In my house we LOVE celebrating birthdays, and here at Lakeland Mom we love making YOUR birthday special too! What better way to celebrate than with free birthday meals, free desserts, discounts, birthday gifts, and free birthday stuff from your favorite local restaurants and stores?
🎉 Don’t miss our full Birthday Party Guide to help you plan the best birthday in Lakeland and Polk County including Birthday Party Venues, Birthday Entertainment, Free Birthday Locations, and more! 🎉
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 for a free food item. Our list has over 65 places to sign up for free birthday food, 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.
Tips for Birthday Freebies
- 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)
- Birthday Freebies for Kids – 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. A few let you sign your kids up or add kids to your account. (Don’t miss our Kids Eat Free Guide to find out where kids get free meals every week!)
- 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). Offers are subject to change at any time and our list is only updated annually.
Free Birthday Ice Cream, Drinks & Other Treats
Andy’s Frozen Custard Lakeland: We aren’t sure if Andy’s sends a Birthday Freebie, but they do send rewards regularly and are a great place for a birthday dessert!
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. (Must re-enroll if enrolled prior to February 2018)
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’: 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 Krispy Kreme Rewards, and receive a free donut on your birthday.
Smoothie King: Sign up for Healthy Rewards and get a coupon for a $2 off coupon when you join, and another coupon for a birthday discount.
Starbucks: Get a Starbucks free birthday drink when you join as a Starbucks Rewards Member.
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.
Birthday Shopping Deals & Free Birthday Activities
AMF Bowling: Join the Pinsiders Club to get promotions year-round, including a birthday special.
Build-A-Bear: Join the Build-A-Bear Bonus Club and then bring the birthday boy or girl in to count their candles any day during their birthday month, and the age they are turning is how much it costs to make their own Birthday Treat Bear! Regularly $14.
GameStop: Sign up for their PowerUp Rewards program, be sure to enter your birthday, and receive a discount coupon that month.
Kohl’s: Sign up for Yes2You Rewards and get a $10 eGift during your birthday month.
Sephora: Become a Beauty Insider and receive a free gift on your birthday.
Sports Clips: To join the Birthday Club program, sign up at your preferred Sport Clips store(s) by providing your email address and birth month to your stylists.
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.
Free Birthday Meals
Texas Cattle Company Free Birthday Meal: This is probably the most well known (and longest running??) birthday meal deal in Lakeland. The Signature Texas Cattle Company Birthday Steak (10oz. Sirloin) is free on the day of your birthday with a valid Florida Driver’s License and the purchase of an adult entrée of equal or greater value.
Arabellas Ristorante in Winter Haven: Sign up for the Birthday Dinner program and receive a birthday certificate from Arabellas, valid for a discount of *up to $20 off of an dinner entrée, or *up to $10 off of an lunch entree. Must sign up in advance and redeem on birth date (or next business day if closed on actual birthday). One per table, ID required, cannot use with any other discount.
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.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Sign up for Pretzel Perks and get a birthday treat.
BD’s Mongolian Grill: Sign up for My BD Rewards and get a free meal on your birthday.
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)
Burger 21: Sign up for Patty Perks and get a treat on your birthday along with other specials during the year.
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). Call first to verify your selected location participates in this offer!
Denny’s: Celebrate your birthday with a FREE BUILD YOUR OWN GRAND SLAM® when you sign up for Denny’s Rewards. Valid ID required.
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.
First Watch: Sign up for the SUN ECLUB and recieve a free birthday meal.
Fred’s Market: Receive a FREE Birthday dinner on the day of your Birthday, Monday thru Sunday after 5PM.
Glory Days Grill: Sign up for the Victory Club and receive a free dessert for your birthday.
Grillsmith: Sign up for the Fire Club and download the Grillsmith loyalty app and get a free birthday treat.
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill: Sign up for their mailing list and get a coupon for your birthday, anniversary, and other occasions throughout the year.
IHOP: Join MyHop and get a free stack of pancakes on your Birthday.
Jersey Mike’s: Get a free sub + drink on your birthday when you sign up for the Jersey Mike’s Subs Email Club.
Longhorn Steakhouse: Join the Longhorn eClub, 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 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 bonus reward on your birthday when you are a member of MyPanera.
Perkins: Sign up and receive exclusive offers starting with a 20% off coupon just for joining and a special gift for your birthday. Add your family members ages 12 and under so they can get birthday gifts too.
Pita Pit: Join the Pita Pack and receive a FREE birthday pita.
Pizza Hut: Join HutRewards and get a special birthday reward.
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 burger or garden bar entree 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.
Steak ‘n Shake: Sign up for emails and get a free specialty milkshake on your birthday.
Texas Roadhouse Birthday: 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 birthday treat. Receive a free trio just for signing up.
Wing House: Join the Wing House Rewards and get a free treat on your birthday.
Zaxby’s: Join the Zax Mail Club and receive a FREE Meal just for joining. Then, on your birthday, you will receive a FREE Zax Snak!
Done here? Head over to our full Birthday Party Guide to help you plan the best birthday in Lakeland and Polk County including Birthday Party Venues, Birthday Entertainment, Free Birthday Locations, and more!