It's about that time for the return of the favorite kids bowl free all summer deal in 2021! 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! 😀
Did you know we can get free racing Hero Cards from a bunch of NASCAR drivers? At least I think they're racers. At least half of these names sound made up, but I'm told they're actual drivers!
Racing hero cards are unique sports collectibles. They're custom-printed cards designed to promote a race team, primary drivers, and their sponsors. They're also bigger than a baseball card, as NASCAR hero cards typically come in either 6 x 8 or 8 x 10 sizes.
Many of the free hero cards I found below come either from the racing team themselves or one of their sponsors. If you're into racing or collecting cool new memorabilia, check out all the freebies below to get started!
We currently provide Hero Cards for Erik Jones at no cost to fans. We allow one Hero Card per person. To request a Hero Card, please complete the Contact Us form and include which driver you prefer in the comment section. Cards typically arrive within two weeks of the request.
Oh man, I AM HYPED! Y'all may remember T-Mobile & Sprint has offered free MLB.tv subscriptions since 2016. These $130 value freebie allow baseball fans to stream, watch, and listen to every out-of-market baseball game throughout the season, which is great when you're a Seattle Mariners fan living on the east coast.
Sign into your T-Mobile account, then click “Free season of MLB.tv”
Tap “Save” then tap “Redeem”
Log in or register at MLB.tv with your T-Mobile phone number
That's it! Your free subscription will now run through February 2022.
I was pleasantly surprised to see both contract plans as well as customers on their no contract, month-to-month plan qualify for this free mlb.tv subscription.
Man, a free mlb.tv subscription is music to my ears. It's been well documented that I'm a glutton for punishment. There's no other explanation for why I'm still a hardcore Seattle Mariners fan after the past two decades. 2018 ended in a heartbreaker – we came THIS CLOSE to finally making the playoffs only to sell away all of our players and head into rebuilding mode.
Since the dawn of HIF, major sports teams and their affiliates have offered free kids clubs. These offers are continually changing, but this week I compiled all of them into the post below! I'll continue updating this post going forward as new kids kits are released or updated.
So what do you get with a free kids club? Well, that depends on the team! The most common freebie are fan badges, lanyards, and draw string backpacks. However, some teams offer free tickets to games! How cool is that?!
Paid kids clubs are sadly more plentiful. While some are insanely expensive, I noticed quite a few in the $20-$30 range that came with nice swag and multiple tickets to games. Depending on your family plans to attend game, some of these look to be decent offers where you can save some money with the little ones.
Finally, I've included all the dud teams as well, who offer no free or paid kids club. I've also included instructions on where to look for possible new clubs, since these change with each sports new season!
As always, please share in the comments if you find any new or altered sports kids clubs!
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Free Baseball Kids Clubs ⚾
Professional MLB teams are tied for the most free kids clubs (9) out of 30 teams. That's 30% of teams offering offering freebies! They also lead the way in paid kids clubs at 18, leaving only 3 professional baseball teams offering no kids club whatsoever.
Fans ages 15 and younger are eligible for this free club. In addition to a membership card, you win prizes for each game you attend. Kids also received one free Sunday ticket at Chase Field during 2019! While the free tickets didn't happen in 2020 since there were no fans at the stadium, it's safe to guess they'll return in 2021.
This free club is for Braves fans ages 14 and under. They get a free Braves passport and lanyard, opportunity to earn prizes for attending Braves home games, and ongoing invitations to exclusive, Kids Club only events. There's also a paid, upgraded club available with more perks.
I first wrote about the free White Sox kids club back in 2009 and I love to see they're still going strong! This year, kids get a free personalized ID badge. These give to access a new prize each month at the Kids Club Prize Redemption Kiosk.
The Bucaroos Kids Club is exclusively for Pirates fans 14 & younger. Along with the paid upgrade option, the free club gets you a free Chick-fil-A sandwich or nuggets and a free Pirates ticket voucher! This is the first kids club I've come across that offers free food!
The Compadres Kids is for kids 14 and younger. You earn prizes for attending games, but the site also mentions earning points to redeem for rewards and experiences. Compadres Kids also get access to events like Kids Sunday Signings, Kids Run the Bases and Catch on the Field.
The Jr. Nats Rookie Membership is available for all fans ages 4-12. It comes with a membership card and lanyard, plus meet and greet opportunities. There's also a paid, upgraded club available with more perks.
While their kids club is paid-only, the Orioles have brought back Kids Cheer Free. This popular program allows fans aged nine and younger to attend games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards free of charge. For each regularly-priced individual game Upper Deck ticket purchased, adults can add up to two additional free Upper Deck tickets.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any sort of kids club at all for these final teams. Maybe we should tweet at them and ask why?! If you get a response, be sure to tweet at @heyitsfree and let us know!
They say basketball is the most global American sport. Well, the NBA is doing a good job of exporting freebies! Professional basketball teams have overtaken their baseball counterparts for the most free kids clubs, offering 13 free clubs, up from 9 last year. However, they only have 4 paid clubs, leaving a whopping 13, or 43%, of teams with no kids clubs at all!
Now, for the bad news. The NBA season is currently suspended because of the pandemic! As such, many of the following free kids clubs might be closed for registration. However, they offered a free program for 2019-2020 and in most cases are still taking applications.
The NFL must have gotten the message! While last year they only had 4 free clubs in the league, it's now up to 8 free kids clubs out of 32 teams! That means 25% of the league offers a free kids fan club.
Another 8 (25%) look to have paid clubs for 2020. That leaves 14 (44%!) of teams with no kids club to speak of. Smart business?
Choose Your Adventure: You have a multi-billion dollar industry rife with long-term safety issues. Do you A: invest in both safety and the next generation of fans by offering kids clubs or B: Ignore kids altogether. If you're the following teams, you picked B!
Uh oh, hockey. Professional hockey teams barely eked out victory over football last year, but have fallen to last place this year. They remain at 5 teams out of 31 (16%) providing free kids clubs for their young fans. That's the lowest percentage of all the major US sports.
Of the remaining clubs, 11 (35%) are paid and 14 (45%) have zilch.
Hockey has a very similar schedule to basketball. Like the NBA, the NHL is also entering their playoffs at time of publication. We should have more info on the 2019-2020 kids clubs later this year.
Don't ask how I found all these free minor league baseball kids clubs! When I started looking, my expectations were rather low. I was pleasantly to find seven great free clubs! If you live near any of these towns, be sure to check them out.
Another idea is to search for your favorite college sports teams kids clubs! There are thousands of colleges across the country and some of them are bound to have some awesome free programs! If you find any, please don't be shy and share in the comments!
If you know of any free clubs, kits, or caboodles I missed, please share!
Boulevard Brewing is giving away a free sport koolie & sweatband. All you have to do is fill out the form and promise to participate in a “virtual race” on May 2.
Why is “race” in quotes? Because everyone wins! When you sign up for this walking/running/biking/rollerblading/skateboarding/whatever-ing event, we'll send you a sweet Easy Sport sweatband for the race, and an equally sweet Easy Sport koolie for your post-race refreshment.
Oh, you betcha. I'm gonna race back and forth to the kitchen for Oreo snacks throughout the day. Just like I've done every other day during quarantine!
Signup ends on April 25, but I don't think these will last that long.
There's also an option to submit a race photo or video to win a Garmin smartwatch. There's no requirement to do this if you only want the freebie though.
Here are some great freebies for football, basketball, or baseball fans interested in watching old, classic games. First up free NFL Gamepass until 5/31/20. You'll gain access to full broadcast replays, condensed games in ~45 minutes, and the all-22 coaches film. I listed this one first because the NFL is giving access to games from 2009-2019!
NBA League Pass is also free until 4/22/20. This provides full length and condensed replays of all games from the 2019-20 season, as well as an expanded archive of classic games.
Finally, MLB TV has opened their recent archives and will let you stream any game from the past two season. With over 4,800 games, you'll have just enough time to watch them all 5 times each before our quarantine is over!
On Saturday, February 22, kids ages 4 to 9 get to try hockey for free at over 350 USA Hockey locations in celebration of National Hockey Week! Particpating 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. Against my extremely vocal protests, my parents signed me up for baseball and 30 years later I couldn't be happier that they did. Who knows, maybe your kid is the next Wayne Gretzky and will only discover their love for the game thanks to this freebie!
Whoa, the Olympics kind of snuck up on me this time around! For anybody new to the games, you might not realize that most Olympics athletes stay in what's called the Olympic Village.
And do you know what they have there? Freebies upon freebies upon glorious freebies.
So while you and I have zero access to them, I thought it might be cool to list some of the awesome freebies that the world's finest athletes are enjoying right now at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic games and beyond!
Note: I originally published this for the Beijing 2008 games, but I've updated it with new information and links every two years since!
You'd think that elite athletes would eat nothing but healthy food during their training and for the most part, you'd be correct. However, since it takes a ton of work to make it to the Olympics, most athletes tend to take a break once they're finished competing and enjoy the finer aspects of dining. As Dutch rower Michiel Bartman put it:
The most fun thing I remember from the Olympic Village was the food court. It was huge, almost the size of two football fields, and great. So many choices of different and delicious food; you could try every night something else. McDonald’s is one of International Olympic Committee sponsors and were prominently placed in the food court as well.
Of course, there's more than just junk food and candy. The Village has a ginormous cafeteria stocked with every food imaginable: fresh fruits, veggies, meat, breads, drinks, and everything else imaginable. If they don't have what you want, chances are one of the dozens of chefs cooking will be able to whip it up for you. As a matter of fact, I tried to apply for a spot as one of the chefs, but was told that my peanut butter & jelly sandwich specialty was already covered by somebody else.
The athletes don't have to worry about tainted food, either. After fears that commonly used pesticides and growth hormones might seep into the foods and trigger false positives during Olympic drug testing, China set up hundreds of organic farms to specifically grow food for the Olympians. However, they even went one step further and set up a tracking system for every single food item. So if a track star from Uganda thinks his carrots taste a little funny, it'll be no trouble tracking their history to see where they were grown and who handled them.
It's tough being a huge baseball fan of a team you don't live near. I'm stuck listening or watching the nearby Orioles or Nationals, which sucks unless the Mariners are playing them 🙂 However, mlb.tv has an awesome (but kind of pricey) service where you can watch or listen to any game nationwide via your computer. And from now until July 14th, they are letting your listen to any baseball game for free. It's pretty cool, you even get to pick which broadcast you want to listen in on, so if your team is playing an away game, you still can tune into your team's broadcast and listen to some heavily biased play-by-play!
My grandma used to live right next to a driving range, which would have been the perfect place to use these free golf tees. Unfortunately, I'm banned from ever returning there since as a kid (ie, moronic high schooler with too much time on my hands), I used to wait until dusk, sneak down a few yards, strap on a football helmet, and then proceed to race around the range while waving my arms in the air and daring anybody to hit me. Somehow I never got beaned on the head and a few of my friends actually started joining me whenever Friday night was proving too dull for us, but that fun ended when the owner finally let his snarling Dobermans off their leashes. I tell ya, if you've never seen a pack of skinny white boys running for their lives while wearing oversized fishbowls on their heads, you missed your chance that night.
You know, now I think I understand why every time I play golf with my buddies, I end up in last place four holes into the course, get drunk, and wreck the golf cart while trying to joust with giant oak trees.