub and get a Buy one creation, Get one creation FREE coupon via email for your birthday.
Dairy Queen: DQ fans can get a BOGO blizzard coupon in your birthday month for signing up for the Blizzard Fan Club.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Join the DD Perks club at and get a free beverage for your birthday. You’ll also get a free drink just for enrolling, and earn points for future rewards.
Krispy Kreme: Join the eClub, and receive a free donut on your birthday.
Smoothie King: Sign up for emails and get a coupon for a $2.99 smoothie when you join, and another coupon for a birthday smoothie.
Starbucks: Get a free birthday drink by signing up for Starbucks Rewards.
Yogurt Mountain: Join the YOMO Club with a mobile device and you will receive a text message for your free yogurt during your birthday month.
Shopping & Activities:
AMF Bowling: Join the Pinsiders Club to get promotions year-round, including a birthday special.
Dinosaur World: Children receive FREE admission when they visit on their actual birthday. Proof must be provided (an insurance card, birth certificate, etc.) that the date of your visit is their date of birth.
GameStop: Sign up for their PowerUp Rewards program, be sure to enter your birthday, and receive a 20% off coupon that month.
Kohl’s: Sign up for Yes2You Rewards and get a $10 eGift during your birthday month.
Payless Shoes: Get a coupon on your birthday when you sign up for their rewards program.
Sephora: Become a Beauty Insider and receive a free gift on your birthday.
Sports Clips: Receive an email coupon for a free MVP Haircut or discount that is valid for the whole month of your birthday.
Swagbucks: Get a 55 SB rebate on a Gift Card redemption within 30 days of your birthday.
ULTA Beauty: Receive a free birthday gift by signing up for the Ultimate Rewards program.
Abuelo’s: Receive special offers for your birthday and anniversary when you join the Mi Abuelo’s Rewards club.
Applebees: Sign up for the email club and get a birthday special.
BD’s Mongolian Grill: Sign up for Club Mongo and get a free meal on your birthday. If you don’t sign up, you can still get a free birthday dessert with a valid ID at the Lakeside Village location.
Beef O’ Bradys: Get a free dessert when you visit on your birthday. Sign up for Team O’Brady’s and get promotions delivered straight to your inbox, along with a free starter just for signing up. (Locations are individually owned – call your nearest location to verify free dessert)
Bob Evans: Children 12 years old or younger can join the Birthday Club and receive a coupon for a free Birthday Meal.
Bonefish Grill: Receive a birthday coupon for a free appetizer or dessert when you sign up to be a Bonefish Grill Insider.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Register for the Buffalo Circle and get an email for a free order of Snack Size Wings (boneless or traditional) on your birthday.
Burger 21: Sign up for the B21 Club and get a free shake on your birthday along with other specials during the year.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Sign up for the Amici Club and get a birthday coupon for a free appetizer.
Chili’s: Get a free dessert on your birthday when you sign up for My Chili’s Rewards.
Cracker Barrel: Visit on your birthday and let the server know you’re celebrating a birthday to get a free slice of chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake (or other dessert).
Crispers: Join their Loyalty Program and receive a birthday reward of 20% off one entire check in the month of your Birthday.
Denny’s: Celebrate your birthday with a FREE Grand Slam Breakfast. Valid ID required.
End Zone: Visit on your actual birthday and get a free meal, up to $10.99 value. Excludes alcohol.
Firehouse Subs: Sign up for the Rewards program before your birthday to receive a free medium sub reward, valid once on your birthday or within the following 6 days. No ID required to redeem. (Previously you could use an ID on your birthday, now you MUST sign up for the rewards program).
Glory Days Grill: Sign up for the Victory Club and receive an appetizer for signing up, and a BOGO Entree coupon for your birthday.
Grillsmith: Sign up for the Grill Club or download the Grillsmith loyalty app and get a free appetizer for your birthday.
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill: Sign up for their mailing list and get a coupon in the mail for your birthday, anniversary, and other occasions throughout the year.
Honey Baked Ham: Sign up for Honey Baked Rewards and get a coupon for a free birthday sandwich.
IHOP: Join the Pancake Revolution and get a free full stack of their famous Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity® Pancakes on your Birthday. You’ll also get an email for free pancakes when you sign up, and every year on your anniversary of joining.
Longhorn Steakhouse: Create a My Longhorn account, and get a free birthday treat.
Manny’s Chophouse: Sign up for their email club and get a special deal for your birthday.
Mellow Mushroom: Sign up for emails and receive a coupon for $5 off during your birthday month along with other specials during the year.
Miller’s Ale House: Join the Raving Fans club and receive a free dessert on your birthday, and a free flatbread for signing up.
Moe’s: Get a free nachos right out of the gate and a birthday burrito when you download the Moe’s app.
Olive Garden: Get a complimentary appetizer or dessert on your birthday by signing up for the eClub.
Panda Express: Get a coupon for a free meal on your birthday when you sign up for emails.
Panera: Get a free pastry on your birthday when you are a member of MyPanera.
Red Elephant: Visit on your birthday and get a free elephant ear dessert for the birthday guest.
Red Lobster: Join the Fresh Catch Club will get you a “surprise birthday offer.” New members must join the club at least 7 days prior to their birthday to receive a birthday coupon.
Ruby Tuesday: Get a free birthday burger from when you sign up for their So Connected club.
Smokey Bones: Sign up for their Bones Club and get a free dessert for your birthday.
Square 1 Burgers: Get $5 off for signing up, and another gift for your birthday.
Steak ‘n Shake: Sign up for emails and get a free menu item on your birthday. Be sure to enter your kids names and birthdates and they will receive coupons in the mail around their birthday!
Stevi B’s: Sign up for their emails and receive an email for a free buffet on your birthday (with purchase of a drink).
Subway: Sign up for the Rewards Program and get 20 points to your account on your birthday, and 25 points for registering. 45 points will get you free breakfast sandwich, drink, cookies, or chips.
Texas Cattle Company: Get a free steak on your birthday. Valid ID required, FL residents only, purchase of a second entree required.
Texas Roadhouse: Sign up for emails and get a birthday gift. (Texas Roadhouse is known for their birthday tradition that involves a saddle, a napkin’ and a whole lot of hootin’-n’-hollerin’.)
Tijuana Flats: Become a Flathead and receive a free dessert for your birthday – cinnamon churros or fried cookie dough flautas. Receive a free trio just for signing up.
TooJay’s: Join the eClub and get a free dessert. Use it on your birthday or any other day!
Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Join Club Tropical and get a special birthday offer.
Village Inn: Sign up for emails and receive a free slice of pie on your birthday (and another for signing up).
Wing House: Join the Wingston Club and get a free dessert on your birthday.
Zaxby’s: Join the Zax Mail Club and receive a FREE Sandwich Meal just for joining. Then, on your birthday, you will receive a FREE Nibbler!