Freebies for Good Grades

Freebies, Discounts, & Deals for Good Grades!

I was a nerdy, smart kid with my nose perpetually in a book and that trait carried over into adulthood. I'm the guy at the end of the bar more interested in reading my Kindle than socializing with strangers. Yet I've never been offered freebies based on how much I read or how smart I am! Oh, to be a kid again.

There are a lot of other websites with outdated information on freebies for good grades. I only included offers I could verify to some degree, but I strongly encourage you check with your own locations no matter what! Since these restaurants are usually franchises, offers heavily vary by location.

Rewards via Report Cards

Allstate – Full-time students getting good grades qualify for their Smart Student Discount. They don't specify what constitutes “good grades,” nor do they say what the savings will be, so you'll need to ask your personal agent.

Amica – They have a form you can fill out requesting a good grade discount.

Applebee's – While not quite nationwide, they confirmed on Twitter that it's up to your local restaurant as to whether or not they give out freebies for good grades.

Many of the largest Applebee's franchises offer an “A is for Applebee's” reward program, where students 12 and under can get a free meal from the Kid's Menu if they receive an A on their report card. Here is The Rose Group's page, which covers DE, MD, NJ, and Baltimore. Meanwhile here's NRP's page, which serves FL, GA, and TX.

Your best bet is searching for “A is for Applebee's” on Google and then adding your city or state.

Many other freebie sites erroneously say this is a nationwide deal, but it's a great example of what kind of offer you can expect if your local franchise participates!

Baskin Robbins – They also confirmed on Twitter that giving away free scoops is “at the discretion of each franchise owner.” So call your local creamery!

Chuck E. Cheese – Anybody can print their Super Student Award πŸ™‚ It's a redeemable certificate for 10 free tokens per day, however a food purchase is required.

Coldstone Creamery – They responded to my inquiry with “Hi, our stores are individually owned and operated. For special promotions and offers such as this, please reach out to your local store.”

So it sounds like this might still be active on a regional basis.

Farmer's Insurance – They have a “good student” promo where full-time students in high school or college under the age of 25 may qualify for a discount as long as they have good grades.

Financial Institutions – Hundreds of small banks, credit unions, and even insurance companies offer rewards for good grades as well! I highly suggest checking the website of any smaller institution you're with, as well as asking your local branch. I've seen some small banks offering up to $25 for good grades! Others offered smaller cash rewards, discounts, and other prizes.

I wish these offers had been around when I was a kid. I would have made some serious cash!

Geico – They offer a “good student discount” on insurance that's available when driving aged teens maintain a B average or better.

Jason's Deli – They replaced their old JDPickleCards offer with a new Kids Cash system. Kids under 12 got a free kid's meal at participating locations.

Liberty Mutual – You'll need a GPA of B or better in order to trigger their good student discount.

Nationwide – Students drivers aged 16 – 24 who maintain a B average qualify for a discount on auto insurance. Homeschooled students also qualify if they score in the top 20% of a test's national performance.

Pizza Hut – Pizza Hut used to have a site dedicated to this, but I believe it's since degraded to a “location specific” freebie. I'd definitely call ahead and ask! Hopefully they still recognize the great and classic Pizza Hut good grades deal. Seriously, I can remember getting this freebie in the late 80s!

Each marking period, any child who has 3 A's or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is good for Elementary and Middle School students. Dine-in only. Students must be present and the original report card must be presented.

Progressive – Save an additional 10% in most states just by maintaining a B average or better.

State Farm – Their “Good Student Discount” lets you save up to 25% if your teen driver gets good grades. These savings may last until your teen turns 25. Homeschoolers may also qualify with other options, such as submitting evidence they've taken certain national standardized tests administered within the past 12 months and ranked in the upper 20%.

Unconfirmed or Regional Offers & Freebies

Other sites report the following companies give freebies for good grades, but I've been unable to verify these claims on a nationwide basis. I've reached out to the following companies on Twitter, so please feel free to also message them and help get an answer πŸ™‚

In the meantime, before trying to redeem any of these below, I'd make sure you call ahead first.

  • Bob Evans – As of 2019, the Star Student program “is not a program that is currently active at our restaurants.”
  • Burger King – Free hamburger or ice cream cone for scoring 100% on a test. This sounds crazy regional, so I would contact your local BK to see if they're participating.
  • Cheryl's Cookies – Their Cookies for A's program is for K-8th grade students, but I can't find any information regarding 2022.

    A very popular program at Cheryl's is the Cheryl's Cookies for A's. Students present their report cards at retail locations and receive a free cookie per A, for up to 3 A's they have earned.

  • Chick-fil-A – Free 8 pack of nuggets if you have all A's and B's on a report card.
  • Culver's
  • IHOP
  • Krispy Kreme – Free original glazed donut for each A, up to a half-dozen.
  • Marco's Pizza – Free one-topping pizza.
  • McDonald's – K-5 grade students with straight A's get a free Happy Meal. 6-12 grade students get a free Value Meal.
  • Red Robin
  • Sonic – As of 2022, they say “promotions vary by drive-in, we recommend contacting your local SONIC directly for the most up-to-date information. Thank you!”
  • The Melting Pot – The Boca Raton, FL location offers a free three or four course meal for straight A's! Others might have similar deals
  • Wendy's

I'll keep this list updated as I find new offers, so if you find anything I missed, please let me know in the comments!


Free Enfamil Baby Formula

Free Enfamil Baby Formula

Enfamil is giving away free 10oz. Enfagrow Toddler Next Step baby formula. I think this is an enfantastic offer for enfanew parents, but let's not overlook the important questions here. Why does Enfamil name all their enfaproducts with the same prefix. It's enfaweird.

In order to receive this freebie, your toddler must be at least 12 months old to qualify. Allow four to six weeks for delivery.

They also have a Savings and Support center where you can request up to $130 in savings and coupons.


Kids Roller Skate Free

Free Kids Roller Skating in 2022

Next up in our summer freebies series is a “OH DEAR GOD, JUST GET OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR A WHILE!” offer for all those stressed out parents πŸ™‚ You can grab free kids roller skating passes good at a variety of locations in 36 states.

Once you locate a nearby rink, click their name to see dates, times, and age limits for their free skating. Register an account, then download the MyHownd app on your smartphone. This will be the app that lets you claim your kids free passes each week. Your first set of passes will be available in the MyHownd app on Monday morning following your free registration.

You will receive 2 Kids Skate Free passes per child, per week. These passes are only valid for one week and will automatically expire, but they're replaced with two new valid passes every Monday!

Some locations have a $4 signup fee to register. While not free, these passes don't expire until the end of the year, so you make your money back pretty fast.


Free Summer Movie Deals

2022 Summer Movie Deals, Discounts, & Freebies

Eagle-eyed Hiffers (holy crap, how did you get an EAGLE'S EYE?!) know that my current offspring count sits equal to the number of home runs I've hit for the Seattle Mariners this season. That said, growing up with tons of siblings, I have an inkling for what it's like with bored, moping children around the house. For you see, I myself get bored. A lot. And if your kids are anything like me, it must be insufferable to be around them when they have nothing to do. Plus it's hot outside. we need some cheap, air-conditioned entertainment!

As such, here's a huge list of all the free & cheap kids summer movie events! Almost every theater chain has a dedicated page advertising their summer deals, plus a helpful list of participating locations. So be sure to make sure your local spot is holding a deal before heading out.

I've included both nationwide and smaller, regional chains so as many Hiffers can take advantage of these deals as possible. I'm sure there are more, so please leave a comment if you find any I missed.

Confirmed Kids Movies Deals for 2022

Alamo Drafthouse – Their summer Kids Camp shows children's classics with tickets at $5, depending on location. Kids earn stickers for your Alamo Kids Club Prize Book and 100% of proceeds go to local nonprofits. You can even buy your tickets online, making this super easy and relaxing!

Cinemark Century Theaters – Their Summer Movie Clubhouse is 8 weeks of $1.50 movies for kids every Wednesday from June 15 – August 3. They're also offering $1 off deals on kids; snack packs, large popcorns & large drinks during Summer Movie Clubhouse showtimes.

Cineplex – Saturday mornings, from May 28 – June 25, willl feature Cineplex Family Favourites at 11am. Watch a family favorite film each week for only $2.99 per ticket.

Classic Cinemas – Running June 8 – August 10, take part in the Wednesday Morning Movie Series. Ticket prices are just $2 on Wednesday mornings, with all movies rated G or PG. Showtimes begin at 10:00am, but doors open at 9:00am where you can arrive early to meet some of your favorite characters and join in on the fun games & activities.

Georgia Theatre Company – Join them for the Summer Kid Show Series at 10:00am every Tuesday and Thursday in June and July. They've got $2 admission, $2 drinks, and $2 popcorn.

GQT Movies – They're offering free family movies every Wednesday & Thursday at 10am from June 1 – August 4! Movies change each week and all seats are first come, first serve.

Harkins Theater – Each week from June 16 through July 29, see a family favorite movie for only $1 per film! As an added bonus, My Harkins Awards Members will get 50% off a Kids Combo Monday through Friday before 6PM.

Free Summer Movie Discounts Freebies

Marcus Theaters – Join them June 5 thru September 1 while they feature a favorite family flick for just $3. Special sized popcorn and fountain drinks are $3 as well.

Marquee Cinemas – Each week they offer family-friendly flicks, usually at 9:30 am on Tuesday or Wednesday, with regional sales and discounts. Click on your local theater to see a full schedule and offers.

Megaplex Theatres – Each location starts at a different time, on a date between May 27 – June 7, and they'll show 10 popular family films over the course of 10 weeks. Individual tickets are $1.50 or you can buy a 10-week pass for only $10, making each movie only $1! This years schedule has movies on Mon-Wed at 10am with sensory friendly shows at 10:30am.

Metropolitan Theaters – Get $2 admission to movies at 10am Tuesday and Thursday, starting June 7 – Aug. 11.

Phoenix Theatres – Absolutely free select 10am showings of kid movies every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through June, July, and into August. Doors open at 9am and all ages are welcome. There's also a “special kiddie meal” available, but I'm not sure what's included in that.

Regal Cinemas – All summer long, watch select G or PG family movies for just $2 a ticket! Show dates are Tuesdays & Wednesdays and run from May 31 through September 6.

This deal is also offered at participating United Artists and Edwards Theaters.

Studio Movie Grill – Their Summer Children's Series is every weekday at noon from May 30 until Sept. 3. Tickets are $6 and include a small popcorn and small drink.

Showcase Cinemas – Their Bookworm Wednesdays allow kids to bring in a book report (6 and under don't need this) in exchange for free admission. Tickets must be reserved in advance online and seating is limited

The best I ever got for a book report was the promise of no more book reports.

Previous Summer Movies Deals Unconfirmed for 2022

AMC Theaters – They have a $5 Fan Faves, where tickets cost $5+tax, but nothing is currently listed there. They've announced their 2022 kids movies, but I can't find any special deals around them as of May 2022.

Bow Tie Cinemas – Select locations are showing free kids movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 25 to Aug. 21.

Paragon Theaters – Scroll down to find their Free Kids Movies promotion. In 2019 they offered free admission for 10am movies on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Seats are limited to first come, first serve.

Ultra Star Cinemas – Finally, see a different movie every week at 9:30am for just $1. New movies are rotated each week.

So there you have it. Like I said earlier, please leave a comment if you know of any programs I missed.

Other Summer Freebies


Kids Bowl Free all Summer

Kids Bowl Free All Summer

It's about that time for the return of the favorite kids bowl free all summer deal in 2022! Sign up and your children will get two free games of bowling every day this summer. That's valued at over $500.

Not a bad deal if you ask me. Though to be fair nobody asked me. I guess that's what I get for being single, living alone, and working from home.

Too bad I still don't live at home, because my family are pretty big bowlers. Oh, we don't take the actual bowling part too seriously. We're more of a “who wants another round of nachos and beer?” type enthusiasts! πŸ˜€


Free National Parks Admission

Free National Park Pass for 4th Graders worth $80!

In addition to the free National Park Admission Days scattered throughout the year, did you know that 4th graders can get a free entrance pass worth $80 as well? Even better, these freebie passes work for the entire family!

Simply sign up here and then use your pass at any national park this summer. This pass will grant free entrance to 3 adults and all children under 16, as long as you're all traveling in the same car with your 4th grader.

You'll need to print your pass and bring it in the car when you visit a park. Electronic copies aren't accepted and each pass has a unique code, which means you can't share it.

Don't forget you can also request free national park trip planning kits for select parks around the country.


Free Noggin Membership

Free 60-Day Noggin Subscription for Summer

Nick Jr. is offering a free 2-month subscription to Noggin. Noggin features preschool learning games, full episodes of educational shows, books and activities led by kids' favorite characters.

We hope your kids enjoyed learning with their free subscription to Noggin through Noggin Cares.

Over summer, your children can enhance their skills every day with PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Blue’s Clues & You, and more.

It looks like the site is geared towards three activities:

  • Watch – 1000+ ad-free Nick Jr. episodes & original learning videos you can’t find anywhere else
  • Play – Designed to build skills and nurture creativity
  • Read – PAW Patrol, Blaze & Dora stories + Bob Books, the trusted learn-to-read series

Darn it. This looks like a freebie for actual children and not 40 year old adults with a juvenile sense of humor.


Free Kids Youth Hockey

Free Kids Youth Hockey on March 5

On Saturday, March 5, kids ages 4 to 9 get to try hockey for free at over 450 USA Hockey locations in celebration of National Hockey Week! Participating locations will have limited equipment available to use, so you won't stress over building a homemade pair of ice skates using butcher knives and duct tape.

As a kid, I swore I hated sports and would never play them. My parents nevertheless signed me up for baseball against my extremely vocal protests. 30 years later, I'm a massive baseball fan and couldn't be more thankful they ignored me! Who knows, maybe your kid is the next Wayne Gretzky and will only discover their love for the game thanks to this freebie.


Free Ways to Track Santa

Free Ways to Track Santa on Christmas Eve

As Christmas Eve fast approaches, it's time for some to consider how they'll track Santa on December 24th. Luckily, modern technology and the military industrial complex has us covered!

The folks over at NORAD are the classic Santa trackers and they're back at it again this year. They started tracking Santa back in 1955 after a department store ad accidentally misprinted a phone number. Instead of calling Santa, children unexpectedly began calling the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.β€―πŸ€£

Their current Santa tracking site has a countdown, radar, and some holiday music and games. Visitors can see updates on Santa's preparations beginning at 4 am Christmas Eve. Children and parents can also call 1-877-446-6723 to inquire about Santa beginning at 6 am Christmas Eve.

Google also has a Santa tracker website. You get the same Santa tracking experience as NORAD without any of the worries of an errant hellfire missile strike bringing the big man down. They've got games, videos, an online yule log, and a “design your own elf” section.


Free Phone Call from Santa

Free Personalized Call From Santa

Your child can get a free personalized phone call from Santa right here via Package From Santa. You'll need to download their free app for iPhone / iPad or Android and then configure your one free call. You have to pay for any additional calls, so make sure you're ready for the initial freebie call!

You can choose the date & time of the call as well as select from over 30 unique messages from Santa. You also get to set the incoming call screen. Optionally, you can upload a photo of your child to appear in the call and you can have their age, state, country, and more mentioned! Here's an example of a type of free call from Santa you can build.

I have a strong feeling they'll try to upsell you on other items, but that shouldn't stop you from redeeming this great freebie for the kiddos! Just remember to use your freebie email and if they ever ask for a credit card, give them a free Privacy.com generated card with a $0 charge limit! πŸ˜‰

Still on the fence? Previous reader reported their children loved their free Santa call!
I did this for my nephew yesterday and he is still talking about it with excitement. – Megan


Did this for my niece tonight and I’m told she just stood there in shock, and then proceeded to have a conversation with the recording. – Nick


Sent this to a crush & he got a kick out of it! It was fun personalizing it. – Katie


I made one for my parents and they LOVED it! My dad said it made his night. – Lianne

If you redeem this freebie, please let us know how your child enjoyed it in the comments!


Free Call from Santa

Free Personalized Video from Santa

This classic, annual children's freebie of a free personalized video from Santa isn't a typical offer that arrives in your mailbox. Instead, you get a unique, personalized video sent straight to your computer, phone, or tablet from the big man up North himself!

I also found this second free custom Santa video site from Synthesia!

These Santa freebies are always a favorite of Hiffers. Well, I'm assuming their children love it more than they do. It's fairly straightforward to set up and you're even given the option to pay for an upgraded video with more bells and whistles, but the free one gets the job done just fine.

Seriously though, a boatload of Hiffers always email me about this every year. And I don't mean some piddly canoe. We're talking gigantic, covid-filled cruise ships here. Every third email this time of year seems to be asking for me to post this. It's actually a nice break from the letters I typically receive. You'd think being told how handsome I am every day would be nice, but it sure can get tiring.