Are you one of the 200,000 Americans born on Leap Day? Well, the time to celebrate your birthday, Feb. 29, 2024, will be here before you know it.
We predict a lot of Leap Day food and travel specials will be available next year, some reserved exclusively for Leaplings, like free pizza, ice cream, or (if you’re feeling adventurous) free skydiving.
Check out these birthday Leap Day freebies and discounts that we expect to see on Feb. 29 2024, based on what was available four years ago in 2020. Stay tuned! We’ll update this post as Leap Day deals drop for next year.
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Leap Day occurs every (almost) four years
Leap Day occurs every four years, minus century years that aren’t exactly divisible by 400. Next Leap Day will take place on Thursday, Feb. 29 in 2024. The purpose of Leap Day is to keep the calendar synchronized with the astronomical year, which is approximately 365.25 days, while our calendar year is 365 days. Adding this extra day helps account for the extra 0.2422 days in the astronomical year, so seasons don’t shift. Whereas, skipping century years not perfectly divisible by 400 prevents a huge discrepancy from building up over centuries. This means the years 2100, 2200, and 2300 won’t have leap days.
Leap Day Birthday Freebies & Deals
1. Build-a-Bear Workshop: Build a Birthday Treat Bear for $2.29 (valued at $14).
For Leaplings only, if you visited any Build-a-Bear Workshop location on Feb. 29, 2020, you could ‘ve picked up a Birthday Treat Bear for just $2.29 (reg. price $14). You had to present your ID to get in on this!
Not a Leapling, but still want some Build-a-Bear love? From Feb. 28-29, Build-A-Bear offered a 29% in-store exclusive Build-a-Bear coupon.
2. Conrad New York Downtown: Get a free night when you book a two+ night stay.
The Conrad, an upscale Manhattan hotel, gave Leapers a complimentary night in 2020. The reservation had to be for two or more nights, including Feb. 29 and March 1. Rooms started at $334 per night.
3. East Coast Wings + Grill: Get a free meal from East Coast Wings with valid ID.
East Coast Wings+ Grill offered Leaplings a free entree for their birthday. You had to show valid for this Leap Day deal.
4. Farmer Boys Food: Send them a direct message, get a free birthday burger.
If you sent a direct message to Farmer Boys Food on Twitter you could get a free cheeseburger (reg. price $4.79) on Feb. 29, 2020. Once you showed your ID you were set!
5. iFly: Skydive with a friend for free.
Is skydiving on your bucket list? Anyone born on Leap Day could enjoy a free 2-flight package at iFly between Feb. 24 – March 1, 2020 (up to $120 in savings).
If you wanted in on this deal, you had to call your local iFly store and ask for the complimentary “2-Flight Leapling Offer” and give your birthday. You had to show your ID the day of your flight to enjoy the plunge.
6. Lay’s: Leave a comment on Lay’s Facebook Leap Day post for a chance to win a free bag of chips.
Four years ago, Lay’s announced their Lay’s Leap Year Facebook post on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. All you had to do was leave a comment for your chance to win a free bag of potato chips (a $3 value).
7. Main Event: Get a free Party Fun Sundae with valid ID.
If you showed your ID on Feb. 29 at any Main Event location you could’ve received a free Party Fun Sundae (four gelato flavors and topped with brownies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate syrup, cinnamon-sugar donut holes, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and candy). That was $15 in savings.
Find a Main Event location near you to grab this sweet Leap Day offer.
Related: Related: Here are all the places that offer birthday freebies, rewards & discounts.
8. Villa Italian Kitchen: Grab a free slice of Neapolitan Cheese pizza with valid ID.
On Feb. 29, 2020, Villa Italian Kitchen gave Leaplings a free slice of their Neapolitan Cheese pizza (reg. $5.09). You had to show your ID for this Leap Day deal.